WMU News

Broncos Koetsier and Rost make All-MAC First Team

March 13, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University women's basketball team is the only program to have two student-athletes named to the 2003 All-Mid-American Conference First Team.

Junior forward Kristin Koetsier of Grandville, Mich., earned the honor for the third time in her career, while sophomore Casey Rost of St. Johns, Mich., was recognized for the first time in her career.

Koetsier battled through a knee injury that cost her eight games to remain one of the premiere post players in the league. She is averaging 17.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Koetsier has been named MAC West Player of the Week three times this season, bringing her career total to 10. Koetsier currently sits fifth on the WMU all-time points list with 1,407. She has reached double-figures in every game she has played this season, and earned a career-high by scoring 33 earlier this season versus Cleveland State. She is only the second Western Michigan player ever to be named to the All-MAC First Team three times.

"Kristin has established herself as a premiere player in this league," said Ron Stewart, who is in his sixth season as WMU head coach. "Even though she had an injury, people still realize the type of player she really is."

Rost is finishing off a spectacular sophomore season where she has placed herself throughout the Western Michigan record book. Rost, who currently ranks first in the conference in free throw percentage (89.4 percent) and second in scoring (19.6 points per game), also ranks among the best in the MAC in 3-point field goal percentage, 3-point field goals made, field goal percentage, 3-point field goal percentage, and steals. She needs just 10 points to break Koetsier's season point total record of 559. Rost reached the 1,000 point milestone Saturday versus Akron, becoming the fastest player to reach that mark at WMU.

"This is really a reward for Casey's efforts as a sophomore coming off a very good freshman season," said Stewart. "Even though she has never won the MAC Player of the Week, we appreciate the coaches recognizing her play this year."

Western Michigan's women's basketball team is playing this week in the MAC Tournament at Gund Arena in Cleveland.

All-MAC First Team
Tamara Bowie, Ball State
Heather Cusick, Miami
Tia Davis, Toledo
Kristin Koetsier, Western Michigan
Casey Rost, Western Michigan

Media contact: Travis McCurdy, 269 387-4138, travis.mccurdy@wmich.edu


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