Durham, N.H. - University of New Hampshire senior center Orsi Farkas (Budapest, Hungary) was a unanimous selection to the America East 1999-2000 Preseason All-Conference team as voted by the league's coaches.
As a member of last season's All-Conference First Team, Farkas is coming of a season in which she led the Wildcats to their first ever postseason berth. For the second consecutive season, Farkas led the 'Cats in scoring (17.1 ppg) and rebounding (6.6 rpg). She claimed the America East's second-best field goal percentage, shooting .584 on the year. Her 17.1 points per game average was fifth in the league.
A tri-captain this season, Farkas will add to her 1,017 career points (placing her ninth on UNH's all-time list) and 422 rebounds (tying her for 15th all-time). Farkas is also among the top 15 all-time in blocks and steals.
Other members of the Preseason All-Conference Team include Jamie Cassidy (Sr., Maine), Karalyn Church (Sr., Vermont), Tesha Tinsley (Sr., Northeastern), Cindy Johnson (Jr., Delaware) and Amy Vachon (Sr., Maine).
With all five starters returning and an overall record of 19-8 in 1998-99, the UNH Wildcats finished third in the Preseason Women's Basketball Poll according to the league's coaches.
Last season, the Wildcats enjoyed their first ever postseason berth, receiving a bid to the Women's National Invitational. This despite missing their second leading scorer, Kim Kassik (Kitchener, Ontario), due to injury. Kassik, who averaged 11.2 ppg in five games last season, will return this season.
With 77 points, the 'Cats finished just four points behind second-place Northeastern (81) in the voting. Maine (99) was ranked first with nine of the possible 10 first-place votes. New Hampshire was followed by Vermont (70), Delaware (63), Drexel (53), Towson (32), Hofstra (28), Boston University (25) and Hartford (22).