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Mazzante, who was a consensus All-America selection during her sophomore season, was joined on the first-team squad by Connecticut's Diana Taurasi, Duke's Alana Beard, Mississippi State’s LaToya Thomas, Vanderbilt's Chantelle Anderson, Kansas State’s Nicole Ohlde, Stanford's Nicole Powell, Minnesota's Lindsay Whalen, Houston's Chandi Jones and Purdue's Shereka Wright.
Mazzante led the nation in scoring during 2001-02 while averaging 24.9 points per game and became the first player in Big Ten history to lead the league in scoring during both freshman and sophomore seasons. She also broke the Big Ten single-season scoring record and became the fastest player in Big Ten history to reach 1,000 points en route to earning All-America recognition from Kodak, the Associated Press, United States Basketball Writers Association, GballMag.com, Basketball Times and WomensCollegeHoops.com.
The Lady Lions also earned mention in the Women’s Basketball News Service Preseason Top 25. Penn State, which has already been ranked in two other preseason polls, was tabbed at No. 12 in the Women's Basketball News Service rankings.
Penn State returns three starters and eight letterwinners from last season’s squad, which finished 23-12 overall and advanced to the Mideast Regional Semifinals of the 2002 NCAA Tournament.
The Lady Lions open the 2002-03 regular season on Friday, Nov. 15 when they host Bucknell in the first round of the Preseason WNIT at the Bryce Jordan Center beginning at 7:00 p.m.
2002-03 Women's Basketball News Service Preseason Top 25
4 Texas Tech
8 Kansas State
11 Notre Dame
12 PENN STATE
14 North Carolina
15 Colorado State
18 George Washington
20 Louisiana Tech
21 Mississippi State
22 UC-Santa Barbara
23 Brigham Young
24 Old Dominion