Redlands hoops player earns preseason honor

University of Redlands women’s basketball senior guard Mariah Barbetti-Cort earned a spot on the 2012 D3hoops.com Preseason All-America Honorable Mention list.

Barbetti-Cort was the lone representative from the SCIAC and joins George Fox University’s Hannah Munger and Keisha Gordon, as well as Lewis and Clark College’s Kristina Williams, as members from the West Coast.

Last season, Barbetti-Cort put up a team-high 13.6 points per game while shooting 51.8% from the field. She grabbed a team-leading 220 rebounds for 8.8 per game and dished out the most assists with 102. In addition, this well-rounded contributor nabbed 37 steals to lead the team and denied 21 opponent shots.

During the 2010-11 campaign, Barbetti-Cort registered eight double-doubles and sat one assist shy of a triple-double on Jan. 11 when she scored 14 points, pulled in 11 rebounds and distributed nine assists against Chapman University.

The heart and soul of the Bulldogs, she led the squad to a second-place finish in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC).

Barbetti-Cort’s most recent honor complements her previous accolades of All-America Honorable Mention from Women’s DIII News, the Monthly Newsletter of Division III Women’s Basketball, D3hoops.com Second-Team All-Region, and First-Team All-Conference honors as the SCIAC Player of the Year.

The D3hoops.com Preseason All-America team is chosen from previous year’s All-America and All-Region nominations and is voted upon by a panel of coaches, sports information directors and media members from across the country.