Top 5 female athletes

1. Francine Miller (basketball)

Francine Miller led the women’s basketball team both on and off the court this season, starting every game depite lingering injuries. She is also on the list of top five graduating seniors, on page 12.

2. Kristy Coppes (soccer)

Kristy Coppes came into her second season with questions about whether she could live up to the expectations created by her outstanding first season, in which she was named MAC Rookie of the Year. She did, and then some. Coppes scored 12 goals in 2002, equaling her freshman year total. Her 24 career goals made her the all-time goal scorer in the program’s history. Coppes also was a clutch player for BG, getting big goals all season. Her goal in the playoff game against Buffalo tied the score and sent the game to overtime, where the Falcons eventually prevailed.

3. Liz Vrabel (softball)

Simply put, Liz Vrabel is the main reason the softball team has qualified for the playoffs. She has been strong all season, throwing a no-hitter in the fall, and coming within an out of one this spring. She has also been named as one of the top five freshman of the year, on page 11.

4. Kristin Gamby (volleyball)

As the lone graduating senior on the team, Kristin Gamby was a role model to her teammates. She moved up as one of the top 10 all-time leaders in kills. She has also been named as one of the top five graduating seniors, on page 12.

5. Ann Marie Kassouf (gymnastics)

Senior co-captain Ann Marie Kassouf traveled to nationals for the gymnastics team and placed 12th at the NCAA Central Regionals, with a total score of 38.775 in the all-around. This season, Kassouf owns six of the top seven all-around performances for the Falcons. Her top performances came on March 29 at the 2003 Mid-American Conference Championships when she posted an all-around score of 39.100, and on Feb. 23 against Ball State, with a score of 39.050.