Zerman, a 5-foot-7 point guard, started all 30 games last season and averaged 13.6 points, 3.7 assists, 2.7 steals and 2.6 rebounds per game while leading the Golden Flashes to a 23-7 record, the MAC East Division and Tournament titles and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. She was named MAC Defensive Player of the Year and second-team All-MAC.
Zerman led the conference and was tied for eighth in the nation in free-throw shooting, connecting on 87.6 percent (177-of-202) of her attempts. She saved some of her best performances for Kent's MAC Tournament championship runs, averaging 16.3 points and 6.3 assists in three tournament games. Zerman was voted Most Valuable Player of the MAC Tournament.
In Kent's 79-76 loss to host Iowa State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Zerman paced the Flashes with 21 points, seven assists and six steals.
Zerman was joined on the Preseason All-MAC team by Marshall senior forward Kristina Behnfeldt (20.8 points, 11.1 rebounds per game in '98), Western Michigan junior forward/guard Shelsea Erving (16.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg), Toledo senior guard Kim Knuth (22 ppg, 3.19 steals per game, 4.58 assists per game, 6.9 rpg) and Bowling Green senior forward/center Jacki Raterman (15.7 ppg).
Earning Preseason All-MAC honors on the men's side were Miami senior
forward Wally Szczerbiak (24.4 ppg, 7.6 rpg), Miami senior guard Damon
Frierson (18.6 ppg), Northern Illinois senior center T.J. Lux (18.6 ppg,
11.1 rpg), Akron junior guard Jami Bosley (16.3 ppg) and Bowling Green
senior guard/forward Tony Reid (16.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg).