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Old Dominion Pre-Season Favorite In CAA Women's Basketball

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: October 29, 2003
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Oct. 29, 2003

WASHINGTON, D.C - The Old Dominion Lady Monarchs are the pre-season favorite to claim the 2004 CAA Championship, according to a poll of media members covering the CAA's annual basketball media day, held at the ESPN Zone in Washington, D.C., this morning.

The Lady Monarchs, who have won 12 consecutive CAA championships, received nine of 10 first-place votes and a total of 99 points in the poll. UNC Wilmington, which received the other first-place vote, was picked second. George Mason was tabbed third ahead of Delaware, James Madison, Virginia Commonwealth and Hofstra. Rounding out the poll, Drexel was selected eighth, followed by William & Mary and Towson.

Old Dominion returns three starters from last season's 21-11 squad that tied for first-place in the CAA regular season standings with Delaware at 15-3. Among the Lady Monarchs' returners are senior guard/forward Monique Coker (Bronx, N.Y.), who was selected to the pre-season All-CAA first team in the media poll, along with junior guard Shareese Grant (Virginia Beach, Va.) and sophomore center Corinna Turner (Miami, Fla.), both second-team pre-season All-CAA selections.

UNC Wilmington senior guard Cherie Lea (Blanch, N.C.) was selected as the CAA Pre-season Player of the Year in the poll. Lea, the only returning member of the 2002-2003 All-CAA first team, led the conference in three point field goal percentage a season ago at 42.9% and ranked eighth in scoring, averaging 13.5 points per game. The Seahawks are coming off a school-record 22-win season and return three starters from last year's squad.

Joining Coker and Lea on the pre-season first team are George Mason senior guard Jen Derevjanik (Staten Island, N.Y.), Delaware junior forward Tiara Malcom (Wilmington, Del.) and George Mason senior guard Vernessa Neamo (Forrestville, Md.).

Accompanying Turner and Grant on the pre-season second team are Virginia Commonwealth senior guard Cyndy Wilks (Bridgeton, N.J.), UNC Wilmington senior guard Jennifer Kapper (Waynesville, Ohio), Drexel sophomore guard Catherine Scanlon (Drexel Hill, Pa.) and UNC Wilmington senior guard Tracy Moran (Cincinnati, Ohio).

The 2003-2004 CAA women's basketball schedule tips off on Friday, Nov. 14, when Old Dominion takes on Sweet 16 participant Colorado in the first round of the WBCA Classic in Boulder, Colo.

PRESEASON MEDIA CAA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL POLL

1. Old Dominion (9) 99
2. UNC Wilmington (1) 85
3. George Mason 79
4. Delaware 77
5. James Madison 52
6. Virginia Commonwealth 46
7. Hofstra 39
8. Drexel 33
9. William & Mary 26
10. Towson 14

(First-Place votes in parentheses)

PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Cherie Lea, UNC Wilmington

PRESEASON FIRST TEAM ALL-CAA (As voted by the media)

Cherie Lea, UNC Wilmington Sr. G 5-9 Blanch, N.C./Bartlet Yancey/UNC Jen Derevjanik, George Mason Sr. G 5-10 Staten Island, N.Y./St. Peter's Monique Coker, Old Dominion Sr. G/F 6-1 Bronx, N.Y./Monsignor Scanlan Tiara Malcom, Delaware Jr. F 6-1 Wilmington, Del./Caravel Academy Vernessa Neamo, George Mason Sr. G 5-10 Forrestville, Md./DuVal

PRESEASON SECOND TEAM ALL-CAA (As voted by the media)

Cyndy Wilks, Virginia Commonwealth Sr. G 5-11 Bridgeton, N.J./Bridgeton Shareese Grant, Old Dominion Jr. G 5-8 Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne Corrina Turner, Old Dominion So. C 6-6 Miami, Fla./Monsignor Edward Pace Jennifer Kapper, UNC Wilmington Sr. G 5-7 Waynesville, Ohio/Waynesville Tracy Morgan, UNC Wilmington Sr. G 6-0 Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills Catherine Scanlon, Drexel So. G 5-11 Drexel Hill, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara

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