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UVa Women's Basketball Team Picked to Finish 8th in ACC

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia women's basketball senior guard Ataira Franklin earned preseason All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors for the second-straight year, being named to both the ten-member Blue Ribbon Panel and the Coaches' Preseason All-ACC teams.

Additionally, defending ACC-champion Duke was named as the 2013-14 preseason favorite in separate polls of the league's 39-member Blue Ribbon Panel and its 15 head coaches. Virginia, which finished sixth last season, was picked in both polls to finish eighth in the expanded conference that adds three new members this season.

Franklin (Bowie, Md.), who was named to the 2012-13 All-ACC team by the Blue Ribbon Panel, finished last season ranked ninth in the conference in scoring, averaging 14.3 points per game, and fifth in steals (2.2 per game). Franklin will enter the 2013-14 season having scored 1,192 points in her Cavalier career, ranking her 20th in the UVa record book.

Virginia finished sixth last season with an 8-10 record in conference games. The Cavaliers will have their top-three scorers from last season, including Franklin, senior guard Kelsey Wolfe (Germantown, Md.) and junior forward Sarah Imovbioh (Abuja, Nigeria), back on the court in 2013-13 in addition to welcoming back 2012 ACC All-Defensive Team selection Lexie Gerson. Gerson, who sat out last season due to injury, averaged 9.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.6 assists during the 2011-12 season.

The Cavaliers open the season on the road, playing at James Madison on Friday, Nov. 8 before hosting High Point on Monday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville.

Blue Ribbon Panel Preseason Poll

1. Duke (843 points, 39 first-place votes)

2. Notre Dame (794 points, 14 first-place votes)

3. Maryland (745 points, 3 first-place votes)

4. North Carolina (715 points, 1 first-place vote)

T5. Georgia Tech (527 points)

T5. Florida State (527 points)

7. Syracuse (517 points)

8. Virginia (470 points)

9. Miami (419 points)

10. NC State (363 points)

11. Boston College (304 points)

12. Wake Forest (263 points)

13. Virginia Tech (213 points)

14. Clemson (159 points)

15. Pittsburgh (102 points)

 

Blue Ribbon Panel Preseason All-ACC Team

Chelsea Gray, Sr., G, Duke

Tricia Liston, Sr., G, Duke

Elizabeth Williams, Jr., F/C, Duke

Tyaunna Marshall, Sr., G, Georgia Tech

Alyssa Thomas, Sr., F, Maryland

Natalie Achonwa, Sr., F, Notre Dame

Kayla McBride, Sr., G, Notre Dame

Xylina McDaniel, So., F, North Carolina

Ataira Franklin, Sr., G, Virginia

Chelsea Douglas, Sr., G, Wake Forest

 

Blue Ribbon Panel Preseason Player of the Year

Alyssa Thomas, Maryland

 

Blue Ribbon Panel Newcomer Watch List

Oderah Chidom, Fr., F, Duke

Kendall McCravey-Cooper, Fr., F/C, Duke

Kaela Davis, Fr., G, Georgia Tech

Lexie Brown, Fr., G, Maryland

Diamond DeShields, Fr., G, North Carolina

Taya Reimer, Fr. F, Notre Dame

**an extra member was added to the team due to a tie in voting

 

ACC Coaches Preseason Poll

1. Duke (220 points, 10 first place votes)

2. Notre Dame (211 points, 5 first place votes)

3. Maryland (195 points)

4. North Carolina (182 points)

5. Georgia Tech (146 points)

6. Florida State (137 points)

7. Syracuse (133 points)

8. Virginia (128 points)

9. Miami (103 points)

10. NC State (90 points)

11. Boston College (75 points)

12. Wake Forest (68 points)

13. Virginia Tech (58 points)

14. Clemson (34 points)

15. Pittsburgh (20 points)

 

Coaches Preseason All-ACC Team

Chelsea Gray, Sr., G, Duke

Tricia Liston, Sr., G, Duke

Elizabeth Williams, Jr., F/C, Duke

Tyaunna Marshall, Sr., G, Georgia Tech

Alyssa Thomas, Sr., F, Maryland

Jewell Loyd, So., G, Notre Dame

Kayla McBride, Sr., G, Notre Dame

Diamond DeShields, Fr., G, North Carolina

Xylina McDaniel, So., F, North Carolina

Ataira Franklin, Sr., G, Virginia

 

 

Coaches Preseason Player of the Year

Alyssa Thomas, Maryland

 

Coaches Newcomer Watch List

Oderah Chidom, Fr., F, Duke

Morgan Jones, Fr. G, Florida State

Kaela Davis, Fr., G, Georgia Tech

Diamond DeShields, Fr., G North Carolina

Taya Reimer, Fr., F, Notre Dame

 

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