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UVa Women's Basketball Picked to Finish 10th in ACC

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Joanne Boyle and the UVa women's basketball team have been picked to finish 10th in the ACC Joanne Boyle and the UVa women's basketball team have been picked to finish 10th in the ACC

University of Virginia Media Release:

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia women’s basketball team has been predicted to finish 10th in the official 2016-17 Blue Ribbon Panel ACC Preseason Poll as well as in a polling of the ACC head coaches as announced Wednesday (Oct. 12) by the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Notre Dame received 44 first-place votes from Blue Ribbon panel voters and 13 of the 15 from the head coaches to emerge as the clear-cut favorite in both polls. Louisville received eight first-place votes from the Blue Ribbon and one from the coaches to finish second in the balloting, followed by Florida State (two first-place votes by the Blue Ribbon Panel and one from the coaches) and Syracuse.

Louisville junior forward Myisha Hines-Allen was named the 2016-17 ACC Preseason Player of the Year in both the Blue Ribbon Panel and the coaches’ votes. 

The Cavaliers will open the season with a pair of home games, taking on Middle Tennessee State on Friday, Nov. 11 and Coppin State on Sunday, Nov. 13.

Virginia returns seven letterwinners from last year's team, including senior Breyana Mason (Woodbridge, Va.) and junior Lauren Moses (Mount Holly, N.J.) who led UVA in rebounding. The Cavaliers are also joined by four freshmen: Felicia Aiyeotan (Lagos, Nigeria), Lisa Jablonowski (Ernster, Luxembourg), 2016 Gatorade New York State Girl's Player of the Year and Miss New York Basketball Dominique Toussaint (Staten Island, N.Y.) and 2016 Gatorade New Jersey Girl's Basketball Player of the Year Jocelyn Willoughby (East Orange, N.J.).

Blue Ribbon Panel ACC Preseason Poll

1. Notre Dame, 795 (44 first place votes)

2. Louisville, 758 (8 first place votes)

3. Florida State, 674 (2 first place votes)

4. Syracuse, 646

5. Miami, 584

6. Duke, 516

7. NC State, 479

8. North Carolina, 415

9. Georgia Tech, 376

10.  Virginia, 296

11.   Wake Forest, 264

12.   Virginia Tech, 224

13.   Pittsburgh, 209

14.   Boston College, 176

15.   Clemson, 68

Blue Ribbon Panel Preseason All-ACC Team

Rebecca Greenwell, R-Jr., G, Duke          

Leticia Romero, Sr., G, Florida State        

Shakayla Thomas, Jr., G, Florida State    

Asia Durr, So., G, Louisville

Myisha Hines-Allen, Jr., F, Louisville

Mariya Moore, Jr., F, Louisville  

Adrienne Motley, Sr., G, Miami                

Lindsay Allen, Sr., G, Notre Dame

Brianna Turner Jr., F, Notre Dame

Alexis Peterson, Sr., G, Syracuse  

Blue Ribbon Panel Preseason ACC Player of the Year

Myisha Hines-Allen, Jr., F, Louisville            

Blue Ribbon Panel ACC Newcomer Watch List

Lexie Brown, Jr., G, Duke

Leaonna Odom, Fr, F, Duke

Chatrice White, Jr., C, Florida State

Erin Boley, Fr., F, Notre Dame

Jackie Young, Fr., G, Notre Dame

ACC Head Coaches Preseason Poll

1. Notre Dame, 221 points (13 first place votes)

2. Louisville, 209 (1 first place vote)

3.  Florida State, 194 (1 first place vote)

4. Syracuse, 178

5. Miami, 162

6. Duke, 144

7. NC State, 132

8. Georgia Tech, 110

9.  North Carolina, 108

10. Virginia, 85

11. Wake Forest, 74

12. Virginia Tech, 72

13. Boston College, 48

14. Pittsburgh, 47

15. Clemson, 16

Coaches Preseason All-ACC Team

Rebecca Greenwell, R-Jr., G, Duke

Leticia Romero, Sr., G, Florida State

Shakayla Thomas Jr., G, Florida State     

Myisha Hines-Allen, Jr., F, Louisville        

Mariya Moore, Jr., F, Louisville  

Asia Durr, So., G Louisville

Adrienne Motley, Sr., G Miami

Brianna Turner, Jr., F, Notre Dame          

Lindsay Allen, Sr., G, Notre Dame            

Alexis Peterson, Sr., G, Syracuse   

Coaches Preseason ACC Player of the Year

Myisha Hines-Allen, Jr., F, Louisville            

Coaches ACC Newcomer Watch List

Lexie Brown, Jr., G, Duke

Leaonna Odom, Fr, F, Duke

Chatrice White, Jr., C, Florida State

Erin Boley, Fr., F, Notre Dame

Jackie Young, Fr., G, Notre Dame