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The 2017-2018 UNCW Women's Basketball team opened practice on Oct. 3, 2017 (Photo: Dustin Dorsey/WWAY)

RICHMOND, Virginia (UNCWSports.com) UNCW senior guard Madison Raque has been named as an honorable mention selection on the 2017-18 Preseason All-Colonial Athletic Association Women’s Basketball Team in a vote of the league’s head coaches.

In addition, the Seahawks were picked to finish in a tie with Towson for eighth place in the league’s Predicted Order of Finish, which was released as part of the conference’s annual Media Day festivities.

Raque, the only player to start all 31 games last year, led the Seahawks in scoring with a 10.7 average last year while making 58 three-point field goals. The Louisville, Ky., product scored in double figures 16 times, including a pair of 20-point efforts. She scored a career-high 28 points in a win over Catawba after shooting 10-for-15 from the field, including an 8-for-12 effort from three-point range.

James Madison, which has won three of the last four CAA crowns, was picked as the preseason favorite to win the league title while Elon, last year’s champion, followed in second place in the Predicted Order of Finish.

2017-18 CAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH

1. James Madison 78 (6 first place votes)
2. Elon 74 (3 first place votes)
3. William & Mary 58
4. Drexel 51 (1 first place vote)
5. Delaware 48
6. Northeastern 47
7. Hofstra 43
T-8. Towson 19
T-8. UNCW 19
10. College of Charleston 13

2017-18 CAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS

First Team Cl. Pos. Ht. Hometown/High School
Shay Burnett, Elon * Sr. G 5-9 Graham, N.C./Southern Alamance
Ashunae Durant, Hofstra ^ Sr. F 5-10 Newark, N.J./Bloomfield Tech
Nicole Enabosi, Delaware *$ Jr. F 6-0 Gaithersburg, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel
Claudia Ortiz, Northeastern # Sr. G 5-7 Carolina, Puerto Rico
Kamiah Smalls, JMU % So. G 5-10 Philadelphia, Pa./Neumann Goretti

 

Second Team Cl. Pos. Ht. Hometown/High School
Tanisha Brown, College of Charleston R-Sr. F 5-11 Myrtle Beach, S.C./Myrtle Beach
Kayla Cooper-Williams, JMU & R-So. C 6-2 Dumfries, Va./C.D. Hylton
Jess Genco, Northeastern Jr. G 5-5 Scranton, Pa./Scranton Prep
Malaya Johnson, Elon Sr. C 6-3 Mt. Airy, N.C./North Surry
Abby Rendle, William & Mary $ Sr. C 6-4 Reston, Va./South Lakes

% – 2016-17 CAA Rookie of the Year
& – 2015-16 CAA Rookie of the Year, missed 2016-17 due to injury
* – 1st Team All-CAA in 2016-17
^ – 2nd Team All-CAA in 2016-17
# – 3rd Team All-CAA in 2016-17
$ – CAA All-Defensive Team in 2016-17

Honorable Mention: Raine Bankston, Sr., G, Towson; Bailey Greenberg, So., G, Drexel; Aleana Leon, Sr., G, Hofstra; Madison Raque, Sr., G, UNCW; Aneah Young, Jr, G, James Madison

CAA Preseason Player of the Year: Shay Burnett, Elon

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