Elon Women’s Basketball Phoenix Picked Third in 2018-19 CAA Preseason Poll

RICHMOND. Va. – The Elon University women’s basketball team was selected to finish third in the 2018-19 Colonial Athletic Association Preseason Poll as voted on by the league’s head coaches on Thursday, Oct. 18. In addition, sophomore guard Saadia Mumford earned a spot on the league’s 2018-19 CAA Preseason All-Conference teams receiving a second team nod.

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The two-time defending CAA champion Phoenix was picked to finish behind league favorite James Madison, who tallied 79 points and seven first-place votes in the preseason poll. Drexel was selected to finish second with 71 points and two first-place votes while Elon also received a first-place vote and had 61 points. Delaware tied the Phoenix for third with 61 points while Northeastern closed out the top-five with 52 points. William & Mary (37), UNCW (31), Towson (26), Hofstra (22) and College of Charleston (10) rounded out the poll.

A member of the 2017-18 CAA All-Rookie Team, Mumford is one of three returning starters for the Phoenix. The Atlanta, Ga., native appeared in all 33 games as a freshman, making 31 starts at point guard. Her 2.9 assists ranked 10th in the league while her 1.5 steals per outing was 14th overall. She was also twice named the CAA Rookie of the Week during her freshman campaign.

Season and single-game tickets, including the Phoenix’s highly anticipated season-opening contest versus the North Carolina Tar Heels on Nov. 6, are now on sale for Elon’s opening-season inside Schar Center. All tickets can be purchased online, at the Elon Ticket Office box office at Schar Center or by calling 336-278-6750.

2018-19 CAA Preseason Poll

Pos  Team                    Points (first-place votes)
1.   James Madison           79 (7)
2.   Drexel                  71 (2)
t3.  Elon                    61 (1)
t3.  Delaware                61
5.   Northeastern            52
6.   William & Mary          37
7.   UNCW                    31
8.   Towson                  26
9.   Hofstra                 22
10.  College of Charleston   10

2018-19 CAA All-Conference Teams
First Team

Kamiah Smalls, James Madison
Lexie Barrier, James Madison
Bianca Boggs, William & Mary
Jess Genco, Northeastern
Bailey Greenberg, Drexel

Second Team
Boogie Brozoski, Hofstra
Samone DeFreese, Delaware
Kelly Koshuta, James Madison
Nukiya Mayo, Towson
Saadia Mumford, Elon

Honorable Mention
Aubree Brown, Drexel
Nicole Enabosu, Delaware
Gabby Giacone, Northeastern
Hannah Nihill, Drexel
Lacey Suggs, UNCW

2018-19 CAA Preseason Player of the Year
Kamiah Smalls, James Madison