Arlington, Va. - William and May senior forward Emily Correal was selected to the Colonial Athletic Association Preseason Second-Team on Tuesday, at the annual CAA Basketball media day held in Arlington, Va. Classmates and Janine Aldridge also garnered preseason accolades on Tuesday. Per College Sports Madness, McKenna earned All-CAA Preseason First-Team accolades, while Aldrdige took home second-team distinctions.
Correal enters her senior season as one of the most talented post players in the league. The Venetia, Pa., native posses the ability to score on the block and from the perimeter which was evident as she poured in 18 second-half points in last season's CAA Tournament first-round tilt against VCU. In 2011-12, Correal averaged a career-high 13.2 points and 8.6 rebounds per game, which included 11 double-double performances.
The 2012-13 predicted order of finish was also unveiled on Tuesday morning as the Tribe was tabbed to finish in a tie for ninth in the league. Delaware, who captured its first league title last season, was picked to repeat in 2012-13. Meanwhile, James Madison and Hofstra were picked to finish second and third.
In 2011-12, the College flashed signs of its potential, as it recorded signature wins over competition from the Atlantic Coast Conference and Big East. This season's edition of the Tribe will look to build upon that success as it returns four starters and 11 letterwinners from last year's squad.
Along with Correal, the Tribe returns four other seniors in Janine Aldridge, Jaclyn McKenna, Chanel Murchison and Taylor Hilton. Aldridge, who is the College's all time leader in 3-pointers made with 221, looks to continue her sharpshooting ways in her final campaign, while McKenna is poised for a great season after averaging 10.1 points and 5.3 rebounds a year ago. Murchison will be relied upon for her tenacious defensive and exceptional leadership, while Hilton will push for a starting spot.
The CAA also announced on media day that the College's Feb. 14, home contest against Northeastern we be televised on the Comcast family of networks. The Tribe and Huskies' 7 p.m., tilt will be aired on Comcast Sports Network Mid-Atlantic (CSN-MA), Comcast Sports Network New England (CSN-NE) and The Comcast Sports Network of Philadelphia (TCN-P).
W&M will get the 2012-13 season underway on Friday, Nov.
9, when it welcomes East Carolina to Kaplan Arena for 5 p.m. tip-off.
All W&M men's and women's basketball home games will be shown live over TribeAthletics.com. Games already selected for television will be subject to black out in certain areas. The Tribe Athletics TV package will be $10.95 for a month, $39.95 for four months and $69.95 for 12 months.
2012-13 CAA Predicted Order of Finish
2. James Madison
5. Old Dominion
7. George Mason
William and Mary
11. Georgia State
2012-13 CAA Preseason All-Conference Teams
Elena Delle Donne - Delaware
Shante Evans - Hofstra
Tarik Hislop - James Madison
Deanna Kerkhof - Northeastern
Hollie Mershon - Drexel
Kirby Burkholder - James Madison
Lauren Carra - Delaware
Emily Correal - William and Mary
Amber Easter - George Mason
Nikki Newman - James Madison
CAA Preseason Player of the Year: Elena Delle Donne - Delaware