Virginia senior guard Monica Wright (Woodbridge, Va.) has been named a preseason first team All-American by Lindy’s College Basketball, and the Cavaliers are ranked No. 11 in the publication’s preseason poll. The magazine is currently available at newsstands and bookstores.
Wright, also a preseason candidate for both the Wooden Award and the State Farm Wade Trophy, returns for her senior campaign after leading the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring last season (20.5 points per game). A first team All-ACC selection, Wright set the UVa single-season scoring record with 696 points en route to an honorable mention Associated Press All-America nod.
Wright is on pace to become UVa’s all-time scoring leader, and needs 330 points to surpass Dawn Staley’s school record of 2,135 points.
Wright was joined on the first team by Jayne Appel (Sr., C, Stanford), Tina Charles (Sr., C, Connecticut), Maya Moore (Jr., F, Connecticut) and Danielle Robinson (Jr., G, Oklahoma).
The Cavaliers return six letterwinners from last year’s squad that finished with a 24-10 overall record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The season tips off on Nov. 13 at UMBC, before the home opener at John Paul Jones Arena on Sunday, Nov. 15 vs. Manhattan at 2 p.m.