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ARLINGTON, Virginia – UNCW junior guard Kelva Atkins was named Second-Team All-CAA and also earned All-Academic Team accolades as the Colonial Athletic Association handed out its annual awards Wednesday during the league's pre-tournament banquet.

Senior Diana Venezia and freshman Brie Mobley were also recognized as Mobley was selected to the All-Rookie Team while Venezia was chosen as the team's Dean Ehler's Award recipient.

Atkins earned All-CAA distinction for the first time in her career after a stellar junior campaign that saw the Stem, N.C., product lead the Seahawks in scoring (15.1), assists (3.2) and steals (2.1) while ranking second on the squad in rebounds (5.3). A Preseason First-Team All-CAA selection, Atkins enters the conference tournament as one of only two players in the CAA to rank among the top 20 players in the league in points (5th), rebounds (18th), steals (4th) and assists (8th).

In the classroom, Atkins is a Recreation Sport Leadership major with a 3.1 cumulative GPA. She was named to the CAA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll for the 2012-13 season.

Mobley, meanwhile, garnered All-Rookie Team accolades following an outstanding rookie season that placed her second on the team in scoring (11.6), third in assists (1.6) and steals (1.6) and fourth in rebounding (4.3). A two-time CAA Rookie-of-the-Week selection, Mobley reached double figures in points on 16 occasions, including a season-high 29 points in the regular season finale at College of Charleston on March 5 to match Gwen Austin for the fifth highest single-game scoring performance by a UNCW freshman.

A native of Westfield, N.J., Venezia was recognized as the program's Dean Ehlers Award recipient, which is presented annually to a women's basketball student-athlete from each member institution who "embodies the highest standards of leadership, integrity and sportsmanship in conjunction with her academic athletic achievement." An Exercise Science major, Venezia is a two-time CAA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll honoree (2011 & 2013) and has been active in the team's community service projects throughout her four-year career. She has also served as a team captain for the 2013-14 season.

 

Ninth-seeded UNCW opens the 2014 CAA Women's Basketball Championship Thursday with a 2 p.m. contest against eighth-seeded William & Mary at Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md.

2013-14 CAA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL AWARD WINNERS ALL-CAA FIRST TEAM Player

 

Cl.

 

Pos.

 

Ht.

 

Hometown/Previous School

 

Kelsey Buchanan, Delaware

 

Sr.

 

C

 

6-3

 

South Riding, Va./Freedom

 

Kirby Burkholder, James Madison

 

Sr.

 

G

 

6-0

 

Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby

 

Tanisha McTiller, Towson

 

Sr.

 

G

 

5-7

 

Chicago, Ill./Lincoln Park

 

Afreyea Tolbert, CofC

 

Sr.

 

G

 

5-10

 

Teaneck, N.J./St. Mary's/Northeastern

 

Jewel Tunstull, Northeastern

 

Sr.

 

C

 

6-3

 

Brooklyn, N.Y./Midwood

 

 

ALL-CAA SECOND TEAM

Player

 

Cl.

 

Pos.

 

Ht.

 

Hometown/Previous School

 

Kelva Atkins, UNCW

 

Jr.

 

Jr.

 

5-4

 

Stem, N.C./Granville Central/Columbia State JC

 

Alyssa Frye, College of Charleston

 

Sr.

 

G

 

5-8

 

Chester, Va./Dale

 

Toia Giggetts, James Madison

 

Jr.

 

F

 

6-0

 

Norfolk, Va./Lake Taylor

 

Precious Hall, James Madison

 

So.

 

G

 

5-8

 

Tallahassee, Fla./Maclay School

 

LaTorri Hines-Allen, Towson

 

Jr.

 

F

 

6-1

 

Monclair, N.J./Montclair

 

 

ALL-CAA THIRD TEAM

Player

 

Cl.

 

Pos.

 

Ht.

 

Hometown/Previous School

 

A'lece Mark, Northeastern

 

Jr.

 

G

 

5-7

 

Springfield, Mass./Loomis Chaffee Academy

 

Kaitlyn Mathieu, William & Mary

 

Sr.

 

F

 

6-2

 

Waterboro, Maine/Worcester Academy

 

Nikki Newman, James Madison

 

Sr.

 

G/F

 

6-2

 

Harrisonburg, Va./Turner Ashby

 

Anma Onyeuku, Hofstra

 

Sr.

 

F

 

5-10

 

Fayetteville, Ga./Fayette County

 

Annie Payton, Hofstra

 

Sr.

 

G

 

5-9

 

Camden, N.J./Camden

 

Rachel Pearson, Drexel

 

So.

 

G/F

 

5-11

 

West Chester, Pa./Archbishop Carroll

 

 

2014 CAA PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Kirby Burkholder, James Madison

2014 CAA COACH OF THE YEAR: Kenny Brooks, James Madison

2014 CAA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Marlena Tremba, William & Mary

2014 CAA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Nikki Newman, James Madison

2014 DEAN EHLERS LEADERSHIP AWARD: Stephanie Leon, Delaware

 

ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

Player

 

Cl.

 

Pos.

 

Ht.

 

Hometown/Previous School

 

Breanna Bolden, CofC

 

Fr.

 

F

 

5-11

 

Edgewater, Md./South River

 

Sarah Curran, Drexel

 

Fr.

 

F

 

5-11

 

Media, Pa./Archbishop Carroll

 

Elo Edeferioka, Hofstra

 

Fr.

 

F

 

6-3

 

Warri, Nigeria/Life Center Academy (N.J.)

 

Brie Mobley, UNCW

 

Fr.

 

G

 

5-8

 

Winter Haven, Fla./Winter Haven

 

Marlena Tremba, William & Mary

 

Fr.

 

G

 

5-9

 

Vienna, Va./Paul VI

 

 

ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM

Player

 

Cl.

 

Pos.

 

Ht.

 

Hometown/Previous School

 

Jazmen Boone, William & Mary

 

Jr.

 

F

 

5-8

 

Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne

 

Jazmon Gwathmey, James Madison

 

So.

 

G

 

6-2

 

Bealeton, Va./Liberty

 

Mikaela Hopkins, CofC

 

Jr.

 

F/C

 

6-5

 

Augusta, Ga./Thomas

 

Tanisha McTiller, Towson

 

Sr.

 

G

 

5-7

 

Chicago, Ill./Lincoln Park

 

Nikki Newman, James Madison

 

Sr.

 

G/F

 

6-2

 

Harrisonburg, Va./Turner Ashby

 

Jewel Tunstull, Northeastern

 

Sr.

 

C

 

6-3

 

Brooklyn, N.Y./Midwood

 

 

ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM

Player

 

Cl.

 

Pos.

 

Ht.

 

Hometown/Previous School

 

Kelva Atkins, UNCW

 

Jr.

 

G

 

5-4

 

Stem, N.C./Granville Central/Columbia State JC

 

Jazmen Boone, William & Mary

 

Jr.

 

F

 

5-8

 

Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne

 

Jill Brown, College of Charleston

 

Sr.

 

G

 

5-6

 

Midlothian, Va./Trinity Episcopal

 

Kelsey Buchanan, Delaware

 

Sr.

 

C

 

6-3

 

South Riding, Va./Freedom

 

Kirby Burkholder, JMU

 

Sr.

 

G

 

6-0

 

Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby

 

Meghan Creighton, Drexel

 

So.

 

G

 

5-7

 

West Chester, Pa./Archbishop Carroll

 

Fiona Flanagan, Drexel

 

Sr.

 

G

 

5-10

 

Penn Valley, Pa./Notre Dame de Namur

 

Alyssa Frye, CofC

 

Sr.

 

G

 

5-8

 

Chester, Va./Dale

 

Kyla Kerstetter, William & Mary

 

Jr.

 

G

 

5-11

 

Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood

 

Amencie Mercier, Northeastern

 

Jr.

 

G

 

5-7

 

Pierrefonds, Quebec/Dawson College

 

Nikki Newman, James Madison

 

Sr.

 

G/F

 

6-2

 

Harrisonburg, Va./Turner Ashby

 

Anma Onyeuku, Hofstra

 

Sr.

 

F

 

5-10

 

Fayetteville, Ga./Fayette County

 

Rachel Pearson, Drexel

 

So.

 

G/F

 

5-11

 

West Chester, Pa./Archbishop Carroll

 

Tory Thierolf, Drexel

 

Sr.

 

F

 

6-0

 

Doylestown, Pa./Germantown Academy

 

Nyree Williams, Towson

 

Sr.

 

F

 

6-1

 

Ellicott City, Md./Howard HS

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