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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Virginia senior Monica Wright was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Preseason Player of the Year at the ACC’s annual media day held at the Greensboro Coliseum. The Cavaliers were picked to finish fourth in the preseason poll.

Wright (Woodbridge, Va.) adds ACC Preseason Player of the Year to her list of preseason accolades, which already includes first team All-America honors from Lindy’s and The Sporting News.

Wright, also a preseason candidate for both the Wooden Award and 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.

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.

Season tickets and Pick 6 Mini Packages for 2009-10 Virginia women’s basketball season are also available through the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office. Customers may purchase tickets by visiting, by calling the Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 542-8821 or by visiting the Athletics Ticket Office in Bryant Hall during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

2009-10 Predicted Order of Finish

1. North Carolina (30)
2. Duke (10)
3. Florida State (2)
4. Virginia
5. Maryland (3)
6. Boston College
7. Georgia Tech
8. Miami
9. NC State
10. Wake Forest
11. Clemson
12. Virginia Tech

2009-10 Preseason All-ACC Team
Jessica Breland, Sr., F, North Carolina
Jacinta Monroe, Sr., F/C, Florida State
Carolyn Swords, Jr., C, Boston College
Jasmine Thomas, Jr., G, Duke
Monica Wright, Sr., G, Virginia

Preseason Player of the Year: Monica Wright, Sr., G, Virginia
Preseason Rookie of the Year:
Tierra Ruffin-Pratt, Fr., G, North Carolina

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