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