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Andrews, Venezia Recognized by CAA

Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications  
Release: 03/07/2012
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ALEXANDRIA, Virginia - UNCW sophomore point guard Alisha Andrews was named Second-Team All-CAA and earned CAA All-Defensive Team honors as the Colonial Athletic Association handed out its annual awards Wednesday on the eve of the 2012 Virginia 529 CAA Women's Basketball Championship.

Junior Brittany Gamby and sophomore Diana Venezia was also recognized Wednesday as Venezia earned All-Academic Team honorable mention distinction while Gamby was the team's Dean Ehlers Award recipient.

The 2010-11 CAA Rookie-of-the-Year, Andrews earned All-CAA honors for the first time in her career and All-Defensive Team recognition for the second consecutive campaign as she paced the Seahawks in scoring (12.3), assists (4.8) and steals (2.7) during the regular season. The preseason Second-Team All-CAA selection started all 29 games in 2011-12 and responded with 19 double-figure scoring performances and two double-digit assist efforts.

Just the 20th player in program history to earn all-conference honors and the first to earn all-defensive team honors twice during her career, Andrews ranked among the top five players in the league in assists (2nd), steals (4th) and minutes played (4th).  Just 62 games into her collegiate career, she already resides on the program's top 10 career charts for assists (305/4th), three-point field goals made (122/4th) and steals (177/8th).   

"Alisha has made great strides during her sophomore season and has once again proven that she belongs among the top players in the CAA, said UNCW Head Coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke. "Her effort and energy sets the tone for our entire program and our players feed off of her intensity. She is committed to continually improving her game and she has been able to take her game to new levels this season."

Venezia was recognized as an All-CAA Academic Team honorable mention selection for her for work in the classroom. The Westfield, N.J., product and Exercise Science major saw playing time in 13 games this season and averaged 1.2 points and 0.3 rebounds.

"To be focused on your academic priorities while also playing a sport at the Division I level requires the utmost dedication and determination," said Cooper-Dyke. "Diana has shown the ability to balance both aspects and is truly worthy of the distinction of being called a student-athlete."

Fifth-seeded UNCW opens the 2012 Virginia 529 CAA Women's Basketball Championship on Thursday with a 2:30 p.m. first-round contest against No. 12 seed Georgia State at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md.

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