Women’s Basketball Team Tabbed to Tie for Third

Posted: September 3, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The George Mason women’s basketball team was selected to finish in a tie for third in the upcoming 2002-03 season in a preseason poll of the Colonial Athletic Association’s (CAA) 10 head coaches. Patriot junior guard Jen Derevjanik was also named to the all-conference first team in the balloting.

Derevjanik was the only George Mason player named to the first or second teams. Junior forward Vernessa Neamo also received votes.

The Patriots received two first-place votes and finished one total point behind second-place University of North Carolina-Wilmington, which received 62 total points. Old Dominion, which captured the past 11 CAA women’s basketball titles, garnered eight first-place votes and earned 80 of a possible 81 points in the poll.

George Mason is the only team in the conference that returns all five starters from last season, and will have 14 of 15 letter winners back. The Patriots posted a solid 17-14 overall mark and pushed the eventual champion Old Dominion in a CAA Tournament semifinal match, before falling 68-63 in overtime. Derevjanik, a 2002 all-CAA second-team choice and the 2001 CAA Rookie of the Year, led George Mason in scoring and assists last season.

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