The Colonial Athletic Association Women’s Basketball Media Day was Thursday and here is what we learned in terms of the Blue Hens.
The Blue Hens are predicted to finish fifth ( 48 pts) in the CAA Preseason Poll. The Hens finished fourth last year in the CAA with a 16-14 record ( 10-8 CAA record).
As a team last year the Hens had an .381 Field Goal Percentage, .330 three point Percentage, .751 Free Throw Percentage, 35.8 rebounds per game, 11.1 assist per game, 6.6 steals a game, 3.3 blocks a game and 57.1 points per game.
James Madison is picked to win it all in the 2017-18 season with 78 points ( 6 place first place votes), according to a vote of the league’s ten head coaches. CAA’s defending champs Elon placed second with 74 points and three first place votes.
After an early exit last year from the CAA Tournament which they made it to the quarterfinals, the Hens look to come out even stronger this year.
The Hens are led by first year Head Coach Natasha Adair and the team has three starters and eight letter winner returning this season. The Hens also have three newcomers on the team this year.
Also, CAA preseason picks Blue Hen Junior forward Nicole Enabosi to be an Preseason All-CAA First Team selection. The junior Blue Hen is a two year starter and letter winner with the Hens who really stepped up last year as a leader of the team. Enabosi averaged a double-double last season having 13.7 points and 10.0 rebounds. The Blue Hen was 17th among all NCAA Division I players with 16 double doubles. The forward led the Hens in five statistical categories and and also ranked in the Top 10 of seven CAA categories.
With all that, Enabosi was awarded All-CAA First Team and All-Defensive Team selection for her tremendous 2016-2017 season.
Enabosi feels in her third year that she is more comfortable in the CAA because she told CAA.TV for the most part she knows the atmosphere, coaching style and rosters of the teams. The junior also adds that knowledge helps her mentor the younger players on the Blue Hens.
Coach Adair agrees and sees that Enabosi brings the leadership to the team she told the media in the CAA Media teleconference.