Golden is the reigning MEAC Player of the Year, having led the Lady Wildcats to a share of the regular-season title in 2017-18, a program Div. I-record 24 wins, and a third straight WNIT berth. She ranked fourth in the MEAC in scoring last season, averaging 15.7 points per game, and she was second in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage, hitting from deep 39.6 percent of the time. Her 2.7 made threes per game were also second-best in the MEAC, and in conference play, Golden averaged more than 17 points a contest.
North Carolina A&T State, the reigning MEAC Tournament champion, picked up 15 first-place votes in being named the preseason favorite. The Aggies won 23 games and their second MEAC Tournament title in three seasons last year. Defending regular-season co-champion Bethune-Cookman was picked to finish second, receiving eight first-place votes, while Norfolk State was picked to finish third.
Rounding out the rest of the preseason poll are Howard, Maryland Eastern Shore (one first-place vote), Morgan State, North Carolina Central, Florida A&M, Coppin State, Delaware State, South Carolina State, and Savannah State.
Joining Golden on the Preseason All-MEAC First Team are Bethune-Cookman’s Ashanti Hunt (the reigning MEAC Defensive Player of the Year), Coppin State’s Chance Graham, Delaware State’s NaJai Pollard, and North Carolina A&T State’s C’coriea Foy. Hunt and Pollard were First Team honorees last season.
The 2018-19 season begins on Tuesday, Nov. 6, with five teams in action.
The 2019 MEAC Basketball Tournament will be held March 11-16 at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Va.
As voted on by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors; first-place votes are in parentheses
|North Carolina A&T State (15)||279|
|Maryland Eastern Shore (1)||177|
|North Carolina Central||134|
|South Carolina State||80|
2018-19 Preseason All-MEAC Teams
As voted on by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors
Preseason Player of the Year: Angel Golden, Bethune-Cookman
|Angel Golden||G||5-8||Sr.||Bethune-Cookman||Tampa, Fla.|
|Ashanti Hunt||G||5-11||Sr.||Bethune-Cookman||Washington, D.C.|
|Chance Graham||F||6-0||Jr.||Coppin State||Upper Marlboro, Md.|
|NaJai Pollard||F||5-11||Sr.||Delaware State||Richmond, Va.|
|C’coreia Foy||G||6-0||Jr.||North Carolina A&T State||Fayetteville, N.C.|
|Chasimmie Brown||F||6-0||Sr.||Bethune-Cookman||Deltona, Fla.|
|Sarah Edmond||G||5-9||Jr.||Howard||Freeport, N.Y.|
|Ciani Byrom||G||5-5||Sr.||Maryland Eastern Shore||Winston-Salem, N.C.|
|Raven Russell||G||5-10||Sr.||Norfolk State||Millbrook, Ala.|
|Alexus Lessears||C||6-3||Jr.||North Carolina A&T State||Cleveland, Ohio|
|Ayonna Williams||G||5-4||Jr.||Howard||Washington, D.C.|
|Bairesha Gill-Miles||F||6-0||So.||Maryland Eastern Shore||Lexington, Ky.|
|Khadedra Croker||C||6-3||r-Sr.||Norfolk State||Suffolk, Va.|
|Alexys Long||G/F||5-11||Sr.||Norfolk State||Clinton, Md.|
|Rodneysha Martin||G||5-5||Sr.||North Carolina Central||Olive Branch, Miss.|