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Cardinal guard Dana Evans was also the no-brainer pick for preseason Player of the Year.

NCAA BASKETBALL: MAR 31 Div I Women’s Championship - Quarterfinals - Connecticut v Louisville Photo by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The U of L women’s basketball team is the preseason pick to win the ACC by both the league’s coaches and members of the media.

The Cardinals earned the preseason distinction by earning 13 out of a possible 15 first-place vote from the ACC’s coaches, and 45 of the 57 first-place votes cast by the media.

Here’s what the full preseason polls look like:

Louisville’s Dana Evans, the reigning ACC Player of the Year, was the runaway choice as the league preseason POY, earning 12 of the 15 votes cast for the distinction. She was the only Cardinal named to the coaches or the media’s preseason All-ACC squad.

Here’s a complete look at the individual preseason accolades:

Head Coaches & Blue Ribbon Panel Preseason Player of the Year

Dana Evans, Louisville, Sr., G

Head Coaches Preseason All-ACC Team

Taylor Soule, Boston College, Jr., F
Dana Evans, Louisville, Sr., G (12 Preseason Player of the Year Votes)
Janelle Bailey, North Carolina, Sr., C
Jakia Brown-Turner, NC State So., G
Elissa Cunane, NC State, Jr., C (3)
Kiara Lewis, Syracuse, Sr., G
Tiana Mangakahia, Syracuse, Gr., G
Elizabeth Kitley, Virginia Tech, So., C”
Aisha Sheppard, Virginia Tech, Sr., G
Ivana Raca, Wake Forest, Sr., F

Head Coaches Newcomer Watch List

Hailey Van Lith, Louisville, Fr., G
Kianna Smith, Louisville, Jr., G
Deja Kelly, North Carolina, Fr., G
Maddy Westbeld, Notre Dame, Fr., F
Kamilla Cardoso, Syracuse, Fr., C

Blue Ribbon Panel Preseason All-ACC Team (57 voters)

Taylor Soule, Boston College, Jr., F (3)
Dana Evans, Louisville, Sr., G (40)
Janelle Bailey, North Carolina, Sr., C
Elissa Cunane, NC State, Jr., C (11)
Sam Brunelle, Notre Dame, So., F
Kiara Lewis, Syracuse, Sr., G
Tiana Mangakahia, Syracuse, Gr., G (3)
Elizabeth Kitley, Virginia Tech, So., C
Aisha Sheppard, Virginia Tech, Sr., G
Ivana Raca, Wake Forest, Sr., F

() Indicates preseason player of the year votes

Blue Ribbon Panel Newcomer Watch List

Tiana England, Florida State, Gr., G
Hailey Van Lith, Louisville, Fr., G
Deja Kelly, North Carolina, Fr., G
Maddy Westbeld, Notre Dame, Fr., F
Kamilla Cardoso, Syracuse, Fr., C