On Monday, the ACC announced their all conference teams. The first and second teams were voted on by the league’s Blue Ribbon Panel, which consists of national and local media members and school officials. Head coaches also have their own vote.
Duke women’s basketball players Chelsea Gray and Elizabeth Williams were named to the All-ACC first team for the second straight season, as was Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas. Joining them on the first team were three Florida State players: Leonor Rodriguez, Alexa Deluzio, and Natasha Howard. Howard was a third team selection last season and was named to the All-Freshman team in 2011.
Tianna Hawkins joins her teammate Thomas on the first team, as she led the league in scoring and was second to Thomas in rebounds. Georgia Tech’s Tyaunna Marshall, who was a second team selection last year and named to the freshman team in 2011, was also named to the first team.
Rounding out the rest of the first team honorees are Morgan Stroman of Miami, North Carolina’s Tierra Ruffin-Pratt, and Virginia’s Ataira Franklin.
The coaches had a similar first team, but with UNC’s Xylina McDaniel, NC State’s Marissa Kastanek, and Miami’s Stefanie Yderstrom replacing Howard and Franklin.
(There was a tie in the voting so an extra player was added.)
The All-ACC second teams were a little different. Tricia Liston of Duke and Chelsea Douglas of Wake Forest were on both lists. Joining them on the Blue Ribbon Panel list are Haley Peters, McDaniel, and Kastanek. Joining them in the coaches list are Howard, Franklin, and Lakevia Boykin of Wake Forest.
The sixth player of the year went to FSU’s Chastity Clayton, a redshirt senior. She averaged 10.5 points per game and shifted in and out of the starting lineup.
Rookie of the Year honors were announced on Tuesday and UNC’s Xylina McDaniel earned the honor from both the Blue Ribbon Panel and the coaches. She was named Rookie of the Week six times and is currently averaging 12.4 points per game and 7.2 rebounds.
Alexis Jones of Duke was named to the All-Freshman team. She gives Duke a freshman on the team for the fourth straight year. Boston College’s Nicole Boudreau started all 29 games and averaged 11.2 PPG. Georgia Tech’s Brittany Jackson was also named to the All-Freshman team.
The Blue Ribbon Panel and the ACC coaches disagreed on who the final member of the All-Freshman team should be. They did agree that the player is a member of Maryland. Guard Chloe Pavlech stepped in when the Terps lost their starting guard tandem and has done a nice job. The coaches thought Malina Howard and her ability to shoot from the outside belonged on the team. In my opinion, I would go with Pavlech because she starts and plays a bigger role on the team. Howard is good, but has only been getting big minutes over the second half of the season.
The ACC Tournament in Greensboro begins on Thursday afternoon with the first round games. All games can be seen on ESPN3.com, with the final on Sunday at 2pm ET on ESPN2.