Six ACC Student-Athletes Garner AP All-America Accolades

Six ACC Student-Athletes Garner AP All-America Accolades

April 2, 2013

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Six Atlantic Coast Conference student-athletes representing four schools earned Associated Press All-America honors announced Tuesday.

Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas and Duke’s Chelsea Gray were named to the AP All-America Second Team, while Duke’s Elizabeth Williams earned third team honors. Georgia Tech’s Tyaunna Marshall, Maryland’s Tianna Hawkins, North Carolina’s Tierra Ruffin-Pratt collected honorable mention All-America recognition.

Thomas, the ACC Player of the Year as named by the Blue Ribbon Panel and Co-Player of the Year as named by the league’s head coaches, finished her junior year with 18.8 points, 10.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game, and is the only player in the country to rank in the Top 50 in all three statistical categories. She also led the ACC in all three categories. This is Thomas’ second AP All-America selection as she earned first team honors following the 2011-12 season.

Gray, the ACC Co-Player of the Year with Thomas as named by the head coaches, was having a standout season in 2012-13 prior to getting injured in the first half against Wake Forest on Sunday, Feb. 17.  She suffered a dislocated kneecap and was forced to miss the rest of the season, after starting the first 25 contests.  Gray was averaging 13.1 points, 5.6 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 3.7 steals heading into game against the Demon Deacons. 

Williams, the two-time ACC Defensive Player of the Year, has averaged 15.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.0 blocks, 1.3 assists and 1.1 steals on the season.  She ranks eighth nationally in blocks, while swatting a shot in each of her 68 career games at Duke.  The native of Virginia Beach, Va., owns six double-doubles on the season and has notched double-figure scoring in a team-best 23 straight games.

Hawkins, a First Team All-ACC honoree as named by both the Blue Ribbon Panel and by the head coaches, ended her career No. 11 on Maryland's all-time scoring list with 1,595 points and No. 3 in rebounds with 1,086. She scored in double figures in 31 of 34 games this season and notched 17 double-doubles. She was third in the ACC in scoring (18.0) and second in rebounding (9.7).

A native of Alexandria, Va., Ruffin-Pratt had her finest season in Chapel Hill as a senior and earned All-ACC First Team honors by both the Blue Ribbon Panel and the head coaches for her efforts. Ruffin-Pratt led the Tar Heels to a 29-7 overall record and an appearance in the second round of the NCAA Championship. She paced North Carolina with 15.5 points per game, while totaling a team-high 159 assists and 93 steals. 

Marshall was named to the All-ACC First Team and All-ACC Defensive Team after averaging the league’s second best scoring average of 18.1 points, and contributing 8.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.6 steals in 30 games for the Yellow Jackets in 2012-13. She is just the second Yellow Jacket to earn recognition from the Associated Press and first since 1997 when Kisha Ford was named honorable mention AP All-America honors.

Associated Press All-America Teams (Only ACC student-athletes noted)

Second Team

Chelsea Gray, Jr., G, Duke

Alyssa Thomas, Jr., F, Maryland

Third Team

Elizabeth Williams, So., F/C, Duke

Honorable Mention

Tianna Hawkins, Sr., F, Maryland

Tyaunna Marshall, Jr., G, Georgia Tech

Tierra Ruffin-Pratt, Sr., G, North Carolina