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Boston College’s Kelly Hughes receives second ACC Rookie of the Week honor
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Georgia Tech senior guard Tyaunna Marshall has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, while Boston College freshman guard Kelly Hughes has been tabbed the ACC Rookie of the Week, as announced Monday afternoon by the conference office and voted on by the Blue Ribbon Panel.
Marshall, who was also named ESPNW’s National Player of the Week, averaged 26.3 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game with a .500 field goal percentage last week as Georgia Tech picked up three ACC wins, including a victory over No. 13/11 North Carolina.
Against the Tar Heels, Marshall scored 32 points to break Kisha Ford’s all-time program record of 1,955 career points. Marshall made two free throws against the Tar Heels with 4.3 seconds left in the game to secure the Jackets’ first win against a ranked opponent since 2012 and give her 1,956 career points, breaking Ford’s record. She followed up her record-breaking performance by scoring 24 points at Miami and setting a career-high in steals with seven. Marshall led the Jackets in every category - points (24), rebounds (9), assists (3) and steals (7) - against the Hurricanes. Marshall’s 1,980 career points has her just 20 points shy of becoming the first Yellow Jacket to reach 2,000 career points and has her in 24th place on the ACC career points list.
Boston College’s Hughes shined last week in a 1-1 week for the Eagles. The freshman from Point Pleasant, N.J., averaged 23 points, in 36.5 minutes per game. She shot 66.7 from the floor and a sizzling 71.4 percent from the three-point line. Hughes went 5-for-9 (55.6 percent) from long range against Virginia on Thursday, and was key in the Eagles’ victory as she hit her fifth three with 2:09 to play, giving BC a five point lead, and sank two free throws with seven seconds to play to clinch the 69-65 win. Against FSU, Hughes matched her career-high with 23 points while grabbing five rebounds. She was perfect from the floor from the three-point line, making all five of her attempts.
It is the first ACC weekly honor for Marshall and second for Hughes, as she was named Rookie of the Week on Feb. 10.
ACC women’s basketball action continues tonight with Big Monday action when No. 17 North Carolina plays at No. 3 Duke at 7 p.m. live on ESPN2.