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Diamond DeShields named Player of the Week
GREENSBORO, N.C. – North Carolina’s Diamond DeShields has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, while teammate Allisha Gray 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.
DeShields, who was also named ESPNW’s National Player of the Week, averaged 29 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game with a .541 field goal percentage last week as North Carolina picked up three ACC wins, including road wins at No. 3 Duke and No. 10 NC State.
The Norcross, Ga., native began the week with a 30-point effort in an 89-78 upset of the No. 3 Blue Devils, becoming the first player to score 30 points against Duke since 2009. DeShields capped the week with a North Carolina freshman record 38 points in the Tar Heels’ 89-82 win at No. 10 NC State on Feb. 16, while mixed in-between was a 19-point, six-rebound performance in an 86-50 win against Pitt on Feb. 13.
Gray averaged 21.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, while shooting 56.8 percent from the field and 57.9 percent from beyond the arc. The Sandersville, Ga., native posted 24 points and 10 rebounds at Duke, helping the Tar Heels to their first win at Cameron Indoor Stadium since 2008. Gray contributed 21 points against Pittsburgh and finished the week with 18 points, on 5-of-7 shooting from long distance, in the win at NC State.
ACC women’s basketball play continues tonight with Big Monday action when No. 9/ Maryland plays at No. 3/7 Duke at 7 p.m. live on ESPN2, and No. 2/2 Notre Dame hosts RV/- Georgia Tech also at 7 p.m. on Regional Sports Networks.