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UNC’s DeShields receives ACC Rookie of the Week honor
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Syracuse sophomore guard Brianna Butler has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, while North Carolina freshman guard Diamond DeShields earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors, as announced Monday afternoon by the conference office and voted on by the Blue Ribbon Panel.
Butler received her first ACC Player of the Week honor following a MVP performance at the Paradise Jam while leading Syracuse to three straight wins and the Reef Division title. Butler averaged 23.3 points while shooting 57.5 percent in wins over Texas (77-65), Memphis (77-58) and No. 12/11 Texas A&M (78-63). The King of Prussia, Pa., native knocked down 53.8 percent of her attempts from downtown, including seven en route to a career-high 29 points in the Orange’s upset win over the Aggies. Along with earning Paradise Jam MVP honors, Butler was also tabbed espnW’s National Player of the Week.
DeShields averaged 23.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.7 steals while leading North Carolina to a 2-1 record last week in the Cancun Challenge. The Norcross, Ga., native set a season high with 24 points in the Tar Heels’ win over Arkansas State and topped that mark the next day with 28 points and five steals in an overtime loss to Arizona State. DeShields capped the weekend with 18 points and eight rebounds in an 87-51 win over Illinois.
It is the first weekly honor for DeShields, and she is the third different Tar Heel to earn Rookie of the Week accolades this season.
The Heels and Orange will be back in action when the seventh annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge tips off on Wednesday, Dec. 4. No. 18 North Carolina will host No. 15 Nebraska on Wednesday, while the 22nd-ranked Orange play at No. 25 Iowa on Thursday.
Complete release will be available this afternoon.