ACC Women’s Basketball: Notre Dame’s Cable and Wake Forest’s Stephenson Collect Weekly Honors

Cable and Stephenson each earn their second weekly honors of the season

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Notre Dame graduate student guard Madison Cable has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, while Wake Forest freshman guard Ariel Stephenson earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors, as announced Monday afternoon by the conference office and voted upon by the Blue Ribbon Panel.

Cable averaged 18.7 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game with a double-double and a 50-40-90 shooting week (51.4 field-goal percentage, 42.9 three-point percentage, 92.3 free-throw percentage) in leading Notre Dame to three ACC wins, including two comeback victories on the road.

Cable began with a game-high 18 points (including 3-of-7 3-pointers), seven rebounds and game-high/season-best five steals in a Big Monday win at Duke. Five of her points came in a one-minute span late in the fourth quarter, when her 3-pointer gave the Fighting Irish the lead for good at the 3:59 mark, followed by a steal and score that boosted the Notre Dame lead to six points.

Cable then tied her career high with 25 points on 8-of-12 shooting and a season-best 7-of-7 free throws in Thursday’s win over N.C. State. Her game-high 25 points came in just 27 minutes of action.

Cable closed the week with her third double-double of the season (fourth of her career) with 13 points and a team-high 12 rebounds in Sunday’s matinee win at No. 13 Louisville. Cable tallied 11 points and eight rebounds in the second half, including two free throws that put Notre Dame in front for good with 3:07 to play in the game, followed by a clutch 3-pointer with two minutes to play that gave the Fighting Irish a two-possession lead. This is the second ACC Player of the Week award of the season for Cable, as she also earned the honor of December 14.

Stephenson continued a hot stretch through two Wake Forest victories, leading the Deacs in scoring in both contests. She averaged 19.0 points while shooting 48.1 percent from the floor – 53.1 percent from long range – in 34.4 minutes.

At Pitt, Stephenson notched a game-high 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting while helping Wake Forest break a two-game losing streak. On Sunday, Stephenson set a new career high with a game-high 22 points as the Deacs topped in-state rival NC State for the first time since the 2012-13 season. Over the course of the last six games, the freshman has averaged a team-best 17.5 points per game while shooting 42.9 percent from the floor and 38.6 percent from 3-point land. It is the second Rookie of the Week honor for the Prince George, Virginia, native as she also earned the honor on November 16.

ACC teams will be back in action on Thursday, Feb. 11.