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Notre Dame’s Turner recognized with her fourth Freshman of the Week honor
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – North Carolina sophomore Stephanie Mavunga has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the second time this season, while Notre Dame’s Brianna Turner earned ACC Freshman of the Week honors for the second straight week, as announced Monday afternoon by the conference office and voted upon by the Blue Ribbon Panel.
Mavunga averaged 21.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.3 blocks in a 3-0 week for North Carolina that included wins over Albany (71-56), East Tennessee State (95-62) and NC State (72-56). She scored a career-high 26 points on 13-of-14 shooting against ETSU on Friday, Jan. 2 and followed that up with a 23-point, 12-rebound, 5-assist and 4-block performance against NC State in the ACC opener for both clubs on Sunday, Jan. 4.
Mavunga shot 76 percent for the week, and averaged 24.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and shot 82.1 percent from the floor over the final two games of the week for the Tar Heels.
Turner enjoyed a successful opening weekend in ACC play, averaging 17.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 6.0 blocks per game with a 67.6 field-goal percentage as Notre Dame earned wins over Florida State and #21/22 Syracuse, extending the Fighting Irish ACC regular season winning streak to 18 games, a new ACC record. Turner scored 12 of her 14 points against Florida State in the second half before chalking up her second career double-double at Syracuse with 20 points (on 9-of-13 shooting), a game-high 13 rebounds and a career-high seven blocks, helping Notre Dame tie a NCAA Division I record with its 30th consecutive road win. Turner, whose seven blocks at Syracuse were the most by a Fighting Irish player since March 20, 2012 (Devereaux Peters vs. California in NCAA Championship second-round game), has blocked at least five shots in each of her last four games.