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Turner earns second straight Freshman of the Week honor
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – North Carolina sophomore forward Stephanie Mavunga has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, while Notre Dame forward Brianna Turner has been tabbed the ACC Freshman of the Week, as announced Monday afternoon by the conference office and voted on by the Blue Ribbon Panel.
Mavunga led the Tar Heels to a pair of wins last week, including a 79-77 victory over No. 21/19 Oklahoma State on Nov. 19. The sophomore from Brownsburg, Indiana, averaged 20.5 points, 13.5 rebounds and 4.0 blocks, while collecting back-to-back double-doubles. Mavunga set a career-high with 16 rebounds and six blocks in North Carolina’s 76-59 win at Oregon on Nov. 23, while her 23 points against the Ducks was just one shy of a career best mark. Against the Cowgirls, Mavunga hit the game-winning bucket with 4.0 seconds left. It is Mavunga’s first ACC Player of the Week nod after collecting ACC Freshman of the Week honors last season on Nov. 24, 2013.
Turner earned her second straight Freshman of the Week honor after averaging 16.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game, including a sharp .633 field goal percentage as the Irish collected three wins and improved to 4-0 on the season. Turner started the week by bouncing back from first-half foul trouble to score 17 points (all in the second half, including the first 10 points of the half) and add a career-high four blocks in a midweek victory at No. 15/17 Michigan State. Turner chipped in 12 points in a home win against Chattanooga and capped the week with a game-high 19 points and career-high three steals in Sunday’s win over Holy Cross.
The ACC is 50-7 this season against non-conference opponents, including three wins over ranked opponents. The action continues tonight with Notre Dame taking on Harvard in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Women’s Challenge and NC State playing at Tulane.