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Imovbioh and Turner help the Cavaliers and Irish to season opening wins
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Virginia senior center Sarah Imovbioh 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, as announced Monday afternoon by the conference office and voted on by the Blue Ribbon Panel.
Imovbioh led the Cavaliers to a pair of wins last weekend, including a season-opening win over Ohio State, 87-82 on Friday, Nov. 14. The senior from Abuja, Nigeria, set the Virginia single-game rebounding record with 24 boards against the Buckeyes, and accounted for almost half of Virginia’s 51 total rebounds in the game. Against Radford, Imovbioh only played 20 minutes, but still nearly had another double-double with 14 points and 9 boards. Imovbioh averaged 16 points and 16.5 rebounds in UVa’s two wins.
In her collegiate debut, Turner rang up game highs of 29 points, nine rebounds and three blocks, all in just 19 minutes of action in the Fighting Irish’s 105-51 win over UMass-Lowell on Nov. 14. Along the way, Turner shattered the 33-year-old Notre Dame record for points by a freshman in her first college game (22 by Ruth Kaiser vs. St. Joseph’s-Ind. on Dec. 3, 1981). The Pearland, Texas, native even flirted with the overall Notre Dame freshman single-game scoring record (33 by Michelle Marciniak at Georgia in an overtime loss on Dec. 8, 1991) despite her limited playing time. Her 29 points in the win over UMass-Lowell are the second-most points ever by a Notre Dame player (at any grade level) in a season opener, topped only by All-America forward Katryna Gaither’s 31 points at Indiana on Nov. 24, 1995.
The ACC went 20-3 in the first weekend of action, highlighted by a 10-0 mark on Sunday, Nov. 16, which included No. 13 North Carolina’s victory over No. 23 UCLA.