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Fighting Irish’s Turner is Freshman of Year; FSU’s Semrau receives coaching honor
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Notre Dame junior guard Jewell Loyd has been voted the 2015 Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year by the league’s 15 head coaches.
Notre Dame’s Brianna Turner was voted the ACC Freshman of the Year, while Florida State’s Sue Semrau earned ACC Coach of the Year recognition..
Named first-team All-ACC for the second straight season by the Blue Ribbon panel last week and the ACC head coaches on Monday, Loyd has averaged an ACC-leading 20.5 points per game and handed out 3.1 assists per contests while pacing the Fighting Irish to a 31-2 season that included a 15-1 mark in ACC regular-season play and a second-straight ACC title. The 5-foot-10 native of Lincolnwood, Illinois, was named the ACC Player of the Year by the Blue Ribbon Panel, the MVP of the ACC Women’s Tournament for the second consecutive year and is on the watch list for virtually every major national award.
The 6-foot-3 Turner has provided a complementary inside force for the second-ranked Irish, averaging 13.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. The six-time ACC Freshman of the Week and ACC Freshman of the Year as selected by the Blue Ribbon Panel, leads the conference in field goal percentage at .667 and ranks third in blocked shots at 2.6 per game. The Pearland, Texas, native has recorded seven double-doubles – six against ACC opposition – and owns six scoring games of 20 points or more.
Semrau guided the Seminoles to a 29-4 overall record, a 14-2 mark in ACC play and a No. 2 ACC Tournament seeding. The seventh-ranked Seminoles – who were picked for a fifth-place ACC finish by both the Blue Ribbon panel and the league’s head coaches in preseason – reached the ACC Tournament finals for the first time and have set a school single-season record for wins. FSU was a perfect 14-0 at home this season, but also owns an impressive 9-2 mark in true road games. Semrau was also selected as the ACC Coach of the Year by the Blue Ribbon Panel.
ACC Head Coaches’ Season Awards
2015 ACC Player of the Year
Jewell Loyd, Jr., G, Notre Dame
2015 ACC Freshman of the Year
Brianna Turner, Fr., F, Notre Dame
2015 ACC Coach of the Year
Sue Semrau, Florida State