ACCWBB Head Coaches All-ACC, All-Freshman and All-Defensive Teams Announced

Duke’s Williams becomes second four-time All-Defensive Team selection in ACC history

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – The 2014-15 All-ACC Women’s Basketball Team as selected by the league’s 15 head coaches, was announced Monday by Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford.

Notre Dame, which repeated as both ACC Women’s Tournament and ACC regular season champion, placed junior guard Jewell Loyd and freshman forward Brianna Turner on the first team. North Carolina also had two first-team selections in sophomore guard Allisha Gray and sophomore forward Stephanie Mavunga. Also earning a spot is Duke senior post player Elizabeth Williams.

Florida State junior center Adut Bulgak, Georgia Tech sophomore guard Kaela Davis, Miami sophomore guard Adrienne Motley, Pitt senior guard Brianna Kiesel and Wake Forest senior forward Dearica Hamby round out the 10-member first team.

The All-ACC Second Team featured Florida State sophomore guard Leticia Romero, Louisville freshman guard Mariya Moore and senior center Sara Hammond, Syracuse sophomore guard Alexis Peterson and Virginia junior guard Faith Randolph.

Notre Dame’s Turner, Dukes’ Azurá Stevens, Louisville’s Moore and and Myisha Hines-Allen  were also voted to the five-member All-ACC Freshman Team, along with Florida State forward Shakayla Thomas.

Notre Dame’s Loyd, Duke’s Williams and Wake Forest’s Hamby are all repeat first-team selections from last season. Georgia Tech’s Davis was named to the second team in 2014 and was also a member of last years’ All-ACC Freshman Team, along with UNC’s Gray and Miami’s Motley.

Loyd has averaged an ACC-leading 20.5 points per game and handed out 3.1 assists per contest while leading 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. Turner has averaged 13.8 points in her first collegiate season while shooting an ACC-best .667 from the floor and pulling down 7.8 rebounds per game.

Georgia Tech’s Davis ranks second among ACC scorers at 19.4 points per game while knocking down 65 shots from 3-point range and shooting .743 from the foul line. Wake Forest’s Hamby has averaged a double-double, ranking third in the ACC in both scoring (20.3 ppg) and rebounding (10.7 rpg).

Pitt’s Kiesel has stepped up to average 18.2 points per game for the Panthers while ranking second among conference players in assists at 4.6 per game. Miami’s Motley ranks sixth among ACC scorers at 16.4 points per game while shooting nearly 49 percent from the floor.

Duke’s Williams has again proven to be a multi-dimensional force, averaging 14.7 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.9 rebounds per contest. Florida State’s Bulgak has been a major player in the Seminoles’ stellar 29-4 season, ranking fourth among ACC rebounders at 9.8 per game while scoring at a 12.5 ppg clip, shooting .493 from the floor and blocking nearly two shots per game.

UNC’s Gray ranks among the ACC’s top 10 in both scoring (15.7 ppg) and rebounding (7.8 rp). Mavunga averages 14.2 points per game for the Tar Heels and also ranks among ACC rebounders at 9.4 per contest.

The All-ACC second team features the ACC’s leader in free-throw percentage in Virginia’s Randolph (.907) and the leader in steals in Syracuse’s Peterson (2.4 per game). Louisville’s  Moore ranks sixth among ACC assist leaders (3.7) while scoring close to 14 points per game, while Hammond is scoring 10.8 points per game whole pulling down 6.5 rebounds per contest. Romero, a Kansas State transfer who became eligible to play for Florida State in late December, ranks second on the Seminoles in assists with 103 despite missing the first 13 game of the season. She averages 10.3 points and 5.0 rebounds.

Florida State’s Thomas has been an immediate impact freshman, shooting nearly 53 percent from the floor while averaging 9.7 points and 5.1 rebounds. Louisville’s Hines-Allen ranks second on her team in scoring a 11.5 ppg while pulling down 4.8 rebounds per contest. Duke’s Stevens averages 14.1 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.

The ACC coaches also selected an All-ACC Defensive Team, and all five of this year’s selections were also named first- or second-team All-ACC – Duke’s Williams, Notre Dame’s Loyd and Turner, Pitt’s Kiesel and Syracuse’s Peterson. Williams is the ACC’s second four-time All-Defensive Team joining former Duke great and ACC Legend Alana Beard. 

2015 All-ACC Team (as selected by the Head Coaches)

First Team
Elizabeth Williams, Sr., C/F, Duke
Adut Bulgak, Jr., C, Florida State
Kaela Davis, So., G, Georgia Tech
Adrienne Motley, So., G, Miami
Allisha Gray, So., G, North Carolina
Stephanie Mavunga, So., F, North Carolina
Jewell Loyd, Jr., G, Notre Dame
Brianna Turner, Fr., F, Notre Dame
Brianna Kiesel, Sr., G, Pitt
Dearica Hamby, Sr., F, Wake Forest

Second Team
Leticia Romero, So., G, Florida State
Sara Hammond, Sr., F, Louisville
Mariya Moore, Fr., G, Louisville
Alexis Peterson, So., G, Syracuse
Faith Randolph, Jr., G, Virginia

2015 All-ACC Freshman Team
Azura Stevens, Fr., F/G, Duke
Shakayla Thomas, Fr., F, Florida State
Mariya Moore, Fr., G, Louisville
Myisha Hines-Allen, Fr., F, Louisville
Brianna Turner, Fr., F, Notre Dame 

2015 ACC All-Defensive Team
Elizabeth Williams, Sr., C/F, Duke
Jewell Loyd, Jr., G, Notre Dame
Brianna Turner, Fr., F, Notre Dame
Brianna Kiesel, Sr., G, Pitt
Alexis Peterson, So., G, Syracuse