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Jan. 10, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Duke senior guard Jasmine Thomas and Georgia Tech freshman guard Tyaunna Marshall earned Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Player and Rookie of the Week honors for the period ending Jan. 9.
The accolades are voted on by the league's "Blue Ribbon Panel," which consists of national and local media members, as well as school representatives. The panelists will also vote on the ACC’s postseason All-Conference teams for the 2010-11 season.
The weekly award marks the first for Thomas this season and second over her career. Marshall earns her fifth ACC Rookie of the Week honor, including the second consecutive. The record for most newcomer weekly nods in a single season is held by Wake Forest’s Tracy Connor, who received the honor on nine occasions during the 1992-93 season.
Thomas averaged 23.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 steals, 2.5 assists and 1.5 blocks en route to leading third-ranked Duke to victories over 10th-ranked Kentucky and 14th-ranked Maryland last week. Against Kentucky, Thomas had 24 points, four rebounds, three blocks and three steals. The Fairfax, Va., native hit a jumper with 1:33 remaining to tie the score and hit four free throws over the final 15 seconds to seal the win. Thomas also tallied three blocks over the final 6:32 of the game, including a swat with nine seconds remaining on a potential game-tying three-point field goal attempt.
Versus Maryland, Thomas had 22 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals. With Duke down by two points late in the second half, Thomas drained a three-pointer with 1:58 left to give Duke a one-point lead. She then hit an off-balance jumper with 1:10 left to give Duke a three-point lead. Thomas totaled seven points over the final 1:58 to clinch the win for the Blue Devils, which improved to 15-0 on the year and won their 17th straight in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Marshall led Georgia Tech to flawless 2-0 week to open ACC play last week, including an upset win of eighth-ranked North Carolina. The newcomer from Upper Marlboro, Md., averaged a team-best 17.0 points per game and scored a game-high 24 against the Tar Heels. Marshall, who shot 41.9 percent last week, was second on the team with averages of 3.0 assists and 2.5 steals, and third on squad with 5.5 rebounds per game. Against visiting North Carolina, Marshall made a big-time three-pointer with 1:03 remaining in regulation and the shot clock running out to spark a Tech comeback. She also grabbed the final defensive rebound to seal victory.
Finishing in double-digits for 13th time in 18 games with 10 points at Clemson, Marshall played a key role in keeping Tech close early in the game as the Jackets struggled from the field. In addition to Marshall’s ability to create shots, the newcomer found other ways to be a key contributor to her team as she was second on team with three assists and four steals and grabbed four rebounds against the Tigers.
ACC women’s basketball action continues tonight as Wake Forest opens its ACC slate with a short trip to Raleigh, N.C., to face N.C. State. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. and will be televised by the league’s Regional Sports Network, which includes Fox Sports Net and affiliates.