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Jan. 24, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Boston College senior forward Carolyn Swords and Maryland freshman forward Alyssa Thomas earned Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Player and Rookie of the Week honors presented by Chevrolet for the period ending Jan. 23.
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 second for Swords this season and fifth over her career, tying Miami junior guard Riquna Williams for the most among active ACC players. Thomas earned her second consecutive and fourth overall ACC Rookie of the Week honor, trailing only Georgia Tech’s Ty Marshall (5) this season.
Swords led the Eagles to a 1-1 week, improving Boston College to 15-5 on the season. Swords notched her eighth double-double of the season with 13 points and 19 rebounds in a win over NC State on Thursday. The 19 rebounds marked a season high for the Sudbury, Mass., native, and two away from tying her career high. Swords also added five assists and two blocks in the win. Against Georgia Tech on the road, Swords had 22 points and six boards in a tough loss. For the week, Swords averaged 18.5 points and 12.5 rebounds, while shooting 64 percent from the floor. The junior reached another milestone at BC, passing the 1,000 rebound plateau against NC State. She now has 1,024 boards, a new program high. Swords continues to lead the ACC and country in field goal percentage (71.6).
Thomas notched her third and fourth career double-double performances at Virginia and against No. 10 North Carolina. The rookie from Harrisburg, Pa., has now had four double-doubles in five ACC games. She tied her career-high with 13 rebounds against the Tar Heels and was one shy of that mark in Charlottesville. Thomas shot 80 percent from the charity stripe, including 100 percent against UNC (6-of-6). At Virginia, Thomas made two layups in overtime to help the Terrapins pull off the narrow 77-75 win.
ACC women’s basketball action continues tonight as No. 17/22 Miami travels to in-state rival and No. 22/16 Florida 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.