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Jan. 31, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Miami junior guard Riquna Williams 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. 30.
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 Player of the Week award marked the fourth for Williams this season and sixth over her career - the most among active ACC players. The honor is just the 14th time a Miami student-athlete has won the ACC Player of the Week accolade since the Canes' joined the league in 2004. Thomas earned her third consecutive and fifth overall ACC Rookie of the Week honor, tying Georgia Tech's Ty Marshall for newcomer accolades this season.
Williams' stellar junior season continued last week as she averaged 24.0 points per game. After a tough loss at 16th-ranked Florida State, Williams rebounded with back-to-back 27-point scoring efforts over NC State and No. 25 Georgia Tech. Large in part to Williams' contributions, Miami is 17-0 inside the BankUnited Center this season and has won 21 straight overall. The Hurricanes are 6-1 in ACC play this season - tied for the most conference wins in a year since joining the league in 2004. Williams, a Pahokee, Fla., native leads all ACC scorers with 25.3 points per game in those seven league contests.
Thomas led the Terrapins to a 2-0 week with dominating wins over ACC opponent Wake Forest and nonconference foe Longwood. The newcomer from Harrisburg, Pa., averaged 16.5 points over the week and 7.5 rebounds. Against the Demon Deacons, Thomas notched her fifth double-double in six ACC games with a game-high 19 points and 11 rebounds. In 13 minutes in the first half against the Lancers, she scored all 14 of her points. Thomas then made a career-high 10 free throws off 12 attempts. She currently leads all ACC players in rebounding in conference games with an average of 11.7 per game.
ACC women's basketball action continues tonight as No. 3 Duke travels to Storrs, Conn., to take on the No. 2 Huskies and Boston College visits Wake Forest. Both contests are slated for 7 p.m., while fans can watch the Blue Devils on ESPN2 and others can tune into the league's Regional Sports Network for the Eagles vs. Demon Deacon matchup.