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Feb. 22, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Florida State senior forward Jacinta Monroe and NC State freshman guard Marissa Kastanek earned this week’s Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Player and Rookie of the Week honors for the period ending Feb. 21. Monroe helped extend the 10th-ranked Seminoles win streak to five, including a win at No. 19 Georgia Tech, while Kastanek continued to play solid for the Wolfpack, who went 2-0 against league opponents Boston College and long-time foe North Carolina.
Monroe led a second-half rally as Florida State defeated No. 19 Georgia Tech, 69-59, to hand the Yellow Jackets their first home loss of the season. The senior from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., posted 14 points, 12 of which came in the second half, and nine rebounds in Atlanta. She added three blocks and a steal in the winning effort. Monroe followed that performance with a season-high 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Noles to a 78-68 win over Virginia Tech. It was the 6-foot-5 Monroe's third double-double in five games. She also shot 8-of-13 against the Hokies and had five offensive rebounds.
Monroe has turned in double-doubles in three of the last five games and became the first player in FSU history with at least 200 rebounds in each year of her career with the 11-board performance against Virginia Tech. The veteran currently ranks second in the league in blocked shots with 61 rejections over 27 games this season and ranks fourth in the ACC in rebounding (7.7 rpg).
Kastanek led NC State to a pair of victories in a span of 43 hours this past weekend by averaging 17.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. The newcomer shot a staggering 69.2 percent (9-of-13) from 3-point range and 52.4 percent (11-of-21) overall from the field. Kastanek opened the weekend with 17 points on the strength of five 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists and two steals in a 73-62 win over Boston College on Friday. On Sunday, the Lincoln, Neb., native scored 17 points, with four more threes, tallied six rebounds and had a season-best five assists in a 74-63 win at North Carolina.
The win over the Tar Heels marked NC State’s first victory in Chapel Hill since 2004 and the first for the Pack in seven tries. Last week’s pair of victories moved NC State from ninth to a tie for fifth in the ACC standings with one week left in the regular season.
Kastanek ranks second among ACC freshmen in scoring at 11.0 points per game and has made a rookie-best 51 three-pointers in 27 contests played this season.
ACC women’s basketball action continues tonight as three league teams compete. No. 19 Virginia hosts Monroe and the 10th-ranked Florida State Seminoles in a regionally televised 7 p.m. contest on the league’s sports network, while Wake Forest plays its final non-conference game of the regular season - a 7 p.m. tilt against NC Central.
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