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Feb. 27, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Maryland sophomore Alyssa Thomas has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the fourth time this season, while Duke freshman Elizabeth Williams earned her ninth Rookie of the Week honor as the regular season concludes. Williams is a repeat honoree from last week and ties the ACC record for Rookie of the Week selections first set by Wake Forest’s Tracy Connor during the 1992-93 season.
Thomas averaged 22.0 points and 15.5 rebounds per game this week as she led Maryland to a third-place ACC finish. Against North Carolina Thomas finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds for her seventh double-double of the season. Against NC State, the Harrisburg, Pa., native scored 22 of her 24 points in the second half and added a career-high 17 rebounds. Thomas finished two points shy of her scoring high and added a career-high four blocks to help the Terrapins win their seventh out of eight. In a 10-minute stretch in the second half, she rattled off 16 straight points to help the Terps keep the lead. It was her third double-double in four games.
Williams averaged 16.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.5 steals, 2.0 blocks and 2.0 assists leading Duke to victories against No. 5 Miami and at North Carolina. The wins clinched Duke’s first outright ACC regular-season title since 2006-07 and the 11th regular season title in school history. Against fifth-ranked Miami on Friday, Williams totaled a game-high 19 points, nine rebounds, four steals, two blocks and two assists in 36 minutes. The Virginia Beach, Va., freshman hit 9-of-18 field goals. On Sunday, Williams had 13 points, nine rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal in 37 minutes vs. the Tar Heels. Williams and the Blue Devils reached 15 league wins on the season, which are the second-most in Duke history.
The 35th Annual ACC Women's Basketball Tournament tips off at approximately 11 a.m. ET on Thursday, March 1, and will conclude with a 2 p.m. championship contest on Sunday, March 4. The title game will be televised on ESPN2, and Saturday’s semifinals can be seen on ESPNU. All eight games on Thursday and Friday will be broadcast on the league’s regional sports network (RSN). The entire tournament can also be seen on ESPN3.
The Thursday (March 1) and Friday (March 2) games at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. will be available on satellite radio via Sirius 92. The Saturday (March 3) semifinal games at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., as well as the 2 p.m. championship game on Sunday (March 4) will be carried on Sirius 136/XM 195.
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