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Feb. 28, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. - NC State senior guard Amber White and Wake Forest senior forward Brittany Waters share the final 2010-11 Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week honor presented by Chevrolet, while Maryland freshman forward Alyssa Thomas earned the final Rookie of the Week accolade for the period ending Feb. 27.
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.
White had a fantastic final regular season week, leading NC State to a 2-1 record that included an overtime loss to Wake Forest on Sunday. The senior from Coatesville, Pa., averaged 24.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 3.0 steals per game. She also made a staggering 45 trips to the free throw line, making 35 (77.8%). White set a career-high with 33 points Sunday. She also tied a school record with 17 free throws made and 18 free throw attempts. White played arguably her best collegiate game in the 88-72 win over 13th-ranked North Carolina on Monday. She had 23 points, six assists and four rebounds with zero turnovers.
Waters also posted a tremendous week to round-out the regular season. After a tough game at Miami, the Orlando, Fla., native tied the school record by scoring 40 points in a win at Clemson. She made a career-high 16 shots on 28 attempts, including 4-of-12 from long range. The 40 points are the most scored by an ACC player this season and the most in an ACC game since 2005. Waters also recorded her fourth double-double of the year in the win, posting a season-high 12 rebounds. Then, in the final home game of her career, Waters scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds en route to leading Wake to a thrilling 100-94 overtime victory over NC State. It was the second-straight double-double for Waters, who also dished-out a career-high seven assists and blocked a career-best four shots. Her four blocks gave her 85 for her career, which vaulted her to third in school-history.
Thomas has now scored in double figures in 13 of 14 ACC games. She notched a career-high six assists Thursday against Virginia Tech, in which she shot 60 percent from the field and 75 percent from the free throw line. The newcomer from Harrisburg, Pa., averaged three steals a game on the week. At BC, she scored 14 of her 17 points in the second half to keep the Eagles from chipping away at the Terps' lead.