Xylina McDaniel Named ACC Rookie of the Year

March 5, 2013

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) - North Carolina freshman forward Xylina McDaniel has been voted the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Rookie of the Year by both the Blue Ribbon Panel and by the league’s head coaches, and leads this year’s ACC All-Freshmen team, as announced today by ACC Commissioner John Swofford.

McDaniel was chosen by the league’s Blue Ribbon Panel, which consists of national and local media members, as well as school representatives, while the Head Coaches Honors consist of votes from the league’s head coaches. She is the seventh Tar Heel to garner Rookie of the Year honors and first since Camille Little did so in 2004.

A native of Columbia, S.C., McDaniel led all ACC rookies with 12.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game. McDaniel earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors a league leading six times, while helping the Tar Heels to a 26-5 overall mark and the third seed in the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament with a 14-4 record. McDaniel was also named to the All-ACC First Team as selected by the head coaches.

A quartet of guards, including Alexis Jones, a three-time ACC Rookie of the Week selection who took over point guard duties when the Blue Devils lost Chelsea Gray to injury, joined McDaniel on the ACC All-Freshman Team. Jones gives Duke an All-Freshman Team selection for the fourth straight season. Boston College’s Nicole Boudreau who started in all 29 games and contributed 11.2 points per game, is the first Eagle to earn All-Freshman Team honors since Carolyn Swords and Stephanie Murphy were both named in 2008.

Chloe Pavlech gave the Terrapins their 19th All-Freshman team selection in program history, while Brittany Jackson follows her back-court mates Tyaunna Marshall and Sydney Wallace to give Georgia Tech All-Freshman Team honorees three consecutive seasons.

Four student-athletes who were selected by the Blue Ribbon Panel also earned All-ACC FreshmanTeam recognition as chosen by the head coaches. In addition to Boudreau, Jones, Jackson and McDaniel, Maryland’s Malina Howard was also selected to the Head Coaches’ All-ACC Freshman Team.

The ACC All-Defensive Team and Defensive Player of the Year as selected by the Head Coaches will be announced Wednesday, March 6.

The 36th Annual ACC Women's Basketball Tournament tips off at 11 a.m. ET on Thursday, March 7, and will conclude with a 2 p.m. championship contest on Sunday, March 10. The title game will be televised on ESPN2. All 10 games on Thursday, Friday and Saturday will be broadcast on the league’s regional sports network (RSN). The entire tournament can also be seen on ESPN3 and WatchESPN.

Blue Ribbon Panel All-Freshman Team
Nicole Boudreau Fr. G Boston College
Alexis Jones Fr. G Duke
Brittany Jackson Fr. G Georgia Tech
Chloe Pavlech Fr. G Maryland
Xylina McDaniel Fr. F North Carolina – Rookie of the Year
 
Head Coaches All-Freshman Team
Nicole Boudreau Fr. G Boston College
Alexis Jones Fr. G Duke
Brittany Jackson Fr. G Georgia Tech
Malina Howard Fr. C Maryland
Xylina McDaniel Fr. F North Carolina – Rookie of the Year