Noting Women's Basketball: Wednesday, March 16

March 16, 2011

Boston College
For the third time in four seasons, Boston College claimed a bid to the WNIT, earning the ACC’s automatic qualifier...The Eagles are 4-2 all-time in the WNIT, reaching the Final Four in 2009.... BC is led by four-time All-ACC honoree Carolyn Swords in both scoring and rebounding...She is first in the league in rebounding, averaging 9.0 per contest, and ranks third in scoring with 17.6 points per game...This season Swords became the program’s all-time career leader in both blocked shots and rebounds...She is the active ACC leader with 44 career double-doubles...Swords and Stefanie Murphy have combined for over 2,000 points and 1,500 rebounds...Murphy garnered third team All-ACC accolades. ¡¡

Clemson finished its first season under head coach Itoro Coleman with a 10-20 overall record, which includes a 3-11 conference ledger...Coleman became Clemson’s fifth head coach in program history...She was the third Clemson coach to win her league debut, which came against NC State on Jan. 6...Kirstyn Wright leads the team in scoring with 12.2 points per game, which ties her for 17th in the conference...Wright ranked fifth in the league in both 3-point field goal percentage (.392) and 3-point field goals made per game (2.2)...Jasmine Tate led the team in rebounding, pulling down 7.0 per game, good for 12th in the ACC...Lindsey Mason tied for fifth in the conference in blocked shots, averaging 1.5 per contest...Sthefany Thomas became the 22nd Clemson player to record 1,000 points Jan. 26 at Duke. ¡¡

Duke is making its league-best 17th-straight NCAA Tournament appearance and 18th overall, earning a No. 2 seed in the Philadelphia region...The squad is 43-17 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, including a 14-0 home mark...Duke has advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 12 of the last 13 years...The Blue Devils, fresh off their seventh ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament Championship, also clinched a share of its second consecutive and 10th overall ACC regular season title...Duke finished the regular season undefeated at home for the third time in program history...The Blue Devils are led by two-time All-ACC first team and All-ACC Defensive Team selection Jasmine Thomas, who is averaging 14.8 points, 3.3 assists and 2.4 steals.


Florida State
Florida State is making its seventh consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance under head coach Sue Semrau and 11th overall...The Seminoles own an 11-10 record in NCAA action and have advanced to the Sweet 16 twice, earning the program’s first-ever Elite Eight showing last season...FSU is led by All-ACC first team honoree Cierra Bravard and third team selection Courtney Ward...Ward became the 24th Seminole to record 1,000 career points Jan. 2, while Bravard became the 25th on March 4...Bravard led the team in both scoring (14.6) and rebounding (7.6) this season...Natasha Howard was named to the ACC All-Freshman team...Christian Hunnicutt became the first Seminole to garner ACC Defensive Player of the Year accolades.

Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech is making its fifth consecutive and seventh overall NCAA Tournament appearance, earning a No. 5 seed in the Dayton region...The Yellow Jackets posted their fifth-straight 20-win season...GT won 23 games for the second season in a row, a mark that once again ties the school record for wins in a regular season...The squad is led by the duo of Alex Montgomery and Tyaunna Marshall...A second team All-ACC honoree and member of the All-ACC Defensive team, Montgomery averages 14.1 points and 8.5 rebounds...This year she became just the seventh Yellow Jacket with 1,500 career points...Marshall, a third team All-ACC and ACC All-Freshman team selection, is averaging 13.7 points per game. ¡¡

For the 19th time in program history, Maryland earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament...The Terrapins claimed a No. 4 seed and owns a 27-17 NCAA Tournament Record, including the 2006 National Championship...The team earned its seventh consecutive 20-win season under head coach Brenda Frese, continuing the longest streak in program history...Frese collected her 200th win at Maryland this season, reaching the milestone faster than any other coach in program history...Second team All-ACC picks Alyssa Thomas and Lynetta Kizer lead the squad...Thomas, the ACC Rookie of the Year, averaged a team-best 14.3 points and 2.2 steals...Both marks rank ninth in the league...Kizer’s 7.7 rebounds per game lead the team and rank ninth in the conference. ¡¡

Miami will make its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2004 and seventh overall...The Hurricanes, a No. 3 seed, clinched a share of this year’s ACC regular season crown, completing the ultimate turnaround from one year ago...ACC Coach of the Year Katie Meier guided the squad to a 27-4 overall record, including a 12-2 mark in league play...The team is led by first team All-ACC honorees Shenise Johnson and Riquna Williams...Johnson also collected ACC Player of the Year and All-ACC Defensive team honors...She ranks second in the league in scoring (19.7) and fifth in rebounding (8.2)...Williams is averaging an ACC-best 21.7 points per game...The duo became the youngest teammates in school history to reach 1,000-points together. ¡¡

North Carolina
North Carolina earned a No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament and will be making a conference-best 23rd overall appearance...The Tar Heels are 39-21 all-time in the Big Dance...A second team All-ACC selection, Italee Lucas leads the team with 15.6 points per game, which is good for fifth in the league...Jessica Breland, Lucas and Cetera DeGraffenreid each entered the season with over 1,000 career points, marking the first time in school history three teammates enter their final season as 1,000-point club members...Waltiea Rolle garnered All-ACC Defensive team accolades after averaging a league-leading 2.3 blocked shots per game...Cetera DeGraffenreid tallied her 500th career assist Jan. 3 and is first in the conference in assist/turnover ratio (2.4).

NC State
NC State finished the season 14-17 overall and 4-10 in league action under second year head coach Kellie Harper...Second team All-ACC honoree Bonae Holston led the team in scoring (16.3), rebounding (8.4) and field goal percentage (.504)...All three marks rank in the top eight in the conference...Holston became the 27th NC State player to reach 1,000 career points Jan. 27 at Miami...Amber White averaged a team-best 3.9 assists per game, which also ranks sixth in the ACC...Marissa Kastanek shot a team-leading 82.8 percent at the free throw line, which is good for second in the league...Kody Burke ranks second in the ACC in blocked shots with 1.9 denials per contest. ¡¡

Virginia earned an at-large berth to the WNIT Tournament, where they own a 5-4 record in three previous appearances...The bid marks the Cavaliers’ 29th overall trip to the postseason...UVa advanced to the WNIT quarterfinals in 2006 and 2007...The Cavaliers are led by ACC Sixth Player of the Year Ariana Moorer...She registered team highs in both scoring and assists, despite only starting in eight of the team’s 28 games this season...Moorer helped the Virginia bench average 26.0 points per game...Ataira Franklin garnered ACC-All Freshman honors after posting a conference-leading 47.4 percent mark from the 3-point line...She is the first Cavalier to receive the accolade since Monica Wright in 2007... Chelsea Shine leads the squad at the free throw line, shooting 78.7 percent. ¡¡

Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech concluded its season 11-19 overall and 1-13 in ACC play...After completing her seventh season at the helm, Beth Dunkenberger stepped down as head coach of the team...The Hokies were led by Shanel Harrison, who averaged a team-best 12.2 points per game, good for 19th in the league...Nikki Davis led the team in several categories, including assists, assist/turnover ratio and steals...Her 4.7 assists ranked third in the league, while her 1.4 assist/turnover ratio and 2.2 steals were both good for seventh...Brittni Montgomery leads all ACC freshmen in field goal percentage, shooting 62.9 percent...Montel Tellier is ninth among all conference freshmen with average of eight points per contest...She also tied for eighth in the class with 4.1 rebounds. ¡¡

Wake Forest
Wake Forest finished the season 15-17 overall and 5-9 in league action under seventh-year head coach Mike Petersen...Petersen claimed his 100th career win at Wake Forest Jan. 13 versus Virginia Tech...Brittany Waters averaged a team-high 12.2 points per game this season...She became the 18th Demon Deacon to record 1,000 career points Dec. 20 against Maryland-Eastern Shore… Waters completed her career third in school history with 92 career blocks...Sandra Garcia ranks third in the league in field goal percentage, shooting 56 percent from the floor for the season...The Demon Deacons scored 100 points in the Feb. 27 win over NC State, marking the team’s highest point output in an ACC contest in program history.