Maryland's Marissa Coleman and Lynetta Kizer Earn ACC Weekly Accolades
Jan. 26, 2009
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Maryland's Marissa Coleman and Lynetta Kizer were named Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Basketball Player and Rookie of the Week for the week ending Jan. 25. Coleman tied her personal season-high with 22 points in leading the 12th-ranked Maryland Terrapins to a 77-71 upset victory over 2nd-ranked North Carolina in the Comcast Center in College Park, Md. Kizer picked up her second consecutive honor after posting a double-digit scoring performance with 10 points in the win.
Coleman set the tone early, scoring 18 of her eventual 22 points in the first half. The senior from Cheltenham, Md., keyed an early 14-0 run for the Terps with eight points. The 22-point effort tied her season-high. Adding 10 rebounds, Coleman recorded her fourth double-double of the season and 31st of her career, the most among all active ACC women's players. The senior Wade Trophy finalist was 3-of-4 from beyond the arc, helping the Terps maintain their status as the top three-point shooting team in the nation.
Kizer came within a rebound of her seventh career double-double in the Terps' 77-71 victory over the Tar Heels on Sunday night. The freshman from Woodbridge, Va., scored 10 points and pulled down nine rebounds to help the Terps dominate the boards. Kizer had five of the Terps' 24 offensive rebounds, which helped result in 20 second-chance points. In addition to her strong play down low, Kizer swiped a career-best three steals in the victory.
The weekly honor marks the fourth weekly accolade for Coleman, who now leads all active ACC players. The honor is the second in as many weeks for Kizer's young career.
ACC action resumes action later today as Virginia travels to Clemson for a regionally televised contest. Tip off is slated for 7 p.m. ET. Visit TheACC.com for more information, including a complete 2008-09 women's basketball schedule.