Virginia's Lyndra Littles and Wake Forest's Secily Ray Earn ACC Weekly Accolades
Feb. 2, 2009
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Virginia's Lyndra Littles and Wake Forest's Secily Ray were named Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Basketball Player and Rookie of the Week for the week ending Feb. 1. Littles led the 18th-ranked Cavaliers to a trio of wins over Clemson, No. 8 Maryland and Longwood, while Ray helped her Demon Deacons improve to 2-4 in ACC play with a win over Miami.
Littles, who missed nine games during the fall semester, collected her second accolade of the season after averaging 23.0 points and 6.3 rebounds in a 3-0 week for Virginia. The senior from Washington, D.C., keyed the Cavaliers to an upset of No. 8 Maryland on Friday night with 30 points. She added five rebounds against the Terrapins in UVa's 89-81 decision. Littles began the week with a 22-point, seven-rebound performance at Clemson and she ended the week with a 17-point outing against visiting Longwood, despite playing less than 20 minutes. Littles has hit 18-consecutive free throws, a mark that dates back to Virginia's game versus Florida State on Jan. 23.
Ray tied her career-high point total (15) at North Carolina on January 29, and then topped that career-high with 24 points against Miami in her first career start. The rookie from Thomasville, N.C., recorded three blocks in both games for the Demon Deacons and registered her first collegiate double-double against Miami, leading both teams in scoring and rebounding. The guard logged a career-high 32 minutes, assisting in Wake's second win of ACC season, a 78-69 win over the Canes.
The weekly honor marks the second accolade of the season for Littles, who did not play for the Cavaliers until Dec. 18, while it marks the first honor for Ray.
ACC action resumes action later today as Boston College travels to Durham to face the 3rd-ranked Blue Devils, Florida State welcomes Maryland to Tallahassee, and Virginia Tech hosts USC Upstate. All tip-offs are scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. The BC vs. Duke game will be shown on the league's regional sports network, including Fox Sports Net and affiliates, while the Terrapin vs. Seminole match up will be broadcast on SunSports. Visit TheACC.com for more information, including a complete 2008-09 women's basketball schedule.