ACC to celebrate women’s basketball tourney’s 40th anniversary
– The Atlantic Coast Conference plans a season-long celebration as it recognizes the 40th anniversary of the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament.
The ACC became the first conference to conduct a women’s basketball tournament when the event was played at University Hall in Charlottesville, Va., in February 1978, paving the way for countless opportunities for female student-athletes in the decades that followed. In commemoration, the ACC and its member institutions will select 40 of the league’s top women’s basketball moments to be highlighted during the upcoming season and the 2017 ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament.
The “40 ACC Moments” will be highlighted throughout the league’s ACC Women’s Basketball games televised by the regional sports networks, across the league’s digital platforms, as well as each school highlighting its moments in its arena and socially. In addition to the “40 ACC Moments,” which will be announced in mid-January, the ACC Network will unveil the All-ACC Women’s Tournament Team from the last 40 years during this year’s event March 1-5. The 40th anniversary all-tournament team will consist of a five-member first team and a five-member second team.
For additional information and updates on the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament’s 40th anniversary celebration visit theACC.com.
Wake Forest: Head coach Jen Hoover, senior Milan Quinn and junior Amber Campbell will represent the Demon Deacons at ACC Women’s Basketball Media Day in Charlotte on Wednesday. The event will be held at The Westin Charlotte and is slated to start at 9 a.m.
Duke: Head coach Joanne P. McCallie along with redshirt junior Rebecca Greenwell and redshirt junior Lexie Brown are set to attend ACC Media Day.
St. Augustine’s: The CIAA honored four student-athletes for leading the Falcons to a 38-37 double overtime victory over Livingstone College on Sunday. D.J. Johnson was named quarterback of the week, Sam Boyd was selected wide receiver of the week, Chasz Cosby was chosen defensive lineman of the week and Sean Smith was voted special teams player of the week.
Shaw: Freshman Devon Hunt was named the CIAA Conference Linebacker of the Week on Tuesday for his performance in the Bears’ 7-6 home loss to Fayetteville State University on Saturday.
ECU: Junior Lisa Pettersson (208) carded a final round 71, finishing with an 8-under par to claim the 2016 Pinehurst Challenge individual title Tuesday afternoon. The two-day, 54-hole event was being held at the par-72, 5,974-yard Pinehurst No. 1.
Elon: Kelsey Badmaev used a strong final round to earn a top-10 finish as the team completed its second and final day of play at the Pinehurst Challenge on Tuesday, finishing in a tie for 11th as a team. The Phoenix finished the event at 41-over par (302-294-309--905).
ECU: Freshman Patrick Stephenson shot par-216 and paced the team to a fifth-place finish at the 2016 Mountaineer Intercollegiate, played at the par-72, 7,308-yard Pete Dye Golf Club on Tuesday. The Pirates shot a 10-over 288 in the final round, finishing with a three round score of 16-over 880. They posted the second-most birdies of any squad in the 14-team field, 169.
Duke: Coming off a standout week on the pitch, senior Christina Gibbons has been selected to the TopDrawerSoccer.com National Team of the Week, after helping lead the ninth-ranked Blue Devils to road wins at Wake Forest and at 24th-ranked N.C. State. Gibbons registered one goal and two assists as she moved into the midfield following a couple of injuries for the Blue Devils.
In addition, junior goalkeeper EJ Proctor has been selected the ACC Co-Defensive Player of the Week Tuesday, following two outstanding performances last week to help boost the team into sole possession of first place in the ACC. Proctor came up big on the road at Wake Forest and at N.C. State.
ECU: After having the site of competition moved, the team will face SMU in American Athletic Conference action on Wednesday in Raleigh. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. (EDT) at Dail Soccer Field on N.C. State University’s campus.
UNC: Freshman Mauricio Pineda scored three goals to lead the eighth-ranked Tar Heels to its most goals in seven years on Tuesday night during a 7-0 victory over UNC Asheville from Fetzer Field. Pineda was the lone multi-goal scorer on the evening as the freshman from Bolingbrook, Illinois, registered his first collegiate hat trick.
Elon: Coming off a six-match road trip and nearly 40 days since its last home contest, the team welcomes William & Mary to Rudd Field for a Colonial Athletic Association tilt on Wednesday. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Wake Forest/Duke: Winner of seven of its past eight matches, Duke (11-5, 5-1 ACC) is set to take on Wake Forest (7-10, 3-3 ACC) at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The Blue Devils have won eight straight against the Demon Deacons and lead the series, 53-17.
Men’s Track and Field
Duke: The team received national recognition, ranked No. 8 in the 4xmile relay and No. 9 in the 4x800 relay nationally for the 2016 season, as announced Monday in the 60th annual Track & Field News November issue. The 4xmile relay team was composed of sophomore Jordan Burton, sophomore Josiah Hanko, graduate Shaun Thompson and junior Alec Kunzweiler. The student-athletes in the 4x800 relay team were senior Thomas Meister, sophomore Kyle Francis, redshirt junior Michal Filipczak and Kunzweiler.
Mount Olive: Freshman Leah Hanle on the women’s team has been named Conference Carolinas Runner of the Week in a release by the conference office Tuesday. As for the men, for the third time this season junior Adam Craig has been named Conference Carolinas Runner of the Week.
Swimming and Diving
UNC: The Tar Heels claimed three award-winners on opening weekend. Hellen Moffitt took ACC Female Swimmer of the Week honors after earning two first-place finishes and a pair of second-place finishes. Elissa Dawson earned ACC Women’s Diver of the Week after placing first in both the 1-meter dive and 3-meter dive. Jack Nyquist was named the ACC Male Diver of the week. He placed first in the 3-meter diving and second place in the 1-meter diving.
Duke: The second installment of the 2016 coaching clinic was held Tuesday. The clinic featured the Duke lacrosse staff teaching everything from drills to improving basic skills to building a team culture. The next clinic is set for Nov. 1 at 7 p.m.
UNC: LGBT SportSafe Inclusion Program has named the Department of Athletics a member of its Founders Club, recognizing the university’s commitment to creating and maintaining a supportive and safe environment for all.
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