UNC guard Watts named top freshman in ACC
GREENSBORO North Carolina guard Stephanie Watts has been voted ACC Freshman of the Year.
Watts is the ninth Tar Heel to win the award, and the third in the last four seasons.
A native of Wesley Chapel, Watts earned second team All-ACC and All-Freshman team honors on Tuesday. She leads UNC in scoring and ranks 10th in the league at 14.5 points per game.
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Watts, the only freshman named to either the ACC first or second team, leads all ACC freshman in scoring (14.4), blocked shots (1.3), 3-point field goals made (72) and ranks second in rebounding (7.2), fifth in steals (45) and sixth in assists (2.6) per game.
The rookie standout has been at her best in recent weeks, averaging 17.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.4 steals in eight games in the month of February. That includes a career-high 30 points against N.C. State on Feb. 21
Shaw: The women’steam is ranked fifth in the NCAA Atlantic Region poll released Wednesday. The polls determine who will qualify for the NCAA Division II tournament. The Bears will find out if they will be able to compete and what seed they will be in NCAA tournament play when the NCAA Selection Show airs at 10 p.m. on Sunday.
Swimming and Diving
UNC: ine women’s swimmers have earned official invitations to the NCAA Championships in Atlanta, March 17-19 at the Georgia Tech Aquatics Center.
Duke: A trio of Blue Devils have been invited to represent the women at the NCAA Championships.
N.C. State: The team is set to have 13 swimmers compete in the NCAA Championships.
Track and Field
Duke: Six team members earned bids to the NCAA Championships, March 11-12 in Hoover, Ala. Slated to compete will be redshirt senior Karli Johonnot (pentathlon, 800 meters), seniors Anima Banks (800, medley relay) and Megan Clark (pole vault, 800), junior Madeline Kopp (medley relay), sophomore Maddy Price (medley relay) and freshman Kim Hallowes (medley relay).
UNC: AJ Hicks and Nicole Greene have earned bids to the NCAA Division I Championships. Hicks will compete in the 35-pound weight throw, while Greene will face the competition in the high jump.
Duke: Construction of Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium’s Blue Devil Tower continues.The five-story, 90,000-plus square foot tower will include six concession booths and restrooms on the main concourse level. The second floor contains a 300-plus seating dining room, exterior club accommodations and six luxury suites. The third level houses 15 additional luxury suites as well as the President’s box.
Shaw: The Department of Athletics will introduce a new head football coach Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in Estey Hall.
Elon: Sophomore Heather Munro earned the team’s first Colonial Athletic Association golfer of the week honor of the season. Munro picked up the recognition after finishing third at the Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Spring Classic.
Elon: The doubles duo of Chris Humphreys and Petar Tomic were named the Colonial Athletic Association men’s doubles team of the week, the team’s first weekly honor of the season.
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