North Carolina sophomore forward Stephanie Mavunga is the ACC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the third time this season.
Mavunga had a team-leading eighth double-double of the season with a 25-point, 14-rebound performance on Sunday in the 72-60 victory over Boston College. She was 10-of-19 from the floor and 5-for-7 from the free throw line, had two steals and a block.
Mavunga, a Brownsburg, Ind., native had 12 points and 10 rebounds in the second half alone, helping the Tar Heels overcome an eight-point deficit early in the second stanza.
Mavunga is averaging 14.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game this season. She leads the team in rebounding, blocks (54) and is tied for the club lead with 33 steals during her second season in Chapel Hill.
The victory over the Eagles moved UNC up three places to No. 13 in the Associated Press poll that was released on Monday.
N.C. State: The women’s team’s 2015 recruiting class is listed among the top 25 classes in the nation, listed at No. 21, as released by tennisrecruting.net.
This marks the first time in program history that an incoming class has been listed among the top 25, as first-year head coach Simon Earnshaw signed blue chip recruit Bianca Moldova and top international player Barbara Mancero in the early signing period.
Moldova is the highest-ranked American prospect and first blue chip recruit to ever sign with the program
Mancero has been ranked as high as No. 4 in the junior division in Mexico and holds three national titles in doubles play in Puebla, Guadalajara and San Luis. She has compiled a 17-9 record against some of the highest-rated American players, including a recent straight-set win in tournament play against the player that was the top seed in the 2014 USTA National Championships Girls’ 16 hard courts division.
Duke: Junior right-hander Michael Matuella was named a first team Baseball America Preseason All-American, the organization announced Monday.
Matuella was also tabbed to Perfect Game’s third team preseason All-America list.
Matuella was one of the top pitchers in the ACC this past season, ranking 18th in the league in ERA (2.78), second in opposing batting average (.190), 17th in strikeouts (69) and third in strikeouts per game (10.65). Over 11 starts, he posted a 2.78 ERA and struck out 69 batters in 58.1 innings.
Raleigh Sports Club: UNC-Wilmington baseball coach Mark Scalf is special guest speaker Wednesday at the Raleigh Sports Club. His club last season won its eighth regular season title, earned an at-large berth to the NCAA tournament and helped Scalf pass the 700-wins mark.
The club also will recognize Wake County Student Athlete of the Week Emily Clarkson, basketball player at Cary Christian School.