GREENSBORO - As the ACC holds its annual women's basketball media day today, North Carolina was selected as the top preseason pick for the 2008-2009 ACC season.
The Tar Heels, winners of the past four ACC Championships, were chosen ahead of Maryland and Duke, receiving 15 of the 42 first-place votes from the conference's Blue Ribbon Panel of media members and school representatives.
UNC finished last season 33-3 overall and 14-0 in conference play. The No.1-seeded Heels advanced to the NCAA regional finals in New Orleans, losing to LSU, 56-50, in that round.
Maryland's Kristi Toliver was selected as the preseason Player of the Year, while her new teammate freshman Lynetta Kizer was selected as the preseason Rookie of the Year.
2008-09 Predicted Order of Finish
1. North Carolina (15)
2. Maryland (11)
3. Duke (4)
4. Virginia (2)
5. Florida State
6. Georgia Tech
7. Boston College
8. N.C. State
10. Virginia Tech
12. Wake Forest
2008-09 Preseason All-ACC Team
Chante Black, Duke
Marrisa Coleman, Maryland
Rashanda McCants, North Carolina
Kristi Toliver, Maryland
Monica Wright, Virginia
Preseason Player of the Year: Kristi Toliver, Maryland
Preseason Rookie of the Year: Lynetta Kizer, Maryland