Wednesday, October 22, 2008

UNC women picked to win ACC

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

9. Clemson

10. Virginia Tech

11. Miami

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