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Women's ACC Predictions

Predicted Order Of Finish:
Duke 12-4
Virginia 11-5
NC State 10-6
Clemson 9-7
Georgia Tech 8-8
UNC 8-8
Maryland 6-10
Florida St. 5-11
Wake Forest 3-13


First Team:

Schuye LaRue, Virginia
Georgia Schweitzer, Duke
Niesha Butler, Georgia Tech
LaQuanda Barksdale, UNC
Svetlana Volnaya, Virginia

Second Team:

Kaayla Chones, NC State
Tynesha Lewis, NC State
Chrissy Floyd, Clemson
Marche Strickland, Maryland
Brooke Wyckoff, Florida State

Third Team:

Erin Batth, Clemson
Telisha Quarles, Virginia
Alana Beard, Duke
Dee Dee Warley, Maryland
Jaime Kruppa, Georgia Tech


Alana Beard, Duke
Iciss Tillis, Duke
Candace Sutton, UNC
Chelsea Whitaker, UVa
Kiki Wimbush, Maryland

Strength of Schedule:

1. NC State
2. UNC
3. Virginia
4. Duke
5. Georgia Tech
6. Clemson
7. Wake Forest
8. Maryland
9. Florida State


NCAA Tournament: Duke, Virginia, NC State, Clemson, Georgia Tech, UNC
NIT: Maryland, Florida State

Player of the Year:
Schuye LaRue, Virginia

Coach of the Year:
Agnus Berenato, Georgia Tech

Rookie of the Year:
Alana Beard, Duke

Player of the year was really a toss-up. In the end, I chose
LaRue because I think she'll improve the most out of the handful of players
considered for the award, and she's on a team where she will be the true
focal point. Butler will also get a ton of shots, but I suspect her knee
will slow her down a bit at first. Schweitzer will put up great numbers
but Duke's increased talent might deflate them a bit. Barksdale will also
excel but might struggle at times as UNC's #1 weapon.

I chose Berenato over Goestenkors and Ryan because I think Tech will
surprise quite a few people this year, including some upper-division foes.
Coach G might get it if Duke really excels and if she's perceived as being
behind the team's chemistry.

Rookie was a choice between Beard and Tillis, but I think Beard will be
the more consistent of the two this year.
I realize that my postseason predictions seem somewhat insane, but if
teams 4-6 can post a significant victory or two outside the conference, this
could easily be a reality. Tech and UNC may be fighting for a bid right
down to the wire.