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Ruffin-Pratt, McDaniel Named All-ACC
Release: 03/04/2013

GREENSBORO, N.C. --- North Carolina senior point guard Tierra Ruffin-Pratt and freshman forward Xylina McDaniel were named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference first team by a vote of the league's head coaches, ACC Commissioner John Swofford announced Monday. Ruffin-Pratt was also a first-team selection by the Blue Ribbon Panel, while McDaniel grabbed second-team honors from that group.

Ruffin-Pratt led the Tar Heels in scoring, assists and steals in her final season in Chapel Hill. The Alexandria, Va., native emerged as one of the league's top all-around players, averaging 14.8 points, 4.4 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 2.6 steals per game in leading Carolina to a 26-5 regular season and second place in the final ACC standings.

McDaniel, who was the only freshman named on a first team, registered a double-double in her first collegiate game and was consistently one of the nation's top first-year players in 2012-13. The Columbia, S.C., product averaged 12.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.3 steals during the regular season, all tops among the league's freshmen. 

Ruffin-Pratt and McDaniel are the first Tar Heels to earn first-team honors since Erlana Larkins and LaToya Pringle were first-team selections in 2008. McDaniel is the first Carolina freshman to earn a first-team nod since Camille Little in 2004. 

In the other award announcement of the day, Florida State's Chasity Clayton was named Sixth Player of the Year. The award rollouts continue Tuesday with the ACC All-Freshman teams and the ACC Rookie of the Year. 

Head Coaches All-ACC First Team
Chelsea Gray, Jr., G, Duke
Elizabeth Williams, So., C, Duke
Leonor Rodriguez, Sr., G, Florida State
Alexa Deluzio, R-Sr., G, Florida State
Tyaunna Marshall, Jr., G, Georgia Tech
Alyssa Thomas, Jr., F Maryland
Tianna Hawkins, Sr., F, Maryland
Morgan Stroman, Sr., F, Miami
Stefanie Yderstrom, Sr., G, Miami
Xylina McDaniel, Fr., F, North Carolina
Tierra Ruffin-Pratt, Sr., G North Carolina
Marissa Kastanek, Sr., G, NC State
*due to a tie in voting two extra members were added to the team

Head Coaches All-ACC Second Team
Tricia Liston, Jr., G, Duke
Natasha Howard, Jr., G, Florida State
Ataira Franklin, Jr., G, Virginia
Lakevia Boykin, Sr., G, Wake Forest
Chelsea Douglas, Jr., G, Wake Forest

Blue Ribbon Panel All-ACC First Team
Chelsea Gray, Jr., G, Duke
Elizabeth Williams, So., C, Duke
Leonor Rodriguez, Sr., G, Florida State
Alexa Deluzio, R-Sr., G, Florida State
Natasha Howard, Jr., G, Florida State
Tyaunna Marshall, Jr., G, Georgia Tech
Alyssa Thomas, Jr., F Maryland
Tianna Hawkins, Sr., F, Maryland
Morgan Stroman, Sr., F, Miami
Tierra Ruffin-Pratt, Sr., G, North Carolina
Ataira Franklin, Jr., G, Virginia
*due to a tie in voting an extra member was added to the team

Blue Ribbon Panel All-ACC Second Team
Haley Peters, Jr., F/G Duke
Tricia Liston, Jr., G, Duke
Xylina McDaniel, Fr., F, North Carolina
Marissa Kastanek, Sr., G, NC State
Chelsea Douglas, Jr., G, Wake Forest

Sixth Player of the Year
Chasity Clayton, R-Sr., F, Florida State

 


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