GREENSBORO, N.C. â€“ ACC Womenâ€™s Basketball Defensive Player of the Year Chante Black(East Forsyth HS) of Duke headlines the conferenceâ€™s 2009 All-Defensive Team, as announced by the league yesterday.
Joining Black on this yearâ€™s defensive squad are North Carolinaâ€™s Jessica Breland, Clemsonâ€™s Lele Hardy, Florida Stateâ€™s Jacinta Monroe and Georgia Techâ€™s Jacqua Williams. The ACC All-Defensive team and Defensive Player of the Year are selected by a vote of the 12 ACC womenâ€™s basketball head coaches.
Black, the only Duke player to start every game this year, led the 10th-ranked Blue Devils to a 24-4 overall mark and an 11-3 ACC finish. The 6-foor-5 senior from Winston-Salem, N.C., is a major reason Duke leads the ACC in field-goal percentage defense, blocking 61 shots (third most in the ACC). She ranks second on Dukeâ€™s all-time list and sixth all-time among ACC players in blocked shots list with 253 and has made 45 steals
North Carolinaâ€™s Breland leads the ACC in blocked shots with 94 and is one of the nationâ€™s top post defenders. The Kelford, N.C.., junior established a career high for blocked shots with six vs. Austin Peay on Dec. 30, then matched that total in conference games against Virginia (Jan. 16) and Wake Forest (Jan. 29). The 6-foot-3 center also has 45 steals and leads the Tar Heels in rebounding.
Clemsonâ€™s Hardy ranks second among ACC players and among the national leaders in steals with 94. The 5-foot-10 junior from Spartanburg, S.C., leads the conference in defensive rebounds with 6.0 per game and ranks fourth in the ACC in rebounding overall. Hardy has also blocked 11 shots.
Monroe, a 6-foot-4 junior from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., proved an intimidating inside defensive presence as the 11th-ranked Seminoles (24-6, 12-2) stormed to a share of the ACC regular-season title. Monroeâ€™s 76 blocks are just four shy of the Florida State school record for a single season, and her 217 career blocks already rank atop the Seminoleâ€™s all-time list. She has also been credited with 35 steals.
Georgia Techâ€™s Williams, who was also named to the ACC Womenâ€™s Basketball All-Defensive Team in 2008, is a major part in a Yellow Jacket defense that led the conference in steals. Williams, a 5-foot-7 senior guard from Seattle, has made 105 steals in 29 games to rank among the nationâ€™s best and lead all ACC players
The 32nd annual ACC Womenâ€™s Basketball Tournament will take place at the Greensboro Coliseum, beginning on Thursday, March 5, and will conclude on Sunday, March 8, with the championship contest slated for 1 p.m. ET.
2008-09 ACC All-Defensive Team
Chante Black, Duke
Jessica Breland, North Carolina
Lele Hardy, Clemson
Jacinta Monroe, Florida State
Jacqua Williams, Georgia Tech
2008-09 ACC Defensive Player of the Year
Chante Black, Duke