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Kizer Named to the ACC All-Freshman Team

Maryland center Lynetta Kizer was named to the ACC All-Freshman team today, and will find out tomorrow if she will be honored as the league's rookie of the year (she was the preseason pick). Kizer, a 6-foot-4 center, is averaging 11.7 points and 7.4 rebounds (9th in the ACC) and is shooting 49.8 percent from the floor. She is the first Terrapin to be named to the all-freshman team since Kristi Toliver and Marissa Coleman were in 2006.

Kizer is joined on the all-freshman team by her friend Chay Shegog, a 6-foot-5 center for North Carolina. Shegog didn't start a single game, but averaged 7.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in 18.5 minutes off the bench for the Tar Heels.

Last season, Kizer and Shegog earned All-Met and McDonald's All-American honors while playing at Potomac (Va.) and Brooke Point, respectively. They talk regularly, and Kizer says she often checks the North Carolina box scores to see how Shegog is doing.

"Us two, when we were coming up, we were rivals," Kizer said recently. "It was kind of like they had this whole stereotype of who's better, but then we just clicked and were like, 'Hey, let's be friends.' Let's just get it done."

ACC All-Freshman Team
Cierra Bravard, Florida State, 6-4, C
Bonae Holston, N.C. State, 5-11 F
Shenise Johnson, Miami, 5-11, F
Lynetta Kizer, Maryland, 6-4, C
Chay Shegog, North Carolina, 6-5 C

No Maryland players were named to the league's all-defensive team, which was also announced today.

ACC All-Defensive Team

Chante Black, Duke, 6-5, Sr., C – Defensive player of the year
Jessica Breland, North Carolina, 6-3, Jr., F
Lele Hardy, Clemson, 5-10, Jr. G/F
Jacinta Monroe, Florida State, 6-4, Jr., F/C
Jacqua Williams, Georgia Tech, 5-7, Sr., G

Who is your pick for ACC rookie of the year? Will it be Kizer, or Miami's Shenise Johnson?

By Camille Powell  |  March 3, 2009; 4:20 PM ET
Categories:  Women's basketball  
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Kizer has tailed off lately but she's given the Terps an intimidating inside presence even when she doesn't score.

I'm looking forward to the ACC Women's tournament. This will be my third trip to Greensboro and this may be the best opportunity to net a championship.

I enjoy the women's game because it offers more accessibility to players and a family atmosphere.

Posted by: imterpsfan2 | March 3, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Kizer certainly has a good shot at rookie of the year. But don't overlook FSU's Bravard. She's had some great games against ACC competition.

No surprise there weren't any Terps on the all-defensive team. They aren't exactly known for their defense - I believe Debbie Antonelli made a comment about how they don't break a sweat on defense. On the other hand, they play just enough defense to win games.

Posted by: krae-kartoons | March 4, 2009 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Actually I think the Terps' defense this year is vastly improved from the past two years.

Vivian Stringer from Rutgers pointed that out after they lost to the Terps 67-47 a few weeks back.

The previous two years, it seemed some players weren't making the effort on defense and concentrating too much on offense or starting the break.

Posted by: imterpsfan2 | March 4, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Lyles and Kizer are the 2 new leaders of the Lady Terps basketball, after Tolliver and Coleman.

Posted by: memyselfI1 | March 4, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

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