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Lynetta Kizer Named ACC Rookie of the Year

Center Lynetta Kizer joined an elite group of Terrapins today as she was named the ACC rookie of the year. She is the sixth Maryland player to be so honored, joining current teammate Marissa Coleman (2006), as well as Crystal Langhorne (2005), Bonnie Rimkus (1991), Carla Holmes (1988) and Beth Hunt (1987).

Kizer, the preseason pick for rookie of the year, ranked second among ACC freshman in scoring, averaging 11.7 points (Miami's Shenise Johnson averaged 12.8 points), and was first in rebounding with a 7.4-per game average. She is third on the team in both scoring and rebounding, and she scored in double-figures in 24 of 29 games, and recorded eight double-doubles.

Her best game came in Maryland's 87-79 victory at Georgia Tech on Feb. 19: she scored a career-high 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting, grabbed 10 rebounds, blocked three shots, and came up with a career-high five steals. She was an All-Met at Potomac (Va.) last year.

So far the Terrapins, who won the regular season title, have been well-represented in the postseason honors: Kizer also made the all-freshman team, and seniors Kristi Toliver and Marissa Coleman were named first-team all-ACC on Monday. Tomorrow the conference will name its player and coach of the year, and the guess here is that Toliver and Florida State's Sue Semrau will be the picks. What do you think? Who would you choose as player of the year, Toliver or Coleman?

By Camille Powell  |  March 4, 2009; 4:13 PM ET
Categories:  Women's basketball  
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Toliver. Hands down.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 4, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Tolliver. She's more "clutch."

Posted by: ntlekt | March 4, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

KT, with Coleman getting the second highest votes.

Sue Semrau absolutely deserves coach of the year. FSU surprised everybody this year. Watching them play, it's clear she has the team believing they can win. Very impressive job.

Posted by: krae-kartoons | March 4, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

I'd love to say "both" because without both of them this team is missing a vital piece. That said, Kristy. She's the one the rest of the team keys off of. Marissa is the life and energy o the team, but she's not the leader. Kristy's the leader and instant "3" whenever we need a jolt. She takes it, but only by a nose.

Posted by: EricS2 | March 5, 2009 2:49 AM | Report abuse

In Camille Powell's ACC Tournament preview in this morning's paper, she remarks that Florida State "swept" Duke and North Carolina this season. Due to the ACC's rotating schedule, FSU did not have to travel to Maryland, North Carolina, or Duke this season. The Terps didn't have to travel to Chapel Hill so they missed a tough game themselves, but I find it funny that no one has mentioned that FSU won a share of the regular season conference title without having to play away against arguably the three toughest road opponents they would have faced all season. As far as the ACC Player of the Year, I vote for Kristi, with Marissa not far behind.

Posted by: DianeRulapaugh | March 5, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

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