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Toliver and Coleman Named to All-ACC First Team

It's a good day for D.C.-area women's basketball, as the all-ACC women's team was announced. Four of the five first-team honorees have local ties: Maryland's Marissa Coleman (St. John's) and Kristi Toliver, and Virginia's Lyndra Littles (Carroll) and Monica Wright (Forest Park) join Duke's Chante Black on the first team.

Toliver is the only repeat first-team selection; this is Coleman's first time in the top five, after earning second team honors for three straight seasons. This is the second straight year that Maryland has put two players on the first team—Crystal Langhorne joined Toliver a year ago—but it's the first time that the Cavaliers have placed even one player on the first team since Schuye LaRue (Carroll) was honored in 2001. The last time that North Carolina was shut out of the first team was 1999.

Wright (21.1 points, first), Toliver (18.1, second) and Coleman (17.1, fourth) ranked among the top five scorers in the ACC, and Littles (21.4 points) would've been up there as well, if she hadn't missed the first nine games of the season due to academic issues. Toliver led the ACC in assists (5.1).

Here are the full all-ACC teams, as selected by the 45 members of the ACC's Blue Ribbon Panel (which includes members of the media as well as the league's head coaches).

First Team
Chante Black, Duke, Sr., F/C
Marissa Coleman, Maryland, Sr., G/F
Lyndra Littles, Virginia, Sr., F
Kristi Toliver, Maryland, Sr., G
Monica Wright, Virginia, Jr., G

Second Team
Jessica Breland, North Carolina, Jr., F
Shayla Fields, N.C. State, Sr., G
Rashanda McCants, North Carolina, Sr., G/F
Jacinta Monroe, Florida State, Jr., F/C
Carolyn Swords, Boston College, Soph., C

Third Team
Cetera DeGraffenreid, North Carolina, So., G
Tanae Davis-Cain, Florida State, Sr., G
Mara Freshour, Florida State, Sr., G
Lele Hardy, Clemson, Jr., G/F
Alex Montgomery, Georgia Tech, So., F

Honorable Mention
Shenise Johnson, Miami, Fr., F
Aisha Mohammed, Virginia, Sr., C
Mickel Picco, Boston College, Jr., G
Alex Tchangoue, Wake Forest, Sr., G
Abby Waner, Duke, Sr., G

The all-freshman and all-defensive teams will be announced tomorrow, rookie of the year and sixth player of the year will be revealed on Wednesday, and player and coach of the year will be named on Thursday.

What do you think? Any glaring omissions?

By Camille Powell  |  March 2, 2009; 4:38 PM ET
Categories:  Women's basketball  
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I don't think any of us realize how lucky we were to have been able to watch players like Kristi and Marissa for four years.

I feel very emotionally attached to that 2005 championship team. And as the curtain is starting to close, memories rush by me like a whirlwind.

I remember flying to Boston with a severely injured leg. I remember the second-half comeback, fans jumping up and down, people who didn't even know each other hugging each other. I remember Jade jumping into the stands, hugging members of her family and fans.

Truly, that was one of the brightest moments in all of Maryland athletics.

Posted by: imterpsfan2 | March 2, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

I have a sense these two haven't written their legacy yet at Maryland. They have their eye on an ACC regular season championship, an ACC Tournament Championship, and hopefully bringing home a 2nd championship. I'm looking forward to seeing more banners unfurled at Comcast.

Posted by: imterpsfan2 | March 2, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Gary Williams exhibits classic symptons of alcoholism. Deny...blame...deny...

He's a laissez-faire recruiter because it takes away time at Happy Hour. Why call a recruit's parent when you can drink a cold one? If he could get off the juice, I'd think you'd see a resurgence in the program.

Posted by: imterpsfan2 | February 11, 2009 5:11 PM

imterpsfan2 is a total scumbag who should have been removed from Terrapins Insider long ago. His despicable comments on this board demonstrate his idiocy on so many levels.

Get lost guy

Posted by: Barno1 | March 2, 2009 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Other than imaterpfan2's sudden switch to nice guy and Barno1's drunken rantings, I would personally like to thank Marissa and Christy for four wonderful years. It is nice to see the fans come out to Comcast Center to support a national powerhouse, especially two women who define gutsy play and amazing skills on the court. I still remember Christy's shot in Boston that took us to overtime even more fondly than Juan's three in Atlanta that put us ahead for good in '02. God bless you in whatever you accomplish and I look forward to seeing at the Final Four.

Posted by: ecglotfelty | March 2, 2009 11:42 PM | Report abuse

There's no doubt that Kristi and Marissa have earned their first team nods. It'll be interesting to see which one of them gets ACC player of the year. I think Kristi would have been a lock had Marissa not elevated her already sky-high game to new heights the last few weeks.

Brenda Frese deserves a lot of credit for bringing in these recruits and coaching them to reach their potential (and then some).

Posted by: krae-kartoons | March 3, 2009 6:41 AM | Report abuse

Wow when was the last time the Dukies only had 1 first teamer and 1 Honorable mention? How the mighty have fallen! And the player of the year should not be close. Coleman is a wonderful player, but Toliver is one ofthe top 3 players in the country. If she really wanted to she could create her own shot and score 30 a night. Instead she does what all great players do and makes her team mates, including Marissa, better. Like I said Marissa has been a top player for all 4 years at MD, but I think Toliver and the point guard at Uconn are in a league of their own...

Posted by: dbrine1261 | March 3, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

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