Maryland women picked 5th in preseason ACC poll
The Maryland women were picked to finish fifth in the ACC, according to a preseason poll of media and school representatives. It is the first time since 2003 that the Terrapins were not picked to finish in the top three in the ACC. Maryland swept the ACC regular season and tournament titles last season, but lost four starters from that team and has nine freshmen and sophomores on its 10-player roster.
North Carolina was picked to finish atop the ACC, followed by Duke, Florida State and Virginia. The Tar Heels received 30 of the 45 first-place votes; Duke (10), Maryland (3) and Florida State (2) received the remaining votes.
The Terrapins, who have had at least one player earn first-team All-ACC honors every year since 2005, did not place a player on the preseason All-ACC team. Virginia senior guard Monica Wright (Forest Park), Duke junior guard Jasmine Thomas (Oakton), North Carolina senior forward Jessica Breland, Florida State senior forward/center Jacinta Moore, and Boston College junior center Carolyn Swords were named to the team.
Wright, who led the ACC in scoring with 25 points per game, was named preseason player of the year. North Carolina freshman guard Tierra Ruffin-Pratt, a two-time All Met player of the year from T.C. Williams, was chosen as ACC rookie of the year.
Here's the complete preseason women's rankings:
1. North Carolina (30 first-place votes)
2. Duke (10)
3. Florida State (2)
5. Maryland (3)
6. Boston College
7. Georgia Tech
9. N.C. State
10. Wake Forest
12. Virginia Tech
October 26, 2009; 10:03 AM ET
Categories: Women's basketball
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