Five All-Conference Blue Devils

DURHAM, N.C. - The Associated Press All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) women's basketball teams for 2004 were released on Wednesday with the Blue Devils registering an ACC-record five players on the All-ACC and two on the All-Defensive teams.

The All-ACC first, second and third teams along with the All-Freshman team is voted on by the Atlantic Coast Sports Writers Association, while the All-ACC Defensive team is voted on by the coaches. A total of 49 members voted from ASCWA.

On the All-ACC first team, Duke senior Alana Beard led all voting for the third consecutive season with 147 votes, while Iciss Tillis received 119 total votes. Beard was the only player who received all first place votes for the third consecutive year, while Tillis was fifth with 24. Sophomore Monique Currie was also named second team All-ACC with 94 votes, while sophomores Mistie Bass and Lindsey Harding each were named third team All-ACC with 47 and 42 votes, respectively.

It marks the fourth year in a row Duke has posted two players on the first team and the fourth year in a row with at least three players named All-ACC. The Blue Devils also become the first ACC school to ever have five players earn All-ACC, breaking the previous record of three.

Beard, a six-time ACC Player of the Week selection this season, currently leads the ACC in scoring (20.8), ranks sixth in field goal percentage (.524), tied for first in steals (2.44), tied for fifth in blocks (1.33), fifth in three-point field goal percentage (.375), tied for 12th in three-point field goals made (1.22) and fifth in free throw percentage (.781). The native of Shreveport, La., has totaled 17 games with 20 or more points and became Duke's all-time leading scorer on Monday with 2,577 points.

Tillis, a native of Tulsa, Okla., is one of the most versatile players in the nation, averaging 11.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.92 steals and 1.28 blocks per game this season. The senior ranks 13th in the ACC in scoring, fifth in rebounding, eighth in steals, first in free throw percentage (.859) and seventh in blocks. Both Tillis and Beard are two of the 20 finalists for the Naismith National Player of the Year.

Both Bass and Harding earned third team All-ACC accolades for the first time in their careers, after posting very successful sophomore campaigns. A product of Janesville, Wisc., Bass has started all 27 games for the Blue Devils averaging 10.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.1 blocks this season. She leads the ACC in field goal percentage (.620), while ranking 18th in scoring, 15th in rebounding and ninth in blocks.

With her excellent all-around play this season, Harding has become one of the top point guards in the nation averaging 4.9 assists, 6.9 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.9 steals. Harding's 2.16 assist/turnover ratio leads the ACC, while she also ranks third in assists and seventh in steals.

Beard and Harding were also named to the All-ACC Defensive team by the nine ACC women's basketball head coaches. It marks the fourth consecutive season Beard has been named to the team as she is well known across the country as one, if not the best defensive player in the nation. She currently ranks tied for first in the ACC in steals (2.44) and tied for fifth in blocked shots (1.33).

Harding earned the honor for the first time in her career as she is called on to match up against the opponents top scorer in many games. This season she has started 26 of 27 games and was recently named one the nominees for the Nancy Lieberman Award as the top point guard in the nation.

Duke will next play in the ACC Tournament on Saturday, Mar. 6 at 12:00 p.m. against the winner of the Georgia Tech/Wake Forest contest at the Greensboro Coliseum.

2004 All-ACC Women's Basketball Team & Individual Awards

ALL-ACC (1st Team Votes)

First Team
Alana Beard, Duke (49)*...................... 147
Kaayla Chones, NCState (47)............. 144
Lakeia Stokes, Clemson (34).............. 132
Camille Little, UNC (31)....................... 125
Iciss Tillis, Duke (24)............................. 119

   *unanimous 1st-team selection

Second Team
Ivory Latta, UNC (15)............................ 103
Fallon Stokes, GaTech (15)................... 97
Monique Currie, Duke (11)..................... 94
Tasheika Allen, FSU (2)......................... 61
Liz Strunk, Wake Forest (1)................... 55

Third Team La'Tangela Atkinson, UNC (3)............... 53 Mistie Bass, Duke (1)............................. 47 Lindsey Harding, Duke (8)..................... 42 LaTonya Blue, Virginia (1)...................... 40 Shay Doron, Maryland (1)....................... 39 Honorable Mention Kalika France, Maryland......................... 36 Shante Williams, FSU (1)....................... 29 Brandi Teamer, Virginia ........................ 23 Delvona Oliver, Maryland (1).................. 19 Alex Stewart, GaTech............................. 15 ALL-FRESHMAN Ivory Latta, UNC* Camille Little, UNC* Shante Williams, FSU Shay Doron, Maryland Kalika France, Maryland *unanimous selection 2003-04 ACC All-Defensive Team Alana Beard, Duke LaTonya Blue, Virginia Nanna Rivers, NC State Tracy Alston, Wake Forest Lindsey Harding, Duke


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