Kastanek Named ACC Freshman of the Year

GREENSBORO, N.C. - NC State's Marissa Kastanek was named the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Basketball Freshman of the year, announced Tuesday by ACC Commissioner John Swofford.

She becomes only the third Wolfpacker to garner the award, joining Chasity Melvin (1995) and Katie Smrcka-Duffy (1997).

Kastanek started all but one of 29 regular-season games, averaging 10.7 points per game, the second best mark among all ACC rookies in 2009-10. The Lincoln, Neb., native made 39.9 percent (109-of-273) of her shots, including 35.3 percent (53-of-150) from three-point range, the ninth-best mark in the ACC.

One of only two players to be named ACC Rookie of the Week on three occasions, Kastanek led all ACC freshmen in conference only scoring at 11.2 ppg and three-pointers made with 53.

She has helped the Pack to a 17-12 overall record and a tie for fifth in the conference standings at 7-7. The sixth-seeded Wolfpack will play 11th-seeded Clemson Thursday night at 8 p.m., at Greensboro Coliseum.

"You can look at the stat sheet and see the impact she has made on our team statistically," said first-year head coach Kellie Harper. "But she does things that do not show up on the stat sheet.

"She is one of the hardest workers we have on the team. She loves basketball. Her knees are bruised, scarred and skinned up. We had to force her to wear knee pads, because she gives it everything she has got 100 percent of the time."

Additionally, Kastanek averaged 3.6 rebounds per game, while dishing out 43 assists and has come up with 40 steals.

Joining Kastanek on the ACC All-Freshmen Team is Duke center Allison Vernerey, Florida State forward Chasity Clayton, Maryland forward Diandra Tchatchouang, and Wake Forest forward Sandra Garcia.

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