Teasley named Player of the Week

For the second time this season and the seventh time in her career, North Carolina's Nikki Teasley has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week. Teasley, a senior guard from Washington, D.C., averaged 17.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists last week in UNC's wins over Florida State, Villanova and NC State.

Teasley led the Tar Heels (19-6, 8-4 ACC) with 22 points as they defeated Florida State 93-63 on Monday. She totaled a season-high nine assists and committed just one turnover in the win. In a 49-45 nonconference win over Villanova on Wednesday, she had seven points and tied her season high with eight rebounds. In an 80-71 win at NC State on Sunday, Teasley and junior guard Coretta Brown scored 23 points each as the Tar Heels won in Raleigh for the first time since 1994. Teasley was 6-for-11 from the field (5-for-10 from three-point range), and scored 15 of her points in the second half, including two long three-pointers during a 90 second stretch after NC State drew within two points to mount its biggest challenge of the game.

For the week, she shot 48.5 percent from the field, 52.4 percent from three-point range. Against ACC opponents, those percentages were 58.3 and 58.8, respectively, and she averaged 7.0 assists to just 1.5 turnovers.

Teasley is averaging 15.6 points, 4.7 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game for the season. She leads the Tar Heels in three-point percentage (a career-best 41.4 for the season) and free throw percentage (84.9). The team's only senior, she is UNC's career leader in assists and ranks second all-time in three-pointers. She also ranks among the school's career leaders in free throw percentage, three-point percentage, steals and scoring average.

North Carolina, currently ranked No. 24 in the Associated Press poll and No. 23 in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll, returns to action on Thursday, hosting Clemson for an ACC contest. Tipoff is 7 p.m. at Carmichael Auditorium.


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