Nov. 17, 2008
ATLANTA – Georgia Tech’s Mo Bennett and Duke’s Chante Black were named Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Rookie and Player of the Week after leading their respective squads to successful 2008-09 season openers last week. Bennett tallied 27 points in her first two collegiate outings, including 19 at top-ranked Connecticut, while Black helped the eighth-ranked Blue Devils to a 2-0 start, including an impressive 77-68 win over 14th-ranked Oklahoma State.
“Anytime one of our players is recognized for an individual performance, it is exciting for our program,” head coach MaChelle Joseph said. “Mo Bennett is very deserving of this award and I am excited for her.”
Bennett opened her collegiate career with an eight-point, seven-rebound performance against Troy. The Statesboro, Ga., native took her game to another level when she came off the bench to spark the Yellow Jackets against No. 1 Connecticut on the road. The freshman connected on her first six shots from the field and finished with 19 points against the Huskies. The 5-10 guard also grabbed five offensive rebounds and had four steals.
In Duke’s season opener against Oklahoma State, Black registered a career-high 28 points to go along with 10 rebounds in 36 minutes of action. The senior posted the 18th double-double of her career and her third straight double-double dating back to last season en route to leading the Blue Devils to a 77-68 victory in Cameron Indoor. In the contest, Black hit 13-of-17 field goals and blocked four shots.
For the week, Black hit 19-of-27 field goals for a 70.4 percentage. Black averaged 22.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 4.0 blocks, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steals in the two victories, while becoming the 24th player in Duke history to reach the 1,000-point mark with her first basket on Sunday against Maine.
ACC action continues this evening as three league squads battle early non-conference opponents. North Carolina and Wake Forest welcome Kennesaw State and UNC Greensboro, respectively on Monday, while No. 15 Virginia takes to the road to face No. 6 Tennessee. All three games are slated for 7 p.m. ET.
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