March 3, 2009
ATLANTA – Georgia Tech senior Jacqua Williams was named to the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball All-Defensive Team, the league office announced Tuesday.
“It is a not only a great honor for Jacqua to be named to the team for second straight year but also for our program,” head coach MaChelle Joseph said. “She is the only player in our program’s history to accomplish this. I believe that Jacqua is one of the premier one on one defenders in the nation. She has been instrumental in our team leading the nation in steals the past two seasons.”
Williams, who was selected to the 2008 All-Defensive Team, is the Georgia Tech record holder for steals with 366. She sits in seventh-place all-time in the ACC record books. This season, Williams leads the ACC and ranks third nationally with 105 steals. She is a major reason why the Yellow Jackets lead the ACC and the nation in steals with 14.0 per game.
The Seattle, Wash., native is also the Georgia Tech single-season record holder for steals with 118. She has registered at least one steal in 68 straight games and has recorded three or more steals in 24 of the Yellow Jackets 29 games this season.
Joining Williams on this year’s defensive squad are Florida State’s Jacinta Monroe, Lele Hardy of Clemson, North Carolina’s Jessica Breland and this season’s ACC Defensive Player of the Year, Chante Black of Duke. The ACC All-Defensive team and Defensive Player of the Year are selected by a vote of the 12 ACC women’s basketball head coaches.
The Yellow Jackets (21-8) have earned the No. 5 seed in the 2009 ACC Tournament and will open play against No. 12 seed Clemson at 11 a.m. Thursday.
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