THREE IRISH NAMED ALL-ACC
March 5, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
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NOTRE DAME, Ind. - After earning its third consecutive outright regular season conference title (and first as member of the Atlantic Coast Conference), the No. 2 Notre Dame women's basketball team was recognized for its efforts with numerous individual honors on Tuesday, as the ACC office announced this year's all-conference and all-freshman teams.
Fighting Irish sophomore guard Jewell Loyd (Lincolnwood, Ill./Niles West) and senior guard/tri-captain Kayla McBride (Erie, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) earned spots on the 10-player All-ACC First Team, while senior forward/tri-captain Natalie Achonwa(Guelph, Ontario/St. Mary's Catholic) was chosen for the five-player All-ACC Second Team. Notre Dame led all conference schools with three All-ACC selections this year.
The conference will unveil its specialty awards -- Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, Freshman of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Sixth Player of the Year -- in separate press releases on Wednesday.
This week's ACC awards were selected through a vote of the ACC's Blue Ribbon Panel, which consists of designated media members who cover the conference's 15 institutions, the conference's 15 head coaches and media relations directors, and other selected national and regional women's basketball experts. The complete rundown of all-conference and all-freshman teams can be found on the ACC's official web site, theacc.com.
A second set of all-conference honors, as voted on by the ACC head coaches at the end of the regular season, will be released next week.
This marks the fifth consecutive season and sixth time in the past seven years Notre Dame has had three players earn all-conference recognition. For McBride, it is her second first-team selection in as many seasons (following first-team all-BIG EAST accolades last year), while Achonwa pairs this season's second-team citation with last year's first-team honor from the BIG EAST. Loyd was an honorable mention all-BIG EAST pick last year before elevating to first-team all-ACC honors this season.