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March 2, 2005

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Two University of Virginia women’s basketball players earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors on Wednesday, the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA) announced.

Senior LaTonya Blue (Baltimore, Md.) was named to the 2005 ACC All-Defensive Team, while freshman Sharnee Zoll (Marlboro, N.J.) earned Honorable Mention All-Freshman Team honors.

A 5-11 guard, Blue also earned Second Team All-ACC honors. The senior leads Virginia in scoring with 12.5 ppg and 14.9 ppg in ACC games only. Blue earned ACC Player of the Week honors twice during the season and four times during her collegiate career. Named the Most Valuable Player at the Cavalier Classic, Blue has 1,099 career points to rank No. 17 on UVa’s all-time scoring list. She also ranks No. 5 in career assists (432) and No. 8 in career steals (211).

Blue also earned ACC All-Defensive Team accolades last season. Named the 2004 Cavalier of the Year, Best Offensive Player, and Best Defensive Player, Blue served as a team captain during her senior season.

A 5-7 point guard, Zoll started every game, except the home finale, during her initial campaign. She graciously gave up her starting role to one of the five seniors for her last home game. Zoll is the top freshman scorer for UVa with 5.3 ppg. She also dished out a team-best 134 assists, just 10 shy of the freshman record held by former All-American Dawn Staley (1989, 144 assists).

During her inaugural campaign, Zoll earned Fox Sports Player of the Game honors for her leadership in the win over Clemson. She was also named to the Cavalier Classic All-Tournament Team.

The No. 5 seed Cavaliers will tackle No. 4 seed Florida State in the quarterfinal round of the 2005 ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament in Greensboro, N.C. Tip-off is set for Saturday, March 5 at 2 p.m. The Regional Sports Network (Comcast, Fox Sports Net South, Sunshine Network) will televise the game live from the Greensboro Coliseum.

2005 ACC ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAMAlison Bales, DukeNikita Bell,  North CarolinaLaTonya Blue, VirginiaAlicia Gladden,  Florida StateAshley Key,  NC State

Defensive Player of the YearNikita Bell, North Carolina

2005 ACC ALL-FRESHMAN TEAMCrystal Langhorne, Maryland * 74Erlana Larkins, North Carolina * 74Wanisha Smith, Duke 65Chioma Nnamaka, Georgia Tech 52Khadijah Whittington, NC State 35

Honorable Mention All-FreshmanChante Black, Duke 24Sharnee Zoll, Virginia 24

*unanimous selection

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