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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia’s Monica Wright was named the State Player of the Year by the Richmond Times-Dispatch on Wednesday (March 17). Wright, a 5-11 guard from Woodbridge, Va., was named to the all-state team for the fourth-straight season.

Joining Wright on the Times-Dispatch Division I all-state team are James Madison’s Dawn Evans, Richmond’s Brittani Shells, Liberty’s Devon Brown and VCU’s D’Andra Moss.

Wright ranks seventh in the nation in scoring (23.3 points per game) and second in the nation in steals (3.6 per game). Virginia’s all-time leading scorer with 2,506 career points, she is also the school-record holder for field goals made (948).

She has scored 30 points seven times this season and 20 points on 21 occasions.

Wright was a Times-Dispatch all-state team member in 2007, 2008 and 2009. This is her first State Player of the Year honor.

She adds the accolade to a list that already includes ACC Player of the Year, ACC Defensive Player of the Year, All-ACC first team and All-ACC Tournament second team in 2010. Prior to the 2009-10 campaign, Wright was named an Associated Press Preseason All-American.

She is a finalist for all three National Player of the Year Awards – The Wooden Award, The Naismith Trophy and the Wade Trophy.

The all-state team was selected by Times-Dispatch women’s basketball writer Vic Dorr Jr.

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