UVa's Ariana Moorer Named ACC Sixth Player of the Year
CHARLOTTESVILLE – Virginia junior guard Ariana Moorer (Woodbridge, Va.) earned the fourth annual Atlantic Coast Conference Sixth Player of the Year honor, announced by ACC John Swofford on Tuesday (March 1). The ACC Sixth Player of the Year accolade is nominated and selected by a vote of the league’s 12 ACC women’s basketball head coaches.
Moorer leads her team in scoring, despite only starting eight of the Cavaliers’ 30 games. She helped the Virginia bench average an impressive 26.1 points per game in 2010-11, one of the highest totals in the league.
From her reserve point guard position, Moorer leads the team in assists – averaging 3.1 per game (87 total).
Moorer averages 9.5 points per game and tallied Virginia’s highest single-game scoring output this year, registering 24 points at Southeastern Conference foe Tennessee.
At NC State on Feb. 10, Virginia made history by winning the longest game in program history – a 94-92 quadruple-overtime victory against the Wolfpack. Moorer nailed the buzzer-beating, game-winning shot, lifting the Cavaliers to the thrilling win.
It is the first All-ACC honor of Moorer’s career and the first time in school history that a UVa player has been named the ACC Sixth Player of the Year.
Previous ACC Sixth Players of the Year have been Jessica Breland (North Carolina, 2008), Bonae Holston (NC State, 2009) and Alex Montgomery (Georgia Tech, 2010).
Virginia (16-14, 5-9 ACC) enters the 2011 ACC Tournament as the No. 8 seed and faces ninth-seeded Wake Forest on Thursday, March 3, at 3 p.m. The game, being played at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C., will be televised by the ACC’s Regional Sports Network (Comcast SportsNet in the Charlottesville area).