Oct. 27, 2004
Greensboro, N.C.- Clemson was picked to finish in a tie for eighth place at the ACC women’s basketball media day event held at Grandover Resort. With 20 first-place votes, North Carolina was voted as the preseason ACC favorite. Duke was selected second out of the 11-team conference with 18 first-place votes.
The Lady Tigers return two starters and six letterwinners from the 2003-04 squad that finished with a 17-12 record. Julie Talley returns as the team’s top scorer after averaging 7.6 points per game last year. Amanda White, a 2002-03 Freshman All-ACC selection, averaged 6.2 points and 4.9 rebounds per game a season ago. Clemson welcomes seven newcomers this season, including one red-shirt freshman, four first-year freshmen, and two junior college transfers. Clemson begins the regular season on November 19.
Maryland finished third in the voting, receiving two first-place votes. ACC newcomers Miami and Virginia Tech were voted to finish fourth and fifth, respectively. Coming in sixth in the preseason poll was Virginia, followed by N.C. State. The Lady Tigers tied Florida State to be predicted for eighth place this season. Georgia Tech and Wake Forest filled the 10th and 11th spots, respectively.
Monique Currie of Duke was selected as the preseason favorite for ACC Player-of-the-Year, while Maryland’s Crystal Langhorne was tabbed the ACC’s favorite for Rookie-of-the-Year. Camille Little and Ivory Latta from North Carolina were preseason All-ACC picks, as were Shay Doron (Maryland) and Tamara James (Miami).
2004-05 ACC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PRESEASON POLL 1. North Carolina (20) 2. Duke (18) 3. Maryland (2) 4. Miami 5. Virginia Tech 6. Virginia 7. NC State 8. Clemson Florida State 9. Georgia Tech 10. Wake Forest
2004-05 PRESEASON ALL-ACC TEAM Monique Currie, Duke Shay Doron, Maryland Tamara James, Miami Ivory Latta, North Carolina Camille Little, North Carolina
2004-05 PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR Monique Currie, Duke
2004-05 PRESEASON ROOKIE OF THE YEAR Crystal Langhorne, Maryland
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