March 3, 2009
CLEMSON, SC – Clemson junior Lele Hardy added another post-season honor on Tuesday afternoon with a selection to the 2009 ACC All-Defensive Team. Hardy was one of just five players selected by the league’s 12 head coaches, joining Chante Black (Duke, Jacqua Williams (Georgia Tech), Jacinta Monroe (Florida State) and Jessica Breland (North Carolina).
“I’m really honored to be recognized by the coaches around the league,” Hardy said. “There are a lot of great players in the ACC. I just try to play hard and do my best every day.”
The native of Spartanburg, SC leads the conference in defensive rebounding, averaging 6.0 per game. She also ranks second in the ACC for steals per game with a 3.2 per game average. The figure is currently seventh-best in the nation as well. Hardy has totaled 94 steals in 29 games this season, which ranks fourth in Clemson history for a single season.
She is just the third different player in school history to earn the honor. Erin Batth (currently the Director of WBB Operations at Virginia) was named to the team in 2000 and 2001, while Chrissy Floyd garnered the honor in 2002.
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