Hamby’s big year results in accolade
by MDJ staff and wire reports
March 05, 2014 04:00 AM | 1376 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Through the regular season, Dearica Hamby averaged a double-double of 21.7 points and 10.9 rebounds to lead Wake Forest and the ACC.
<Br>Associated Press photo
Through the regular season, Dearica Hamby averaged a double-double of 21.7 points and 10.9 rebounds to lead Wake Forest and the ACC.
Associated Press photo
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Marietta native Dearica Hamby, who emerged as Wake Forest’s best player as a junior, was selected to the all-Atlantic Coast Conference women’s basketball first team.

Hamby, who played three years at Marietta before transferring to and graduating from Norcross, had league-leading averages of 21.7 points and 10.9 rebounds for the Demon Deacons.

Hamby is only the third first-teamer in Wake Forest history, and the first in 18 years. The Demon Deacons (14-15) are the No. 11 seed for the ACC tournament and will play today against No. 14-seed Pittsburgh.

Notre Dame and Duke each had two players selected to the first team Tuesday, as determined by a panel of media members and school representatives.

Guards Kayla McBride and Jewell Loyd represented the unbeaten Fighting Irish (29-0) on the 10-woman first team. Duke had center Elizabeth Williams and guard Tricia Liston.

They were joined by North Carolina’s Diamond DeShields, N.C. State’s Markeisha Gatling, Georgia Tech’s Tyaunna Marshall, Florida State’s Natasha Howard and Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas.

Loyd averaged 18.4 points, while McBride added 17.7 points per game for Notre Dame, the top seed in this week’s league tournament.

Thomas, Williams, Howard and Marshall are repeat first-teamers.

Williams averaged an ACC-best 2.9 blocked shots while Liston leads the nation by hitting 50 percent of her 3-point attempts for the second-seeded Blue Devils (25-5).

Thomas, the two-time league player of the year, averaged 18.7 points and 10.8 rebounds for the Terrapins, who have the No. 3 seed.

DeShields and teammate Allisha Gray were joined on the all-freshman team by Maryland’s Lexie Brown, Georgia Tech’s Kaela Davis and Miami’s Adrienne Motley.

DeShields, the daughter of former major league baseball player Delino DeShields, averaged 17.7 points for the Tar Heels.

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