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Hand, Williams earn All-ACC recognition

Virginia guard Donald Hand and forward Chris Williams were named to the All-ACC men's basketball second team yesterday, and center Travis Watson earned Honorable Mention honors.

Hand won 12 first team votes from the 103 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Writers Association and was eighth overall in the voting. Williams collected six first team votes and was tied for eleventh.

Duke's Chris Carrawell, who was chosen unanimously, led the ACC first team. The other first teamers were Blue Devil Shane Battier, Maryland's Juan Dixon, Clemson's Will Solomon and Maryland's Lonny Baxter.

Ryan named Coach of the Year

Virginia women's basketball Coach Debbie Ryan was awarded ACC Coach of the Year yesterday for the seventh time in her 23-year tenure in Charlottesville. Ryan's Cavs went 22-7 in the regular season and led the ACC with a 13-3 Conference record.

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  • "This is a huge honor for my staff and my players," Ryan said. "I've been blessed with a tremendous staff this year. They have done an incredible job of keeping this team focused and ready to play, helping players through ups and downs and keeping the players motivated. The players have done a fabulous job all year long."

    Devils doom Tar Heels

    Five Duke players scored in double digits as the No. 11 Blue Devils held on to take a 79-76 victory over unranked North Carolina to win their first ACC women's basketball championship.

    Duke's Lauren Rice and Georgia Schweitzer each scored 16 to counter a 31-point performance by Tar Heel Nikki Teasley. Carolina came back from a nine-point deficit with seven minutes left but just fell short of their sixth ACC title.


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