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LaRue named ACC Rookie of Year

As the Virginia women's basketball team awaits an NCAA Tournament seed, freshman forward Schuye LaRue can distract herself with her new ACC Rookie of the Year award.

LaRue, who earned All-ACC and All-Tournament second team honors this week, is the first Cavalier to be named the Conference's top freshman since Tora Suber in 1994.

The D.C. native led the ACC in field goal percentage and doubles-doubles and tied for the league lead in blocked shots. She led Conference rookies in scoring with 14.6 points per game and tied with N.C. State's Kaayla Chones for the freshman lead in rebounding with 7.9 boards per game.

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