Oct. 26, 2005
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Two North Carolina players were named to the Preseason All-ACC women's basketball team and the Tar Heels were predicted to finish second in the league in Atlantic Coast Conference preseason balloting, the results of which were announced Wednesday afternoon.
UNC junior Ivory Latta and sophomore Erlana Larkins were selected for the six-member preseason all-conference squad. Also on the team were Maryland's Shay Doron and Crystal Langhorne, Miami's Tamara James and Duke's Monique Currie, who was the preseason pick for ACC Player of the Year for the second season in a row. Currie, Doron, James and Latta were first-team All-ACC picks last year, while Langhorne and Larkins were on the All-ACC second team.
Currie, Doron, James and Latta also were named to the preseason All-ACC team in 2004-05.
In the team balloting, Duke received 30 of 40 total first-place votes, with the other 10 going to UNC, the defending ACC champion and last year's preseason pick. Voting was by the league's head coaches and members of the media.
In third place was Maryland, followed by NC State and newcomer Boston College. Florida State was sixth, followed by Virginia Tech in seventh and Virginia in eighth. Wake Forest finished in ninth place while Georgia Tech, Miami and Clemson rounded out the poll.
Duke freshman Abby Waner was selected as the preseason ACC Rookie of the Year.
2005-06 Preseason Poll
First place votes in parentheses, followed by total points
1. Duke (30) - 470
2. North Carolina (10) - 446
3. Maryland - 394
4. NC State - 352
5. Boston College - 302
6. Florida State - 256
7. Virginia Tech - 214
8. Virginia - 188
9. Wake Forest - 166
10. Georgia Tech - 152
11. Miami - 126
12. Clemson - 54
2005-06 Preseason Player of the Year
Monique Currie, Duke
2005-06 Preseason Rookie of the Year
Abby Waner, Duke
Ivory Latta has been named to the preseason All-ACC team for the second year in a row.