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ACC Honors 2 Each From Maryland, Duke Women

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas and Duke’s Chelsea Gray are the Atlantic Coast Conference’s women’s basketball players of the year.

Duke’s Joanne P. McCallie and Maryland’s Brenda Frese also were selected Thursday as the ACC’s coaches of the year.

The league announced voting results from two groups — a panel of media members and school representatives, and the 12 coaches.

Thomas was picked by the reporters and school reps, and she and Gray were named co-players of the year by the coaches.

The panel chose McCallie for the coaching award, while Frese was selected by her colleagues.

Thomas, the ACC’s rookie of the year in 2011 and its preseason player of the year this year, earned her second straight league player of the year award after averaging 17.7 points and a league-best 10.3 rebounds.

Gray was leading the ACC with averages of 5.6 assists and 3.7 steals when she suffered a season-ending knee injury Feb. 17.

McCallie earned her second straight league coaching award after leading Duke to a 17-1 league record and the top seed in the league tournament. Frese guided the defending tournament champion Terrapins to the No. 2 seed despite a rash of injuries.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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