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Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw answers questions with Natalie Achonwa, right, during a news conference following an NCAA college basketball game against the North Carolina State in Raleigh, N.C., Sunday, March 2, 2014. Notre Dame won 84-60. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker) (Karl B DeBlaker)

Maryland coach Brenda Frese, left, and forward Alyssa Thomas react as a banner honoring Thomas is unveiled after an NCAA college basketball game against Virginia Tech in College Park, Md., Sunday, March 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (Patrick Semansky)

Maryland forward Alyssa Thomas acknowledges supporters during a ceremony to honor her after an NCAA college basketball game in College Park, Md., Sunday, March 2, 2014. Thomas contributed a game-high 20 points to Maryland's 87-48 win in her final home game as a Terrapin. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (Patrick Semansky)

Duke's Elizabeth Williams (1) defends as North Carolina's Diamond DeShields (23) shoots during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Sunday, March 2, 2014. North Carolina won 64-60. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) (Gerry Broome)
ND's McGraw named ACC coach of the year; Terps' Thomas wins player award again
Maryland's Thomas, ND's McGraw, UNC's DeShields earn individual awards from ACC

Posted on March 6, 2014 at 8:34 a.m.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Notre Dame's Muffet McGraw was named coach of the year and Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas won her third straight Atlantic Coast Conference women's  basketball player of the year award.

North Carolina’s Diamond DeShields was chosen rookie of the year, the ACC announced Wednesday in a vote by media members and school representatives.

McGraw guided No. 2 Notre Dame to a 29-0, 16-0 record in its first ACC season. The Fighting Irish hold the top seed in the league tournament that starts Wednesday in Greensboro.

DeShields averaged 17.7 points and earned three rookie of the week awards from the league for No. 13 North Carolina.

Thomas ranks fourth in the league in scoring, averaging 18.7 points, and is its No. 2 rebounder at 10.8. She joined Duke’s Alana Beard (2002-04) as the only players to win the award three times.

Thomas is the only player in ACC history with four triple-doubles in a season. She’s one shy of matching the NCAA career record of seven.