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UM’s Adrienne Motley named first-team ACC selection

Miami guard Adrienne Motley (23) scores on a jump shot over Florida State guard Brittany Brown in Tallahassee, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015.
Miami guard Adrienne Motley (23) scores on a jump shot over Florida State guard Brittany Brown in Tallahassee, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. AP

The University of Miami women’s basketball team got good news just before boarding its flight to Greensboro, N.C., Tuesday for the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. Sophomore guard Adrienne Motley was named a First-Team ACC selection by the Blue Ribbon Panel.

Motley is sixth in the conference in scoring, and the only ACC player who ranks Top 15 in scoring, field-goal percentage and free-throw percentage.

“I’m thrilled for Adrienne. It’s a well-deserved honor and great to get that kind of recognition in the nation’s best conference,” Miami coach Katie Meier said. “She’s a team player and her focus is 100 percent on how to make Miami win. She’s been doing a great job of not only leading this team, but also of sharing the basketball and doing whatever it takes to win.”

Motley is the sixth player in Miami’s 11 years in the ACC to be named a First Team All-ACC pick. She is the second player in UM history to receive the honor as a sophomore, joining Shenise Johnson (2009-10).

Motley leads the Canes in scoring (16.9), field-goal percentage (49.7), three-point percentage (35.6), steals (1.4), minutes (30.9), and free-throw percentage (77.4).

“I think she’s special because she just makes the right basketball play with the ball,” Meier said. “Her defense has really, really improved and she got herself in great shape and those two things are showing. Now she’s an all-around player and she’s just really, really worked on her game in the offseason and the results are here.”

UM is the No. 8 seed in the ACC Tournament and plays at 2 p.m. Thursday against No. 9 seed Virginia.

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