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Ataira Franklin named ACC Women's Basketball Rookie of the Week

Virginia freshman guard Ataira Franklin was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Basketball Rookie of the Week honors for the period ending Feb. 13. It is the first time Franklin has earned the ACC Rookie of the Week nod in her career.

Franklin averaged 15.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in a 2-1 week for the Cavaliers, including challenges against two ranked opponents - 15th-ranked Florida State and 11th-ranked Maryland.

The newcomer from Bowie, Md., started the week with 16 points against the visiting Seminoles on 6-of-9 shooting and followed that up with an 18-point, 10-rebound double-double in Virginia's quadruple-overtime win at NC State. Franklin also added three blocks in that contest.

She then scored in double-digits for the fifth-consecutive game while keying the upset of Maryland on Sunday. Franklin netted 11 points and hauled down eight boards. For the week, the rookie shot 17-of-32 from the field, which proves better than 53 percent, drained 4-of-10 treys, and was 7-of-8 (88 percent) from the free throw line.

The accolades are voted on by the league's "Blue Ribbon Panel," which consists of national and local media members, as well as school representatives. The panelists will also vote on the ACC's postseason All-Conference teams for the 2010-11 season.

Virginia has the week off and will host Boston College on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.