Five players from five programs make cut

Updated: February 10, 2006, 5:37 PM ET
By Beth Mowins | Special to

Editor's note: As the NCAA celebrates its 25th season of women's basketball, ESPN and are counting down the top 25 moments of NCAA Tournament history.'s experts will also name five-member, all-time all-league teams for several conferences. Here, Beth Mowins continues the rundown with the top players in ACC history.

Tradition is what it's all about in the ACC. The Atlantic Coast Conference has enjoyed nearly 30 years of success in women's basketball with the nation's longest running postseason women's tournament. Five different programs are represented on the all-time all-ACC team, including the game's greatest point guard. And no ACC squad would be complete without the player who hit the biggest basket in NCAA championship history.

A look at the top five players in ACC history:

Alana Beard, Duke '04

The only three-time ACC Player of the Year (men's or women's) reigned over the most dominant era in conference history. Her teams won eight league regular-season and tournament titles, a first in more than 50 years of ACC men's and women's basketball. Beard, who won the Wade Trophy her senior season, left Duke after scoring 2,687 points, more than any men's or women's payer in school history.

Barbara Kennedy, Clemson '82

Kennedy's dominance stands the test of time. More than two decades have passed since her days at Clemson, yet her name still tops the ACC career lists for points and rebounds. Her 29 points-per-game average in 1982 is the best in league history.

Charlotte Smith, North Carolina '95

Smith's game-winning shot in the 1994 NCAA final is one of the greatest and most memorable moments in women's basketball history. The basket secured the only women's basketball national championship for an ACC team. Smith is the only Tar Heel woman to have her jersey retired.

Dawn Staley, Virginia '92

Staley garnered two ACC Player of the Year honors and three trips to the Final Four with the Cavaliers. The three-time Kodak All-American is the ACC's career assists leader and ranks No. 2 all-time in steals. She was named the 1991 Final Four Most Outstanding Player.

Andrea Stinson, North Carolina State '91

Stinson led the ACC in scoring in each of her three seasons with the Wolfpack. Her 50-point performance in a game in 1989 remains the highest single-game total in ACC history. She was a two-time Kodak All American.

Beth Mowins

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