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Dayshanette Harris earns ACC all-freshman honors

The Panthers guard finished the regular season as one of Pitt’s top two scorers

Matt Hawley

Pitt guard Dayshanette Harris was named to the ACC all-freshman team on Monday after concluding the regular season on a six-game double-figure scoring streak that solidified her status as one of Pitt’s top scorers. Harris was the only Pitt player to earn All-ACC honors in a down year for the team, and she became just the second to make the all-freshman team.

“I am extremely excited that [Harris] was selected to the ACC all-freshman team,” Pitt head coach Lance White said in a statement. “I think she proved that’s she is one of the most dynamic players in this league. Her competitiveness and ability to make plays on both ends of the floor will help us take this program to the next level. I am so proud of what our freshman class has produced this season and can’t wait to see what they do over the next three years.”

Through 28 games this season, Harris has averaged 12.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.6 steals and 1.7 steals per game. Her 12.1 points per game were enough to place her alongside sixth-year senior Aysia Bugg as one of Pitt’s two most productive players this season, and many of Harris’ most significant contributions came during conference play.

The Youngstown, Ohio, native posted a more robust scoring average of 13.6 points per game in ACC competition, and she really hit her stride late in the season, as she closed out the 17-game conference slate by scoring in double figures in 10 of Pitt’s final 11 games. That stretch included each of Pitt’s final six games, during which Harris averaged 18.3 points.

Harris finished the regular season with four games in which she scored 20 or more points. Two of those games came against ACC opponents in her impressive six-game stretch to close the season, and the other two came in rivalry games against Duquesne and Penn State. She posted a career-high 27 points in Pitt's 70-59 loss to Boston College on Feb. 20.

Pitt is set to face Notre Dame in the ACC tournament on Wednesday in Greensboro, North Carolina, and the Panthers will likely need a big performance out of Harris to log an upset and advance to the second round. The Panthers and the Irish are set to tip off from Greensboro Coliseum at 3:30 p.m. ET.