CHAPEL HILL– The UNC women’s basketball team is now ranked No. 9 in the nation in the latest AP poll released Monday and freshman sensation Diamond DeShields was named ACC Rookie of the Week.

Carolina moved up four sports from No. 13 in last week’s rankings thanks to a pair of impressive wins over No. 20 N.C. State and No. 17 Florida State.

DeShields earned the honor for the second time this season by averaging 23 points and eight rebounds in Tar Heel victories against the Wolfpack and Seminoles.

The freshman was a key factor in turning around the game at FSU for Carolina. She scored 18 of her game-high 25 points in the second half and was 4-for-6 on three-point attempts.

DeShields and the Tar Heels next take to the court Thursday when they host the Clemson Tigers at 6 p.m. in Carmichael Arena.