Blue Devils Await the NCAA Tournament Selection Show on Monday

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DURHAM, N.C. -  On Monday, March 12, the Duke women’s basketball team will receive its 18th consecutive and 19th overall NCAA Tournament bid when the 2012 NCAA Tournament brackets are released live on ESPN at 7:00 p.m.

Duke owns an all-time record of 46-18 in the NCAA Tournament and is coming off notching back-to-back NCAA Elite Eight appearances.  The Blue Devils will hit the road in the first and second rounds for the first time since the 2009 campaign following hosting in Cameron Indoor Stadium the last two seasons.

Over the last 15 years, Duke has been no lower than a No. 5 seed and since the 1998 campaign the Blue Devils have been an No. 1 or No. 2 seed a total of 12 times.  The Blue Devils have posted a 24-5 overall record this season to go along with a 15- 1 mark in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).  Duke won the ACC regular season title for the 11th time in school history.

Leading Duke on the season has been first team All-ACC selections and All-America candidates Chelsea Gray and Elizabeth Williams.  Gray, who is a native of Stockton, Calif., has averaged 12.0 points, an ACC-best 6.0 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 2.7 steals on the season.  She also ranks 13th nationally in assists.

Williams, a product of Virginia Beach, Va., leads Duke with a 14.3 points per game average to go along with averages of 8.3 rebounds, 3.8 blocks, 1.6 steals and 1.5 assists.  Her 3.8 blocks ranks second nationally, while her 109 swats on the season is more than 200 different Division I teams.  She owns the ACC single season blocks record for a freshman and ranks sixth on the league overall single season list.  Williams became just the third freshman in ACC history to be named to the All-ACC first team.

Both Gray and Williams have each notched triple-doubles this season, which are the only two in the ACC.

Sophomore Haley Peters was also honored last week as she was named to the All-ACC third team, after averaging 10.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.3 assists on the season.  She has started all 29 games for the Blue Devils.  Head coach Joanne P. McCallie enters the NCAA Tournament for the 16th time as a head coach after being named ACC Coach of the Year for the second time over the last three years.

The Blue Devils are coming off falling in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals to N.C. State, 75-73, snapping a 17-game winning streak in the opening round of the tournament.  Gray scored a career-high 25 points on 10-of-17 field goals and earned All-ACC Tournament second team accolades