Elizabeth Williams Named ACC Rookie of the Year

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Photo of Williams against UNC.
Taken by Kyle Quick

DURHAM, N.C. - After dominating the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Rookie of the Week selections this season with nine, Duke University freshman Elizabeth Williams was named the ACC Rookie of the Week on Tuesday by a vote of the Blue Ribbon Panel.

The honor for Williams marks just the fourth Blue Devil in school history to be named ACC Rookie of the Year -- Alana Beard (2001), Katie Meier (1986) and Chris Moreland (1985).

Williams, who is out of Virginia Beach, Va., tied the league single season record with nine ACC Rookie of the Week selections this season, while averaging 14.4 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3.6 blocks, 1.6 steals and 1.5 assists.  Her nine weekly selections matched a record set in 1992-93 by Wake Forest’s Tracy Connor.

Other members of the All-ACC Freshman team along with Williams were Nikki Dixon (Clemson), Brene Moseley (Maryland), Brittany Rountree (North Carolina) and Sydney Wallace (Georgia Tech).  Duke has featured 18 different players named to the All-ACC Freshman team since they began handing out the awards in 1996.

On Monday, Williams became just the third freshman in league history to be named to the All-ACC first team.  She ranks third nationally with a 3.6 blocks per game average and owns the ACC freshman record for blocks in a season with 102.

Williams is a midseason candidate for the John R. Wooden Award and posted one of only two triple-doubles this season in the league with 18 points, 16 rebounds and an ACC-record 12 blocked shots.  In the ACC, the 6-3 center ranks fourth in rebounding (8.4), seventh in scoring (14.4), ninth in field goal percentage (48.8) and first in blocks (3.8).

In the Duke freshman record book, Williams is moving up many of the charts -- fifth in points (403), fourth in double-figure rebounds (8), 10th in free throws made (79), sixth in free throws attempted (129), tied for fifth in double-figure scoring games (22) and tied for eighth in 20-point games (3).