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Chelsea Gray and Elizabeth Williams
Gray, Williams Named Associated Press All-America
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 04/02/2013
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DURHAM, N.C. – The Associated Press released its All-America teams on Tuesday with Duke’s Chelsea Gray and Elizabeth Williams netting honors.  Gray was selected to the second team, while Williams earned third team accolades for the second straight year.

With Williams earning All-America accolades for the second straight year, she became the first Duke player in school history to be named Associated Press All-America in each of her first two years.  

On the five-member first team was Brittney Griner (Baylor), Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame), Chiney Ogwumike (Stanford), Elena Dellle Donne (Delaware), Odyssey Sims (Baylor).  Joining Gray on the second team was Alyssa Thomas (Maryland), Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (UConn), Maggie Lucas (Penn State) and A’dia Mathies (Kentucky).

Gray, who is out of Manteca, Calif., was having a standout season in 2012-13 prior to getting injured in the first half against Wake Forest on Sunday, Feb. 17.  She suffered a dislocated kneecap and was forced to miss the rest of the season, after starting the first 25 contests.  Gray, the 2013 Co-ACC Player of the Year, was averaging 13.1 points, 5.6 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 3.7 steals heading into game against the Demon Deacons.  She leads the ACC in assists and steals, while ranking in the top 10 nationally in steals as well.  

The 5-11 guard was on pace to set a Duke single-season record for steals with 89 in 25 contests, while posting three games with 10 or more assists.  At home against seventh-ranked Maryland, Gray registered a career-high 28 points, three assists, four steals and three rebounds to lead Duke to a 71-56 victory.

Williams is one of the top post players in the nation and has averaged 15.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.0 blocks, 1.3 assists and 1.1 steals on the season.  She ranks eighth nationally in blocks, while swatting a shot in each of her 68 career games at Duke.  A native of Virginia Beach, Va., Williams owns six double-doubles on the season and has notched double-figure scoring in a team-best 23 straight games.

The 6-3 center became the first player in ACC history to notch 200 blocks in her first two years at Duke and is one point away from reaching 1,000 career points.  The two-time ACC Defensive Player of the Year would become the 31st player in Duke history and the fourth-quickest Blue Devil to join the 1,000-point club in only 69 games.  

On the third team with Williams was Kelsey Bone (Texas A&M), Stefanie Dolson (UConn), Meighan Simmons (Tennessee) and Kayla McBride (Notre Dame).

The fifth-ranked and second-seeded Blue Devils will take on second-ranked and top-seeded Notre Dame in the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight at 7:00 p.m., on ESPN.