GREENSBORO, N.C. – For the eighth time over the last 15 years, a Duke women's basketball student-athlete has been voted ACC Defensive Player of the Year as Blue Devil fifth-year senior Lexie Brown was voted by the 15 league head coaches, as announced Wednesday by the ACC office.
Brown joins Elizabeth Williams (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012), Chante Black (2009) and Lindsey Harding (2007, 2006) as Blue Devils who have been selected ACC Defensive Player of the Year.
“Lexie has remarkable instincts and uncanny timing when it comes to her defensive anticipation,” said Duke head coach Joanne P. McCallie. “She works so hard to pressure the ball on and off ball consistently. Her work ethic and commitment to both sides of the ball is incredibly impressive. Her passion for the game comes through with every defensive stop or steal.”
A native of Suwanne, Ga., Brown has turned in one of the best defensive seasons in school history with 105 steals, which ranks third on Duke's single-season charts. She trails Alana Beard's school record mark of 114 by only nine. Her 105 steals are the fourth-most in the NCAA this season and the most by a Power Five Conference student-athlete. The 5-9 guard is just the third Blue Devil to reach 100 steals in a season.
Brown, a two-time All-ACC Defensive Team honoree, currently ranks tied first in the ACC in scoring (20.3) and first in steals (3.6). She has guided the Duke defense to an ACC-best 35.7 field goal percentage defense and 56.5 scoring defense that ranks second. Brown is just the third Power Five Conference player to register over 2,000 points, 200 three-pointers, 500 assists and 300 steals over a career.
The 18th-ranked Blue Devils (22-7) will open the ACC Tournament Friday, March 2 at 11:00 a.m., as the No. 4 seed in Greensboro, N.C.