GREENSBORO, N.C. – For the second straight year, Duke University guard Lexie Brown has been selected the recipient of the 10th annual Kay Yow Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award, while a total of four Duke women’s basketball standouts were selected to the 2017-18 All-ACC Academic Team.
The ACC women’s basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year award is named in memory of the legendary Yow, who won 737 games as a head coach while directing NC State to four ACC Tournament championships and the 1988 U.S. Olympic Team to a gold medal. Yow, who passed away in January of 2009, is also remembered for her leadership and courage in her fight against breast cancer.
“Lexie is the consummate student-athlete,” commented Duke head coach Joanne P. McCallie. “She takes great pride in her work on and off the court. Her passion for learning is so impressive and refreshing. She has thrived as a student-athlete at Duke in all ways.”
A two-time First Team All-ACC selection, Brown has registered one of the best individual seasons in Blue Devil history averaging 20.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 3.5 steals. She currently ranks second in the league in scoring, first in steals, seventh in assists, 11th in three-point field goal percentage (38.4), sixth in free throw percentage (83.3) and tied 10th in three-point field goals made (2.2).
A native of Suwanee, Ga., Brown recently earned ACC Defensive Player of the Year as she has registered 106 steals on the year, which is tied for the second-most in Duke history. A 2017 Academic All-America, Brown has been selected to the All-ACC Academic Team on three different occasions. Brown graduated from Duke in May of 2017 with a degree in sociology and is currently attending the Duke Fuqua School of Business.
Brown is one of four Duke student-athletes named to the 2017-18 All-ACC Academic Team, including Rebecca Greenwell, Erin Mathias and Leaonna Odom. Florida State also had four honorees, while Louisville, Miami and Syracuse had three players recognized.
A native of Owensboro, Ky., Greenwell received All-ACC Academic Team honors for the fourth straight year, after averaging 14.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.7 assists. She was an All-ACC Second Team honoree this season and currently ranks third in the ACC with a 42.0 three-point field goal percentage, 17th in rebounding and 17th in scoring. She received a degree in psychology in May of 2017 and is currently enrolled in the Duke Fuqua School of Business.
Greenwell became just the third Blue Devil to earn four All-ACC Academic Team honors joining Haley Peters and Allison Vernerey.
Odom, a 2017 All-ACC freshman team selection, received academic accolades for the second straight season. On the season, she has averaged 8.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1.1 steals. Odom, a product of Lompoc, Calif., ranks tied seventh in the ACC with her 1.2 blocks per game.
Mathias, who is from Pittsburgh, Pa., received All-ACC Academic accolades for the first time in her career. The 6-4 center moved into the starting lineup as a senior getting the nod in all 30 contests averaging 8.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 blocks. Mathias is majoring in visual arts and media studies along with an innovation and entrepreneurship certificate.
ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards were established in September 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports. Candidates for the awards must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for their career as well as a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters. The award is based 60 percent on academic achievement and 40 percent on athletic accomplishment.
Minimum academic requirements for selection to the All-ACC Academic Team are a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative average during one’s academic career. Athletic achievements during the most recent season are also considered in selecting the All-ACC Academic Team.
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