Chelsea Gray, Tricia Liston, Haley Peters and Elizabeth Williams were each selected for the Blue Devils, which led all teams.DURHAM, N.C. – The Atlanta Tipoff Club released the Naismith Trophy Early Season Watch List on Monday with four Duke women’s basketball standouts among 50 on the preseason chart.
Gray, a two-time All-America, has opened the 2013-14 campaign stuffing the stat sheet averaging 13.2 points, 9.4 assists, 6.0 rebounds and 3.6 steals. A product of Manteca, Calif., Gray is coming off posting back-to-back double-doubles with 12 points and 13 assists at Marquette and notching 14 points and 12 assists at home against Vanderbilt. Her 9.4 assists per game currently leads the ACC, while ranking tied for first with a 3.6 steals per game average.
Earning Naismith accolades for the first time in her career, Liston is currently averaging a team-high 17.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists for the 5-0 Blue Devils. Liston, who is out of River Forest, Ill., is hitting 53.1 percent from three-point land and averaging 3.4 treys made per game. The Norfolk Regional All-Tournament Team selection and All-ACC selection in 2013 leads Duke with two 20-point performances on the season.
A native of Red Bank, N.J., Peters is averaging 11.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.5 steals on the year. She collected an ACC-best 20 rebounds to go along with 17 points against USC Upstate and also notched a double-double versus Alabama with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Peters, who is a two-time All-ACC selection, missed the Marquette with an injured knee and is listed day-to-day.
The reigning two-time ACC Defensive Player of the Year and two-time All-America, Williams is currently averaging 14.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.8 blocks, 1.6 assists and 1.6 steals for second-ranked Duke. Williams, who is from Virginia Beach, Va., is coming off collecting a season-high 23 points, four blocks and three steals at Marquette in the last contest.
Duke will head to St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands (USVI) this week to compete in the Paradise Jam from Nov. 28-30. The Blue Devils will play three games over three days starting off with Xavier on Thursday, Nov. 28 at 1:15 p.m. (EST).