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Elizabeth Williams & Tricia Liston Named All-ACC
Liston, Williams Selected First Team All-ACC
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 03/04/2014
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GREENSBORO, N.C.— With the All-ACC teams being released on Tuesday, the 10th-ranked Duke women’s basketball featured Tricia Liston and Elizabeth Williams on the 10-member first team, following a vote by the league’s “Blue Ribbon Panel,” which consists of national and local media members, as well as school representatives.

Williams earned first team All-ACC accolades for the third straight year, while Liston was selected All-ACC for the second consecutive season.  With Liston and Williams receiving first team accolades, Duke has now registered at least one member on the All-ACC first team in 15 out of the last 16 years.

Other members of the first team includes Diamond DeShields (UNC), Markeisha Gatling (NCSU), Dearica Hamby (WFU), Natasha Howard (FSU), Jewell Loyd (Notre Dame), Tyaunna Marshall (Georgia Tech) and Alyssa Thomas (Maryland).

Liston, who is out of River Forest, Ill., has a breakout season as a senior averaging 17.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists.  The 6-1 guard leads the nation with a 50.0 three-point field goal percentage and is one three-pointer away from matching her own Duke single-season record of 80.  Liston has registered 15 games with 20 or more points this year to rank second in the ACC.  

In the ACC stats, Liston ranks ninth in scoring, first in three-point field goal percentage, sixth in field goal percentage (54.7), fourth in free throw percentage (85.6) and fourth in three-point field goals made (2.6).   In ACC games only, she ranks ninth in scoring (18.3), first in three-point field goal percentage (52.5), fifth in field goal percentage (53.7), eighth in free throw percentage (81.7) and tied fourth in three-point field goals made (2.6).  

Williams has become just the second Blue Devil in school history to earn All-ACC First Team accolades three times, after averaging 13.9 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.9 blocks, 2.0 assists and 1.3 steals in the regular season.  The 6-3 center ranks 14th nationally in blocks and 47th in field goal percentage (52.7).  

A native of Virginia Beach, Va., Williams ranks in numerous ACC categories including first in blocks, 19th in scoring and 12th in rebounding, 11th in field goal percentage.  In league games only, Williams ranks 18th in scoring (14.6), seventh in rebounding (8.1), 14th in field goal percentage (49.5) and first in blocked shots (3.1).  Williams has totaled 87 blocked shots on the season, which is more than Duke’s opponents have swatted (77).

Members of the second team include Natalie Achonwa (Notre Dame), Kody Burke (NCSU), Kaela Davis (Georgia Tech), Brittney Sykes (Syracuse) and Uju Ugoka (Virginia Tech).

Duke registered two student-athletes on the first team for the eighth time in school history (2012-13, 2011-12, 2006-07, 2003-04, 2002-03, 2001-02, 2000-01, 1999-2000).

The All-ACC Freshman Team was also released with Lexie Brown (Maryland), Davis (Georgia Tech), DeShields (UNC), Allisha Gray (UNC) and Adrienne Motley (Miami) selected.

In the upcoming ACC Tournament, the Blue Devils will face either seventh-seeded Georgia Tech, 10th-seeded Virginia (13-16) or 15th-seeded Boston College (12-18).  The Cavaliers and Eagles will play on 3:30 p.m., on Wednesday, March 5 and the winner will advance to face the Yellow Jackets (19-10) on Thursday, March 6 at 6:00 p.m.  

Duke is the reigning ACC Champions and has won eight total titles since 2000 (2000-04, 2010, 2011, 2013).


First Team All-ACC
Diamond DeShields, Fr., G, North Carolina
Markeisha Gatling, Sr., C, NC State
Dearica Hamby, Jr., F, Wake Forest
Natasha Howard, Sr., F, Florida State
Tricia Liston, Sr., G, Duke
Jewell Loyd, So., G, Notre Dame
Tyaunna Marshall, Sr., G, Georgia Tech
Kayla McBride, Sr., G, Notre Dame
Alyssa Thomas, Sr., F, Maryland
Elizabeth Williams, Jr., C/F, Duke

Second Team All-ACC
Natalie Achonwa, Sr., F, Notre Dame
Kody Burke, Sr., F, NC State
Kaela Davis, Fr., G, Georgia Tech
Brittney Sykes, So., G, Syracuse
Uju Ugoka, Sr., F, Virginia Tech

All-Freshman Team
Lexie Brown, Fr., G, Maryland
Kaela Davis, Fr., G, Georgia Tech
Diamond DeShields, Fr., G, North Carolina
Allisha Gray, Fr., G North Carolina
Adrienne Motley, Fr. G, Miami