DURHAM, N.C. – The 2010-11 season officially came to a close on Wednesday evening for the Duke University women’s basketball team as the Blue Devils held their annual celebration at the Washington Duke Inn. With approximately 350 people in attendance and emceed by Morgan Patrick, Duke gave out nine awards.
There were three statistical awards given out -- Best Rebounder, Best Free Throw Shooter and Assist Maker. Other awards that were presented were Player of the Year, Most Improved, Making Plays, M.M.O.C. (Meanest Mother on the Court), Sixth Player, CNC (Choice Not Chance) Scholar-Athlete, Best Defender, Senior Award and CNC Ball Club Member of the Year.
A native of Orlando, Fla., Krystal Thomas took home the Senior Award, M.M.O.C. and Best Rebounder awards. A third team All-ACC selection and Full Court Press ACC Defensive Player of the Year honoree, Thomas averaged 7.6 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.6 blocks as she started all 36 contests. Thomas became just the second Blue Devil to pull down 300 rebounds in a single season as she finished her senior campaign with 300 boards. A 6-5 center, Thomas totaled 13 career double-doubles and swatted 196 shots in four years to rank 14th on the ACC all-time charts.
The M.M.O.C. award represents the Blue Devil that does the dirty work, including assists, steals and leads the team in floor burns.
Jasmine Thomas, who is a product of Fairfax, Va., received the Player of the Year and Assist Maker awards. The 5-9 guard averaged 15.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 2.4 steals and 0.6 blocks on the season. Thomas was a finalist for the John R. Wooden and Naismith National Player of the Year awards, while being named to the All-ACC Defensive Team and ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She was named ACC Tournament MVP for the second straight year after guiding Duke to its second consecutive ACC Tournament crown.
Peters, a 6-3 forward from Red Bank, N.J., was presented the Sixth Player award along with the CNC Scholar-Athlete award. She came in as a freshman and started nine of 36 games, while averaging 6.3 points and 3.6 rebounds. Peters averaged 10.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists as she hit 63.2 percent of her field goals in the ACC Tournament. She has tallied a 3.716 grade-point average in her first year at Duke.
Also receiving two awards on the night was Gray, who was given the Making Plays and the Best Free Throw Shooter awards. A native of Stockton, Calif., Gray averaged 8.7 points, 2.5 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.9 steals on the season. She started 18 of 34 games and was named to the All-ACC Freshman team. She had a team-best 80.5 free throw percentage, including hitting 90.5 percent in the final two minutes of games.
Given the Best Defender award on the night was senior Karima Christmas. Christmas, who is from Houston, Texas, swiped 57 steals, while averaging 9.5 points, 6.3 assists, 1.7 assists and 1.6 steals on the year. She was named to the All-ACC Tournament First Team and the Philadelphia Region All-Tournament team. Christmas notched 20 or more points on four occasions, including a season-high 23 points in the NCAA Regional against DePaul.
Freshman Chloe Wells received the Most Improved Player award, after starting five of 36 games played on the year. Wells, who is from Colton, Calif., averaged 3.5 points, 1.7 assists and 1.5 steals on the season. She tallied a career-high 11 points against Clemson and a career-high six steals versus Georgia Tech.
Caroline Fishback claimed the final award on the night as she was presented with the CNC Ball Club Member of the Year. Fishback, who is from Durham, N.C., attended 18 of the 21 games this season (including the exhibition contests). She is in her third year with the CNC Club and has been a ball girl for two years.
The Player of the Year, Most Improved, Sixth Player, Making Plays and Best Defender awards were voted on by team members and coaches.
Duke said good-bye to three seniors on the night-- Christmas, Jasmine Thomas and Krystal Thomas. The trio led Duke to a 114-26 overall record, 45-11 mark in the ACC and a 57-4 ledger in Cameron Indoor Stadium the last four years. The three seniors also registered two undefeated seasons in Cameron Indoor Stadium, two ACC Regular Season titles and two ACC Tournament Championships.
In 2010-11, Duke registered a 32-4 overall record while advancing to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight. The Blue Devils won the school’s seventh ACC Championship, 10th ACC Regular Season title, reached the 25-win mark for the 13th straight year, the 30-win mark for the ninth time over the last 11 years, collected their 14th straight 10-win ACC season and finished ranked No. 6 in the Associated Press national rankings under the direction of Head Coach Joanne P. McCallie.