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Elizabeth Williams
Williams Selected AP Third Team All-America
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 03/27/2012
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DURHAM, N.C. -- The Associated Press released its All-America team on Tuesday with Duke University freshman Elizabeth Williams earning third team accolades.  The 6-3 center becomes the first Blue Devil freshman to be named to the AP All-America squad. 

On the first team was Stanford’s Nnemkadi Ogwumike, Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins, Delaware’s Elena Delle Donne, Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas and Baylor’s Brittney Griner.  Selected to the second team were Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike, Baylor’s Odyssey Sims, Miami’s Shenise Johnson, Ohio State’s Samantha Prahalis and Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Julie Wotja.

“It’s truly an honor and a blessing to be named third team Associated Press All America, especially as a freshman,” commented Williams.  “Our team did some great things this season, and I could not have received any of my honors without them, my coaches, and the great leadership of our seniors Shay [Selby] and Kathleen [Sheer].”

Williams, who was the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, ACC Rookie of the Year and named to the All-ACC First Team, led the sixth-ranked Blue Devils (27-6) this season averaging 14.0 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.5 blocks, 1.5 steals and 1.6 assists.  

Joining Williams on the third team was Connecticut’s Tiffany Hayes, Kentucky’s A’dia Mathies, Tennessee’s Shekinna Stricklen and Miami’s Riquna Williams.

A native of Virginia Beach, Va., Williams became just the third freshman in league history to be named to the All-ACC first team.  She ranks fourth nationally with a 3.5 blocks per game average and totaled the ACC freshman record for blocks in a season with 116.  Williams also became the first league freshman to be named ACC Defensive Player of the Year. 

Her 259 rebounds on the season was one shy of matching the Duke single-season freshman record held by Chante Black.  Williams was the only freshman listed on the three AP All-America teams.

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