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Elizabeth Williams
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Elizabeth Williams
Williams Named Freshman of the Year By Full Court
Tuesday 04/04/2012  -  Duke Sports Information
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DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University rookie Elizabeth Williams was awarded her third National Freshman of the Year award on Wednesday as Full Court released its honors for the 2011-12 campaign. 

Williams received 209 points by Full Court correspondents from across America to win the award over Connecticut’s Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (206).

Coming off a standout 2011-12 campaign where she averaged 14.0 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.5 blocks, 1.6 assists and 1.5 steals, Williams has now received National Freshman of the Year awards from ESPN.com, USBWA and Full Court.

A native of Virginia Beach, Va., Williams posted one of the top freshman campaigns in league history as she notched a freshman record 116 blocked shots and ranked fourth nationally with a 3.5 per game average.  She also became the first league freshman to be named ACC Defensive Player of the Year and only the third freshman to be voted to the All-ACC First Team.

Other honors the freshman received were ACC Defensive Player of the Year, ACC Rookie of the Year, All-ACC First Team, All-ACC Defensive Team, All-ACC Freshman Team, John R. Wooden Award finalist, WBCA Region II Nominee for WBCA All-America, All-ACC Academic Team and a Naismith Midseason Candidate for Player of the Year.  Williams’ nine ACC Rookie of the Week selections matched the league record set back in 1992-93.

Her 259 rebounds on the season was one shy of matching the Duke single-season freshman record held by Chante Black.  Last week, Williams became the first Blue Devil rookie to be named Associated Press All-America. Her 116 blocks on the season was more than 216 Division I women’s basketball teams.

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