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Elizabeth Williams
Williams Named Freshman of the Year By Full Court
Release: 04/04/2012
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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, 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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