DURHAM, N.C.- The 2012-13 season officially came to a close on Thursday evening for the Duke University women’s basketball team as the Blue Devils held their annual celebration at the Washington Duke Inn. With approximately 400 people in attendance and emceed by Morgan Patrick, Duke gave out eight 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 product of Red Bank, N.J., Peters received the M.M.O.C., “CNC” Scholar-Athlete and Best Rebounder awards. The 6-3 forward averaged 12.2 points, a team-high 7.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.1 steals on the season. She led Duke with 13 games of 10 or more rebounds along with 10 double-doubles. Her 273 rebounds on the year ranked as tied for sixth-most in Blue Devil single-season history. She became just the fourth Duke player to hit over 50.0 percent from the field, 40.0 percent from downtown and 75.0 percent from the free throw line in a season. Peters was a second team All-ACC selection, All-ACC Academic Team and Capital One Academic All-District III selection on the year.
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. Peters accepted the “CNC” Scholar-Athlete Award for the third straight year.
Jones, who is a product of Irving, Texas, received the Most Improved Player, Making Plays and Assist Maker awards. The 5-8 rookie took over the point guard slot following Chelsea Gray’s injury in February and flourished. She averaged 13.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.3 steals in the final 11 games for the Blue Devils. Jones earned ACC Tournament MVP accolades, after leading Duke to its eighth ACC Championship averaging 17.7 points, 6.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals. She notched 24 points, eight rebounds, four steals and three assists in the ACC title game versus North Carolina to help clinch the championship. She finished the season with a team-best 144 assists. Jones was a Full Court Freshman All-America, All-ACC Freshman Team, All-ACC Academic Team and Norfolk Regional All-Tournament selection.
Taking Player of the Year and Best Free Throw Shooter awards on the evening was Liston, who averaged 13.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.0 steals. A native of River Forest, Ill., Liston set a school record with 80 three-pointers made and ranked third nationally with a 46.5 three-point field goal percentage. She posted a 93.1 free throw percentage, which is the best in ACC history, as she hit 81-of-87 free throws. Liston registered six games with 20 or more points and 13 contests with 17 or more points on the year. She earned Norfolk Regional All-Tournament Team, All-ACC Second Team, All-ACC Tournament Second Team and All-ACC Academic Team accolades on the year.
Wells received the Sixth Player of the Year and Best Defensive Awards following a season where she averaged 5.1 points, 1.8 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.6 rebounds off the bench. Wells, who is out of Colton, Calif., scored a career-high 18 points at 11th-ranked North Carolina as she drained a career-best 6-of-7 from three-point land, while coming off the bench to spark Duke to a win against 19th-ranked Florida State with 15 points on 4-of-5 treys. During the NCAA Tournament, Wells came off the bench against Oklahoma State and lifted Duke to a 69-59 come-from-behind victory in the second round. Wells scored 13 second half points to send the Blue Devils into the Sweet 16. She notched 55 steals on the year and was a key member of Duke’s defense that allowed only 53.9 points a game.
Chelsea Gray received the Making Plays Award along with Jones, after averaging 13.1 points, 5.6 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 3.7 steals prior to getting injured against Wake Forest on Feb. 17. A native of Manteca, Calif., Gray was having a standout season prior to suffering a dislocated kneecap against the Demon Deacons. She was forced to miss the rest of the season, after starting the first 25 contests. Gray, the 2013 Co-ACC Player of the Year and WBCA Coaches All-America, led the ACC in assists and steals, while ranking in the top 10 nationally in steals as well.
Senior Allison Vernerey was awarded the Senior Award. Vernerey, who is from Alsace, France, was a key member off the bench for the Blue Devils in her final year. She averaged 3.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 35 contests on the year. Vernerey posted one of the best games of her career against Iona as she started at center and matched a career high with 22 points, while pulling down seven rebounds, blocking four shots, dishing five assists and grabbing one steal in 24 minutes. She concluded her career with 109 blocked shots, which ranks 10th all-time on the Blue Devil charts.
Morgan Sorrell claimed the final award on the night as she was presented with the CNC Ball Club Member of the Year. She has been a member of the CNC Club for five 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 one senior on the night-- Vernerey. She led Duke to a 122-19 overall record, 56-6 mark in the ACC and a 62-2 ledger in Cameron Indoor Stadium the last four years. Vernerey also registered two undefeated seasons in Cameron Indoor Stadium, four ACC Regular Season titles, three ACC Tournament Championships and four trips to the NCAA Elite Eight. Her 140 games played at Duke ranks tied for the second-most in school history.
As a team, the Blue Devils registered a 33-3 overall record in 2012-13 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight. Under the direction of the 2012 and 2013 ACC Coach of the Year Joanne P. McCallie, Duke collected its fourth straight ACC regular season title and the second straight outright title with a 17-1 mark.