DURHAM, N.C.- The 2013-14 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 300 people in attendance and emceed by Morgan Patrick, Duke gave out 11 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 and Never Give Up Award.
Earning Player of the Year, M.M.O.C. and Best Free Throw Shooter awards on the evening was Liston, who averaged a team-high 17.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists. She collected 16 games with 20 or more points and her 48.1 three-point field goal percentage ranked second nationally. The 6-1 guard from River Forest, Ill., hit 52.5 percent of her field goals and 85.2 percent from the charity stripe on the season.
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.
In 2013-14, Liston drained a school-record 87 three-pointers and concluded her outstanding career with a school-record 252 treys, which also ranks tied seventh on the ACC all-time charts. She was a First Team All-ACC selection by both the Blue Ribbon Panel and the league head coaches, while also earning All-ACC Tournament First Team accolades and being a finalist for the John R. Wooden Award. Liston was taken with the 12th overall selection in the 2014 WNBA Draft on Monday by the Minnesota Lynx.
Williams was presented with the Best Defense, Never Give Up and Best Rebounder awards on the evening. A native of Virginia Beach, Va., Williams averaged 13.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.1 blocks, 2.2 assists and 1.3 steals on the year. Her 3.1 blocks per game average led the ACC and ranked 13th nationally. A three-time ACC Defensive Player of the Year selection, Williams led Duke with seven double-doubles and posted a career-best 52.6 field goal percentage.
The Never Give Up award was new in 2014 and is presented to someone who started out a game or season struggling, but never gave up and finished strong.
The 6-3 center collected over 100 blocks for the third year in a row as she swatted 108 on the year. She has 331 blocks over her three years at Duke. Other honors Williams received were All-ACC First Team, All-ACC Defensive Team, Naismith and John R. Wooden Award Midseason Candidate for National Player of the Year, All-ACC Tournament First Team, All-ACC Academic Team, Paradise Jam All-Tournament and a CoSIDA Academic All-District III selection.
Earning the Assist Maker and Making Plays awards, Jones had her season cut short Feb. 23 at Notre Dame with a torn ACL. The 5-8 All-ACC guard averaged 13.1 points, 5.3 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 steals on the season. A native of Irving, Texas, Jones had picked up her game since All-America senior guard Chelsea Gray was injured on Jan. 12 as she was averaging 14.4 points, 7.2 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals over the span of 11 contests.
Both Johnson and Chidom each received the Sixth Player and Most Improved Awards. Johnson, who is out of Chester, Va., saw action in 31 contests, including starting the final six contests of the season. Over the final six contests, she averaged 8.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 steals. She closed the regular season with a season-high 12 points and had 11 points in the NCAA Tournament versus DePaul.
Chidom, from Oakland, Calif., averaged 5.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and blocked 29 shots as a rookie for the Blue Devils. The 6-4 post played some of her best basketball of the season in the NCAA Tournament averaging 13.5 points and 3.0 rebounds, while hitting 76.9 percent of her field goals. On the season, Chidom drained 60.3 percent from the field.
For the fourth straight year, Peters was presented with the “CNC” Scholar-Athlete Award, after earning Capital One Academic All-America accolades as a senior. Peters, a 6-3 product of Red Bank, N.J., averaged 11.2 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.3 steals in her final year. She received All-ACC Tournament second team, after leading Duke to the ACC Championship game. Peters closed her career with 826 rebounds over her four years, which ranks sixth all-time on the Duke charts. She also tallied 1,367 points to stand 16th overall on the Blue Devil record books.
The Player of the Year, Most Improved, Sixth Player, Making Plays, Never Give Up and Best Defender awards were voted on by team members and coaches.
Duke honored four seniors – Chelsea Gray, Richa Jackson, Liston and Peters – during the evening. The group helped lead the Blue Devils to a 120-20 overall record, 56-8 ACC mark, 59-5 record in Cameron Indoor Stadium, three ACC regular season titles, two ACC Championships, three NCAA Elite Eight appearances and four NCAA Tournament selections.
The foursome featured a 42-game home court winning streak against ACC opponents and were ranked in the top 10 of the Associated Press poll every week during their four-year career. They combined for 5,026 points, 2,267 rebounds, 1,018 assists and 704 steals over their career.
As a team, Duke collected a 28-7 overall and 12-4 league mark in 2013-14. The Blue Devils advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round and won the 2013 Paradise Jam title under head coach Joanne P. McCallie.