DURHAM, N.C. – In the first Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Player of the Week selection of the 2008-09 campaign, Duke senior Chante Black earned the honor after guiding the eighth-ranked Blue Devils to a 2-0 start, including an impressive 77-68 win over 14th-ranked Oklahoma State.
For Black, the ACC Player of the Week accolade is the first of her career. The National Player of the Year and All-America candidate was ACC Rookie of the Week one time as a freshman in 2004-05.
In Duke’s season opener against Oklahoma State, Black registered a career-high 28 points to go along with 10 rebounds in 36 minutes of action. The senior posted her 18th double-double of her career and her third straight double-double dating back to last season en route to leading the Blue Devils to a victory in Cameron Indoor Stadium. In the contest, Black hit 13-of-17 field goals and blocked four shots.
On Sunday against non-conference foe Maine, Black registered a game-high 16 points, seven rebounds, four blocks, two steals and two assists in only 20 minutes of action. The Winston-Salem, N.C., native hit 6-of-10 field goals in the 98-31 victory.
For the week, Black hit 19-of-27 field goals for a 70.4 percentage. Black averaged 22.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 4.0 blocks, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steals in the two victories, while becoming the 24th player in Duke history to reach the 1,000-point mark with her first basket on Sunday against Maine.
Earning ACC Rookie of the Week was Georgia Tech’s Mo Bennett.
Duke will next travel to Chicago, Ill., to participate in the DePaul Invitational from Nov. 21-22. The Blue Devils will take on Hartford on Nov. 21, followed by either Southern or DePaul on Nov. 22.