Duke Women's Basketball BIO
1 Elizabeth Williams
2015 National Defensive Player of the Year
Four-Time AP All-America
Four-Time ACC Defensive Player of the Year
Four-Time First Team All-ACC
2011-12 National Freshman of the Year
Led USA Basketball to Three Gold Medals
First Duke four-time All-America ... an athletic and versatile player that can run the floor well ... has excellent hands around the basket ... one of the best post players to ever play at Duke ... first Blue Devil to be named Associated Press All-America in each of her first three seasons ... was presented with the Iron Blue Devil Belt by William Stephens, Duke strength and conditioning coach, after her hard work during summer of 2014 and senior year preseason conditioning and workouts ... consensus National Freshman of the Year in 2011-12 ... led USA Basketball to three gold medals.
Career: Four-time Associated Press All-America ... second Duke player to be named 2015 WBCA National Defensive Player of the Year ... became first ACC player and only eighth NCAA player to earn AP All-America honors each of her four years ... first ACC player in history to register over 1,900 points, 1,000 rebounds and 400 blocks ... second Duke player to post 1,000 rebounds in a career ... only the second player in ACC history to be named First Team All-ACC four straight years ... first four-time ACC Defensive Player of the Year ... blocked a shot in her first 91 games she appeared in at Duke, which is a Duke and ACC record ... became the fourth-quickest Blue Devil to reach 1,000 points in 69 games ... played the 2012 NCAA Tournament with a stress fracture in her right lower leg ... totaled 28 career charges taken ... one of only six Duke players to post a triple-double.
NCAA Record Book: Ranked ninth in career blocks (426) ... listed fifth in NCAA Tournament career blocks (44).
ACC Record Book: Totaled 426 career blocks to rank second (only eight blocks behind Alison Bales) ... ranked 16th in rebounds (1,078), 18th in field goals made (791), 21st in field goals attempted (1,575) and 18th in free throws attempted (601) ... posted an ACC freshman record 116 blocked shots ... the 116 blocks were the sixth-most in league history for a season ... her 108 blocks as a junior ranks tied for seventh and the 107 as a sophomore tied ninth ... her 12 blocks at Wake Forest as a freshman marked an ACC single-game record.
Duke Career Record Book: Concluded her career ranking fourth in points (1,955), sixth in scoring average (14.4), second in rebounds (1,078), third in rebound average (7.9), second in offensive rebounds (494), fifth in defensive rebounds (584), third in field goals made (791), fourth in field goals attempted (1,575), fifth in free throws made (372), fifth in free throws attempted (601), second in blocks (426), second in blocks average (3.1), third in double-figure scoring games (110), third in double-doubles (29), seventh in games with 20 or more points (20), eighth in charges taken (28), tied ninth in games played (136), second in games started (132) and second in minutes (4,162).
Duke Season Record Book: Owns four of the top seven single-season blocks marks in school history ... had 116 as a freshman (4th), 108 as a junior (5th), 107 as a sophomore (6th) and 95 as a senior (7th) ... on the freshman record list, ranked first in blocks (116), fourth in double-doubles (6), fifth in double-figure rebounds (8), third in points (501), third in rebounds (259), seventh in free throws made (88), third in free throws attempted (145), third in double-figure scoring games (27) and tied for 10th in 20-point scoring games (3).
Duke Single Game Record Book: Notched 12 blocks against Wake Forest as a freshman for the school record ... hit 10-of-10 field goals against USC Upstate as a rookie, which is the second-best output in school history.
As a Senior (2014-15): WBCA National Defensive Player of the Year ... WBCA All-America ... Associated Press All-America ... USBWA All-America ... espnW Second Team All-America ... one of 12 finalists for the State Farm Wade Trophy ... ACC Defensive Player of the Year ... All-ACC First Team (Coaches & Blue Ribbon Panel) ... All-ACC Tournament First Team ... All-ACC Defensive Team ... listed on the John R. Wooden Award final ballot for National Player of the Year ... awarded the Kay Yow Award as the ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year ... Capital One Academic All-America third team ... All-ACC Academic Team ... one of the top 30 candidates for the Naismith Award ... a Senior CLASS Award finalist ... CoSIDA Academic All-District III selection ... espnW National Player of the Week and ACC Player of the Week Dec. 22 ... WBCA All Good Works Team nominee ... averaged 14.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals ... led all centers nationally with a 2.5 assists per game average ... led the ACC with 3.0 blocks per game ... totaled five games with 20+ points on the year ... totaled a career-high 33 points at 12th-ranked North Carolina ... became the third Blue Devil to join the 20/20 club with 26 points and a career-high 20 rebounds against Oklahoma ... the 20 rebounds was a Cameron Indoor Stadium record ... collected a career-best 10 double-doubles on the year ... collected a Duke NCAA Tournament record nine blocked shots against Albany, while ranking tied fourth-most in NCAA history during the first and second rounds ... second player in ACC history to be selected All-ACC Defensive team four straight years ... came within one assist of a triple-double against Clemson (21 points, 12 rebounds, 9 assists) ... was one point and one block shy of a triple-double versus Albany (9 points, 12 rebounds, 9 blocks).
As a Junior (2013-14): Associated Press Third Team All-America ... All-ACC First Team ... ACC Defensive Player of the Year ... All-ACC Defensive Team ... All-ACC Tournament First Team ... All-ACC Academic Team ... Naismith and John R. Wooden Award Midseason candidate for National Player of the Year ... Paradise Jam All-Tournament ... CoSIDA Academic All-District III ... Naismith Player of the Year preseason candidate ... a preseason Sporting News & Lindy’s Magazine All-America ... received an ACC Top-Six for Service Award ... started all 35 games, while averaging 13.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.1 blocks, 2.2 assists and 1.3 steals ... hit a career-best 52.6 percent of her field goals ... ranked 13th nationally with a 3.1 blocks per game average ... notched seven double-doubles and 10 games with double-figure rebounds ... collected a season-high 28 points, five blocks, seven rebounds, two steals and two assists against 17th-ranked North Carolina ... collected five games with 20 or more points ... took six charges ... in the ACC stats, ranked 19th in scoring, seventh in field goal percentage, tied ninth in rebounding and first in blocked shots ... in ACC games only, ranked 18th in scoring (14.6), 14th in field goal percentage (48.5), seventh in rebounding (8.1) and first in blocked shots (3.1).
As a Sophomore (2012-13): Associated Press Third Team All-America, Full Court Third Team All-America ... WBCA Region II nominee for WBCA All-America ... John R. Wooden Award finalist ... ACC Defensive Player of the Year ... All-ACC Defensive Team ... All-ACC Tournament first team ... All-ACC first team ... Naismith and USBWA Midseason candidate for player of the year ... Women of Troy Classic All-Tournament Team ... ACC Player of the Week on Dec. 10 ... averaged 15.2 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.0 blocks, 1.3 assists and 1.1 steals as she started 32 of 36 games ... ranked eighth nationally in blocks per game (2.97) and 32nd in field goal percentage (50.8) ... scored 20 or more points in seven games ... totaled seven games with 10 or more rebounds ... had six double-doubles ... blocked at least one shot in every contest ... had a team-best 23-game streak of scoring double-figures ... blocked a season-high seven shots against 24th-ranked Nebraska in the NCAA Tournament ... pulled down a season-high 13 rebounds against Clemson and Florida State ... scored a career-high 25 points against Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech ... took eight charges, which was the second-most on the team ... in the ACC stats, ranked fifth in scoring (15.2), 12th in rebounding (7.3), ninth in field goal percentage (50.8) and first in blocked shots (3.0) ... in ACC games only, ranked fourth in scoring (16.1), 10th in rebounding (7.4), first in field goal percentage (54.6) and first in blocks (2.8).
As a Freshman (2011-12): The consensus National Freshman of the Year - earned honors from ESPN.com, USBWA, Basketball Times and Full Court ... Associated Press Third Team All-America, marking the first Duke freshman to earn the award ... Fresno Regional All-Tournament ... WBCA Defensive Player of the Year finalist ... Region II nominee for WBCA All-America ... John R. Wooden Award finalist ... ACC Defensive Player of the Year ... only the third league freshman to earn All-ACC First Team honors ... Naismith midseason candidate for National Player of the Year ... All-ACC Defensive team, All-ACC Freshman team ... ACC Rookie of the Year ... a nine-time ACC Rookie of the Week selection, which tied a league record ... Junkanoo Jam All-Tournament team ... averaged 14.0 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.5 blocks, 1.6 assists and 1.5 steals ... ranked fifth nationally in blocks per game ... her 116 blocked shots was more than 216 Division I teams ... notched just the fifth triple-double in school history and the first in ACC history with blocked shots at Wake Forest recording 18 points, an ACC-record 12 blocks and 16 rebounds ... registered five double-doubles ... pulled down 10 or more rebounds in eight games ... posted double-figure scoring in the final 19 games of the season ... posted a Duke freshman record with 27 double-figure scoring games ... took six charges ... All-ACC Academic team selection.
Rankings: No. 1 (All Star Girls Report), No. 1 (Collegiate Girls Basketball Report), No. 2 (ESPN HoopGurlz), No. 2 (Blue Star Report)
2011 USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team: Member of the U19 squad that traveled to Puerto, Chile, and won the gold medal ... started 6-of-9 games, while averaging 8.9 points and 5.0 rebounds ... hit 52.3 percent of her field goals ... led her team to an 8-1 overall record.
2010 USA Basketball U17 World Championship Team: Started all eight games and averaged team highs of 13.5 point and 7.6 rebounds ... she totaled a U.S. second-best 2.0 blocks average, while shooting a team-high of 61.8 percent (47-76 FGs) from the field ... among the 12-team field, she ranked 11th overall in scoring and rebounding, second in field goal percentage and third in blocked shots ... led the squad to an 8-0 record and gold medal in Toulouse, France.
2009 USA Basketball U16 National Team: Guided the U16 squad to a 5-0 record at the FIBA Americas Championship and a gold medal in Mexico City ... averaged 13.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocks ... named tournament MVP.
High School/AAU: 2011 Morgan Wooten National Player of the Year ... a 2010 and 2011 First Team Parade All-America, 2011 USA Today All-USA First Team and 2011 ESPN HoopGurlz All-America selection ... named the Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Virginia in 2010 and 2011 ... 2011 Associated Press Group AAA State, Virginia H.S. Coaches Association (VHSCA) Group AAA, Eastern Region, Beach District and Virginia-Pilot All-Tidewater Player of the Year ... set a new McDonald’s All-America game record with 23 points to go along with a game-high 11 rebounds, two blocks, one steal and one assist in 19 minutes ... named MVP of the McDonald’s All-America game ... totaled 20 points, eight rebounds, three blocks and one assist in 29 minutes during the WBCA All-America game, which earned her Red Team MVP accolades ... the 2010 Associated Press Virginia Player of the Year and Beach District Player of the Year ... guided her Princess Anne H.S. squad to Virginia Class AAA state titles in 2011 and 2009 ... her team registered a 120-6 mark during her varsity career ... ranks No. 2 in career blocked shots in Virginia girls history ... averaged 18.9 points, 11.9 rebounds, 5.3 blocks, 3.2 steals and 2.2 assists as senior ... a 2011 First Team All-Beach District, First Team All-Eastern Region and First Team Virginia-Pilot Newspaper All-Tidewater selection ... as a junior, averaged 17.3 points, 10.5 rebounds, 5.5 blocks, 2.7 steals and 2.2 assists ... 2010 ESPN Rise First Team All-America and 2010 USA Today All-USA Third Team selection ... started all 31 games ... totaled season highs of 37 points against Salem on Jan. 12, 2010 and posted 26 rebounds versus Bishop McNamara on Dec. 22, 2009 ... Eastern Region Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010 ... a 2009 All-State First Team honoree and All-Tidewater First team selection ... 2009 Beach District Defensive Player of the Year ... All-Beach District first team selection in 2009... averaged 13.1 points, 11.1 rebounds, 6.7 blocks, 2.1 steals and 1.4 assists as a sophomore ... guided Princess Anne to a 31-1 record and a 3A state title ... shot 51.5 percent from the field ... swatted 172 shots as a sophomore, which was the second-most in Virginia history ... helped Princess Anne to a 29-2 record as a freshman ... plays AAU for Boo Williams since 2008 ... a 2008 Second Team All-Beach District honoree ... Honorable Mention All-Region as a freshman ... ran track & field and was an All-Beach District selection in 2008-09 in the high jump.
Personal: Full name is Elizabeth Olatayo Williams ... born on June 23, 1993 in Colchester, Essex, England ... daughter of Dr. Alex and Margaret Williams ... has one brother, Mark (12) and one sister, Victoria (26) ... member of the high school honor roll each year ... on the Principal’s List and received the Cavalier Award in 2007-08 ... earned a 4.19 grade-point average in high school ... selected to the Dean’s List at Duke in the Spring of 2012 ... majored in psychology ... a two-time ACC Honor Roll selection.