DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke women’s basketball team put a stamp on the 2017-18 season Friday evening as the Blue Devils held their annual celebration on campus. With approximately 200 people in attendance at the event, Duke gave out 11 awards.
Taking home four accolades on the evening was fifth-year senior Lexie Brown, while fifth-year senior Rebecca Greenwell and sophomore Leaonna Odom were each presented with two awards.
There were three statistical awards handed 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 Senior Award.
Brown was presented with the Player of the Year, Best Defender, Assist Maker and Best Free-Throw Shooter awards following her final season with the Blue Devils. An Associated Press and espnW Third Team All-America and First Team All-ACC selection in 2017-18, Brown turned in one of the best campaigns in Blue Devil history. She averaged 19.4 points, 4.2 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 3.7 steals. The product of Suwanee, Ga., became just the third player in NCAA Power Five Conference history to accumulate over 2,000 points, 500 assists, 300 steals and 200 three-pointers and was one of only three Blue Devils to register over 60 three-pointers and 100 free throws in a single season. Brown also drained at least one three-pointer in 29 consecutive contests to set a Duke record, recorded 31 games with double-figure scoring and had three 30-point contests.
Greenwell, the second half of the “Splash Sisters” duo, started 123-of-126 contests throughout her career and was named the winner of the Senior Award and M.M.O.C. awards. 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. The Owensboro, Ky., native became the first Blue Devil in school history to notch 1,800 points, 600 rebounds and 200 made three-pointers and was named to the All-ACC second team and All-ACC academic team in 2017-18. The 6-1 guard averaged 13.9 points, 6.4 rebounds and shot .429 percent (73-of-170) from beyond the arc in her final season. She scored double digits in 20 games including a career-high 31 points against North Carolina on senior day.
Odom received the Best Rebounder and the Making Plays Award. The Lompoc, Calif., native averaged 6.3 boards per game to bring her total to 363 over two years. Odom averaged 9.6 points, 1.2 blocks and posted a .597 percent from the floor and .597 percent from the charity stripe as a sophomore. Odom exploded on the national stage, averaging 21.0 points over three games where she posted a career-high 25 points in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against Belmont before tallying 22 against top-seeded Connecticut in the Regional Semifinal contest.
After breaking out during her senior season, Erin Mathias was presented with the Most Improved Player award. Mathias, who is from Pittsburgh, Pa., started all 33 contests after starting only nine the previous three seasons. A Lisa Leslie Award candidate and All-ACC Academic Team honoree, Mathias averaged 8.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 blocks and notched a tied for team-best three double-doubles.
Junior Kyra Lambert was sidelined during the 2017-18 season after suffering a torn ACL in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament. The Cibolo, Texas, product received the CNC (Choice Not Chance) Award as she was still heavily involved with the program even though she couldn’t compete this season.
Junior Faith Suggs received the Sixth Player award as she averaged 2.2 points, 1.5 rebounds and drained six three-pointers on the season. The Flossmoor, Ill., native started a career-high seven contests that included three in the NCAA Tournament where she averaged 4.0 points and 4.3 boards.
Duke honored five seniors in Brown, Greenwell, Mathias, Bego Faz Davalos and Lyneé Belton during the evening. The Blue Devils also recognized six senior managers on the evening as well for all their hard work and dedication to the program – Sonia Xu, Nina Cervantes, Nathaniel Brown, John Clarke, Natalie Shammas and Erin Weber.
As a team, the Blue Devils collected a 24-9 overall and 11-5 ACC mark under the direction of head coach Joanne P. McCallie. Duke went on to advance to the NCAA Tournament Regional Semifinal game.
Full list of award winners:
Player of the Year: Lexie Brown
Senior Award: Rebecca Greenwell
Most Improved Player: Erin Mathias
Making Plays Award: Leaonna Odom
Best Defender Award: Lexie Brown
M.M.O.C.: Rebecca Greenwell
Best Rebounder: Leaonna Odom
CNC Scholar-Athlete Award: Kyra Lambert
Sixth Player: Faith Suggs
Assist Maker: Lexie Brown
Best Free-Throw Shooter: Lexie Brown