DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University standouts Chelsea Gray and Elizabeth Williams have been selected two of 20 student-athletes named to the2013 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Midseason Watch List released on Tuesday by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA).
The awards are to be presented to the women's national player of the year by its namesake at the USBWA women's awards press conference on April 7 in the interview room of the New Orleans Arena, 3:30 p.m. local time prior to the start of the NCAA Women's Final Four semifinals, which is a change from the morning breakfast in past seasons.
A native of Manteca, Calif., Gray was having a standout season in 2012-13 prior to getting injured in the first half against Wake Forest on Sunday, Feb. 17. She suffered a dislocated kneecap and will miss the rest of the season. Gray was averaging 13.1 points, 5.6 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 3.7 steals heading into game against the Demon Deacons. She leads the ACC in assists and steals, while sixth nationally in steals as well. The 5-11 guard was having one of the best all-around seasons in Duke history.
Williams, who is a product of Virginia Beach, Va., is averaging 15.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.8 blocks, 1.3 assists and 1.1 steals on the season. She ranks 12th nationally in blocks and 31st with a 52.2 field goal percentage, while posting a tied for team-best five double-doubles. Williams has registered a team-best 15 straight games with double-figure scoring and has blocked a shot in all 60 collegiate contests since arriving at Duke.
Other midseason candidates include Kayla Alexander (Syracuse), Alex Bentley (Penn State), Kelsey Bone (Texas A&M), Gennifer Brandon (California), Elena Delle Donne (Delaware), Syklar Diggins (Notre Dame), Stefanie Dolson (UConn), Kelly Faris (UConn), Angel Goodrich (Kansas), Brittney Griner (Baylor), Tianna Hawkins (Maryland), Maggie Lucas (Penn State), A’dia Matthies (Kentucky), Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (UConn), Chiney Oguwmike (Stanford), Niveen Rasheed (Princeton), Odyssey Sims (Baylor) and Alyssa Thomas (Maryland).
With the victory at No. 8 Maryland on Sunday, the Blue Devils clinched their fourth straight ACC regular season crown and second consecutive outright league title with a 16-0 ACC mark. The 16 wins tied an ACC record for most league victories in a season.
Duke (26-1) will next travel to Miami to face the Hurricanes on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7:00 p.m.
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