The Duke Blue Devils women’s basketball team announced on Sunday that guard Chelsea Gray was selected as Most Valuable Player and center Elizabeth Williams earned a spot on the All-Tournament team at the conclusion of the Women of Troy Basketball Classic tournament that was played over the weekend at the Galen Center in Los Angeles, Calif.
Gray shines at home
Gray earned the tournament’s MVP award after averaging 14.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists, and 4.0 steals while leading fourth-ranked Duke to victories over the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners and the host University of Southern California Trojans.
Playing in her home state of California, the junior point guard led the way (11 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists) during the Blue Devils’ first game of the tournament – a 97-63 victory over the Roadrunners.
Gray then scored a game-high 18 points and 10 rebounds to go along with five steals and three assists against USC while notching her second double-double of the season and fifth of her career.
Williams nets big points
Williams earned All-Tournament team honors after averaging 17 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks in 26 minutes of playing time during both games.
Against CSU Bakersfield, Williams totaled 21 points and 8 rebounds along with a block and a steal, and followed that up with 13 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 blocks against Southern Cal.
The six-foot-three-inch center has now blocked at least one shot in 43 consecutive games, which is the second-longest streak in school history.
2012 Women of Troy Classic All-Tournament Team
Chelsea Gray, Duke (MVP)
Elizabeth Williams, Duke
Sydnee Fipps, UC Davis
Blair Shinoda, UC Davis
Brianna Barrett, USC
Janae Coffee, CSU Bakersfield
Additional honor roll notes
After going unbeaten on both coasts during its recent three-game road trip, Duke improved to 10-0 on the season for only the sixth time in school history.
Prior to heading out to California, the Blue Devils had posted season-low totals in points (60), field goals (22), field goal percentage (37.3), three-point field goal attempts (5), assists (14) and steals (9) in a 60-42 win over the St. John’s Red Storm.
Williams’ performance (16 points, 7 rebounds, 5 blocks, 2 assists) against the Red Storm at Madison Square Garden in New York City, helped the sophomore to earn her first-ever Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Player of the Week accolade.
As a freshman, she tied an ACC record a year ago, being selected nine times as ACC Rookie of the Week.
McCallie reaches milestone
With her team’s win over USC on Saturday, head coach Joann P. McCallie registered her 150th win at Duke, becoming the third-quickest NCAA Division I coach to reach 150 wins at the same institution.
McCallie reached the milestone coaching the Blue Devils in her 182nd game.
NCAA Division I Coaches – Quickest to 150 Wins (same team)
Games Head Coach
169 Leon Barmore, Louisiana Tech
171 Bill Sheahan, Mt. St. Mary’s
182 Joanne P. McCallie, Duke
184 Joan Bonvicini, Long Beach State
184 Jody Conradt, Texas
188 Jim Foster, Ohio State
190 C. Vivian Stringer, Iowa
191 Kristy Curry, Purdue
191 Kay Yow, NC State
192 Pat Summitt, Tennessee
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