Duke Blue Devils center Elizabeth Williams was named the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Women’s Basketball Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season as announced by Commissioner John Swofford from the conference headquarters in Greensboro, N.C. on Wednesday.
The sixth-ranked Blue Devils and the 15th-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels placed three players on the five-member 2013 All-ACC Defensive Team.
Joining Williams on the team, as selected by the league’s head coaches, were Duke teammate and guard Chelsea Gray, Georgia Tech guard Tyaunna Marshall, Miami forward Morgan Stroman, and North Carolina center Waltiea Rolle.
Williams leads the ACC with 83 blocked shots (2.9 per game), and her inside presence has reinforced a Duke defense that has held ACC opponents to an ACC-low 51.5 points per game, and also leads in field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to 33.5 percent shooting from the floor per game.
Williams has blocked at least one shot in 62 consecutive games since arriving at Duke.
Members of the All-ACC Defensive team and their respective teams begin play in the 36th Annual ACC Women's Basketball Tournament that will take place at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C. beginning at 11 a.m. on Thurs., Mar. 7.
Head Coaches ACC All-Defensive Team
Elizabeth Williams, So., C, Duke – Defensive Player of the Year
Chelsea Gray, Jr., G, Duke
Tyaunna Marshall, Jr., G, Georgia Tech
Morgan Stroman, Sr., F, Miami
Waltiea Rolle, Sr., C, North Carolina