After beating ACC and AP Top 25 foe, the #8 Maryland Terrapins (18-2, 5-2) by a score of 80-72 on Sunday, the #5 Duke Blue Devils (16-2, 7-0) etched their names on a few more pages in the ACC season notebook as guard Chelsea Gray and center Elizabeth Williams received the conference’s most recent honors.
In addition to beating the Terrapins, the Blue Devils’ performance in a 79-62 victory over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (14-6, 4-3) last week affirmed Duke’s headlining the ACC’s weekly selections as announced on Monday.
Gray was named ACC Player of the Week while freshman Elizabeth Williams was selected ACC Rookie of the Week.
Gray leads and assists
In earning her second weekly honor of the season, Gray averaged 16.5 points, 7.5 assists, and 4.5 rebounds in last week’s action.
The Stockton, Calif., native closed the weekend with her third double-double of the season as the 5-11 point guard scored a season-high 17 points and added 11 assists against the Terrapins.
Gray also pulled down five rebounds and had one steal in 36 minutes of playing time.
She scored seven points over the final 2:56 of the game to help seal the 80-72 victory for Duke which won its school-record 34th straight overall game in Cameron and 26th consecutive ACC home contest.
In a key road win at Georgia Tech, Gray totaled a then season-high 16 points, four assists, four rebounds and two steals.
Gray hit 2-of-4 beyond the arc and 5-of-6 free throws on the week while posting a 15-5 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Gray has tallied 10 or more assists in three games this season.
Williams doing it all
Williams, who earned her third straight ACC Rookie of the Week honor and her sixth overall, averaged 18.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.5 blocks, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals in the two Duke wins over the week.
With seven blocks during the two games, the Virginia Beach, Va., center now has 68 for the year which ties the Duke freshman single-season blocks record and ranks her tied for fourth on the ACC list.
At Georgia Tech, Williams collected 20 points, 11 rebounds, five blocks, two steals and one assist in 35 minutes of playing time.
It was her fourth double-double of the season and the third game she has scored 20 or more points this year.
She hit 8-of-15 field goals in the contest.
Williams closed the weekend with 16 points, eight rebounds, two blocks, two assists and one steal against Maryland.
Both blocks came in the final 10 minutes of the contest as Duke was able to hold on to an 80-72 victory.
In the game against the Terrapins, Williams had zero turnovers in 38 minutes of action.
For the week, Williams hit 8-of-10 free throws.
Record-setting freshman play
With her six ACC Rookie of the Week selections, Williams ranks tied for fourth all-time in ACC history.
She is three away from the league record of nine held by Tracy Connor in 1992-93.
Alana Beard holds the Duke record of seven back in 2000-01.
The Blue Devils are working hard this week to build on their perfect 7-0 record in ACC play and will travel to play the Clemson Tigers (5-12, 1-5) on Friday.
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