Duke’s Williams Three-peats as @ACCWBB Defensive Player of Year


Virginia’s Faith Randolph selected ACC Sixth Player of the Year by league’s head coaches

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Duke junior Elizabeth Williams is the first student-athlete to be chosen as the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Defensive Player of the Year in a vote of the league’s 15 head coaches, as announced today by Commissioner John Swofford.

The ACC coaches also voted Virginia sophomore guard Faith Randolph the 2014 ACC Women’s Sixth Player of the Year.

Williams, a 6-foot-3 inside player from Virginia Beach, Va., once again leads the ACC in blocked shots with 87 (2.9 per game) heading into this week’s ACC Women’s Tournament. Williams’ efforts have helped Duke rank second among conference teams in field goal percentage defense (.374) and sixth among the ACC’s 15 teams in scoring defense (64.2 percent).

With 310 career blocks, Williams now ranks second on Duke’s all-time list. The Blue Devils have now claimed the ACC Women’s Defensive Player of the Year honor six times in the awards’ 10-year history. Lindsey Harding was named in 2006 and 2007, followed by Chante Black in 2009 prior to Williams’ current three-year run.

Virginia’s Randolph has been a key reserve for the Cavaliers, contributing 12.9 points per game off the bench. Randolph has scored 20-or-more points five times this season, including 24 against North Carolina on Feb. 20. Her 12.6 points per game leads all ACC reserves and ranks 26th overall.

With Randolph’s selection, Virginia becomes the first school to have two Sixth Player of the Year honorees since the award began in 2008. Ariana Moorer was named in 2011.

The 37th Annual ACC Women's Basketball Tournament tipped Wednesday, March 5 at the Greensboro Coliseum, and will conclude with the 7 p.m. championship contest on Sunday, March 9. The title game will be televised on ESPN, and Saturday’s 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. semifinal games will be shown nationally via ESPNU. All 11 games on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will be broadcast on the league’s regional sports network (RSN). The entire tournament can also be seen on ESPN3 and WatchESPN.


Defensive Player of the Year: Elizabeth Williams, Jr., C/F, Duke
Sixth Player of the Year: Faith Randolph, So., G, Virginia