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Stevens averaged 18.3 points and 7.3 rebounds in a 3-0 week for Duke at Cancun Challenge
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Duke sophomore forward Azurá Stevens has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, while Notre Dame freshman guard Marina Mabrey earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors, as announced Monday afternoon by the conference office and voted upon by the Blue Ribbon Panel.
Stevens was named MVP of the Cancun Challenge, after averaging 18.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.3 blocks, 1.7 assists and 1.0 steals per game for the Cancun Challenge (Mayan Tournament) Champion Blue Devils. Duke earned wins over Idaho (74-69), Iowa State (86-48) and Texas State (85-34) in consecutive days en route to the tournament title.
The Raleigh, North Carolina native opened the tournament with her fourth straight double-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds to go along with three blocks, two assists and one steal against Idaho. She added 19 points, five rebounds, two steals and one block against Texas State, while also totaling 14 points, three blocks and five rebounds versus Iowa State. Her four straight games with a double-double were a career best and marked the first time a Duke player has accomplished the feat since the 2008-09 season.
Mabrey averaged 18.3 points, 7.3 steals, 5.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game with a .667 field-goal percentage, .600 3-point clip and a 3.20 assist/turnover ratio in a 3-0 week for the Irish, highlighted by claiming the championship at the Junkanoo Jam (Freeport Division) in Freeport, Bahamas.
Mabrey began the week by recording the fifth triple-double in school history, as well as the second ever posted by an ACC freshman with career highs of 18 points, 10 assists and a school-record 12 steals (tied for second-most in NCAA Division I and ACC history), plus six rebounds, in 29 minutes at Valparaiso. Mabrey also tied for the second-fastest triple-double registered by any NCAA Division I player at the start of her career, doing so in her fourth game; just one game later than Winthrop’s Schaquilla Nunn (third career game on Nov. 20, 2012, vs. Mississippi State).
Mabrey then earned a place on the Junkanoo Jam Freeport Division All-Tournament Team after averaging 18.5 points, 5.0 steals, 3.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in helping the Irish to two victories in the Bahamas. Mabrey piled up a career-high 19 points, plus four rebounds and four steals in the opening-round win over Denver. She then came back with 18 points, six steals and four rebounds in an overtime win over UCLA in the championship game.
ACC teams will be back in action this week, starting with the ninth annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge that will be contested on Wednesday, Dec. 2 and Thursday, Dec. 3. The ACC owns six Challenge titles and a 55-39 edge in Challenge games played to date.