Duke Senior Elizabeth Williams Named Senior CLASS Award First Team All-America

DURHAM, N.C. (GoDuke.com) – The 2014-15 Senior CLASS Award All-America first and second teams were released Friday with Duke University senior Elizabeth Williams one of five first team selections. 

Iowa’s Samantha Logic was selected as the 2014-15 Senior CLASS Award® winner, while Logic, Alexa Hayward (Saint Francis), Jamie Kaplan (Tulane), Kiah Stokes (UConn) and Williams were named to the first team All-America squad. 

The award, chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I women’s basketball coaches, national basketball media and fans, is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in Division I women’s basketball. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: classroom, community, character and competition.

One of the best all-around student-athletes to attend Duke, Williams was both an All-America on the court and in the classroom as she received Capital One Academic All-America honors as a senior.  A native of Virginia Beach, Va., Williams received the Kay Yow Award in 2014-15 as the ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year as well.  She is majoring in psychology, while being a member of the College Athletic Pre-Medical Experience (CAPE) program.  Williams plans on becoming a doctor following her professional playing career. 

The 6-3 center averaged 14.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 3.0 blocks per contest as the Blue Devils advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 in Spokane, Wash., this season.  She posted a career-best 10 double-doubles on the year and scored 20 or more points five times. Williams led the ACC and is tied for 12th nationally with her 3.0 blocks per game average. 

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. 

Over her career, she tallied 1,955 points, 1,078 rebounds, 426 blocks, 256 assists and 185 steals.  She ranked fourth in points, second in rebounds and second in blocked shots on the Duke all-time charts.  Williams is the first four-time All-America in Blue Devil history and is the first four-time ACC Defensive Player of the Year selection. 

For more information on all the finalists, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.