Duke's Azurá Stevens Named USBWA National Freshman of the Week


DURHAM, N.C. (GoDuke.com) – The United States Basketball Writers Association of America (USBWA) named Duke rookie Azurá Stevens it’s National Freshman of the Week, which was announced Tuesday.

A native of Raleigh, N.C., Stevens helped guide Duke to three victories on the week, including an upset win over eighth-ranked Kentucky Sunday.

Stevens averaged 14.7 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 1.0 assists in the three wins against Oklahoma, UMass Lowell and Kentucky.  She hit 50.0 percent of her field goals and 8-of-11 free throws (72.7).  Against No. 8 Kentucky, the 6-5 versatile Blue Devil tallied a team-high 17 points, nine rebounds and two blocks in only 18 minutes of action.

She collected 17 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal against Oklahoma to open the week.  Stevens posted her fourth double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds in only 20 minutes versus UMass Lowell.  She has started each of the last five contests for Duke.

Stevens also received ACC Freshman of the Week accolades, which was announced Monday afternoon.

The Blue Devils will be off for the Christmas holiday before heading to second-ranked Connecticut Monday, Dec. 29 for a 9:00 p.m., tip on ESPN2.