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Feb. 29, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) - Duke freshman center Elizabeth Williams was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year and headlines the five-player All-ACC Defensive Team, announced today by ACC Commissioner John Swofford. Williams was selected by the league's 12 women's basketball head coaches and is the first freshman to garner the award since the honor was first put into place for the 2004-05 season.
A native of Virginia Beach, Va., Williams leads the ACC with 102 blocked shots, shattering the previous freshman single season record (84, Dawn Royster, UNC, 1983-84). Williams also garnered ACC Freshman of the Year and first-team All-ACC honors earlier this week, becoming just the third freshman to ever earn first-team All-ACC honors. A defensive force inside, Williams also paced the Blue Devils with 14.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. The 6-3 center is the fourth Duke player to earn Defensive Player of the Year honors, joining Lindsey Harding in 2006 and 2007 and Chante Black in 2009.
Also named to the 2011-12 All-ACC Defensive Team were Miami senior guard Shenise Johnson, Virginia junior guard Lexie Gerson, Maryland sophomore center Alicia DeVaughn and Florida State sophomore forward Natasha Howard.
2012 Women's Basketball All-ACC Defensive Team
Elizabeth Williams, Fr., C, Duke (ACC Defensive Player of the Year)
Natasha Howard, So., F, Florida State
Alicia DeVaughn, So,, C, Maryland
Shenise Johnson, Sr., G, Miami
Lexie Gerson, Jr., G, Virginia
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