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Dec. 13, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Miami junior guard Riquna "Bay-Bay" Williams and Duke freshman guard Chelsea Gray earned Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Basketball Player and Rookie of the Week honors for the period ending Dec. 12.
The ACC's weekly accolades are voted on by the league's "Blue Ribbon Panel," which consists of national and local media members, as well as school representatives. The panelists will also vote on the league's postseason All-Conference teams for the 2010-11 season.
The weekly award marks the third for Williams, who collected the honor twice last season, and is just the 10th time a Miami student-athlete has won the ACC Player of the Week accolade since the Canes' joined the league in 2004. Gray earns her first ACC Rookie of the Week honor.
Williams guided the Hurricanes to a perfect 2-0 week, highlighted by Miami's 81-72 overtime win against visiting 11th-ranked Georgetown on Dec. 7. The junior from Pahokee, Fla., scored a game-high 23 points in the win, while grabbing six rebounds and swatting away a pair of shots. Williams also scored a game-high 18 points in Miami's lopsided victory, a 94-32 decision over Alcorn State on Dec. 11.
Averaging more than 20 points per game, including a 20.5 mark last week, Williams currently leads the ACC in scoring, and ranks sixth in both steals (2.7) and free throw percentage (81.6). In 10 games played, Williams has posted 20-plus scoring performances on five occasions.
In her first three career starts, Gray averaged 12.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.3 steals as Duke defeated 7th-ranked Texas A&M, previously unbeaten Oklahoma State and Albany. The newcomer from Stockton, Calif., hit 52.4 percent of her field goals attempted and 71.4 percent from three-point land. Against the Aggies, Gray had 11 points, six rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal in 24 minutes of action. She then matched her career-high with 15 points three days later, adding three rebounds, three assists and a career-high five steals against Albany. Gray followed that with career-highs of eight rebounds and seven assists at Oklahoma State on Sunday.
Gray is currently one of only two ACC freshmen ranked among the league's top free throw and three-point shooters as the rookie averages a 77.1 free throw percentage (13th) and a 52.2 three-point percentage (2nd) over 11 games played. In addition, Gray was only two boards shy of posting her first collegiate double-double performance with 10 points against the Cowgirls.
ACC women's basketball action continues tomorrow night as Wake Forest travels to face South Florida in a 7 p.m. contest.