Monique Currie Named ACC Player Of The Year
March 5, 2005
In a vote by 74 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Writers Association (ASCWA), Duke University junior Monique Currie has been named the 2005 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Player of the Year on Saturday, which was released by the Associated Press.
Currie received 54 of 74 votes on her way to receiving the honor for the first time in her career. The accolade for Duke marks the sixth straight year a Blue Devil has claimed the ACC Player of the Year award as Georgia Schweitzer won it in 2000, 2001 and Alana Beard won it in 2002, 2003 and 2004. Duke now has claimed the ACC Player of the Year honor seven different times, which is a new ACC record. Chris Moreland also won the honor in 1987 for the Blue Devils.
On Tuesday, Currie was named first team All-ACC as she was the only unanimous selection to the five-member squad. Currie, a native of Washington, D.C., has stepped up and become a leader for the sixth-ranked Blue Devils since the departure of Beard. The 6-0 wing has averaged 17.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 2.2 steals and led Duke to a 26-3 overall and 12-1 league mark. Currie is the only player in the ACC to rank in the top-15 in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals.
"I think Monique has come so far this season," said Duke Head Coach Gail Goestenkors. "She has had a lot of pressure on her to step forward as a leader and go-to player. Monique has had to work for every basket as we don't fast break as much as we did in the past. Her points have been harder to get and she has done a great job on the rebounding end for us. Monique has elevated the level of play for our entire team."
On the season, Currie has scored 20 or more points 11 times, scored double-figures in 28 of 29 games and collected six double-doubles. In the ACC stats, she ranks fourth in scoring (17.4), seventh in rebounding (7.2), 15th in assists (3.34), 13th in free throw percentage (76.4), eighth in steals (2.24), 15th in assist/turnover ratio (1.17) and fourth in defensive rebounds (4.97). Currie has been a clutch performer for the Blue Devils on the season hitting the game-winning shots against Tennessee, N.C. State and Maryland.
Currie is a candidate for National Player of the Year as she was selected a midseason finalist for the John R. Wooden Award and the Naismith Player of the Year.