Gray, Jones, and Williams Selected Full Court All-America

DURHAM, N.C.-  The Duke University trio of Chelsea Gray, Alexis Jones and Elizabeth Williams were selected Full Court All-America on Friday, after balloting by Full Court editors, correspondents and analysts from across America.

Gray received her third All-America honor of the season as she was also selected to the WBCA Coaches All-America team and the Associated Press Second Team All-America squad.  Williams received her second honor of the year as she also received Associated Press Third Team All-America accolades.  Jones earned second team Full Court Freshman All-America honors.

On the first team was Brittney Griner (Baylor), Elene Delle Donne (Delaware), Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame), Alyssa Thomas (Maryland) and Chiney Ogwumike (Stanford), while Stefanie Dolson (UConn), A’dia Mathies (Kentucky), Maggie Lucas (Penn State), Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (UConn) and Odyssey Sims (Baylor) were on the second team.

Along with Gray and Williams on the third team was Kayla McBride (Notre Dame), Kelsey Bone (Texas A&M) and Meighan Simmons (Tennessee).

A native of Manteca, Calif., Gray was having a standout season in 2012-13 prior to getting injured in the first half against Wake Forest on Sunday, Feb. 17.  She suffered a dislocated kneecap and was forced to miss the rest of the season, after starting the first 25 contests.  Gray, the 2013 Co-ACC Player of the Year, was averaging 13.1 points, 5.6 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 3.7 steals heading into game against the Demon Deacons.  She led the ACC in assists and steals, while ranking in the top 10 nationally in steals as well.

At the time of the injury, Gray had led Duke to a 23-1 overall record and 13-0 mark in the ACC.  The 5-11 guard was on pace to set a Duke single-season record for steals with 89 in 25 contests, while posting three games with 10 or more assists.  At home against seventh-ranked Maryland in the game before her injury, Gray registered a career-high 28 points, three assists, four steals and three rebounds to lead Duke to a 71-56 victory.

Williams is one of the top post players in the nation and averaged 15.2 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.0 blocks, 1.3 assists and 1.1 steals on the season.  She ranked eighth nationally in blocks, while swatting a shot in each of her 69 career games at Duke.  A native of Virginia Beach, Va., Williams totaled six double-doubles and ranked 32nd nationally in field goal percentage (50.8).

The 6-3 center became the first player in ACC history to notch 200 blocks in her first two years at Duke and she reached 1,000 career points in only 69 games marking the fourth-quickest Duke player to reach the 1000-point club.  The two-time ACC Defensive Player of the Year collected seven games with 20 or more points. 

Jones, who is a product of Irving, Texas, took over the point guard slot following Gray’s injury and flourished.  She averaged 13.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.3 steals in the final 11 games for the Blue Devils.  Jones earned ACC Tournament MVP accolades, after leading Duke to its eighth ACC Championship averaging 17.7 points, 6.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals.  She notched 24 points, eight rebounds, four steals and three assists in the ACC title game versus North Carolina to help clinch the championship.

On the first team Freshman All-America squad was Jewell Loyd (Notre Dame), Xylina McDaniel (North Carolina), Imani McGee-Stafford (Texas), Breanna Stewart (Connecticut) and Bashaara Graves (Tennessee).  Along with Jones on the second team were Jillian Alleyn (Oregon), Amber Deane (Dayton), Maggie Lyon (Northwestern) and Courtney Walker (Texas A&M).

The Blue Devil squad advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight, while winning the ACC regular season and tournament titles.