ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – Duke center Elizabeth
Williams has been selected as the 2011-12
Women's National Freshman of the Year by the
U.S. Basketball Writers Association. The first-year
standout from Virginia Beach, Va., led Duke to Atlantic Coast
Conference regular-season championship and the Fresno Regional
Final in the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Devils were ranked in the
Associated Press Top 10 for the entire season.
The All-ACC first-team selection was the conference's
defensive player of the year and rookie of the year as she led
the Blue Devils (27-6) with 14.0 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.5
blocks, 1.5 steals and 1.6 assists per game.
Williams became just the third freshman in conference history
to be named to the All-ACC first team. She ranks fourth
nationally with a 3.5 blocks per game and set the ACC freshman
record for blocks in a season with 116. Williams also became the
first freshman to be named ACC Defensive Player of the Year. She
is now the first ACC player to earn the USBWA's National
Freshman of the Year honor.
Williams will be recognized at the USBWA's awards breakfast held in conjunction with the NCAA
Four on Tuesday, April 3 in Denver.
The Women's National Freshman of the Year Award is voted on
by all members of the USBWA at the conclusion of the regular
season. The USBWA has presented a National Freshman of the Year
Award each year since the 2002-03 season.
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in
1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers.
Today, it is one of the most influential organizations in college
basketball. For more information on the USBWA and its award programs,
contact executive director Joe Mitch at 314-444-3325.
All-Time USBWA National Freshmen of the Year
2003 Seimone Augustus, LSU
2004 Tiffany Jackson, Texas
2005 Tasha Humphrey, Georgia; Candice Wiggins, Stanford
Courtney Paris, Oklahoma
2007 Tina Charles, Connecticut
2008 Maya Moore, Connecticut
2009 Shekinna Stricklen,
2010 Brittney Griner, Baylor
2011 Odyssey Sims,
• All-time USBWA women's