On Thursday, the Duke women’s basketball team held their annual end of season banquet, recognizing the great season by the 33-3 ladies.
The highlight of the night may have been saying goodbye to senior Allison Vernerey, the team’s only senior. Her 140 games played is tied for second-most in Duke history. Overall, she won four ACC regular season titles, three ACC Tournament titles, and went to four Elite 8′s. She compiled a 62-2 record at Cameron Indoor Stadium and 122-19 overall.
Tricia Liston was named the Player of the Year, as she averaged 13.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. She set a school record with 80 three pointers made and was ranked third nationally by making 46.5% of them. Liston also earned the Best Free Throw Shooter award (duh), as she made 93.1% of her attempts. That is best in ACC history (she missed six total free throws all season). She scored twenty or more points six times and was named to the Norfolk Regional All-Tournament team, the All-ACC Tournament second team, an All-ACC second team member, and an Academic All-American in the ACC.
Haley Peters earned three awards on the night. She was named the MMOOC (Meanest Mother on the Court) for her dirty work and floor burns. She was named the Scholar Athlete for the third straight season. Peters led the team with 13 or more games with ten plus rebounds (thus earning the Best Rebounder Award). On the season, she averaged 12.2 points and a team-high 7.6 rebounds per game. Peters became just the fourth Duke player to hit over 50% from the field, 40% from beyond the arc, and 75% from the free throw line in a season. She was named a second team All-ACC selection, an All-ACC Academic member, and a Capital One Academic All-District III selection.
Alexis Jones also took home three awards at the banquet: Most Improved Player, Making Plays, and Assist Maker. After taking over as the point guard after Chelsea Gray‘s injury (the final 11 games), the freshman averaged 13.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, 5.4 assists, and 1.3 steals. In the ACC Tournament, she averaged 17.7 points, 6.0 assists, and 5.0 rebounds, thus earning her Tournament MVP honors. Jones finished the season with a team-best 144 assists. She was a Full Court Freshman All-America, All-ACC Freshman Team, All-ACC Academic Team and Norfolk Regional All-Tournament selection.
Speaking of Gray, she shared the Making Plays award with Jones. Before her season-ending injury (25 starts), she was averaging 13.1 points, 5.6 assists, 5.4 rebounds, and 3.7 steals. Those numbers helped Gray earn a share of the ACC Player of the Year award (with Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas). She was also named a WBCA Coaches All-American, as she led the ACC in assists and steals (and was ranked in the top ten nationally in assists).
Chloe Wells took home two awards. She was named the Sixth Player and Best Defender. Against rival North Carolina, she scored a career-high 18 points. Against Florida State, she came off the bench to make 6-of-7 shots (a career-best). Wells scored 13 second half points in helping Duke come back to beat Oklahoma State and advance to the Sweet 16. Her 55 steals was a key reason why Duke only allowed 53.9 points per game.
*The following awards were voted on by team members and coaches: The Player of the Year, Most Improved, Sixth Player, Making Plays, and Best Defender.
**I personally would have given out the awards the same way.