Tricia Liston, Haley Peters spotlighted at Duke hoops banquet
The 2013-14 season officially came to a close on Thursday evening for the Duke University women’s basketball team as the Blue Devils held their annual celebration at the Washington Duke Inn. With approximately 300 people in attendance and emceed by Morgan Patrick, Duke gave out 11 awards.
Taking home three accolades were senior Tricia Liston and junior Elizabeth Williams, while sophomore Alexis Jones, junior Ka’lia Johnson and freshman Oderah Chidom each received two.
Earning Player of the Year, M.M.O.C. (Meanest Mother on the Court), and Best Free Throw Shooter was Liston, who averaged a team-high 17.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists. She collected 16 games with 20 or more points and her 48.1 three-point field goal percentage ranked second nationally. The 6-1 guard from River Forest, Ill., hit 52.5 percent of her field goals and 85.2 percent from the charity stripe on the season.
The M.M.O.C. award represents the Blue Devil that does the dirty work, including assists, steals and leads the team in floor burns.
Williams was presented with the Best Defense, Never Give Up and Best Rebounder awards. A native of Virginia Beach, Va., Williams averaged 13.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.1 blocks, 2.2 assists and 1.3 steals on the year. Her 3.1 blocks per game average led the ACC and ranked 13th nationally. A three-time ACC Defensive Player of the Year selection, Williams led Duke with seven double-doubles and posted a career-best 52.6 field goal percentage.
The Never Give Up award was new and is presented to someone who started out a game or season struggling, but never gave up and finished strong.
Earning the Assist Maker and Making Plays awards, Jones had her season cut short Feb. 23 at Notre Dame with a torn ACL. The 5-8 All-ACC guard averaged 13.1 points, 5.3 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 steals on the season. A native of Irving, Texas, Jones had picked up her game since All-America senior guard Chelsea Gray was injured on Jan. 12 as she was averaging 14.4 points, 7.2 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals over the span of 11 contests.
Both Johnson and Chidom each received the Sixth Player and Most Improved Awards. Johnson, who is out of Chester, Va., saw action in 31 contests, including starting the final six contests of the season. Over the final six contests, she averaged 8.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 steals. She closed the regular season with a season-high 12 points and had 11 points in the NCAA Tournament versus DePaul.
Chidom, from Oakland, Calif., averaged 5.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and blocked 29 shots as a rookie for the Blue Devils. The 6-4 post played some of her best basketball of the season in the NCAA Tournament averaging 13.5 points and 3.0 rebounds, while hitting 76.9 percent of her field goals. On the season, Chidom drained 60.3 percent from the field.
For the fourth straight year, Peters was presented with the “CNC” Scholar-Athlete Award, after earning Capital One Academic All-America accolades as a senior.
Duke honored four seniors — Chelsea Gray, Richa Jackson, Liston and Peters — who helped lead the Blue Devils to a 120-20 overall record, 56-8 ACC mark, 59-5 record in Cameron Indoor Stadium, three ACC regular season titles, two ACC Championships, three NCAA Elite Eight appearances and four NCAA Tournament selections.
They featured a 42-game home court winning streak against ACC opponents and were ranked in the top 10 of the Associated Press poll every week during their four-year career.