Blue Devil redshirt junior guard Lexie Brown has been named the recipient of the ninth annual Kay Yow Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award, while a total of four Duke women’s basketball standouts were selected to the 2016-17 All-ACC Academic Team, which has been announced by league commissioner John Swofford.
The ACC women’s basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year award is named in memory of the legendary Yow, who won 737 games as a head coach while directing NC State to four ACC Tournament championships and the 1988 U.S. Olympic Team to a gold medal. Yow, who passed away in January of 2009, is also remembered for her leadership and courage in her fight against breast cancer.
“Lexie is a consummate student athlete,” said Duke head coach Joanne P. McCallie. “She works extremely hard on the court and equally as hard in the classroom. She plays the game with great passion and care and she exudes tremendous character in her game. It is a wonderful honor for her to receive this award named after such an amazing person and leader in our field.”
A First-Team All-ACC selection, Brown will enter NCAA Tournament action ranking fourth among league scorers at 18.3 points per game. The Suwanee, Georgia, native is first among conference players in free-throw percentage (92.2) and is third in steals with 2.7 per game. Her play is a major reason the Blue Devils advanced to the ACC Tournament Championship and own a 27-5 overall record with a No. 9 national ranking.
Brown was recognized as a College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) First Team Academic All-American last week, and she has also been named a Naismith, Wade Trophy and USBWA candidate for National Player of the Year. Brown is majoring in sociology, along with a markets and management certificate. She was earlier named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team.
Brown is one of four Duke student-athletes named to the 2016-17 All-ACC Academic Team, including Rebecca Greenwell, Kyra Lambert and Leaonna Odom. Florida State also has four honorees, while Louisville, Miami, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest each have three players recognized.
The ACC All-Academic Team features five student-athletes recognized by the Blue Ribbon Panel as All-ACC selections this season in Duke’s Brown and Greenwell, Florida State’s Leticia Romero, Louisville’s Myisha Hines-Allen and Miami’s Jessica Thomas. ACC Freshman of the Year Francesa Pan of Georgia Tech is also recognized, in addition to ACC Sixth Player of the Year Chatrice White of Florida State. Duke’s Odom, Syracuse’s Gabby Cooper and Wake Forest’s Alex Sharp join Georgia Tech’s Pan as All-ACC Freshman Team members also earning All-ACC Academic Team status.
A native of Owensboro, Ky., Greenwell is averaging 16.4 points, a team-high 6.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.5 steals. She owns three games with 30 or more points, which ties a Duke single-season record, while collecting a career-best 79 three-pointers made on the year. Greenwell is only eight treys away from matching the Blue Devil single season mark held by Tricia Liston (87).
Greenwell also earned ACC All-Tournament accolades over the weekend as she received second team honors, after collecting 12 points, five rebounds and one assist in the championship game against Notre Dame. She is majoring in psychology.
A sophomore guard from Cibolo, Texas, Lambert is averaging 7.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.8 steals on the season. Lambert totaled her first collegiate double-double to conclude the regular season at North Carolina with a career-high 13 assists to go along with 12 points. She also pulled down a career-high nine rebounds in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament against Syracuse.
Odom, an All-ACC freshman team selection, has collected double-digit scoring in three out of the last five contests. The 6-2 athletic forward has averaged 7.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 0.9 blocks on the season. In the ACC Tournament semifinals, Odom tallied 13 points and two rebounds in 25 minutes of action.
ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards were established in September 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports. Candidates for the awards must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for their career as well as a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters. The award is based 60 percent on academic achievement and 40 percent on athletic accomplishment.
Minimum academic requirements for selection to the All-ACC Academic Team are a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative average during one’s academic career. Athletic achievements during the most recent season are also considered in selecting the All-ACC Academic Team.
The NCAA Tournament selection show will take place Monday, March 13 live on ESPN with a 7 p.m., start.
2016-17 All-ACC Women’s Basketball Academic Team
Kay Yow Award: Lexie Brown, Jr., G, Duke
Danielle Edwards, So., G, Clemson
Lexie Brown, Jr., G, Duke
Rebecca Greenwell, R-Jr., G, Duke
Kyra Lambert, So., G, Duke
Leaonna Odom, Fr., F, Duke
Brittany Brown, Sr., G, Florida State
Ivey Slaughter, Sr., F, Florida State
Chatrice White, Jr., C, Florida State
Leticia Romero, Sr., G, Florida State
Francesca Pan, Fr., G, Georgia Tech
Myisha Hines-Allen, Jr., F, Louisville
Briahanna Jackson, R-Sr., G, Louisville
Courtnee Walton, R-Sr., F, Louisville
Jessica Thomas, Sr., G, Miami
Emese Hof, So., G, Miami
Laura Cornelius, So., G, Miami
Jennifer Mathurin, Sr., F, NC State
Ashley Williams, Sr., G, NC State
Erin Boley, Fr., F, Notre Dame
Brenna Wise, So., F/G, Pitt
Gabby Cooper, Fr., G, Syracuse
Breyana Mason, Sr., G, Virginia
Lauren Moses, Jr., F, Virginia
Jocelyn Willoughby, Fr., G, Virginia
Samantha Hill, Sr., G, Virginia Tech
Regan Magarity, R-So., F, Virginia Tech
Vanessa Panousis, Sr., G, Virginia Tech
Elisa Penna, So., F, Wake Forest
Milan Quinn, Sr., F, Wake Forest
Alex Sharp, Fr., G, Wake Forest