The Duke University tandem of Lexie Brown and Rebecca Greenwell have been named Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) All-Region I nominees for the 2017 WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches’ All-America, which was announced Thursday evening.
From the 52 region honorees, the selection committee will name the 10-member WBCA Coaches’ All-America team.
Along with the Blue Devil duo, Lindsay Allen (Notre Dame), Asia Durr (Louisville), Myisha Hines-Allen (Louisville), Arike Ogunbowale (Notre Dame), Alexis Peterson (Syracuse), Leticia Romero (FSU), Brittney Sykes (Syracuse), Shakayla Thomas (FSU) and Brianna Turner (Notre Dame) collected region one accolades.
A native of Suwanee, Ga., Brown made a splash with the Blue Devils in 2016-17 averaging 18.3 points, 3.9 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 2.8 steals. The 5-9 guard helped the Blue Devils go from unranked in the preseason Associated Press poll to No. 9 in the final ranking. Brown also guided Duke to a 28-6 overall record, which was eight wins better than the previous season. She became just the fourth Blue Devil to collect 200 made field goals and over 100 assists in school history.
Brown earned espnW All-America honorable mention, All-ACC first team, All-ACC Defensive team, All-ACC Tournament first team and received the Kay Yow Award as the ACC women’s basketball scholar-athlete of the year. She was a Naismith top 30 selection, a finalist for the Nancy Lieberman Award, USBWA Ann Meyers Drysdale Watch List and Wade Watch midseason selection. Brown became the eighth Blue Devil to register 600 points in a season, which also ranked sixth on Duke’s single-season charts.
Greenwell, who hails from Owensboro, Ky., collected a career-best 83 made three-pointers , while averaging 16.4 points, a team-high 6.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.6 steals. She was only four treys away from matching the Blue Devil single-season record, which is held by Tricia Liston (87). Greenwell, a John R. Wooden and Naismith Watch list selection, also earned All-ACC first team and All-ACC Tournament second team accolades.
Her 6.4 rebounds per game average led Duke on her way to become just the second Blue Devil guard to lead Duke in rebounding and the first since 1989-90 (Katie Meier). Greenwell led Duke with three games of 30 or more points and a total of 10 games with 20+ points. Over three years, Greenwell owns 228 three-pointers to rank second and 1,485 points, which is 11th on Duke’s all-time charts.
Greenwell and Brown combined to average 34.7 points a game, which ranked second in the ACC.
As a team, Duke advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round before falling to 10th-seeded Oregon.