Duke Women’s Basketball ACC Media Day Recap

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The Atlantic Coast Conference recently hosted it’s annual ACC Women’s Basketball Media Day to prepare for the upcoming season. Duke fans will have a lot to look forward to this season as four Blue Devils received preseason all-conference honors from the Blue Ribbon ACC media voters as well as the head coaches.

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Duke head coach Joanne P. McCallie will be in a similar situation this year as Coach K on the men’s side- losing several key players from last season but adding the #1 recruiting class in the country to form a very young but talented and versatile team. The Blue Devils were projected to finish 4th in the ACC for both polls, behind reigning conference champs Notre Dame, Florida State, and Louisville.

Two Duke players, redshirt sophomore Rebecca Greenwell and sophomore Azurá Stevens, earned preseason All-ACC team honors from both the media and the coaches. Greenwell made a huge impact last year after sitting 2013-2014 season with a knee injury, and started every game averaging 14.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.9 steals.

Stevens had an excellent freshman year with the Blue Devils and was named All-ACC Freshman and Second Team All-ACC after averaging 14.1 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1.1 steals. With the graduation of former All-American Elizabeth Williams, both Greenwell and Stevens will be expected to play key roles as leaders and primary options for this year’s team.

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Duke also had two talented freshman point guards added to the Newcomer Watch List for the ACC. International star Angela Salvadores was voted as one of the top freshmen by both the media and the coaches and 5-star recruit Kyra Lambert was selected by the coaches. Salvadores has starred in FIBA competition for her native Spain after earning 2015 U18 World Championship MVP and leading the U19 World Championships in scoring just this summer, and is the reigning FIBA Young Women’s Player of the Year becoming the youngest recipient of the award.

Lambert was MVP of her high school league, a Parade High School All-American selection, and also participated in the first-ever girls’ Jordan Brand Classic game. Both freshmen will be able to come in and have a huge impact for Duke, who struggled last season without having a true point guard on the roster after converting former Blue Devil Ka’lia Johnson and adding transfer Mercedes Riggs.

Duke Women’s Basketball will host their annual Blue and White scrimmage this Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in Cameron Indoor Stadium, with a free autograph session for fans after the game. After hosting two exhibition match-ups in early November against Pfeiffer and Saint Leo, Duke will start the regular season at Penn on November 13th. Be sure to check out the Blue Devils this season and we’ll be sure to keep you updated with any news and updates for the women’s basketball team.