Courtside Kudos


Schweitzer: racking up records

While the men’s basketball team was working its way to the national title, the women’s team was racking up its own set of accomplishments. Several individual players on both teams earned honors of their own.
The women’s team had its most successful season in the history of the program. A number-one seed for the first time, the Blue Devils went to the NCAA tournament for the seventh year in a row, advanced to the Sweet 16 for the fourth year in a row, and finished the season with a 30-4 record. Along the way, the Blue Devils won the regular-season ACC title and the ACC tournament title and, with a 28-3 record, were ranked fifth in the final poll before the NCAA tournament.
Among the awards for team captain Georgia Schweitzer, a senior, were first-team Kodak All-American, first-team Basketball Times All-American, U.S. Basketball Writers Association first-team All-American, first-team All ACC, and ACC Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. She finished her Duke career with three ACC season titles, two tournament crowns, ninety-nine consecutive games played, and a 111-25 record, the school’s best four-
year record. She was the first Duke player to collect more than 1,600 points, 500 rebounds, 400 assists, and 170 steals, and she holds Duke’s record for three-point baskets at 202.
For a newcomer to Cameron’s court, freshman Alana Beard proved to be a standout. The Blue Devil guard and forward was named ACC Rookie of the Year, West Regional All-Tournament Team, and U.S. Basketball Writers Association National Freshman of the Year.

Battier: getting the jump on Maryland, before the Final Four.

Among the awards for senior men’s co-captain Shane Battier were the Naismith Award, Most Valuable Player of the Final Four, both National Player of the Year and National Defensive Player of the Year by, Associated Press Player of the Year, John R. Wooden Player of the Year, John R. Wooden All-American, Associated Press All-American, and first team All-ACC. Battier’s jersey was retired at the end of the season. Sophomore Jason Williams joined Battier as a Wooden All-American, AP All-American, and All-ACC, and was named MVP of the NCAA’s East Regional. He was also a finalist for the John R. Wooden Player of the Year.

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