College Notebook

Duke’s McCallie ACC women’s coach of year, Gray named co-player of the year

March 8, 2013 

— For the second straight year and the third time overall, Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie has been selected the ACC Coach of the Year by a vote of a blue ribbon panel of national and local media members, as well as school representatives.

McCallie led the sixth-ranked Blue Devils to a 27-2 record and a 17-1 mark in ACC regular season play. The 17 regular season conference wins are an ACC record. Duke opened the season with a 16-0 mark in league action, which equaled the best start in ACC history.

The conference coach of the year honor is McCallie’s seventh overall and her third ACC honor since taking over at Duke prior to the 2007-08 season. She was ACC Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2012, and was selected America East Coach of the Year in 1999 and the North Atlantic Coach of the Year in 1995 and 1996.

Women’s college basketball

Co-ACC Player of Year: Duke junior Chelsea Gray was named the Co-ACC Player of the Year on a vote of the league’s 12 head coaches.

Gray was selected the Co-Player of the Year along with Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas and became the sixth Blue Devils player in school history to receive ACC Player of the Year honor – Alana Beard (2002-04), Monique Currie (2005), Lindsey Harding (2007), Georgia Schweitzer (2000-01) and Chris Moreland (1987).

Gray, who is out of Manteca, Calif., was having a standout season in 2012-13 before she was injured in the first half against Wake Forest on Feb. 17. She suffered a dislocated kneecap and will miss the rest of the season, after starting the first 25 games. Gray was averaging 13.1 points, 5.6 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 3.7 steals heading into game against the Deacons. She leads the ACC in assists and steals.

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