Chelsea Gray hasn’t played since a dislocated kneecap cut her season short on Feb. 17.
What she did for Duke University’s women’s basketball team before that didn’t go unnoticed. The junior standout from Manteca was named the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Co-Player of the Year by the league’s head coaches on Thursday. She is the sixth Blue Devil in school history to earn the award.
Gray shares the honor with 2012 Player of the Year Alyssa Thomas (17.7 points, 10.3 rebounds per game) of 10th-ranked Maryland. The No. 6 Blue Devils are 27-2 overall while setting a new ACC record with 17 conference wins. Gray helped lead the team to its fourth straight regular-season title.
The 5-foot-11 guard was averaging 13.1 points, 5.6 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 3.7 steals before Duke’s Feb. 17 contest against Wake Forest. She leads the ACC in assists and steals but is also a proven scorer when needed. She set a career-high by scoring 28 points in a 71-56 win over then-seventh-ranked Maryland.
Jessica Burdge was awarded Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season.
The Wagner College (Stanton Island, N.Y.) sophomore, who prepped at St. Mary’s in Stockton, netted 10 goals, two assists and four steals in two games during the Marist Invite. Burdge amassed a career-high seven goals in a 20-5 victory over Notre Dame College of Ohio.