Duke women's basketball player of the week: Week 7
Wednesday vs. Villanova: 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting, six rebounds, three
The good: After an up-and-down start to her Duke career, the All-American junior
Brown showed no signs of rust after a nearly two-week break for final exams, finishing a perfect 2-for-2 from both the free-throw line and beyond the arc. The Suwanee, Ga., native also shot 63.6 percent from the field to help No. 17 Duke down Villanova 68-50. Brown was instrumental in disrupting the Wildcats’ five-out offense, notching a team-high three steals against the team with the fewest turnovers in the nation. Villanova's sharpshooting team, boasting four players with at least 10 treys before Wednesday, finished the day making just 10-of-41 3-point attempts.
The bad: Brown didn’t do much wrong in the Blue Devils’ win. When pressed for flaws, one can find that Brown could have been a little more careful with the ball, as she committed two turnovers. Although she leads the team in free-throw attempts this season, she made it to the line just once Wednesday—she could have been a bit stronger driving to the basket.
The bottom line: Just 12 games into her Duke career, Brown has proven that she can be an elite scorer, from inside and beyond the arc. Although she had a few subpar shooting nights before the final exam break, she brings consistent energy to the table that has reinvigorated head coach Joanne P. McCallie’s squad.
She seems to have brought a new sort of mojo to the
Honorable mention: Greenwell was almost equally deserving of this honor, other than the fact that she had already won it in three of four weeks this season. The Owensboro, Ky., native delivered an almost identical