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Duke’s Monique Currie Named Kodak Region II All-America
DURHAM, N.C.– Duke University junior Monique Currie was named one of six members of the Kodak/WBCA Region II All-America Basketball Team released by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Monday.
All 48 players in the eight regions are finalists for the 12-member Kodak All-America team that will be released on April 2, 2005 at the Westin Hotel in Indianapolis, Ind.
Along with Currie on the Region II team was Shay Doron (Maryland), Shareese Grant (Old Dominion), Roneeka Hodges (Florida State), Tamara James (Miami) and Ivory Latta (North Carolina).
A native of Washington, D.C., Currie has led the fifth-ranked Blue Devils to a 28-4 overall record in a year where Duke lost three starters and other key bench personnel.
Currie, the 2005 ACC Player of the Year, has averaged 17.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 2.2 steals and hit 33.8 percent from three-point land. Currie is the only player in the ACC to rank in the top-15 in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals.
On the season, Currie has scored 20 or more points 12 times, scored double-figures in 31 of 32 games and collected six double-doubles. In the ACC stats, she ranks fourth in scoring (17.6), seventh in rebounding (7.0), 15th in assists (3.34), 13th in free throw percentage (77.4), eighth in steals (2.16), 15th in assist/turnover ratio (1.13) and fourth in defensive rebounds (4.97).
Currie has been a clutch performer for the Blue Devils on the season hitting the game-winning shots against Tennessee, N.C. State and Maryland.
Duke has had at least one member on the Region II team for the past eight straight years. Other selections have been Alana Beard (2001-2004), Iciss Tillis (2002-2004), Georgia Schweitzer (2000-2001), Michele VanGorp (1999), Hilary Howard (1998), Tyish Hall (1996), Katie Meier (1990) and Chris Moreland (1986, ‘88).
The Blue Devils received a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament and will play at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 20 against 15th-seeded Canisius at the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill, N.C. Boston College and Houston will play immediately following the conclusion of the Duke contest.