After injury forced her to miss the final 11 games last season, Duke senior Chelsea Gray is back on the court, has the ball in her hands, and is eager to put an end to all the questions about her knee.
Duke was picked to win the ACC preseason women's basketball poll by both media and coaches. The Blue Devils, who return all five starters, were 33-3 last season and have advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight the last four years.
Brittney Griner and Odyssey Sims were joined on the WBCA Coaches' All-America team by Elena Delle Donne, Skylar Diggins, Kayla McBride, Stefanie Dolson, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Chiney Ogwumike, Alyssa Thomas and Chelsea Gray.
Freshman Alexis Jones scored a career-high 24 points and No. 6 Duke claimed its eighth Atlantic Coast Conference tournament title by routing No. 15 North Carolina 92-73 on Sunday in the championship game.
With the news Tuesday that Chelsea Gray will not return this season, espnW's contributors dissected how the injury affects Duke going forward, and identify a couple of teams that might prevent a repeat of last season's Final Four.