Duke's Harding earns WBCA honor

Updated: March 27, 2007, 8:11 PM ET
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ATLANTA, Ga. -- The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) has selected Duke's Lindsey Harding as the WBCA National Defensive Player of the Year.

"The old adage, 'Offense sells tickets, defense wins games', holds true when Lindsey Harding hits the court," said WBCA CEO Beth Bass. "The WBCA is elated to present the inaugural WBCA Defensive Player of the Year Award to Lindsey for her ravenous defensive efforts."

After an outstanding season, Harding was elected ACC Player of the Year, ACC Defensive Player of the Year, and was named a finalist for the Naismith Trophy.

"This award means a lot to me," said Harding. "Since I first started playing basketball, my coaches and dad really stressed for me to play good defense. To get rewarded for all of the hard work over the years as a close out my career at Duke means a lot."

Harding averaged 13.6 points, 4.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game and became the sixth player in ACC history to register over 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 500 assists and 250 steals.

The WBCA Awards Luncheon, which honors the best defensive collegiate Division I women's basketball player, will take place on April 3 in Cleveland, Ohio.

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