Georgia Tech at Duke
Date/Time: Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 • 7:00 PM
Location/Venue: Durham, N.C. (Cameron Indoor Stadium, 9,314)
Where to Watch: www.GoDuke.com
Radio: Blue Devil IMG - WDNC-AM 620 (Steve Barnes, Morgan Patrick)
Live Stats: www.GoDuke.com
Series Record: Duke leads 56-7
Last Meeting: Jan. 18, 2012 (#5/5 Duke, Ga. Tech 62)
Ranking: #4 (AP), #4 (USA Today)
Head Coach: Joanne P. McCallie (21st Year)
Record at Duke: 147-32 (6th Year)
ACC Record: 80-14 (6th Year)
Overall Record: 463-180 (21st Year)
vs. Georgia Tech 7-0
Georgia Tech (3-4)
Head Coach: MaChelle Joseph (10th Year)
Record at Georgia Tech: 182-110 (10th Year)
Overall Record: same
Setting the Scene...
On Thursday, Dec. 6, the fourth-ranked Duke women's basketball team (6-0) will open ACC play with a contest against Georgia Tech (3-4) in Cameron Indoor Stadium at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday's contest will be aired live on the Blue Devil IMG Sports Network on WDNC AM 620 with Steve Barnes (PXP) and Morgan Patrick (Color) calling the action.
The game will be broadcast live on the Blue Devil Network via www.GoDuke.com. Duke will look to continue its 34-game winning streak against Georgia Tech.
Following the game on Thursday, Duke will travel to New York for the Maggie Dixon Classic as the Blue Devils will face St. John's on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 1:30 p.m., in Madison Square Garden.
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes...
• The Blue Devils have won 30 straight games in Cameron Indoor Stadium against ACC opponents. Duke has not lost an ACC contest at home since Maryland posted a 76-69 win on Feb. 17, 2008. Coach P is 33-2 at home against ACC opponents in her five years at Duke.
• The Blue Devils open ACC action in December for the first time since the 2003-04 when Duke downed Wake Forest, 88-55. The Blue Devils have won six straight ACC games in December and own an overall record of 20-16.
• Tricia Liston needs only two more three-pointers to reach 100 for her career. She has hit at least one three-pointer in 13 straight games, which is the longest streak since Georgia Schweitzer hit 25 straight treys in 2000-01.
• Chelsea Gray was close to registering her second career triple-double on Sunday against California with 13 points, nine assists and eight rebounds.
• The Blue Devils are hitting an NCAA-best 48.4 percent from downtown and feature four student-athletes hitting 50.0 percent or better from three-point land - Gray (50.0), Peters (55.6), Liston (52.0) and Jones (50.0).
• It marks the first time since the 2005-06 season the Blue Devils registered 80 or more points in the opening four contests.
• The Blue Devils have had five different players lead them in scoring in six games.
• Over the last four games, Elizabeth Williams has hit 27-of-42 field goals for a 64.2 percentage.
• Freshman Alexis Jones pulled down a career high nine rebounds against Valparaiso and dished a career-high nine assists at Michigan.
• The Blue Devils have won 57 straight home contests against unranked non-conference opponents.
• Duke held Iona to 31 points, which marks the 18th time under Coach P the Blue Devils have held an opponent to under 40 points.
• Chelsea Gray had her consecutive free throws made streak come to an end at Michigan at a school-record 37.
• The 84 points in the season opener were the second-most by a Blue Devil team under Coach P in the opening contest of the season (second to 104 against Houston Baptist on Nov. 13, 2009).
• Duke owns a 35-2 record against non-conference opponents at home in Cameron Indoor Stadium dating back to the 2008-09 campaign.
• The Blue Devils have notched a 25-2 record in the month of December over the last four years. Duke has won 44 straight home games in the month of December with the last loss coming to UCLA on Dec. 20, 1997 (83-93).
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A Look at Georgia Tech...
The Yellow Jackets enter Thursday’s matchup with an overall record of 3-4 after falling to No. 8 Georgia, 60-50 on Dec. 2. Georgia Tech opened the season with a difficult schedule, losing to three teams ranked in the top-20 including No. 20 Tennessee, No. 14 Purdue and No. 8 Georgia.
Tyaunna Marshall (15.7 points, 8.1 rebounds), Dawnn Maye (15.4 points, 4.3 rebounds) and Brittany Jackson (8.4 points, 4.0 rebounds) have led the way in scoring for Georgia Tech this year.
Head coach MaChelle Joseph enters her 10th season as head coach of the Yellow Jackets, compiling a 179-106 overall record. Last season, the Yellow Jackets won a school-record 26 games, played in just the second ACC championship game in school history and advanced to the program’s first NCAA Sweet 16.
The Series with Georgia Tech...
Duke and Georgia Tech will meet for the 64th time in school history, with the Blue Devils owning a 56-7 record. Duke and Georgia Tech last met on Jan. 18, 2012 with No. 5 Duke downing Georgia Tech, 79-62 at McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta, Ga. Duke has won 34 consecutive matchups against the Yellow Jackets dating back to Jan. 18, 1995.
The Blue Devils have won 15 straight home contests against Georgia Tech. Blue Devil Head Coach Joanne P. McCallie has tallied a 7-0 record against the Yellow Jackets in her career.
Liston Catches Fire...
After failing to reach double-figure scoring for two straight games, Tricia Liston posted a season-high 22 points against 10th-ranked California. She attempted a career-high 16 field goals, while hitting nine. Liston also pulled down eight rebounds.
Liston posted 20+ points for the second time this season and the ninth time in her career.
Win Streaks Against an Opponent...
Duke enters Thursday with a 34-game winning streak against Georgia Tech. That streak ranks in the top 10 nationally for wins against another conference opponent.
1. Stanford vs. Washington St. (Pacific 10) 53
2. UCSB vs. Cal St. Fullerton (Big West) 39
T3. Tennessee vs. Alabama (SEC) 38
Liberty vs. Coastal Carolina (Big South) 38
5. Duke vs. Wake Forest (ACC) 37
6. Duke vs. Georgia Tech (ACC) 34
7. Tennessee vs. Mississippi St. (SEC) 33
Impressive ACC Record...
Since head coach Joanne P. McCallie took over the helm at Duke, she has posted some very impressive numbers. She owns the ACC record for winning percentage in ACC games as well as the record for winning percentage in all games and winning percentage in ACC Tournament contests.
WINNING PCT. - ACC GAMES
Coach, School W-L Pct. Joanne P. McCallie, Duke 59-12 .830
Gail Goestenkors, Duke 180-56 .763
Debbie Ryan, Virginia 307-158 .660
Jennifer Alley, North Carolina 70-36 .660
Kay Yow, NC State 277-156 .639
WINNING PCT. - ALL GAMES
Coach, School W-L Pct.
Joanna P. McCallie, Duke 147-31 .826
Gail Goestenkors, Duke 396-99 .800
Brenda Frese, Maryland 256-88 .723
Sylvia Hatchell, North Carolina 614-235 .723
Debbie Ryan, Virginia 739-324 .695
In ACC openers, Duke owns a 15-game winning streak dating back to the 1997-98 season. The last loss came in Clemson, S.C., as the Tigers won 72-61. Overall in ACC openers, Duke has totaled a 27-9 record.
Gray Posting Impressive Numbers...
Junior Chelsea Gray is registering very impressive numbers once again this year. Between her points scored and assists this season she is averaging 32.0 points a game of Duke's 84.0.
At Xavier, Gray contributed a season-high 44 of the Blue Devils' 82 points. Gray is averaging 15.8 points per game and 16.2 points off assists.
Stellar Passing Duo...
The starting backcourt of Chelsea Gray and Alexis Jones is averaging a combined 12.7 assists per game and has dished 76 assists through the opening six contests.
Jones' eight assists at Michigan is tied for the seventh-highest single-game total by a Duke freshman, while Gray dished 10 assists at Xavier for her fifth career game with double-digit dimes.
The Duke duo also own the highest combined assist average in the nation.
Duke's Top Assist Duos
12.7 - C.Gray (44), A.Jones (32) - 7G, 2012-13
8.8 - L. Harding (168), A. Beard (132) - 34G, 2003-04
8.3 - Orr (170), Scanlon (107) - 33G, 1995-96
7.9 - L.Harding (156), W.Smith (121) - 35G, 2005-06
7.9 - A. Beard (113), Schweitzer (140) - 32G, 2000-01
7.8 - L. Harding (131), W. Smith (135) - 34G, 2006-07
7.7 - W.Smith (154), M.Currie (123) - 36G, 2004-05
In the ACC Stats...
Duke leads the ACC in eight different categories -- scoring offense/defense/margin, FG%, 3PT%, assists, turnover margin and assist/turnover ratio.
Chelsea Gray leads the league in assists (7.3), ranks third in scoring (15.8), second in free throw percentage (.960), second in steals (3.3), third in three-point field goal percentage (50.0) and first in assist/turnover ratio (4.0).
Williams Starts Again...
Sophomore Elizabeth Williams made her first start of the season at Michigan and was impressive with a team-high 19 points, seven rebounds, two blocks, one steal and one assist in a season-high 29 minutes.
In her two games started, Williams has averaged 15.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.0 blocks and 1.5 steals. She came off the bench the first four games as she was recovering from a stress fracture in her leg, which first occurred prior to last year's NCAA Tournament.
Williams is hitting 54.5 percent of her field goals on the season and leads Duke with 20 offensive rebounds.
Home Sweet Home...
Since Joanne P. McCallie took over as head coach at Duke in 2007-08, she has guided the Blue Devils to a 74-5 overall record in Cameron Indoor Stadium. During that stretch, the Blue Devils posted a 14-0 mark in 2008-09 and a 17-0 ledger in 2010-11, which were only the second and third undefeated home seasons in school history.
Duke's loss to Connecticut last year snapped a school-record 34-game winning streak in Cameron. It was only the programs second loss at home over the last 64 games. Duke has won 74 out of the last 79 contests, 88 out of the last 93 and 169 out of the last 180 games in Cameron since 2000-01.
The other top win streaks at home have been -- 34 (2010-12), 24 (2005-06 through 2007-08; 2007-08 through 2009-10; 21 (2001-02 through 2002-03), 20 (2003-04 through 2004-05) and 16 (1998-99 through 1999-2000).