Date/Time:.....................Friday, March 8, 2013 at 2:00 PM
Location/Venue:................Greensboro, N.C. (Greensboro Coliseum)
Where to Watch:................RSN-TV
Radio:.........................Blue Devil IMG - WDNC AM 620 (Steve Barnes, Morgan Patrick)
Series Record:.................vs. Clem. (DU leads 36-32); vs. NCSU (NCSU leads 33-39
Last Meeting:..................Jan. 3 at NCSU (DU 67-57), Jan. 24 at CLEM (DU 60-46)
Record:........................27-2, 16-1 (ACC)
Ranking:.......................#6 (AP), #6 (USA Today)
Head Coach:....................Joanne P. McCallie (21st Year)
Record at Duke:........168-34 (6th Year)
ACC Record:............78-13 (6th Year)
Overall Record:........484-182 (21st Year)
vs. North Carolina.....7-8
Record:........................15-15, 7-11 (ACC)
Head Coach:....................Kellie Harper (165-127, 9th Year)
Record:........................9-20, 5-13 (ACC)
Head Coach:....................Itoro Coleman (25, 62, 3rd Year)
Setting the Scene...
Sixth-ranked and top-seeded Duke (27-2, 16-1 ACC) will open the 2013 ACC Tournament on Friday, March 8 at 2:00 p.m., against the winner of the No. 8 seed N.C. State (15-15, 7-11 ACC) versus the No. 9 seed Clemson (9-20, 5-13) contest. The tournament will once again be played in Greensboro, N.C., at the Greensboro Coliseum.
Friday’s contest will be aired on RSN-TV with Tom Werme (PXP), Stephanie Ready (Color) and Christy Winters-Scott (Sideline) calling the action. The game will be aired on FOX Sports South, SUN Sports, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, New England Sports Network, FOX Sports Arizona, FOX Sports San Diego and ESPN3.
It will also be aired live on the Blue Devil IMG Sports Network on WDNC-AM 620 with Steve Barnes (PXP) and Morgan Patrick (Color) on the air.
The winner of the quarterfinal contest on Friday will advance to the semifinals on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. The game will aired by RSN-TV.
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes...
• The Blue Devils have won seven ACC Championships over the last 13 years and have advanced to the ACC title game a total of 11 times. Duke has a record of 11-6 in the semifinals and 7-5 in championship games.
• Elizabeth Williams has notched double-figure scoring against 16 consecutive ACC opponents.
• In Duke’s 35 years in the ACC Tournament, the Blue Devils own a 2-1 all-time record against No. 8 seeds and an 8-1 record versus No. 9 seeds. The only loss to a No. 8 seed was in 1993 against Wake Forest, 70-69.
• The Blue Devils are listed No. 6 in the latest NCAA RPI - Baylor, UConn, Stanford, Notre Dame, Penn State and Duke.
• Elizabeth Williams has blocked at least one shot in every collegiate game she has played - 62 straight, which is a new Duke record. It broke the previous record of 55 held by Alison Bales in 2003-05. Dating back to high school, Williams has blocked a shot in 80 straight games as she closed her H.S. career with blocks in 19 consecutive contests.
• Prior to the quarterfinal loss to N.C. State last year, Duke had won 17 straight opening round games in the ACC Tournament and advanced to at least the semifinals every year since 1995. The Blue Devils have won 29 out of the last 35 contests in the ACC Tournament.
• Over the last three games, Haley Peters has averaged 14.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.0 blocks, while hitting 54.5 percent of her field goals. Peters has averaged 9.2 rebounds the last six games. She owns a team-best nine games with 10 or more rebounds.
• Duke’s 33.5 field goal percentage defense ranks as the second-best in school history (33.4 percent in 2004-05).
• Elizabeth Williams has drained 20 out of her last 32 field goal attempts the last two games (62.5%).
• Richa Jackson has averaged 7.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals over the last five games.
• Elizabeth Williams owns five double-doubles this season and all five have come against ACC opponents.
• Duke has registered 27 victories this season marking the 15th straight year with 25 or more wins.
• The Blue Devils closed the regular season playing four of the top five ACC teams, including two games on the road. Duke played back-to-back ranked opponents (FSU/Maryland) for the first time this season.
• The Blue Devils own the top two three-point field goal percentage leaders in the ACC -- Chloe Wells (52.0) and Tricia Liston (47.6). In ACC games only, they also rank No. 1 - Wells (48.8) and Liston (45.7).
• In her only ACC Tournament appearance, Elizabeth Williams made her presence felt as she blocked seven shots, had 12 points, seven rebounds, two assists and one steal in 34 minutes against N.C. State last year.
• Tricia Liston snapped a 10-game streak with at least one three-pointer at Miami on Feb. 28.
• Duke has won 22 straight games when scoring 80 or more points, dating back to the 2008-09 campaign.
• As a team, Duke is first in three-point field goal percentage (41.7) and 11th in steals (12.2) nationally.
• Duke boasts three players ranking in the top 10 nationally -- Elizabeth Williams in blocks (10th, 2.8), Chelsea Gray in steals (6th, 3.6) and Tricia Liston in three-point field goal percentage (3rd, 47.6).
• Duke has notched at least 10 league wins for the 16th straight year.
• Duke is averaging 75.0 points this season, which is the second most for a Blue Devil squad since 2005-06 with an 86.0 ledger. The most for a Coach P squad in her previous five years was 75.2 in 2008-09.
• After holding Virginia Tech to 33 points on Feb. 14, head coach Joanne P. McCallie has held 23 different opponents to under 40 points since arriving at Duke in 2007-08.
• The Blue Devils registered a 3.3 grade-point average in the fall semester, which included five student-athletes with above a 3.5 GPA. A total of 11 Blue Devils had a 3.0 or better.
• Duke has hit 50.0 percent or better from the field in seven different games.
• The Blue Devils own four different student-athletes hitting over 40.0 percent or better from downtown -- Chloe Wells (52.0), Tricia Liston (47.6), Haley Peters (44.7) and Chelsea Gray (40.7).
• The Blue Devils have won an ACC-record 39 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 41-2 at home against ACC opponents in her six years at Duke.
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Duke in the ACC Championship...
Duke has advanced to the ACC Championship game in 10 out of the last 13 years ... the Blue Devils have won seven ACC Championships (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2010 and 2011) ... in the Greensboro Coliseum, Duke owns a 7-3 record in the ACC title game.
Since the ACC Championship was moved to Greensboro in 2000, only Duke (2000-04, ‘10-11), North Carolina (2005-08) and Maryland (2009, 2012) have won the title.
ACC Tournament Wins...
Since 2000, Duke leads the league with 29 victories in ACC Tournament action. The Blue Devils have notched a 29-6 mark, while the Tar Heels are second with 26 wins followed by Maryland (15), N.C. State (14) and Georgia Tech (10).
Duke Playing in Greensboro...
With the ACC Tournament moving to Greensboro in 2000, Duke’s luck in the postseason changed greatly as the Blue Devils won 17 consecutive games to claim the ACC Tournament crowns from 2000-04 before losing to North Carolina in the championship in 2005. Duke has recorded a 31-7 ledger playing at the Greensboro Coliseum. It had been nicknamed Duke’s “Home Away From Home.”
The first two victories came in 1999 in the NCAA East Regional against Old Dominion and Tennessee. The victories advanced Duke to its first NCAA Final Four and National Championship game appearance. In ACC Tournament games, the Blue Devils have posted a 29-6 overall record in Greensboro.
McCallie in Tournament Play...
In her 21 years as a head coach, Joanne P. McCallie has produced a 34-12 record in league tournament action. She totaled an 8-1 mark in the North Atlantic Conference Tournament with two titles, a 10-2 record along with two titles in the America East Tournament, a 6-6 mark with one title in the Big Ten Tournament and a 10-3 mark in the ACC Tournament to go along with titles in 2010 and 2011.
Blue Devils in the ACC Tournament...
ACC Tournament time had never been good to Duke until the year 2000 came around. Duke posted its first tournament crown as the Blue Devils downed FSU, Georgia Tech and UNC in 2000 and then won four more titles in 2001, ‘02, ‘03 and ‘04. The Blue Devils are seeded No. 1 for the 11th time in school history and the fourth straight year.
Duke has advanced to the ACC Championship game in four out of the last five years since Joanne P. McCallie took over the reins.
No women’s ACC team besides Duke has ever won five consecutive ACC Tournament titles and only one ACC men’s team has won five in a row-- Duke from 1999-2003.
What Happened Last Year...
The No. 1 seeded Blue Devils were upset by No. 9 seed N.C. State, 75-73, in the quarterfinals in 2012 snapping a 17-game winning streak in the opening round of the ACC Tournament for Duke.
Duke’s loss also broke other streaks - six-game ACC Tournament winning streak, lost for the first time against a No. 9 seed (8-1), broke a six-game winning streak against the Wolfpack, dropped its first game in the ACC Tournament for the first time since 1994 (Maryland) and snapped a streak of four straight appearances in the ACC Tournament title game.
In the game, Chelsea Gray scored a then career-high 26 points and went on to be named to the All-ACC Tournament second team.
Jones Stepping Up Big Time...
Since All-America Chelsea Gray was injured, freshman Alexis Jones has stepped up for the Blue Devils. Over the last three games, Jones has scored double-figures in each, while averaging 16.7 points, 6.3 assists and 5.7 rebounds.
Jones enters the ACC Tournament being named the ACC Rookie of the Week in back-to-back weeks and earning All-ACC Freshman team honors.
She ranks 12th in the ACC in assists, tied for 11th in steals and tied for 11th in assist/turnover ratio (1.1). In the Duke single-season freshman record books, Jones ranks tied for seventh in steals (54) and sixth in assists (100). She became one of only six freshman in Duke history to notch 100 assists in a season – Wanisha Smith, Lindsey Harding, Alana Beard, Abby Waner and Robin Baker.
Duke led all schools with four All-ACC selections this week as Chelsea Gray and Elizabeth Williams earned first team honors, while Tricia Liston and Haley Peters were named to the second team.
Alexis Jones earned All-ACC Freshman team accolades on Tuesday followed by All-ACC Defensive team honors by Gray and Williams. Williams was also named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season.
Williams became just the second ACC player to earn the Defensive Player of the Year award on two different occasions – Lindsey Harding of Duke in 2006 and 2007.
A Look at N.C. State...
The Wolfpack enter the ACC Tournament with an overall record of 15-15 after topping Clemson, 63-47, on March 3. N.C. State concludes the regular season with a 7-11 mark in conference play and own a 5-9 tally in games played outside of Raleigh, N.C. Kody Burke (13.6 points, 7.3 rebounds), Marissa Kastanek (12.6 points, 4.0 rebounds) and Markeisha Gatling (9.3 points, 5.8 rebounds) have led the way in scoring for the Wolfpack this year.
Head coach Kellie Harper is in her fourth season as head coach of the Wolfpack tallying a 68-62 record, after spending five seasons at the helm at Western Carolina. Last season, Harper guided her team to a 19-16 record and a spot in the second round of the Postseason Women’s NIT Tournament.
The Series With N.C. State...
The Blue Devils could meet N.C. State for the 73rd time in school history with the Wolfpack owning the series record 39-33. Earlier this season, Duke bested the Wolfpack, 67-57, in Raleigh. Duke and N.C. State have met nine times in the ACC Tournament, including a contest last season when N.C. State upset the No. 5 Blue Devils, 75-73.
The Blue Devils have won seven of the previous eight games against N.C. State by an average of 13.3 points per game.
Coach Joanne P. McCallie has tallied a 6-3 all-time record against the Wolfpack.
A Look at Clemson...
Clemson enters the ACC Tournament with an overall record of 9-20, including a 5-13 mark in conference play. Clemson concluded the regular season with a 63-47 loss to N.C. State on March 3 in Littlejohn Arena. The Lady Tigers are 4-10 in games played away from Clemson, S.C., this season.
Nikki Dixon (12.8 points, 4.0 rebounds), Quinyotta Pettaway (10.9 points, 8.9 rebounds) and Aisha Turner (6.8 points, 2.6 rebounds) lead the way for the Lady Tigers this season.
Head coach Itoro Coleman is in her third season at the helm of the program, tallying a 25-61 record. Coleman, a 2000 graduate of Clemson, returned to coach her alma mater after serving as an assistant coach at Penn State for three years.
The Series With Clemson...
Duke and Clemson could meet for the 69th time in school history with Duke holding a slight advantage in the series, 36-32. The Blue Devils have won 19 of the last 20 games against the Tigers dating back to the 1999-2000 season, but hold a 2-7 record against the Lady Tigers in games played during the ACC Tournament.
Duke has won the past 17 games in a row against Clemson by a combined 521 points (30.6 a game). The Lady Tigers last defeated Duke on Dec. 9, 2000 at Clemson, 93-75. Blue Devil head coach Joanne P. McCallie will face Clemson for the eighth time in her 21 years as a coach and owns a 7-0 record. All meetings have come since Coach P has arrived at Duke.
With one more block, sophomore Elizabeth Williams will become the first ACC player to notch 200 blocks in her first two years. Williams owns 199 in only 62 games.
She has swatted a shot in each of her 62 games at Duke and is only two games away from matching the ACC record of 64 by LaToya Pringle from UNC.
Gray to Miss Rest of Season with Injury...
Head coach Joanne P. McCallie announced on Feb. 19 junior point guard Chelsea Gray will miss the rest of the 2012-13 campaign due to a right knee cap dislocation that requires surgery to repair, following a MRI on Monday, Feb. 18. She will have surgery on March 14.
A native of Manteca, Calif., Gray suffered the injury at the 8:01 mark of the first half on Sunday, Feb. 17 against Wake Forest. She had started 59 straight games for the Blue Devils, including all 25 contests this season.
Gray, an All-America selection as a sophomore, was averaging 13.1 points, 5.6 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 3.7 steals prior to the injury. She was leading the ACC in assists and steals, while ranking in the top 10 nationally as well. The 5-11 guard was having one of the best all-around seasons in Duke history and was presented with a souvenir ball prior to Sunday’s game for reaching the 1,000-point plateau against Maryland on Feb. 11. She became the 10th-quickest player in Blue Devil history to reach 1,000 points in only 90 games.
1,000 Point Scorers...
Earlier this season, Chelsea Gray reached 1,000 career points and as Duke enters the postseason the Blue Devils feature three players approaching 1,000 points -- Tricia Liston (942), Haley Peters (931) and Elizabeth Williams (907).
Duke Claims ACC Regular Season Title...
For the fourth straight year, Duke claimed the ACC regular season title on Feb. 24 with its victory at No. 8 Maryland.
Duke registered an ACC record with its 17th league victory. In the past, only three teams in league history had reached the 16-win mark -- Duke in 2002-03 & 2001-02 and Virginia in 1994-95.
The Blue Devils claimed the outright ACC crown for the second straight year.
In the history of the ACC, Duke leads the league with 12 regular season titles with Virginia (11), Maryland (5), N.C. State (5), UNC (4), Florida State (2), Miami (1) and Clemson (1) owning the other championships.
Duke has actually won 12 out of the last 16 ACC regular season titles.
Best ACC Starts in League History
16-0 - Duke (2002-03, 2001-02, 2012-13),Virginia (1994-95)
14-0 - UNC (2007-08), Duke (2006-07),UVA (1990-91)
13-0 - Duke (1998-99, 2011-12), UNC (1996-97)
10-0 - Maryland (1991-92)
Peters Big on the Boards...
A two-time All-ACC selection in three years with the Blue Devils, Haley Peters continues to be big on the boards for Duke this season averaging a team-high 7.3 rebounds. She also ranks 10th in the ACC in rebounding.
Peters owns a team-best nine games with 10 or more rebounds and a team-high six double-doubles. Her 530 rebounds already ranks 30th on Duke’s all-time rebounding charts.
Along with her solid rebounding, Peters is also averaging 12.0 points, 2.0 assists and 1.2 steals. She has notched double-figure scoring in three straight and five out of the last six games.
Since the Gray Injury...
In the four games since point guard Chelsea Gray was injured, Duke has averaged 20.3 turnovers, 12.3 assists, 8.8 steals, 66.5 points and outrebounding opponents by only 2.5.
Three of the four opponents were ranked, marking the toughest stretch of the season for the Blue Devils.
Defense, Defense, Defense...
Duke’s 51.5 scoring defense is currently the second-best in ACC history. It also currently ranks 11th nationally.
Top Five Lowest Scoring Defense in ACC History
51.4 Duke (2006-07)
51.5 Duke (2012-13)
54.0 Duke (2002-03)
54.1 Virginia (2011-12)
54.4 Duke (2009-10)
Liston From Three-Point Land...
Duke’s Tricia Liston was leading the nation with a 50.4 three-point field goal percentage heading into the Miami contest, but missed eight straight treys against Miami and UNC before draining her final attempt in the second half against the Tar Heels. She now owns a 47.6 percentage, which ranks third nationally.
Liston has hit only one out of her last nine attempts heading into the ACC Tournament. She has notched 10 games with three or more treys and 18 with two or more three-pointers.
She has moved into seventh place on Duke’s all-time three-point field goals made list with 145. She needs 15 more to move into a tie for sixth. Liston also owns a career-best 60 treys this year and is only eight away from matching the Duke single-season record of 68. The 60 treys ranks tied for the sixth most in a season by a Blue Devil.
Top Three-Point Shooters Nationally
50.3 Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (UConn)
48.5 Karlee Taylor (Presbyterian)
47.6 Tricia Liston (Duke)
47.0 Maggie Lucas (PSU)