What..................................Duke at Marquette
Date..................................Sunday, November 24, 2013
Venue...............................Al McGuire Center (4,000)
Where to Watch.............Fox Sports 1
..........................................Tiffany Greene (PXP), LaChina Robinson (Color)
Radio...............................Blue Devil IMG - WDNC AM 620
..........................................Steve Barnes (PXP), Morgan Patrick (Color)
Series Record...............Duke leads 3-0
Last Meeting..................Nov. 27, 2009 - DU 74, Marquette 43
Setting the Scene...
In just the second road contest of the season for the second-ranked Duke women’s basketball team (4-0), the Blue Devils will travel to Milwaukee, Wisc., to face Marquette (4-0) on Sunday, Nov. 24 for a 4:00 p.m., contest in the Al McGuire Center.
Sunday’s contest will be aired live on Fox Sports 1 with Tiffany Greene (PXP) and LaChina Robinson (Color) calling the action. It will also be carried live on the Blue Devil IMG Sports Network on WDNC-AM 620 with Steve Barnes (PXP) and Morgan Patrick (Color) on the air.
The Marquette contest will mark senior Tricia Liston’s homecoming as the product of River Forest, Ill., lives about one hour from Milwaukee.
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes...
• Duke redshirt freshman Amber Henson will be able to reunite with her brother, John Henson, this weekend. John is in his second year with the Milwaukee Bucks. The team is scheduled to go to the Bucks versus Charlotte game on Saturday night in Milwaukee.
• Tricia Liston needs 15 more three-pointers made to move into a tie for 24th on the ACC career treys made list. Her 45.4 three-point percentage is the highest in league history. She has hit at least one three-pointer in 12 straight contests.
• Senior Haley Peters went down with a right knee injury in the first half against Vanderbilt, but returned in the second half. She will be evaluated prior to the Marquette contest by Duke doctors.
• Alexis Jones is averaging 14.3 points, 4.0 assists, 3.7 steals and 2.0 rebounds the last three games. During that span she is hitting 50.0 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from downtown (6-of-12).
• The Blue Devils blocked a season-high 10 shots against Alabama. Five different players notched at least one block.
• Over the last three contests, Duke has hit 53.9 percent of its field goals and 48.1 percent from downtown. The Blue Devils have also averaged 24.3 assists per game.
• The Duke senior class has scored 237 out of the 373 points scored so far through two contests. That equals to 63.5 percent.
• All five Blue Devil starters scored double-figures against USC Upstate and Vanderbilt.
• Duke hit 40.5 percent from three-point land last year, which led the nation and was the second-highest output in school history.
• The Blue Devils return all five starters, 93.7 percent of their scoring and the top seven scorers from a year ago.
• For only the second time in school history, Duke features five players standing 6-3 or taller (1996-97). Duke’s nine student-athletes that are 6-0 or taller also ties for the most in Blue Devil history (1998-99, 2000-01, 2005-06).
• The Blue Devils have notched a 29-3 record in the month of November the last five years. Duke has won 29 straight home games in the month of November with the last loss coming to South Carolina on Nov. 25, 2001 (87-81, OT).
• Duke features a 39-game home winning streak against ACC opponents in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
• Duke has won 26 straight games when scoring 80 or more points, dating back to the 2008-09 campaign.
• The Blue Devils have seven players and three staff associated with the team that have won USA Basketball medals - Oderah Chidom, Rebecca Greenwell, Amber Henson, Alexis Jones, Tricia Liston, Kendall McCravey-Cooper, Elizabeth Williams, head coach Joanne P. McCallie, athletic trainer Summer McKeehan and team doctor Jeff Bytomski.
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A Look at Marquette...
Marquette enters the game on Sunday with a 4-0 overall record and is outscoring opponents by a 22.0 clip under the direction of Terri Mitchell.
The Golden Eagles will play their fourth home contest of the year and have been led by Katherine Plouffe (20.3 points, 13.0 rebounds), Katie Young (15.3 points, 9.8 rebounds), Apiew Olulu (13.0 points, 7.3 rebounds) and Brooklyn Pumroy (11.5 points, 3.0 rebounds).
Marquette defeated Vanderbilt, 82-77, on Nov. 17. The Blue Devils downed the Commodores 88-69 in the last meeting.
Duke vs. Marquette Series...
Duke and Marquette will meet for the fourth time in school history. The Blue Devils feature a 3-0 lead in the overall series.
Sunday will mark the first time the two teams have played at Marquette.
Duke Versus the Big East...
Duke owns an all-time record of 23-5 against teams from the Big East Conference -- DePaul (2-1), Georgetown (4-0), Marquette (3-0), Providence (3-1), Seton Hall (4-2), St. John’s (3-0), Villanova (1-0) and Xavier (3-1). McCallie owns an all-time mark of 19-8 against Big East Conference members, including a 2-0 record against Marquette.
What Happened in Last Meeting?...
After scoring 20 points and hitting five three-pointers the night before, what could Duke junior guard Jasmine Thomas do to top it the next night? A triple-double. Thomas registered Duke’s third triple-double in school history with 11 points, a career-high 12 assists and a career-high 11 rebounds as the 10th-ranked Blue Devils downed Marquette, 74-43, on Nov. 29, 2009 to conclude the Caribbean Challenge at the Moon Palace Resort in Cancun, Mexico.
Both teams battled hard the first 10 minutes of the game as neither squad could build more than a three point advantage before Duke went on a 10-0 run to take a 19-9 advantage at the 7:04 mark. The Blue Devils built a 13-point lead on two different occasions in the first half, including the halftime score of 29-16.
Over the final 38 seconds of the first half, Thomas connected on her first three-pointer of the night and then senior Bridgette Mitchell added two free throws with three seconds remaining as Duke went on a 5-0 run to close the half out, after Marquette had cut the Blue Devil lead to eight, 24-16.
In the second half, Duke led by as many as 23 before Marquette cut the Blue Devil advantage to 16, 54-38, with 6:45 remaining. Duke responded with a 16-0 run over the next 5:50 on its way to winning by a 31-point margin.
Duke registered five players score double-figures led by Mitchell’s 13 points. Freshman Allison Vernerey added a career-high 12 points; Krystal Thomas chipped in 12 points and Joy Cheek scored 11. Marquette was led by Lauren Thomas-Johnson with 13 points as the Golden Eagles were held to 25.0 percent shooting, but outrebounded the Blue Devils, 46-43.
As a team, Duke shot 52.5 percent from the field, which is the second-highest field goal percentage of the season.
Blue Devils Take Liston Home...
For the second time this season, the Blue Devils will take a student-athlete home when Duke travels to Milwaukee, Wisc., this weekend to face Marquette.
Senior Tricia Liston, who is out of River Forest, Ill., lives about one hour away from Milwaukee, Wisc. Duke took Chelsea Gray and Oderah Chidom home to open the season at ninth-ranked California.
Liston has opened the season on fire averaging 18.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.0 steals. She is hitting 53.8 percent from downtown and 56.8 percent from the field. Liston is coming off tying a career high with six treys on eight attempts against Vanderbilt. She has drained three or more treys in three straight contests, hitting 13-of-23 attempts.
She needs one three-pointer to move into a tie for third all-time on Duke’s career list and continues to hold the top spot on the Blue Devil and ACC three-point field goal percentage list.
Duke Record Book
Three-Point Field Goals Made
1. 222 Abby Waner, 2006-09
2. 202 Georgia Schweitzer, 1998-01
3. 180 Jasmine Thomas, 2008-11
4. 179 Tricia Liston, 2011-present
5. 175 Jessica Foley, 2003-06
Three-Point Field Goal Percentage
(2-year minimum/100 attempts)
1. .454 Tricia Liston, 2011-Present
2. .448 Laura Kurz, 2005-06
3. .429 Ali Day, 1993-96
4. .424 Vicki Krapohl, 2001-04
5. .415 Haley Peters, 2011-present
6. .401 Georgia Schweitzer, 1998-01
.395 Kristina Meiman, 1991-94
.395 Nicole Erickson, 1998-99
9. .393 Leigh Morgan, 1987-90
10. .391 Chelsea Gray, 2011-present
So far this season, Duke has closed games very strong averaging 50.0 points in the second half. The Blue Devils are hitting 55.0 percent of their field goals and 51.6 percent from downtown over the final 20 minutes.
Tricia Liston is averaging 11.8 of her 18.3 points per game during the second half. She has hit 17-of-28 field goals (60.7%) and 9-of-15 treys (60.0%) from three-point land.
Off to Fast Start...
Duke seniors Tricia Liston and Chelsea Gray are off to fast starts this season in terms of three-point shooting and assists, respectively.
Liston has 14 three-pointers through four games, while Gray has dished 34 assists in those contests. Both marks are the most for any Blue Devil in school history over the first four games to start the season.
The Blue Devils will have a quick turnaround following the Marquette contest as Duke will have Monday off before traveling to St. Thomas, USVI for the Paradise Jam.
Duke will have three games in three days against Xavier, Central Michigan and Kansas from Nov. 28-30.
Gray Accumulating Impressive Stats...
Chelsea Gray has totaled 1,080 points, 428 rebounds, 457 assists and 261 steals over her four-year career.
If Gray reaches 500 assists, 500 rebounds and 300 steals, she will become the second Blue Devil in school history to reach the milestone. Alana Beard collected 2,687 points, 789 rebounds, 509 assists and 404 steals over her career at Duke.