Game Information What ................................Albany at Duke Date.................................Thursday, December 19, 2013 Time.................................6:30 PM Location...........................Durham, N.C. Venue...............................Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314) Where to Watch..............Blue Devil Network ...........................................www.GoDuke.com Radio................................Blue Devil IMG - www.GoDuke.com ...........................................Steve Barnes (PXP), Morgan Patrick (Color) Live Stats..........................www.GoDuke.com Series Record.................Duke leads 1-0 Last Meeting....................Dec. 9, 2010 - Duke 83, Albany 48
Setting the Scene... Coming off its first loss of the season on Tuesday, the second-ranked Duke women’s basketball team (10-1) will host Albany (8-1) on Thursday, Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m., in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The contest will be aired live on the Blue Devil Network via www.GoDuke.com. It will also be carried live on the Blue Devil IMG Sports Network on www.GoDuke.com with Steve Barnes (PXP) and Morgan Patrick (Color) on the air. Prior to the Albany game, Duke head coach Joanne P. McCallie will be recognized for reaching 500 wins at Oklahoma on Dec. 8. All families from Durham Public Schools will be able to purchase a $4 ticket to the game. If anyone donates school supplies, they will be able to receive a $4 ticket to the Albany game or another game. Duke will then travel to fifth-ranked Kentucky on Sunday, Dec. 22 at 3:00 p.m.
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes... • Over the last two home contests, senior Tricia Liston is 0-4 from three-point range. • Three Blue Devils feature double-figure scoring streaks -- Chelsea Gray (5), Haley Peters (6) and Tricia Liston (15). • The Blue Devils notched their 16th sellout in school history for the Connecticut contest. It was the eighth sellout since Coach P arrived in Durham for the 2007-08 campaign. • Duke is averaging 43.6 points in the paint as well as scoring 26.0 points off its opponents turnovers on the year. • Tricia Liston has notched five games this season with 20 or more points and 18 over her career. • Senior Chelsea Gray has taken 13 charges this season and 48 over her career, which is a tie for third on Duke’s all-time list along with Mistie Bass (48). • Junior Elizabeth Williams has been saddled with first half foul trouble in five games this season. • The Blue Devils feature four different players who have notched 20 or more points in a game this season. • All five Blue Devil starters scored double-figures against USC Upstate, Vanderbilt and Purdue. • 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 returned 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 who are 6-0 or taller also ties for the most in Blue Devil history (1998-99, 2000-01, 2005-06). • Duke features a 39-game home winning streak against ACC opponents in Cameron Indoor Stadium. • Duke has won 30 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 who 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. • Follow @Duke_WBB and @CoachPDuke on Twitter to get the latest updates on Duke women's basketball. Also, "Like" Duke Women's Basketball on Facebook to get the latest video, pictures and more. DWB is on Instagram at dukewbb. Join all three now as they are free! You can win free prizes on both Twitter and Facebook, so make sure you follow closely.
Williams Struggling... Over the last two games, Elizabeth Williams has been held to under 10 points for only the third time in her career. Williams has averaged 6.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks in those contests. She fouled out at Oklahoma in 10 minutes and scored four points, while totaling nine points on 4-of-13 field goals against Connecticut.
Coach P Nets Milestone... With the victory at 17th-ranked Oklahoma on Dec. 8, Coach P reached the 500-win mark. She now owns a record of 500-184 over her 22 years as a head coach. McCallie joined a group of 29 active coaches in Division I with at least 500 wins. McCallie’s 174 wins over her first six years at Duke was the third-most by a coach in their first six years at a school. She ranked only behind Joe Foley (Arkansas Tech - 188) and Leon Barmore (Louisiana Tech - 179).
A Look at Albany... Albany enters the contest with an 8-1 overall record and is coming off its first loss of the season, 74-53, against Quinnipiac. Shereesha Richards (23.0 points, 10.4 rebounds), Sarah Royals (13.7 points, 3.7 rebounds) and Megan Craig (10.6 points, 4.6 rebounds) lead the way for the Great Danes. The squad is averaging 72.4 points a game and hitting 49.9 percent of its field goals.
Duke Versus the America East... Duke owns an all-time record of 4-1 against teams from the American East -- Albany (1-0), Hartford (0-1), Maine (2-0) and New Hampshire (1-0). Coach P owns an all-time record of 47-15 against teams from the America East -- Albany (1-0), Hartford (15-4), Maine (2-0), New Hampshire (14-3) and Vermont (15-8).
What Happened in Last Meeting?... Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie was happy to welcome one of her former assistants to Cameron Indoor Stadium. McCallie’s fifth-ranked Blue Devils weren’t as hospitable to Katie Abrahamson-Henderson. Freshmen Chelsea Gray and Tricia Liston both scored 15 points to lead Duke to an 83-48 win over Albany on Dec. 9, 2010. It was the first matchup between McCallie and Abrahamson-Henderson, in her first season as Albany’s head coach after working for McCallie at Maine and Michigan State. Jasmine Thomas added 11 points for the Blue Devils, who never trailed. Duke shot a season-best 58.9 percent from the field and had a season-high 19 steals en route to its 37th consecutive home win in December. They led by as many as 38 points in the second half, putting all five of their freshmen on the court together during one six-minute stretch. The Blue Devils made a season-high 10 3-pointers in 21 attempts, including 6-of-10 shooting from 3-point range in the second half. Felicia Johnson scored 18 points to lead the Great Danes. Ebone Henry had 10 points for Albany. Duke led 34-15 at halftime thanks to its ability to generate points off Albany’s miscues. The Blue Devils scored 18 points off 16 turnovers in the first half, while the Great Danes failed to score off any of Duke’s 11 turnovers before halftime. The Blue Devils hit Albany with two 7-0 runs in the first 10 minutes of the game, but they added to that cushion with a 9-0 run over the final 2:57 of the first half. Duke put the game out of reach with an 11-2 run early in the second half. Thomas assisted on two layups by Vernerey and made an off-balance scoop shot along the baseline to ignite the run. Hey, I Know You... Duke University Head Coach Joanne P. McCallie and Albany Head Coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson will face off against each other for the second time on opposite benches on Thursday. Abrahamson-Henderson served as an assistant coach under McCallie at Michigan State from 2000-02. Abrahamson-Henderson is in her fourth year at Albany and the two last faced each other on Dec. 9, 2010 in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke won, 83-48.
Coming off a Loss... The Blue Devils will look to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time since the 2007-08 campaign when Duke fell three straight games in November and December. The Blue Devils have gone 212 contests since back-to-back losses, which ranks second nationally to Connecticut (743). Duke is 32-0 following losses during the streak.
At Home in 2013-14... So far this year, Duke owns a 4-1 record in Cameron Indoor Stadium and features five double-digit scorers -- Tricia Liston (16.2), Alexis Jones (15.0), Elizabeth Williams (13.2), Haley Peters (13.0) and Chelsea Gray (12.2). Duke is averaging 92.6 points and allowing 65.4 points a game. The Blue Devils are hitting 51.9 percent of their field goals and 42.7 percent from downtown. In the second half, Duke is averaging 50.6 points, while hitting 57.9 percent from the field and 48.7 percent from downtown.
Home Sweet Home... Since Joanne P. McCallie took over as head coach at Duke in 2007-08, she has guided the Blue Devils to an 88-6 overall record in Cameron Indoor Stadium. During that stretch, the Blue Devils posted three undefeated seasons in Cameron (2012-13, 2010-11, 2008-09). Over the last six years, the Blue Devils have lost only three contests at home and all of those losses were against Connecticut (2010, 2012, 2013). Duke has won 81 straight games in Cameron Indoor Stadium against teams other than UConn. The last loss for Duke to a team other than Connecticut was Maryland on Feb. 17, 2008. Duke has won 88 out of the last 94 contests, 102 out of the last 108 and 184 out of the last 195 games in Cameron since 2000-01.