What............................................Duke at Kentucky
Date.............................................Sunday, December 22, 2013
Venue...........................................Rupp Arena (23,000)
Where to Watch.........................Fox Sports South & UK IMG Network - Gary Gupton (PXP),
Christi Thomas (Color), Carl Nathe (Sideline)
Radio...........................................Blue Devil IMG - WDNC AM 620
Steve Barnes (PXP), Morgan Patrick (Color)
Series Record.............................Duke leads 3-1
Last Meeting................................Dec. 8, 2012 - UK 72, Duke 65
Setting the Scene...
For the second time six days, the second-ranked Duke women’s basketball team (11-1) will take on a top-five ranked opponent as the Blue Devils will travel to fifth-ranked Kentucky (11-0) on Sunday, Dec. 22. The contest will be played in Rupp Arena at 3:00 p.m., in Lexington, Ky.
Fox Sports South will air the game with Gary Gupton (PXP), Christi Thomas (Color) and Carl Nathe (Sideline) 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.
Following the Kentucky game, Duke will be off until Jan. 2 when the Blue Devils host Old Dominion at 6:30 p.m., in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes...
• Chloe Wells has hit 3-of-3 three-pointers over her last three contests. On the season, Wells is hitting 52.9 percent from downtown.
• Duke has scored 80 or more points in eight of 12 contests.
• Over the last two contests, the Blue Devils have hit only 7-of-29 three-pointers (24.1%).
• After hitting 21-of-33 free throws at Oklahoma, Duke has hit only 14-of-24 from the charity stripe the last two games.
• Duke features four different players who have led the Blue Devils in scoring over the last four contests -- Alexis Jones, Haley Peters, Tricia Liston and Chelsea Gray. All five starters have led Duke in scoring at least one time this season.
• Junior Ka’lia Johnson came off the bench against Albany and pulled down a team-high five rebounds in 11 minutes.
• With three more three-pointers, Tricia Liston will become the 23rd player in ACC history to drain 200 or more treys.
• Two Blue Devils feature double-figure scoring streaks -- Chelsea Gray (6) and Haley Peters (7).
• 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 43.5 points in the paint as well as scoring 26.8 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 14 charges this season and 49 over her career, which is third on Duke’s all-time list. She needs one charge to move into a tie for second on Duke’s all-time charts along with Alana Beard (50). Gray has taken at least one charge in all but two games (USC Upstate & Central Michigan).
• 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 31 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.
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The Blue Devils are expecting to play in front of over 23,000 people on Sunday at Kentucky. It would be the largest road crowd Duke has ever played in front of.
The previous top attendances were --
21,118 at Tennessee, 1-22-07 (W, 74-70)
17,950 at Maryland, 2-18-07 (W, 69-57)
17,243 at Maryland, 2-13-05 (W, 60-49)
16,990 at Tennessee, 2-16-09 (W, 62-54)
16,344 at Maryland, 2-22-09 (L, 77-59)
16,294 at Connecticut, 1-3-04 (W, 68-67)
16,097 at Maryland, 1-8-06 (W, 86-68)
15,853 at Maryland, 2-24-13 (W, 75-59)
15,531 at Maryland, 1-14-08 (L, 85-70)
15,150 at Maryland, 2-19-12 (L, 63-61)
14,508 at Kentucky, 12-8-11 (L, 72-65)
The largest overall crowds Duke has played in front of were 29,619 at the 2002 NCAA Final Four in San Antonio and 28,210 at the 2003 NCAA Final Four in Atlanta.
Blue Devils Against the Top 10 & Top Five...
Duke owns a 10-10 record versus teams in the top 10 over the last four years.
Over the last seven years, the Blue Devils have notched wins over six top-five ranked teams -- Miami, Xavier, Ohio State, Stanford, Maryland and Rutgers. Duke’s record against top-five teams in that stretch is 6-18.
Duke has lost five straight contests against top-five ranked opponents on the road with the last win coming against second-ranked North Carolina on Feb. 8, 2007. The five losses were to Connecticut (2), Stanford, North Carolina and Maryland.
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 501-184 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 Kentucky...
Kentucky enters the contest on Sunday with an 11-0 record. The Wildcats feature five double-digit scorers on the season -- DeNesha Stallworth (14.2), Jennifer O’Neill (13.8), Kastine Evans (12.1), Janee Thompson (10.7) and Samarie Walker (10.5).
So far this season, Kentucky is 6-0 at home. The Wildcats are one of the top scoring teams in the nation averaging 96.2 points a game, while allowing 69.4.
Duke Versus the SEC...
Duke owns an all-time record of 31-14 against teams from the Southeastern Conference -- Alabama (1-1), Arkansas (2-1), Auburn (4-0), Florida (2-1), Georgia (3-0), Kentucky (3-1), LSU (3-2), Mississippi State (1-0), South Carolina (1-1), Tennessee (6-5) and Vanderbilt (5-2). McCallie owns an all-time mark of 15-15 against Southeastern Conference members, including a 2-1 record against Kentucky.
What Happened in Last Meeting?...
Azia Bishop had 12 points and 11 rebounds, Bria Goss added 19 points and No. 10 Kentucky beat No. 6 Duke 72-65 on Dec. 8, 2011 in front of the largest home crowd for a women’s game in Wildcats history. A’dia Mathies led the way with 23 points
Kentucky shook off a slow start with a second-half rally in front of 14,508 fans at Rupp Arena for its 29th straight non-conference home win. The Wildcats used their pressure defense to force the Blue Devils into a season-high 24 turnovers and made several clutch shots during an 8-0 run that sealed the victory.
Elizabeth Williams scored 17 points for Duke, but the Blue Devils couldn’t counter Kentucky after falling behind by 10 with just under five minutes to play.
With the Wildcats clinging to a two-point lead, Kastine Evans broke a double team in the corner with a pass underneath to Mathies for a layup. Goss followed with a 3-pointer from the left wing and Mathies added another 3 with the shot clock winding down to give Kentucky a 62-52 lead with 4:54 left.
That was all the Wildcats needed against the two-time reigning ACC champions, who cut it to 64-58 with 1:59 to play on two free throws by Chelsea Gray. They couldn’t get any closer until Chloe Wells’ layup with 14.5 seconds left made it 70-65.
Haley Peters scored 13 points and Tricia Liston added 11 for Duke.
This was a signature win for Mitchell following a 20-point beating of in-state rival and then-No. 10 Louisville on Sunday. The Wildcats have an even stiffer test ahead. They play Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Sunday before facing No. 3 Notre Dame on the road Dec. 18. Duke’s only previous loss was by two points to Notre Dame.
Kentucky turned up the tempo midway through the second half when Bishop grabbed two offensive rebounds and converted the putbacks before adding a layup to give Kentucky a 50-46 lead.
Duke matched its season high with its 20th turnover with just more than 12 minutes to play and never led again as the Wildcats kept up the pressure. The nation’s leading team in turnover margin, Kentucky has forced 15 more than it has allowed per game and finished forcing eight more than it allowed against the Blue Devils.
Duke controlled most of the first half and took a 26-18 lead with just under 6 minutes left, but Goss gave Kentucky its first lead in more than 16 minutes with a pair of free throws with 57 seconds to go in the half. The Blue Devils scored the final four points to make it 34-31 at the break.
Although freshman Rebecca Greenwell will not play on Sunday, the Blue Devils will be taking her to her home state of Kentucky when Duke plays the Wildcats.
Greenwell, who is a native of Owensboro, Ky., went to Owensboro Catholic and lives about two and a half hours away from Lexington.
The rookie guard is recovering from a knee injury in high school that has sidelined her for the entire season. She once hit 17 three-pointers in a high school game and was a McDonald’s and WBCA All-
It will mark the fourth time Duke has taken student-athletes home this season - California (Chelsea Gray, Oderah Chidom), Marquette (Tricia Liston) and Oklahoma (Richa Jackson).
Hey, I Know You...
Duke sophomore Alexis Jones and Kentucky freshman Linnae Harper each played on the 2013 USA Basketball Women’s U19 World Championship team over the summer that posted a 9-0 record and won the gold medal in Lithuania.
On the Road in 2013-14...
Duke features a 3-0 record this season on the road with wins at ninth-ranked California, 17th-ranked Oklahoma and at Marquette.
The Blue Devils have averaged 80.7 points, while allowing 68.0 points a game. Tricia Liston (17.0), Chelsea Gray (17.0), Alexis Jones (14.3), Haley Peters (12.0) and Elizabeth Williams (10.7) all have averaged double-digit points in those contests.
Over the last two road games, Jones has averaged 19.5 points, while Liston is coming off a season-high 23 points and five three-pointers at Oklahoma.
Against Ranked Opponents...
Duke owns a 3-1 record this season against ranked opponents with Chelsea Gray leading the way averaging 17.0 points, 5.3 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 2.8 steals.
Tricia Liston (15.3 points), Alexis Jones (14.0 points) and Haley Peters (12.3 points) each have averaged double-digit points. Junior All-America Elizabeth Williams has averaged only 8.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.0 blocks.
The Blue Devils have hit 48.3 percent of their field goals and 34.9 percent from downtown. Duke has scored 90 or more points in two contests.
Peters Returns With Bang...
After missing four games with a hyperextended right knee, senior Haley Peters has played in four straight contests and has averaged 15.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.5 assists. She has hit 52.9 percent of her field goals in those contests.
She made her return against No. 16 Purdue and notched 14 points, a team-high nine rebounds, three steals, two assists and one block. Peters had 18 points and three rebounds at 17th-ranked Oklahoma.
Peters is pulling down a team-high 8.0 rebounds a game this year.