Game Information What...............................Old Dominion at Duke Date................................Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 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 - WDNC AM 620 ......................................Steve Barnes (PXP), Morgan Patrick (Color) Live Stats.......................www.GoDuke.com Series Record................Duke leads 7-4 Last Meeting.................Nov. 29, 2006 - DU 89, ODU 40
Setting the Scene... Coming off 10-day break since downing fifth-ranked Kentucky prior to the Christmas holiday, the third-ranked Duke women’s basketball team (12-1) will close non-conference play for the 2013-14 campaign as the Blue Devils will host Old Dominion (6-6) on Thursday, Jan. 2 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 WDNC-AM 620 with Steve Barnes (PXP) and Morgan Patrick (Color) on the air. Duke features a 126-game home court winning streak against home unranked opponents. The Blue Devils have also won 63 straight games versus home unranked non-conference opponents.
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes... • Duke blocked a season-high 12 shots at Kentucky as five different Blue Devils swatted at least one shot. The Blue Devils have totaled 10 or more blocks in three games this year. • Senior Chelsea Gray is hitting a career-best 51.3 percent of her field goals. Her previous high was 45.8 percent as a sophomore. • Duke will head on the road for the next two contests to open ACC action as the Blue Devils will travel to Georgia Tech (Jan. 5) and Syracuse (Jan. 9). It will mark the first time since the 1988-89 campaign Duke will feature two road games to open ACC action. The Blue Devils also opened on the road in 1986-87. • Freshman Kendall McCravey-Cooper blocked a career-high five shots in only six minutes of action at fifth-ranked Kentucky. She tallied four of those blocks in the first half. • With one more three-pointer, Tricia Liston will become the 23rd player in ACC history to drain 200 or more treys. • Chloe Wells has hit 3-of-3 three-pointers over her last four contests. On the season, Wells is hitting 52.9 percent from downtown. • Duke has scored 80 or more points in eight of 13 contests. • Over the last two contests, the Blue Devils have hit only 9-of-40 three-pointers (22.5%). • Duke features four different players who have led the Blue Devils in scoring over the last five contests -- Alexis Jones, Haley Peters, Tricia Liston (2) and Chelsea Gray. All five starters have led Duke in scoring at least one time this season. • Duke has won 31 straight games when scoring 80 or more points, dating back to the 2008-09 campaign. • Junior Ka’lia Johnson came off the bench against Albany and pulled down a team-high five rebounds in 11 minutes. • Duke is averaging 43.2 points in the paint as well as scoring 25.6 points off its opponents turnovers on the year. • Tricia Liston has notched six games this season with 20 or more points and 19 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 three games (Kentucky, USC Upstate & Central Michigan). • Junior Elizabeth Williams has been saddled with first half foul trouble in six 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. • 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 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. • 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.
Blue Devils Feature Long Break... Following the contest at fifth-ranked Kentucky, the Blue Devils featured a 10-day break from games. Coach P gave the team off from Dec. 23 until the night of Dec. 29 from practice. Duke did not have a game in-between Dec. 25-Jan. 1 for the first time since the 1981-82 campaign.
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 502-184 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 Old Dominion... Old Dominion enters Thursday’s contest with a 6-6 record and is coming off an 81-68 loss at Virginia Commonwealth on Dec. 30. The Manarchs are led by Shae Kelley (17.6 points, 11.3 rebounds), Stephanie Gardner (9.0 points, 14 treys) and Chelisa Painter (8.0 points, 5.3 rebounds). ODU is averaging 68.8 points a game and hitting 39.0 percent of its field goals on the season.
Duke Versus the Conference USA... Duke owns an all-time record of 27-18 against teams from the Conference USA -- Charlotte (7-3), East Carolina (6-9), Florida International (1-1), Louisiana Tech (2-0), Marshall (0-1), Middle Tennessee State (1-0), Old Dominion (7-4), Tulane (1-0) and Tulsa (2-0). McCallie owns an all-time mark of 8-4 against Conference USA members, including a 0-1 record against Old Dominion.
What Happened in Last Meeting?... No. 5 Duke rolled to an easy, 89-40, win on Nov. 29, 2006 and the Blue Devils pounced on 30 Old Dominion turnovers, converting most of them into layups. Shooting at virtually point-blank range, Duke scored 56 points from the paint and enjoyed its best shooting night of the year, 36-of-61 from the field. Literally. Duke scored 48 points directly off turnovers, mostly on fast-break layups. Abby Waner, who had one of Duke’s two 3-pointers, scored a game-high 16 points. Carrem Gay was 6-for-6, all on layups, and 1-for-1 at the line for 13 points. Joy Cheek added 12 points, Keturah Jackson 11 and Alison Bales 10 for Duke. Tish Lyons had 11 points to lead Old Dominion (2-3). T.J. Jordan, Old Dominion’s leading scorer with 15 points a game before, was held to six points. The Blue Devils led 43-11 at halftime. They then hit 17 of 25 shots in the second half (68 percent) to win pulling away. Gay left the court briefly after suffering a muscle spasm and taking a tumble at the start of the second half. She returned within 10 minutes. Gay hit three quick layups in the game’s first 2:18 as Duke jumped out to a 15-1 lead that grew to 43-11 by halftime. Duke’s lead ballooned to 40 points midway through the second half. Bales pushed the margin to 81-31 with a layup and free throw with 5:29 left to play.
At Home in 2013-14... The Blue Devils currently own a 5-1 record at home this season with the lone loss coming to top-ranked Connecticut. Duke features five double-digit scorers in those games -- Tricia Liston (14.3), Haley Peters (13.7), Alexis Jones (13.2), Elizabeth Williams (12.5) and Chelsea Gray (12.2). At home, the Blue Devils are averaging 90.5 points, hitting 52.9 percent of their field goals and 40.9 percent from downtown. Duke has struggled from three-point range in the last three games hitting 30.8 percent, while Liston has drained only 1-of-8 treys. Chelsea Gray is averaging 8.2 assists and 3.5 steals at home this year.
Duke Nets Win Versus Top Five... Duke notched its seventh win over a top five ranked team over the last eight years with its 69-61 win at fifth-ranked Kentucky. The Blue Devils improved to 11-10 against top 10 ranked opponents over the last four years as well. The win at Kentucky snapped a five-game losing streak to top-five ranked teams on the road. Duke is now 4-1 this season against ranked opponents.
Liston Leading Duke in Scoring... Tricia Liston has opened the season on fire, averaging 17.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 0.6 steals. She is coming off netting a season-high 28 points at fifth-ranked Kentucky along with six rebounds. Liston hit 10-of-19 field goals. She is hitting 47.9 percent from downtown and 55.9 percent from the field. Liston tied a career high with six treys on eight attempts against Vanderbilt earlier this season. She has drained three or more treys in seven contests. Liston needs three treys to move into second on the Duke all-time three-pointers made list. She had a 16-game streak with at least one three-pointer made snapped against Purdue. Over the last three games, Liston has hit only 3-of-13 treys. Duke Record Book Three-Point Field Goals Made 1. 222 Abby Waner, 2006-09 2. 202 Georgia Schweitzer, 1998-01 3. 199 Tricia Liston, 2011-present 4. 180 Jasmine Thomas, 2008-11 5. 175 Jessica Foley, 2003-06
Williams Breaks Out... After being held to under 10 points in three straight games, Elizabeth Williams collected 17 points, eight rebounds, three blocks and two assists in only 23 minutes at fifth-ranked Kentucky. Williams had been held to under 10 points in four straight games for the first time in her collegiate career. She had averaged 7.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.3 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. Williams played only 19 minutes versus Albany and scored nine points.
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 89-6 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 82 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 89 out of the last 95 contests, 103 out of the last 109 and 185 out of the last 196 games in Cameron since 2000-01.