What…………………………………….Duke at Syracuse
Date…………………………………….Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014
Venue…………………………………..Carrier Dome (35,121)
Where to Watch………………………Time Warner Cable Sports
…………………………………………..Mark Larson (PXP), Lorraine Schunck (Color)
Radio……………………………………Blue Devil IMG - WDNC AM 620
…………………………………………..Steve Barnes (PXP), Morgan Patrick (Color)
Series Record…………………………Duke leads 1-0
Last Meeting…………………………..Dec. 30, 1995 - DU 84, SU 40
Setting the Scene...
Third-ranked Duke (14-1, 1-0 ACC) will travel to Syracuse (11-3, 0-1 ACC) on Thursday, Jan. 9 for its second straight road ACC contest at 7:00 p.m., in the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y.
The contest will be aired live on Time Warner Cable Sports with Mark Larson (PXP) and Lorraine Schunck (Color) calling the action. Local fans in the area will be abIe to see the game live on Time Warner Cable Channel 520. 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.
Thursday’s game will mark the first home league contest for Syracuse since joining the ACC.
Duke will return home for the next two games as the Blue Devils will host Boston College (Jan. 12) and Virginia (Jan. 16) in Cameron Indoor Stadium where Duke features a 39-game winning streak versus league foes.
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes...
• Duke will close its two-game road trip to open ACC action at Syracuse on Thursday. It marks the first time since the 1988-89 campaign Duke features two road games to open ACC action. The Blue Devils also opened on the road in 1986-87.
• In the latest NCAA RPI, Duke ranks No. 2 behind Stanford with Connecticut, LSU, Louisville, Iowa State, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Arizona State and St. Joseph’s rounding out the top 10.
• Senior Chelsea Gray leads the ACC with a 7.5 dishes per game average with the next closest player being Yashira Delgado of FSU (5.9). Tricia Liston leads the league with a 92.3 free throw percentage, while Elizabeth Williams is tied for the ACC lead in blocks with a 2.6 average.
• Tricia Liston now owns an 86.9 career free throw percentage that ranks second all-time in the ACC to former Duke standout Nicole Erickson (88.0).
• Duke’s current 50.1 field goal percentage ranks second in the ACC. The Blue Devils have never hit over 50.0 percent from the field during an entire season with the single-season record being 49.8 in 2005-06. Duke advanced to the NCAA Championship game that season.
• The Blue Devils have posted three wins on the road against ranked opponents for the first time since the 2006-07 campaign when Duke won four.
• Duke hit a season-high 62.1 percent of its field goals in the first half against Old Dominion on Jan. 2.
• Freshman Oderah Chidom came off the bench to score 13 points and grab two rebounds in 11 minutes against Old Dominion. She hit 6-of-7 field goals.
• 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 51.6 percent of her field goals. Her previous high was 45.8 percent as a sophomore. Elizabeth Williams is also hitting a career-best 59.0 percent of her field goals.
• 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.
• Duke has scored 80 or more points in nine of 15 contests.
• Over the last four contests, the Blue Devils have hit only 17-of-67 three-pointers (25.4%).
• Duke features five different players who have led the Blue Devils in scoring over the last seven contests -- Alexis Jones, Haley Peters, Tricia Liston (3), Elizabeth Williams and Chelsea Gray. All five starters have led Duke in scoring at least one time this season.
• Duke has won 32 straight games when scoring 80 or more points, dating back to the 2008-09 campaign.
• Duke is averaging 42.8 points in the paint as well as scoring 24.5 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 five games (Georgia Tech, Old Dominion, 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.
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Since arriving in Durham four years ago, senior Tricia Liston has improved each year. She opened as a freshman averaging 5.5 points and has improved her scoring average each year -- 12.0 as a sophomore, 13.5 as a junior and 17.3 as a senior.
A deadly three-point shooter since arriving, Liston has developed her game to become a player who can take opponents off the dribble and score in a variety of ways.
Liston is hitting a career-best 55.1 percent from the field this year.
On the Road in 2013-14...
Duke owns a 5-0 record this season on the road with three of those wins coming against ranked opponents.
On the road, Tricia Liston (19.0), Chelsea Gray (12.8), Alexis Jones (11.2), Elizabeth Williams (13.4) and Haley Peters (11.0) have led the way on the scoring column.
Duke is averaging 75.0 points and hitting 45.8 percent of its field goals. The Blue Devils are getting outrebounded by a 0.2 margin on the road. As a team, Duke is hitting only 31.1 percent of its three-pointers, but are turning the ball over only 15.4 times.
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.
In fact, over the last three games Williams is averaging 15.7 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.7 blocks, 2.0 steals and 1.7 assists. She has notched double-doubles in two consecutive contests, which are her first two double-doubles of the season.
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.
She notched her third straight double-double against Georgia Tech in three career games as she pulled down 11 rebounds and had a team-high 18 points.
Liston Nets 200 Treys...
Tricia Liston has become just the third Blue Devil and 23rd player in ACC history to hit over 200 three-pointers over her career.
She owns 204 treys over her four years to rank second on Duke’s career charts along with Georgia Schweitzer.
On the season, Liston is averaging 17.3 points, 5.6 points and 1.2 assists. She is hitting 45.9 percent from downtown and 55.1 percent from the field.
She netted a season-high 28 points at fifth-ranked Kentucky along with six rebounds. Liston hit 10-of-19 field goals.
Liston has drained three or more treys in eight contests.
Duke Record Book
Three-Point Field Goals Made
1. 222 Abby Waner, 2006-09
2. 204 Tricia Liston, 2011-present
3. 202 Georgia Schweitzer, 1998-01
4. 180 Jasmine Thomas, 2008-11
5. 175 Jessica Foley, 2003-06
Three-Point Field Goal Percentage
(2-year minimum/100 attempts)
1. .453 Tricia Liston, 2011-Present
2. .448 Laura Kurz, 2005-06
3. .429 Ali Day, 1993-96
4. .424 Vicki Krapohl, 2001-04
5. .401 Haley Peters, 2011-present
.401 Georgia Schweitzer, 1998-01
7. .395 Kristina Meiman, 1991-94
.395 Nicole Erickson, 1998-99
9. .393 Leigh Morgan, 1987-90
10. .388 Chelsea Gray, 2011-present
In two games this season, senior Haley Peters has registered 20 and 15 rebounds against USC Upstate and Georgia Tech, respectively.
The 20 boards were the third-highest single game total in school history matching Alana Beard’s mark of 20 from the ACC Tournament on March 10, 2003.
Peters has moved into 13th on Duke’s all-time rebounding list with 681 boards. She needs 54 more rebounds to edge into a tie for 10th in the Blue Devil career charts.
She has totaled 14 career double-doubles and 18 contests with 10 or more rebounds, after leading Duke in rebounding a year ago.
Peters has improved each year in regards to rebounding. She averaged 3.6 boards as a rookie, 5.6 as a sophomore, 7.6 her junior year and is pulling down 8.3 rebounds as a senior.
Johnson Provides Spark...
Junior Ka’lia Johnson continues to come off the bench and provide a spark for the Blue Devils this season. Against Old Dominion she totaled season highs in points and rebounds with seven and six, respectively.
Johnson also added two steals in 18 minutes, while hitting 3-of-4 field goals. She has been the first sub off the bench in each of the last two games.