Game Information What………………………………..Duke at Virginia Tech Date………………………………..Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 Time………………………………12:00 PM Location…………………………..Blacksburg, Va. Venue…………………………….Cassell Coliseum (9,847) Where to Watch…………………RSN-TV ……………………………………Tom Werme (PXP), Stephanie Ready (Color) Radio …………………………….Blue Devil IMG - WDNC AM 620 ……………………………………Steve Barnes (PXP), Morgan Patrick (Color) Live Stats………………………..www.GoDuke.com Series Record…………………. Duke leads 21-2 (won 19 straight) Last Meeting……………………Feb. 14, 2013 - DU 77, VT 33
Setting the Scene... Riding a seven-game winning streak, the third-ranked Duke women’s basketball team (17-1, 4-0 ACC) will travel to Blacksburg, Va., to face Virginia Tech (10-6, 0-3) on Sunday, Jan. 19 at 12:00 p.m., at Cassell Coliseum. The contest will be aired live on RSN-TV with Tom Werme (PXP) and Stephanie Ready (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. Those looking to watch the game on RSN-TV, it can be seen on FOX Sports South, FOX Sports Carolinas, Sun Sports, FOX Sports Midwest/FOX Sports Indiana, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, MSG Plus, NESN, ROOT Sports Pittsburgh, FOX Sports Ohio, FOX Sports Detroit, FOX Sports Southwest Plus, FOX Sports North, FOX Sports Wisconsin, FOX Sports Arizona, FOX Sports San Diego, FOX Sports Prime Ticket and ROOT Sports Rocky Mtn. Duke owns a 19-game winning streak against Virginia Tech and has won 16 consecutive contests against unranked teams. The Blue Devils are playing their second straight game against a team from the state of Virginia and will open a two-game road swing as Duke will next travel to Florida State on Thursday, Jan. 23 in Tallahassee, Fla.
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes... • Senior Haley Peters needs four rebounds to reach the 700-board mark of her career. • Alexis Jones has scored double-figures in three straight games, while averaging 11.0 points, 5.0 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.0 steals. She has hit 48.3 percent of her field goals. • Over the last three games, Tricia Liston has drained 10-of-15 three-pointers for a 66.7 percentage. • Duke will go up against the No. 6 ranked field goal percentage defense in the nation Sunday (33.4%). • After hitting only four three-pointers her first 12 games, Haley Peters has drained three out of her last four attempts, including a season-high 2-of-2 against Virginia. • Duke is currently averaging 83.9 points. The Blue Devils have averaged over 80.0 points in a season only three times in school history -- 2005-06 (86.0), 2003-04 (81.9) and 2001-02 (83.5). • Tricia Liston posted her second double-double of the season and fifth of her career against Virginia with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Her 12 boards matched a career high. • Elizabeth Williams is pulling down 5.0 offensive rebounds per game against ACC opponents to lead the league. • Tricia Liston’s eight games with 20 or more points this season ranks tied second in the ACC behind Wake Forest’s Dearica Hamby (9). • Elizabeth Williams (10.0) and Haley Peters (7.5) rank tied third and tied 15th in the ACC in rebounding average against league opponents. Peters also ranks tied 11th overall in the ACC with a 7.6 boards per game average, while Williams is tied 14th (7.2). • Tricia Liston leads the league with a 93.0 free throw percentage and 49.0 three-point field goal percentage, while Elizabeth Williams ranks tied first in blocks with a 2.8 average. Chelsea Gray was leading the ACC in assists (7.2) and steals (2.9) prior to her injury. • In the latest NCAA RPI, Duke ranks No. 2 behind Stanford with Connecticut, Louisville, LSU, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Purdue, Arizona State and Gonzaga rounding out the top 10. • Tricia Liston now owns an 87.1 career free throw percentage that ranks second all-time in the ACC to former Duke standout Nicole Erickson (88.0). • Duke’s current 50.6 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. • Elizabeth Williams is hitting a career-best 57.1 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 11 of 18 contests. The Blue Devils have won 34 straight games when scoring 80 or more points, dating back to the 2008-09 campaign. • Duke is averaging 43.7 points in the paint as well as scoring 24.4 points off its opponents’ turnovers on the year. • Tricia Liston has notched eight games this season with 20 or more points and 21 games over her career. • 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). • 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.
Jackson Gets Starting Nod... With Chelsea Gray out for the season, senior Richa Jackson made her first start of the season Thursday against Virginia. Jackson continued her hot streak posting 16 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals in a season-high 29 minutes. Over the last three games, Jackson has averaged 14.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.7 steals and 2.0 assists. She has hit 70.0 percent of her field goals (21-of-30). She has totaled double-figure scoring in three straight games for the first time since her sophomore year.
Swat Party... Duke is coming off registering a season-high 13 blocked shots against Virginia. It marked the fourth time this year the Blue Devils have swatted 10 or more shots. On the season, the Blue Devils lead the league with a 5.8 blocks per game average. Three different Duke players have blocked at least 11 shots -- Elizabeth Williams (50), Kendall McCravey-Cooper (21) and Amber Henson (11).
Tough Defense... Since starting ACC play four games ago, Duke has held its opponents to 29.5 percent shooting and 53.0 points, which both ranks first in the ACC. The Blue Devils have held six teams to a season-low points -- USC Upstate (40), Kansas (40), Georgia Tech (47), Albany (51), Syracuse (53) and Vanderbilt (69). Duke has held four different squads to under 30.0 percent shooting this season (Syracuse, Georgia Tech, Kansas and USC Upstate).
Gray to Miss Remainder of 2013-14 Season... All-America Chelsea Gray will miss the remainder of the 2013-14 campaign following a right kneecap fracture that occurred in the 78-57 victory over Boston College in Cameron Indoor Stadium on Jan. 12. It marked the second straight year the two-time All-America has seen her season come to an end much earlier than expected. A 5-11 product of Manteca, Calif., Gray had a MRI on Monday morning and it revealed the injury. She will have surgery, but it has not been scheduled yet. As a junior, Gray played in 25 contests before suffering a dislocated kneecap against Wake Forest on Feb. 17, 2013. She was averaged 12.6 points, 5.4 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 3.6 steals on the season, but still was named Co-ACC Player of the Year, Associated Press and WBCA Coaches All-America. So far in 2013-14, Gray was averaging 10.8 points, 7.2 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 2.9 steals through 17 games. Her 7.2 assists ranked sixth nationally and she needed only 35 more dishes to become Duke’s all-time assist leader. Gray was considered to be one of the top point guards in the nation. Gray had surgery on Jan. 17 to repair her knee. It was performed by Dr. Alison Toth.
A Look at Virginia Tech... Virginia Tech enters the game on Sunday with a 10-6 record and has been led by Uju Ugoka with 19.4 points and 10.3 rebounds on the year. Other double-figure scorers include Vanessa Panousis (11.3) and Monet Tellier (11.1). The Hokies have lost four straight games.
The Series with Virginia Tech... Duke and Virginia Tech will meet for the 24th time in school history with the Blue Devils owning a 21-2 record. Riding a 19-game winning streak in the series, Duke will travel to Blacksburg, Va., where the Blue Devils have notched an 11-1 mark, including winners of nine straight. Over the last two meetings, Duke has held the Hokies to a combined 59 points and Virginia Tech has not scored over 50 points since Feb. 14, 2010. Coach P owns an all-time mark of 12-1 versus the Hokies.
What Happened Last Meeting... Elizabeth Williams of No. 5 Duke arrives at road arenas preceded by her hype, and she usually shows why pretty quickly. In the Blue Devils’ 77-33 victory against undermanned Virginia Tech on Feb. 14, 2013, she had one sequence where she blocked a layup from behind on a fast break, then hustled up court and scored a layup of her own seconds later, not the kind of hustle play most frontcourt players can make. It’s the kind of thing that can get in an opponent’s head, as the Hokies found out on a night when they committed 23 turnovers, many by overpassing and seemingly passing up shots for fear of Williams’ dominance down low. Williams blocked only two shots against the Hokies, but probably prevented several others. She and Haley Peters each also matched their career high with 25 points as No. 5 Duke cruised. While some Hokies fans were angry that Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie kept shuttling her starters in until the final five minutes, Hokies coach Dennis Wolff said he never gave it a second thought. The Blue Devils forced 18 first-half turnovers and led 40-14 at the intermission on their way to their 29th consecutive road victory against an unranked opponent. The loss Thursday night was the 11th in 12 games for Virginia Tech and its second lopsided setback against the Blue Devils this season. Duke won 58-26 just over a month ago in Durham, N.C. Alyssa Fenyn led Virginia Tech with seven points and Lauren Evans had six. Peters made the first of her four 3-pointers 13 seconds into the game. She added a jumper and another 3-pointer with the game barely 2 minutes old, an 8-0 run. After Laura Evans’ baseline 10-footer for the Hokies, Alexis Jones scored on a drive for Duke and Williams scored the next four points to make it 14-2 after 4:05. The Hokies pulled within 21-9 on Fenyn’s desperate, one-footed heave to barely beat the shot clock with 12:18 to go in the half, then managed just two field goals the rest of the way as they committed 12 of their 18 first-half turnovers. Duke’s 19-5 burst to end the half made it academic at 40-14. Just for good measure, Williams scored the first six points of the second half, sparking a 16-7 run, and it wasn’t until 15 minutes remained the Hokies’ point total exceeded their turnovers. Until Fenyn’s 3-pointer 1:37 before halftime, Williams (14) and Peters (13) were both outscoring the Hokies, who shot just 33 percent (6 of 18) even though Fenyn was 3 for 3. Virginia Tech finished 15 of 54 from the field (27.8 percent) and had 23 turnovers. Duke shot 46.3 percent (25 of 54) with 10 steals and six blocks.
Blue Devils vs. Virginia Tech... In four career games, Elizabeth Williams has totaled 20 or more points in three of those. She has averaged 19.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks. She has hit 57.1 percentage of her field goals and is coming off scoring 25 points in the last meeting. Senior Haley Peters is coming off notching 25 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks in the last meeting with the Hokies. She has pulled down 10 rebounds in each of her last two contests against Virginia Tech.
Johnson & Williams Head to Home State... The Blue Devils will take Elizabeth Williams and Ka’lia Johnson back to their home state of Virginia for the game this weekend. Williams is from Virginia Beach, Va., while Johnson is out of Chester, Va. The duo are 3-0 in games played in the state of Virginia since arriving at Duke.
Jones to Step Up Again?... Last year following Chelsea Gray’s injury, Alexis Jones took her game to another level as she saw her per game averages go from 7.9 points, 3.8 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 2.1 steals to 13.8 points, 6.1 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 1.3 steals. Jones was named the 2013 ACC Tournament MVP after averaging 17.7 points, 6.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals. In the first contest since Gray’s injury, Jones totaled 10 points, a game-high six assists, three rebounds and one steal in 27 minutes.
On the Road in 2013-14... In six road games this year, Duke has notched a 6-0 mark, including wins at ninth-ranked California, fifth-ranked Kentucky and 17th-ranked Oklahoma. Leading the charge on the road has been Tricia Liston (19.2 points), Elizabeth Williams (13.5), Alexis Jones (11.5), Chelsea Gray (11.0) and Haley Peters (10.8). Duke is hitting 47.6 percent of its field goals and 33.7 percent from downtown.
Steady Improvement... 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 16.9 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 55.4 percent from the field this year and 49.0 percent from downtown.
Williams Breaks Out... After being held to under 10 points in three straight games, Elizabeth Williams has gone on a tear scoring double-digits in five out of the last six games, including posting double-doubles in three consecutive contests against Old Dominion, Georgia Tech and Syracuse. It marked the first time in her career she notched double-doubles in three consecutive games. In fact, over the last six games Williams is averaging 14.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 3.2 blocks, 2.3 assists and 2.3 assists.
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 214 treys over her four years to rank second on Duke’s career charts along with Georgia Schweitzer. On the season, Liston is averaging 16.9 points, 5.9 points and 1.4 assists. She is hitting 49.0 percent from downtown and 55.4 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. She is coming off matching a career high with 12 rebounds against Virginia. Liston has drained three or more treys in 10 contests.
Duke Record Book Three-Point Field Goals Made 1. 222 Abby Waner, 2006-09 2. 214 Tricia Liston, 2011-present 3. 202 Georgia Schweitzer, 1998-01 4. 180 Jasmine Thomas, 2008-11 5. 175 Jessica Foley, 2003-06