What…………………………………Pittsburgh at Duke
Date…………………………………Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014
Venue……………………………….Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Where to Watch…………………..ESPN3
………………………………………Ryan Craig (PXP), Debbie Taylor (Color)
Radio……………………………….Blue Devil IMG - WDNC AM 620
……………………………………..Steve Barnes (PXP), Morgan Patrick (Color)
Series Record……………………Duke leads 4-0
Last Meeting…………………….Dec. 4, 2011 - DU 92, Pitt 43
Setting the Scene...
Coming off a come-from-behind victory at 24th-ranked Florida State on Thursday, the third-ranked Duke women’s basketball team (19-1, 6-0 ACC) will host Pittsburgh (9-10, 1-4) on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 2:00 p.m., in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Sunday’s contest will be aired live on ESPN3 with Ryan Craig (PXP) and Debbie Taylor (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.
Prior to the Pittsburgh game, Tricia Liston and Alexis Jones will be honored for leading USA Basketball to gold medals this past summer.
The Blue Devils feature an ACC-record 41-game winning streak in Cameron Indoor Stadium against ACC opponents. Duke has won 129 straight games at home versus unranked opponents.
Duke is in a span of playing three out of four contests on the road, while hosting Pittsburgh on Sunday.
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes...
• In the three games since Chelsea Gray’s injury, Tricia Liston has averaged 22.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists, while hitting 63.2 percent of her field goals and 64.7 percent from downtown (11-of-17).
• Over the last five games, Duke has hit 57.5 percent from the field in the first half, including three games with 60.0 percent.
• Head coach Joanne P. McCallie owns a 45-2 record in Cameron Indoor Stadium against ACC opponents with the last loss to North Carolina on March 2, 2008.
• Duke has been outrebounded in each of the last two games and allowed 33 offensive rebounds in those contests.
• Tricia Liston moved into 10th place on Duke’s all-time scoring list with 1,413 points, after scoring 25 points at Florida State.
• Alexis Jones has scored double-figures in five straight games, while averaging 13.0 points, 7.2 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals. She has hit 51.0 percent of her field goals. Jones drained a career-high four three-pointers at Virginia Tech and has hit 9-of-19 three-pointers over the last five games (47.4%).
• Senior Haley Peters went over the 700-rebound mark at Virginia Tech. She now owns 711, which ranks 13th on Duke’s career charts.
• Over the last five games, Tricia Liston has drained 17-of-26 three-pointers for a 65.4 percent.
• After hitting only four three-pointers her first 12 games, Haley Peters has drained five out of her last nine attempts, including a season-high two against Virginia and Virginia Tech.
• Duke is currently averaging 83.4 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’s 10 games with 20 or more points this season ranks tied first in the ACC along with Wake Forest’s Dearica Hamby (10).
• Tricia Liston leads the league with a 90.6 free throw percentage and 50.5 three-point field goal percentage, while Elizabeth Williams ranks first in blocks with a 3.0 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 moved to No. 1 with Stanford, UConn, LSU, Louisville, Notre Dame, Arizona State, Tennessee, Purdue and South Carolina rounding out the top 10. The Blue Devils also rank No. 3 in strength of schedule behind Ohio State and LSU.
• Tricia Liston now owns an 86.8 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.
• 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.
• The Blue Devils have posted four wins on the road against ranked opponents for the first time since the 2006-07 campaign when Duke also won four.
• Elizabeth Williams is hitting a career-best 55.2 percent of her field goals.
• Duke has scored 80 or more points in 12 of 20 contests. The Blue Devils have won 35 straight games when scoring 80 or more points, dating back to the 2008-09 campaign.
• Duke is averaging 42.5 points in the paint as well as scoring 23.2 points off its opponents’ turnovers on the year.
• 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 Florida State, 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).
• 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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Approaching 20 Wins...
With one more victory, Duke will register its 17th consecutive 20-win season and the 19th out of the last 20 years. Head Coach Joanne P. McCallie owns 18 different 20-win seasons over her 22-year coaching career and nine straight.
Looking at the national scene, Tennessee owns a 37-year streak of reaching 20 wins, while Connecticut is second (20) and Duke’s 16 straight years is third.
The ACC record for most consecutive 20-win seasons is 16 by Duke.
Jones Matches School Record...
Sophomore Alexis Jones dished 15 assists at Florida State, which matched the Duke single game record held by Chelsea Gray that occurred on Jan. 10, 2013 against Clemson.
The 15 assists is the most by any player in the ACC this season and the second-most in the NCAA (Jamierra Faulkner, Southern Miss. had 17).
Her double-double was the third of her career and first this season as she added 13 points. She is now averaging 4.8 assists on the season, which ranks third in the ACC, while her 6.5 dishes in league play ranks second.
Brutal February/March Approaches...
As the Blue Devils approach the final eight games of the regular season in February/March, Duke features one of the toughest stretches in school history facing five top 10 opponents during that span.
No other ACC team will face more than three top 10 teams during the stretch run. Looking at national schedules, no team in the NCAA will face as many top 10 teams as Duke will.
Duke will face No. 2 Notre Dame twice, No. 6 Maryland once and No. 7 North Carolina twice.
Jackson Gets Starting Nod...
With Chelsea Gray out for the season, senior Richa Jackson made her first three starts of the season over the last three contests.
Over the last five games, Jackson has averaged 12.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 1.6 assists. She has hit 61.7 percent of her field goals.
She had totaled double-figure scoring in three straight games for the first time since her sophomore year prior to the Virginia Tech game.
A Look at Pittsburgh...
Pittsburgh enters Sunday’s contest with a 9-10 overall record and 1-4 mark in ACC play.
The Panthers have been led on the year by Brianna Kiesel (17.9 points, 5.4 rebounds), Asia Logan (11.6 points, 6.7 rebounds) and Loliya Briggs (8.5 points, 22 treys).
Pittsburgh has lost three straight games and four out of its last five contests. In away games this season, the Panthers are 4-2.
The Series with Pittsburgh...
Duke and Pittsburgh will meet for the fifth time in school history and the first since the Panthers joined the ACC. The Blue Devils lead the overall series, 4-0.
It will mark the second meeting between the two teams in Cameron Indoor Stadium as Duke won 92-43 in the last contest.
What Happened Last Meeting...
Chelsea Gray had the fourth triple-double in school history with 14 points, a school-record 13 assists and 11 rebounds in the Blue Devils’ 92-43 rout of Pitt on Dec. 4, 2011.
Tricia Liston scored 19 points and Chloe Wells added 14 for the Blue Devils. They never trailed, placed seven players in double figures, shot 50 percent and used a pair of early runs to effectively end this one at halftime.
In polishing off the first triple-double at Duke since Jasmine Thomas two years ago against Marquette, Gray finished four steals shy of a quadruple-double.
Duke opened the game with a 17-3 run and went up by double figures to stay just 2 1/2 minutes in. The Blue Devils pushed the margin into the 20s with a 10-1 spurt, then went up 49-22 at halftime on Liston’s fourth 3-pointer of the half with 7 seconds left.
Gray also broke the record of 12 assists shared by Thomas, Currie, Meier and Leigh Morgan.
Brianna Kiesel had 12 points to lead the young Panthers, who don’t have any juniors or seniors. They were held without a field goal during the final 8 minutes of the first half and shot 24 percent -- the lowest percentage allowed by Duke this season.
Richa Jackson and Elizabeth Williams had 12 points apiece for Duke while Haley Peters and Kathleen Scheer scored 10
Duke registered a season-high 13 blocked shots against Virginia, which 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 5.9 blocks per game average. Three different Duke players have blocked at least 11 shots -- Elizabeth Williams (60), Kendall McCravey-Cooper (21) and Amber Henson (11).
At Home in 2013-14...
The Blue Devils have collected an 8-1 record at home this season with the lone loss coming to top-ranked Connecticut.
Duke is averaging 88.7 points, while hitting 52.5 percent from the field and 40.6 percent from downtown.
Five Blue Devils are averaging double-figures in those games -- Tricia Liston (14.3), Elizabeth Williams (12.6), Alexis Jones (12.3), Haley Peters (12.3) and Chelsea Gray (11.1).
Liston Nets Approaching School Record...
Tricia Liston needs only one three-pointer to match the Duke career record for most three-pointers made, matching Abby Waner (222). Liston has attempted 212 fewer three-pointers than Waner attempted.
Liston is just the third Blue Devil and 23rd player in ACC history to hit over 200 three-pointers over her career.
She owns 221 treys over her four years to rank second on Duke’s career charts along with Georgia Schweitzer.
On the season, Liston is averaging 17.6 points, 5.9 points and 1.6 assists. She is hitting 50.5 percent from downtown and 56.1 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 12 contests.
Duke Record Book
Three-Point Field Goals Made
1. 222 Abby Waner, 2006-09
2. 221 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. .461 Tricia Liston, 2011-Present
2. .448 Laura Kurz, 2005-06
3. .429 Ali Day, 1993-96
4. .424 Vicki Krapohl, 2001-04
5. .411 Haley Peters, 2011-present
6. .401 Georgia Schweitzer, 1998-01
7. .395 Kristina Meiman, 1991-94
.395 Nicole Erickson, 1998-99
9. .393 Leigh Morgan, 1987-90
10. .385 Chelsea Gray, 2011-14
Since starting ACC play six games ago, Duke has held its opponents to 33.7 percent shooting and 59.8 points, which ranks first and second in the ACC, respectively.
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).