What……………………….Duke at Notre Dame
Date……………………….Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014
Location……………………Notre Dame, Ind.
Venue ………………………Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center (9,149)
Where to Watch………….ESPN
……………………………..Pam Ward (PXP), Carolyn Peck (Color)
Radio………………………Blue Devil IMG - WDNC AM 620
……………………………..Steve Barnes (PXP), Morgan Patrick (Color)
Series Record……………Notre Dame leads 7-1
Last Meeting…………….Feb. 2, 2014 - ND 88, DU 67
Setting the Scene...
In Duke’s sixth top 10 matchup of the season, the seventh-ranked Blue Devils (24-3, 11-2 ACC) will travel to Notre Dame, Ind., to face second-ranked Notre Dame (26-0, 13-0) on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 1:00 p.m., at the Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center.
The contest will be aired live on ESPN with Pam Ward (PXP) and Carolyn Peck (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.
The Blue Devils are in a span where they will play three ranked foes in seven days. Duke has notched a 3-2 record this season against top-five ranked opponents.
Duke will close the regular season with senior night on Thursday, Feb. 27 against Wake Forest in Cameron Indoor Stadium and then at North Carolina on March 2.
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes...
• The Blue Devils have posted four wins on the road against ranked opponents, which has tied a school record (2006-07, 1998-99).
• Tricia Liston currently owns 498 points on the season and will become the 20th player in Duke history to notch a 500-point season with her next basket.
• Sunday’s contest will feature the top two squads in the ACC with No. 1 Notre Dame (13-0) and Duke (11-2). They are also the top two shooting teams in the league in regards to field goal percentage -- Notre Dame (1st, 51.4), Duke (2nd, 50.3).
• Duke needs one victory to register its 16th straight 25-win season.
• With Duke’s win against Maryland, the Blue Devils reached 10 league victories for the 17th straight season. The streak is the longest in the ACC with the next closest being Miami (3).
• Haley Peters has been named Capital One Academic All-America Third Team becoming just the fifth Blue Devil in school history to be selected Academic All-America.
• Duke currently ranks No. 1 nationally with a 42.0 three-point field goal percentage. The Blue Devils led the NCAA last year with a 40.5 percentage.
• After allowing 56.1 percent shooting to its opponents the last two home games against UNC and Notre Dame, Duke got defensive versus Maryland forcing the Terps to a season-low 32.4 percentage and has held its last two opponents to 34.0 percent shooting.
• Tricia Liston’s 15 games with 20 or more points this season ranks second in the ACC behind Wake Forest’s Dearica Hamby (18).
• If the season ended today, Alexis Jones’ 5.3 assist average would be the fourth-highest average in school history behind Chelsea Gray’s averages of 7.2 (2013-14), 6.1 (2011-12) and 5.4 (2012-13).
• Tricia Liston has become just the eighth player in Duke history to score over 1,500 points and pull down over 500 rebounds. She has 1,559 points and 527 rebounds.
• As a team, Duke has hit 17 three-pointers the last two games for a 47.2 percentage.
• Two future Duke student-athletes have been named McDonald’s All-America -- Sierra Calhoun & Lynee Belton.
• Haley Peters and Elizabeth Williams have each been selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District III first team. Peters earned the honor for the second straight year.
• Elizabeth Williams is hitting a career-high 54.0 percent from the field this season.
• In the latest NCAA RPI, Duke remained No. 4 with Notre Dame, UConn and Stanford taking the top three slots. LSU, Tennessee, Louisville, South Carolina, Purdue and Penn State rounded out the top 10.
• The Blue Devils rank No. 1 in strength of schedule by the Jeff Sagarin/CBN Women’s College Basketball Ratings.
• Tricia Liston ranks second in the ACC in free throw percentage (87.6) and first in three-point field goal percentage (50.0), while Elizabeth Williams ranks first in blocks with a 2.9 average. Chelsea Gray was leading the ACC in assists (7.2) and steals (2.9) prior to her injury.
• Tricia Liston now owns an 86.4 career free throw percentage that ranks second all-time in the ACC to former Duke standout Nicole Erickson (88.0).
• 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).
• Duke has scored 80 or more points in 15 of 27 contests. The Blue Devils have won 38 straight games when scoring 80 or more points, dating back to the 2008-09 campaign.
• Duke is averaging 41.1 points in the paint as well as scoring 21.6 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.
• 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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A Look at Notre Dame...
Notre Dame enters Sunday’s contest with a 26-0 overall and 13-0 league mark. The Irish have been led by Jewell Lloyd (18.6 points, 6.2 rebounds), Kayla McBride (17.0 points, 5.5 rebounds) and Natalie Achonwa (14.1 points, 7.7 rebounds).
Michaela Mabrey comes off the bench to drain a team-high 54 three-pointers on the year.
The Irish lead the ACC in points (87.4) and field goal percentage (51.4).
The Series With Notre Dame...
Notre Dame leads the overall series, 7-1, and has won five straight contests against the Blue Devils.
In two of the previous three meetings, Duke has held leads of nine (2013) and 18 (2011), but the Irish have comeback to defeat the Blue Devils.
In games played in Notre Dame, Ind., Duke owns a 0-2 mark, but this will be the first contest in Purcelle Pavilion since the 2004 campaign. Notre Dame won that meeting, 76-65 in the Preseason WNIT.
Coach P owns a 2-3 record against Notre Dame.
McCallie topped Notre Dame twice during her time at Michigan State, including an 82-73 overtime victory in South Bend Dec. 2, 2004.
Duke Players Versus Notre Dame...
Over the last two games, Tricia Liston has averaged 21.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals. She notched 23 points on 2-of-5 treys in the last meeting in Durham.
Richa Jackson has averaged 14.0 points and 4.5 rebounds versus the Irish the last two games. In those contests, she hit 10-of-19 field goals.
Sophomore Alexis Jones is coming off notching 16 points, 10 steals, five assists and three rebounds.
Elizabeth Williams has scored only 10 points over the last two contests, while hitting 3-of-13 field goals.
Hey, I Know You...
Duke’s Elizabeth Williams and Notre Dame’s Jewell Loyd each played on the 2010 U17 Women’s National Team that won the gold medal in France.
Alexis Jones of Duke and Kayla McBride of Notre Dame led the 2010 USA Basketball U18 Women’s National Team to a 5-0 record and the gold medal.
Senior Class Award - Vote for Peters...
Duke forward Haley Peters is one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award. Through March 24, fans can go online to vote for Peters once a day at www.seniorclassaward.com. Bookmark this page and vote for Peters!
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
Williams As of Late...
After scoring only 10 points and attempting only eight total shots in the two previous games, junior Elizabeth Williams went off for a career-high 28 points on 12-of-23 field goals against North Carolina on Feb. 10.
Williams backed that contest up with 17 points and 11 rebounds versus eighth-ranked Maryland and nearly netted a double-double versus N.C. State with 10 rebounds and nine points.
Over the last eight games, Williams has scored 17 or more points in five of those contests, including 20 or more points three times.
Williams has averaged 18.0 points, 9.3 rebounds, 4.0 blocks, 2.3 steals and 3.0 assists in the last three games.
With Chelsea Gray out for the season and senior Chloe Wells missing the last seven games, Duke’s bench has gone from outstanding heading into the 2013-14 campaign to very slim.
Since the injury, all five Duke starters are averaging 31.3 minutes or more a contest, including a team-high 35.5 per game from Alexis Jones. The Blue Devil bench includes junior Ka’lia Johnson and three freshmen -- Amber Henson, Oderah Chidom and Kendall McCravey-Cooper.
Duke’s defense has been effected the most as the Blue Devils are allowing 10.4 more points since Gray was injured. The opponents’ field goal percentage has gone from 35.0 percent to 39.9 percent.
Coach P Approaching 200 Wins...
Joanne P. McCallie is approaching 200 wins at Duke as she closes in on her seventh season with the Blue Devils.
Coach P has 198 wins in only 236 contests and could become the fourth-quickest head coach to reach 200 wins at an institution -- 222, Leon Barmore (La. Tech), 234, Jim Foster (Ohio State), 236, Bill Sheahan (Mount St. Mary’s), 241, Joan Bonvicini (Long Beach St.), 241, Jody Conradt (Texas) and Gene Roebuck (North Dakota).
In the 10 games since Chelsea Gray’s injury, Tricia Liston has averaged 21.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists, while hitting 56.9 percent of her field goals and 54.0 percent from downtown.
Liston is putting together one of the best scoring seasons at Duke in recent history. Her 18.4 scoring average ranks eighth in the ACC and is the highest for a Blue Devil since Alana Beard averaged 19.3 points in 2003-04.
Liston had a streak of scoring 20 or points in six straight games end at Clemson as she notched 15. It was the first time a Duke player had notched five consecutive games with 20 or more points since Alana Beard posted six straight in 2003-04.
The 50.0 three-point field goal percentage for Liston ranks second nationally.
In ACC games, Liston is averaging 19.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists, while hitting 55.3 percent from the field and 53.0 percent from downtown. She ranks sixth in scoring, sixth in field goal percentage, seventh in free throw percentage (84.6), first in three-point field goal percentage (53.0) and fourth in three-point field goals made (2.7).
Three-Point Field Goal Percentage
1. .511 Sophie Bikofsky, Brown
2. .500 Tricia Liston, Duke
3. .481 Madeline Blais, Marist
Against Ranked Opponents...
So far this season, Duke has collected a 7-3 record against ranked opponents with all three losses coming at home.
Tricia Liston has led the Blue Devils with a 19.3 scoring average against ranked foes. She has scored 20 or more points in six of the 10 games.
What Happened in the Last Meeting?...
The second-ranked Fighting Irish shot nearly 62 percent and defeated Duke 88-67 -- its first home ACC loss since 2008 on Feb. 2, 2014.
As a result, the Blue Devils’ 42-game winning streak in ACC games at Cameron Indoor Stadium is over, and so is Elizabeth Williams’ ACC-record string of 91 straight games with at least one blocked shot.
Tricia Liston scored 23 points and single-handedly prevented Duke from being blown out by halftime.
Kayla McBride had 23 points and 11 rebounds, Jewell Lloyd scored 17 points and Lindsay Allen and Natalie Achonwa had 15 apiece.
The Blue Devils threatened to get back in the game early in the second half, pulling to 49-44 on Richa Jackson’s putback with 15 1/2 minutes left. That’s when Notre Dame got hot, scoring on six straight trips downcourt.
With Loyd hitting twice from close range and Michaela Mabrey making two outside jumpers, the Irish reeled off nine straight points during a 13-2 run.
Achonwa’s free throw with 12:18 left gave Notre Dame its largest lead to that point, 62-46.
Jackson and Alexis Jones added 16 points each for Duke. Williams, plagued all day by foul trouble, finished with two points on 0-for-4 shooting.
Williams Moving Up Blocks List...
Elizabeth Williams became just the sixth player in ACC history to register 300 blocks against N.C. State as she owns 300 for her career, which ranks sixth on the league’s all-time charts.
She needs one more to move into a tie for fifth.
Improving from Charity Stripe...
Over the last three games, Duke has improved greatly from the free throw line. Through the Clemson contest, the Blue Devils were hitting 65.0 percent as a team, but over the last three games Duke has hit 79.3 percent.
The Blue Devils are now hitting 65.5 percent as a team. Against the Wolfpack, Duke hit 90.0 percent on 18-of-20.
Jackson Having Productive Season...
Senior Richa Jackson is quietly having one of her best seasons as a Blue Devil. She is hitting a career-best 53.5 percent from the field and 40.0 percent from downtown. Jackson’s eight three-pointers are a career best.
With Chelsea Gray out for the season, Jackson was inserted into the starting lineup. In those contests, she has averaged 12.0 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.8 steals. Jackson has notched double-digits in four out of the last five games.
Through the Notre Dame game on Feb. 2, Jackson was hitting 49.1 percent from the charity stripe but she has hit 13-of-16 free throws (81.3%), including a career-best 11 in a row over the last two games.
On the Road in 2013-14...
Duke has totaled a 10-0 overall record on the road this season, which includes wins against four ranked squads.
The Blue Devils feature five double-digit scorers on the road this year -- Tricia Liston (20.6), Alexis Jones (12.6), Elizabeth Williams (13.8), Haley Peters (10.7) and Chelsea Gray (11.0).
Duke has hit 49.5 percent of its field goals and 38.0 percent from downtown, while averaging 77.4 points a game. Opponents are averaging 63.8 points and hitting 35.9 percent from the field.
Tricia Liston is averaging 20.6 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists on the road with six of 10 contests scoring 20 or more points.
Haley Peters is coming off notching 17 points, six rebounds and three steals at Clemson.
Brutal February/March is Here...
Over Duke’s final eight games of the regular season in February/March, Duke features one of the toughest stretches in school history facing six top 14 opponents during that span.
No other ACC team will face more than three top 14 teams during the stretch run. Looking at national schedules, no team in the NCAA will face as many top teams as Duke.
Duke will face No. 2 Notre Dame twice, No. 8 Maryland once, No. 13 North Carolina twice and No. 14 N.C. State once.
Liston Nets School Record...
Tricia Liston became Duke’s all-time leader in three-point field goals made Jan. 26 against Pittsburgh. She now owns 237 for her career.
Liston passed Abby Waner (222) with 210 fewer three-pointers attempted than Waner. She has drained three or more treys in 15 contests.
Liston also ranks first on Duke’s career three-point field goal percentage list with a 46.3 mark and tied 12th on the ACC career three-pointers made chart.
ACC Career Three-Pointers Made
1. 345 Ivory Latta, UNC (2003-07)
10. 241 Danielle Donehew, Georgia Tech (1997-00)
11. 240 Marissa Kastenek, NC State (2009-13)
12. 237 Alex Montgomery, Georgia Tech (2007-11)
237 Mickel Picco, Boston College (2006-10)
15. 237 Tricia Liston, Duke (2010-present)
Jones Matches School Record, Twice...
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.
On Feb. 2 against Notre Dame, Jones matched the school record for steals with 10. It tied the mark held by Abby Waner on Dec. 18, 2007 versus Utah Valley.
The 15 assists (tied) and 10 steals are the most by any player in the ACC this season. Her assists is the second-most in the NCAA (Jamierra Faulkner, Southern Miss. had 17) and her steals are tied for the highest this year (Emia Willingham, Siena).
Jones is now averaging 5.3 assists on the season, which ranks second in the ACC, while her 6.5 dishes in league play ranks second.
Peters Steps Up Versus Wolfpack...
Coming off scoring only three points in the last two games, senior Haley Peters came through huge against N.C. State with 13 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and one block.
Peters had hit only one of her last 12 field goal attempts prior to the N.C. State contest when she drained 6-of-11 field goals.
She collected her fifth double-double of the year against the Wolfpack. Peters owns a team-best 7.7 rebounds.