Game Information What …………………..ACC Tournament Championship …………………………vs. Notre Dame Date……………………Sunday, March 9, 2014 Time……………………7:00 PM Location………………..Greensboro, N.C. Venue…………………..Greensboro Coliseum Where to Watch……….ESPN ………………………….Pam Ward (PXP), Debbie Antonelli (Color), LaChina Robinson (Sideline) Radio …………………..Blue Devil IMG - WDNC-AM 620 …………………………Steve Barnes (PXP), Morgan Patrick (Color) Live Stats……………..www.GoDuke.com
Setting the Scene... For the 14th time in school history, 10th-ranked and second-seeded Duke (27-5) will play in the ACC Championship as the Blue Devils will go up against second-ranked and top-seeded Notre Dame (31-0) on Sunday, March 9 at 7:00 p.m., at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C. Sunday’s contest will be aired live on ESPN with Pam Ward (PXP), Debbie Antonelli (Color) and LaChina Robinson (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 will play in the title game for the 12th time out of the last 15 years. Duke has won eight ACC Championships over the last 14 years (2000-05, 2010-11, 2013). The Blue Devils feature a record of 8-5 in the ACC title game.
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes... • In the 2014 tournament, Elizabeth Williams has hit 11-of-17 field goals for a 64.7 percentage. Williams has also dished eight assists in the tournament so far, while blocking eight shots. • Since Alexis Jones was injured at Notre Dame, Duke’s main subs have hit 66.7 percent of its field goals -- Oderah Chidom (61.1), Ka’lia Johnson (75.0), Amber Henson (75.0). • In two games in the 2014 ACC Tournament, Duke has outrebounded its opponents by a 7.5 margin. • Elizabeth Williams needs five blocks to reach 100 for the third straight season. • Over the last three games, Ka’lia Johnson has averaged 9.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists, while hitting 50.0 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from downtown. • Duke set a new ACC Tournament record for blocked shots with 13 against Georgia Tech in the quarterfinals. The Blue Devils have averaged 8.5 blocks a game over the last four contests. • Tricia Liston (1,629) moved past Georgia Schweitzer (1,620) into eighth place on Duke’s all-time scoring list versus North Carolina. She needs 75 to move into a tie with Jasmine Thomas for seventh. • In Duke’s 37 years in the ACC Tournament, the Blue Devils own a 1-6 all-time record against No. 1 seeds with the win coming in 1995 against Virginia during the semifinals. • Over the last four games, Oderah Chidom has averaged 7.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 1.3 steals. She pulled down 13 rebounds in the quarterfinals against Georgia Tech, while hitting four key free throws late versus North Carolina. • Tricia Liston broke her own school record for three-pointers made in the semifinals as she owns 83, which snapped her record of 80 from last year. She needs three to move into 10th place on the ACC single-season charts. • Haley Peters has scored 19 and 22 points in two out of the last four games. She notched 19 points and 10 rebounds against Georgia Tech in the quarterfinals for her second career double-double in ACC Tournament play. • The Blue Devils rank No. 1 in strength of schedule by the Jeff Sagarin/CBN Women’s College Basketball Ratings. • Elizabeth Williams has notched more blocks (95) than Duke’s opponents (82). She has swatted 13 shots over the last three contests. • Tricia Liston currently owns 568 points on the season to rank 10th on the Blue Devil single-season list. She needs five points to move into ninth to tie Monique Currie (573). • Tricia Liston is one of only two players in the nation that is hitting over 50.0 percent from the field, 45.0 percent from downtown and 85.0 percent from the free throw line (Haley Seibert, IPFW). • When looking at Duke’s five losses this season, two were to the No. 1 ranked RPI (Notre Dame), one to the No. 3 (Connecticut) and two to the No. 24 (North Carolina). Only Duke, Louisville and South Carolina in the top 10 feature no bad losses (teams ranked lower than No. 24 in RPI) on the season. • With Chelsea Gray and Alexis Jones injured, the duo had combined for 270 of Duke’s 523 assists on the season. • Duke currently ranks No. 1 nationally with a 41.2 three-point field goal percentage. The Blue Devils led the NCAA last year with a 40.5 percentage. • Tricia Liston’s 15 games with 20 or more points this season ranks second in the ACC behind Wake Forest’s Dearica Hamby (23). • 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. • Elizabeth Williams became just the sixth player in ACC history to register 300 blocks against N.C. State as she owns 318 for her career, which ranks fifth on the league’s all-time charts. • Alexis Jones’ 5.3 assist average on the season ranks as 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 1,629 points and 542 rebounds. • 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. • In the latest NCAA RPI, Duke was No. 4 with Notre Dame, Stanford and UConn taking the top three slots. Tennessee, South Carolina, Louisville, Purdue, Penn St. and Kentucky rounded out the top 10. • The Blue Devils posted four wins on the road against ranked opponents, which tied a school record (2006-07, 1998-99). • The Blue Devils registered their 16th straight 25-win seasons. The longest streak by other ACC teams is five by Notre Dame. Duke has reached 10 league victories for the 17th straight season. The streak is the longest in the ACC with the next closest being Miami (3). • Tricia Liston now owns an 85.7 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 16 of 32 contests. The Blue Devils have won 39 straight games when scoring 80 or more points, dating back to the 2008-09 campaign. • 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. • Follow @Duke_WBB and @CoachPDuke on Twitter to get the latest updates on Duke women's basketball. 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Duke in the ACC Championship... The Blue Devils own a 44-28 overall record in the ACC Tournament and have won at least one game in 19 out of the last 20 years. Since the ACC Championship was moved to Greensboro in 2000, only Duke (2000-04, ‘10-11, ‘13), North Carolina (2005-08) and Maryland (2009, 2012) have won the title.
ACC Tournament Wins... Since 2000, Duke leads the league with 34 victories in ACC Tournament action. The Blue Devils have notched a 34-6 mark, while the Tar Heels are second with 30 wins followed by Maryland (16), N.C. State (16) and Georgia Tech (11).
Duke Playing in Greensboro... With the ACC Tournament moving to Greensboro in 2000, Duke’s luck in the postseason changed greatly as the Blue Devils won 17 consecutive games to claim the ACC Tournament crowns from 2000-04 before losing to North Carolina in the championship in 2005. Duke has recorded a 36-7 ledger playing at the Greensboro Coliseum. It had been nicknamed Duke’s “Home Away From Home.” The first two victories came in 1999 in the NCAA East Regional against Old Dominion and Tennessee. The victories advanced Duke to its first NCAA Final Four and National Championship game appearance. In ACC Tournament games, the Blue Devils have posted a 34-6 overall record in Greensboro.
Blue Devils vs. Notre Dame in 2013-14... In two games against the Irish this season, Duke has averaged only 68.5 points and hit 43.4 percent from the field, while Notre Dame has averaged 84.5 points and hit 54.6 percent from the field. Duke last turned in an 81-70 loss at Notre Dame on Feb. 23. In that contest, Elizabeth Williams totaled 20 points, six rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 34 minutes. Richa Jackson has averaged 13.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals, while hitting 50.0 percent from the field. Tricia Liston scored 23 points in the first meeting and has hit 4-of-9 treys in the two games.
ACC Tournament Win Percentage... Head coach Joanne P. McCallie owns an ACC-best ACC Tournament winning percentage (83.3) in her seven years with the Blue Devils. She has notched a 15-3 record to go along with three titles.
McCallie in Tournament Play... In her 22 years as a head coach, Joanne P. McCallie has produced a 39-12 record in league tournament action. She totaled an 8-1 mark in the North Atlantic Conference Tournament with two titles, a 10-2 record along with two titles in the America East Tournament, a 6-6 mark with one title in the Big Ten Tournament and a 15-3 mark in the ACC Tournament to go along with titles in 2010, 2011 and 2013.
Johnson Enters Lineup... Junior Ka’lia Johnson made her first collegiate start in the quarterfinals against Georgia Tech. The start was earned after she came off the bench at North Carolina and notched a career-high 12 points and four rebounds in a career-high 29 minutes. She hit 5-of-7 field goals. In the quarterfinals, Johnson collected seven points, six rebounds and two assists against Georgia Tech. She hit a career-best 2-of-2 from downtown. Johnson added a season-high eight boards, nine points, four assists and one steal in the semifinals as she played a career-high 34 minutes. She drained 1-of-3 treys. In the 2014 tournament, Johnson has averaged 8.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists. Johnson had hit only five three-pointers over her first 84 games prior to the 2014 ACC Tournament. Of her eight career three-pointers made, four have come in ACC Tournament play.
Swat Club... Elizabeth Williams owns 23 career blocks in the ACC Tournament which ranks third overall in the record books and first for a Duke player.
ACC Tournament Career Blocks 1. 37 Camille Little, UNC 2. 30 Dawn Royster, UNC 3. 23 Elizabeth Williams, Duke 4. 22 Latoya Pringle, UNC 5. 20 Alison Bales, Duke
Williams owns eight blocks in the 2014 tournament, which is close to moving into the top five of the record books.
ACC Tournament Blocks 1. 12 Dawn Royster, UNC 2. 11 Jessie Hick, Maryland 3. 10 Carolyn Swords, Boston College 4. 9 Peggy Caple, Clemson 9 Krystal Thomas, Duke 6. 8 Elizabeth Williams, Duke
Treys Made in the Tournament... Tricia Liston has drained 19 career three-pointers in the ACC Tournament, which ranks as the tied for fifth most in tournament history. She needs three to match the Duke tourney record held by Abby Waner (22).
ACC Tournament Career Three-Pointers 1. 36 Ivory Latta, UNC 2. 24 Stephanie Lawrence, UNC 3. 22 Abby Waner, Duke 4. 20 Tora Suber, Virginia 5. 19 Hilary Howard, Duke 19 Tricia Liston, Duke
The Series With Notre Dame... Notre Dame leads the overall series, 8-1, and has won six straight contests against the Blue Devils. In two of the previous meetings prior to this season, Duke has held leads of nine (2013) and 18 (2011), but the Irish have comeback to defeat the Blue Devils. Duke and Notre Dame will meet in the postseason for the second straight year, after the Irish downed the Blue Devils, 87-76, in the NCAA Elite Eight in 2013. Coach P owns a 2-4 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.
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.