#17/16 DUKE BLUE DEVILS (20-6, 9-4) AT SYRACUSE (18-7, 6-6)
Game 27 • Thursday, Feb. 15 • 7:00 PM
Syracuse, N.Y. • Carrier Dome (35,121)
Radio: Blue Devil IMG Sports Network
(620 AM, 99.3 FM, 96.5 FM, GoDuke.com, TuneIn app) - Chris Edwards
TV/Video: RSN-TV: Tom Werme(PXP) and LaChina Robinson (Color)
The Series: Duke leads 5-1
Duke Head Coach: Joanne P. McCallie (Northwestern, ‘87)
Record: 609-225 (26)
Syracuse Head Coach: Quentin Hillsman (St. Mary’s College of Md., ‘93)
Record: 259-134 (12)
Setting the Scene...
For the final time in the regular season, the Duke women’s basketball team (20-6, 9-4 ACC) will hit the road as the 17th-ranked Blue Devils take on Syracuse (18-7, 6-6) Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m., in the Carrier Dome.
Thursday’s game will be aired live on RSN-TV with Tom Werme (PXP) and LaChina Robinson (Color) calling the action. It will also be carried on the Blue Devil IMG Sports Network via 620 AM, 99.3 FM, 96.5 FM, TuneIn Radio app and www.GoDuke.com with Chris Edwards on the air beginning at 6:45 p.m.
Fans can watch Thursday’s game via ACC Network Extra (subject to blackout), FOX Sports South, FOX Sports Florida, FOX Sports Midwest, YES, NBC Sports Washington Plus, NESN Plus, AT&T Sportsnet Pittsburgh Plus, SportsTime Ohio,
FOX Sports Detroit Plus, FOX Sports North Plus, FOX Sports Southwest Plus, AT&T Sportsnet Las Vegas, AT&T Sportsnet Rocky Mtn. and Root Sports Northwest.
What is Next?...
Duke will close the regular season with two straight home contests against Florida State (Feb. 19) and North Carolina (Feb. 25). The FSU contest will mark Duke’s annual “Play for Kay” game.
• Lexie Brown has hit a three-pointer in an ACC-best 25 straight games, which is tied for the longest streak in Duke history (Georgia Schweitzer in 2000-01).
• Rebecca Greenwell needs only one point to move into a tie for sixth on Duke’s all-time scoring list along with Katie Meier (1,761).
• Duke looks to improve on its 6-5 road record this season as the Blue Devils travel to Syracuse Thursday.
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes...
• Over the last nine games, Rebecca Greenwell has averaged 13.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.5 assists. She has hit 25-of-53 treys for a 47.2 percentage, while hitting 50.0 percent of her field goals.
• With 19 more minutes played, Rebecca Greenwell will join the Duke greats Alana Beard, Elizabeth Williams, Jasmine Thomas, Monique Currie and Lindsey Harding as the only Blue Devils to play 4,000 minutes. Greenwell owns 3,981.
• In three seasons in the ACC (2 at Duke and 1 at Maryland), Lexie Brown has totaled 1,483 points and is 17 away from reaching 1,500 points.
• Duke is the only team in the ACC to feature two different players with at least six blocks in a game this season (Leaonna Odom, Jade Williams).
• Lexie Brown is only 37 points away from becoming the only active player in NCAA Division I with 2,000 points, 500 assists and 300 steals.
• Rebecca Greenwell has moved into sixth place on the ACC career three-pointers made list with 276 and needs 24 more to move into a tie for fifth.
• During the last four road games, Erin Mathias has averaged 12.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1.5 steals. This included a double-double at Pitt with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Mathias has notched four straight road games with at least 10 points.
• Bego Faz Davalos moved into 22nd on the NCAA career blocks list and needs two more to enter into a tie for 21st with 368.
• Lexie Brown is the only player in the ACC with 90+ steals and 90+ assists (110 assists, 93 steals). The next closest player is Chanette Hicks of Virginia Tech with 131 assists and 74 steals.
• Duke has forced 18 shot clock violations this season by its defense.
• In ACC games only, Duke leads the league in three-point field goal percentage (40.3). Duke also ranks second in blocked shots (5.1) and third in steals (9.9).
• Duke features three players with 25 or more blocks for the third straight year -- Leaonna Odom (32), Erin Mathias (31) and Jade Williams (33). Duke had not featured three with as many blocks since the 2005-06 campaign.
• Lexie Brown and Rebecca Greenwell combined for 50 points at Wake Forest. It marked the fifth time the tandem have combined for 50 or more points over the last two years - 2017-18 (Old Dominion, WFU), 2016-17 (Longwood, Old Dominion, Miami).
• Duke leads the ACC in paint defense, only allowing 19.46 points in the paint per game. The next closest team is Virginia with a 20.96 average.
• All 29 of Duke’s 2017-18 contests will be aired on some type of television between ESPN3, ACC Network Extra, ESPN2, RSN-TV, SEC Network and Nova Nation.
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A Look at Syracuse...
Syracuse enters the contest with an 18-7 overall and 6-6 league mark. The Orange have registered an 11-2 record at home this season, but has lost two straight.
On the year, Tiana Mangakahia (18.0 points, 252 assists), Miranda Drummond (14.9 points, 61 treys), Gabrielle Cooper (10.5 points, 62 treys) and Digna Strautmane (10.2 points, 6.6 rebounds) have paced Syracuse on the season.
The Series with Syracuse...
Duke holds an all-time series mark of 5-1 against Syracuse, while posting a 1-1 mark at Syracuse. The Blue Devils have averaged 72.3 points a game in the series and have held the Orange to an average ledger of 58.7 points.
Coach P holds a mark of 4-1 over Syracuse.
Duke Players vs. Syracuse...
In four games against Syracuse, Rebecca Greenwell has averaged 13.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists. She has hit 10-of-24 treys for a 41.7 percentage and scored 18 or more points two different times.
Last year, Lexie Brown averaged 15.5 points, 6.0 assists, 8.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals in two meetings. She totaled 22 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals in the ACC Tournament.
Moving on Up...
Fifth-year senior Rebecca Greenwell continues to move up the Duke scoring list. She owns 1,760 points and needs one point to reach a tie for sixth along with Katie Meier (1,761).
Greenwell also needs 25 points to move into a tie for fifth along with Sue Harnett (1,785).
Only four Duke players have ever reached the 1,800-point mark and she could join the club soon.
Greenwell is now the Duke record holder for most three-point field goals attempted (694) and ranks tied 12th on the ACC all-time charts. She broke the mark at Clemson.
Nearing 10 Wins in ACC Action...
With one more ACC win, the Duke will reach the 10-win ACC mark for the 10th time under Coach P and the 22nd time in school history. The Blue Devils have totaled 10+ wins 20 out of the last 21 years.
Duke Totals 20 Wins...
With the victory against Clemson, Duke registered its 21st consecutive 20-win season and the 23rd out of the last 24 years.
Head Coach Joanne P. McCallie totaled her 23rd 20-win season over her 26-year coaching career and 14th straight.
Looking at the national scene, Tennessee owns a 42-year streak of reaching 20 wins, while Connecticut is second (25) and Duke’s 20 straight years are third.
The ACC record for most consecutive 20-win seasons is 20 by Duke.
Big on the Boards...
Rebecca Greenwell has been a monster on the boards recently pulling down eight or more rebounds in five straight contests. She is the first Duke player to notch eight or more boards in five consecutive games since Elizabeth Williams (2014-15). Greenwell is only the second Duke guard to accomplish this (Katie Meier in 1989-90).
Over the last five games, she has averaged 13.8 points and 9.0 rebounds
At Clemson, Greenwell became the third Duke guard along with Alana Beard and Monique Currie to register over 1,500 points and 700 rebounds. Earlier this season, she became the first Duke player to amass 1,500 points, 600 rebounds and 200 made three-pointers.
Greenwell currently owns 1,760 points and 707 rebounds.
Blocks & Steals...
Duke continues to be one of the best teams nationally in steals and blocks this season combining for 15.4 a contests.
This ranks second in the ACC and fourth nationally among Power Five Conference teams --
17.3 - Rutgers
16.2 - Auburn
15.5 - Pittsburgh
15.4 - Duke
15.0 - Georgia
Roma Gives Spark Off Bench...
Redshirt junior Sofia Roma came off the bench against Wake Forest and provided a key spark in the fourth quarter. In seven fourth quarter minutes, Roma totaled five points, four rebounds and one assist. She hit 2-of-2 field goals. The three offensive rebounds was tied for a Duke best.
Duke’s Lexie Brown’s 25-game streak with at least one three-pointer leads the ACC and tied second-best among Power Five Conferences.
Brown’s streak has matched the Duke record held by Georgia Schweitzer (25 in 2000-01).
Consecutive Games with a Three-Pointer
(Power 5 Conferences)
Kelsey Mitchell, Ohio State - 83
Lexie Brown, Duke - 25
Aliyah Mazyck, USC - 25
Aislinn Konig, NC State - 24
Brown Approaching 100 Steals...
Duke fifth-year senior Lexie Brown is having one of the best individual seasons in Duke history averaging 19.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 3.6 steals.
She owns 93 steals and could become just the third Blue Devil to reach the 100-steals mark joining only Alana Beard (3 times) and Jasmine Thomas (2009-10).
The Duke single-season record is 114 by Alana Beard in 2001-02 and Brown registered 96 a year ago.
Brown’s 93 steals currently ranks tied sixth on Duke’s single-season charts and needs three to move into a tie with Brown (96) for fifth.
For the Florida State contest Feb. 19 in Cameron Indoor Stadium, Duke University head coach Joanne P. McCallie will be donning an outfit designed by senior Erin Mathias.
Mathias, who created her own fashion line called Erin Mathias Designs, is designing the outfit for Duke’s “Pink Game.” The outfit will then be auctioned off to raise money for cancer research.
In September, Mathias held a fashion show in front of the Duke Chapel to debut her clothing line and is looking to go into design following graduation.