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Date/Time:.......................Sunday, Feb. 17 at 3:00 PM
Location/Venue:..................Durham, N.C. (Cameron Indoor Stadium - 9,314)
Where to Watch:..................RSN-TV
Radio:...........................Blue Devil IMG - WDNC-AM 620 (Steve Barnes, Morgan Patrick)
Series Record:...................Duke leads 56-16 (won 38 games in a row)
Last Meeting:....................Jan. 13, 2013 - Duke 73, Wake Forest 44
Record:..........................23-1, 13-0 (ACC)
Ranking:.........................#5 (AP), #4 (USA Today)
Head Coach:......................Joanne P. McCallie (21st Year)
Record at Duke:..........164-33 (6th Year)
ACC Record:..............74-12 (6th Year)
Overall Record:..........480-181 (21st Year)
vs. Wake Forest..........8-1
Record:..........................11-14, 4-9 (ACC)
Ranking:.........................NR (AP), NR (USA Today)
Head Coach:......................Jen Hoover (1st Year)
Overall Record:..................31-27 (2nd Year)
Record at Wake Forest:...........11-14 (1st Year)
Setting the Scene...
The fifth-ranked Duke women’s basketball team (23-1, 13-0 ACC) will enter its final two-game homestand of the regular season on Sunday, Feb. 17 as the Blue Devils will host Wake Forest (11-14, 4-9 ACC) at 3:00 p.m., in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Sunday’s contest will be aired live on RSN-TV with Mike Hogewood (PXP) and Christy Winters Scott (Color) calling the action. The game will be shown on FOX Sports Carolinas, FOX Sports South, SUN Sports, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, FOX Sports Tennessee, FOX Sports San Diego, FS Prime Ticket and ESPN3.
The game will also be aired live on the Blue Devil IMG Sports Network on WDNC AM 620 with Steve Barnes (PXP) and Morgan Patrick (Color) on the air. The audio is also available live at www.GoDuke.com.
Sunday’s contest will mark Duke’s annual Play4Kay game as the Blue Devils will wear white uniforms with pink trim. The game will also be the final event in a week long partnership with Samaritan’s Feet, a non-profit organization that raises money to provide shoes for those in need all around the world. Duke head coach Joanne P. McCallie and Wake Forest head coach Jen Hoover will coach in bare feet to bring awareness to the organization.
The Blue Devils are in the final game of playing four games in 10 days, which started at Virginia on Feb. 8.
Duke will remain at home to play Florida State on Friday, Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m., on RSN-TV.
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes...
• Prior to the game on Sunday, junior Chelsea Gray will be recognized for becoming the 28th player in Duke history to reach 1,000 career points. The ceremony will take place immediately before the national anthem.
• Duke has won 119 consecutive home games against unranked opponents.
• Duke’s 15-game winning streak in Cameron Indoor Stadium ranks tied for sixth-best in the NCAA as far as current streaks.
• The Blue Devils have won an ACC-record 36 straight games in Cameron Indoor Stadium against ACC opponents. Duke has not lost an ACC contest at home since Maryland posted a 76-69 win on Feb. 17, 2008. Coach P is 38-2 at home against ACC opponents in her six years at Duke.
• Duke boasts three players ranking in the top 10 nationally -- Elizabeth Williams in blocks (9th, 2.9), Chelsea Gray in steals (3rd, 3.7) and Tricia Liston in three-point field goal percentage (3rd, 48.0).
• Elizabeth Williams has notched double-figure scoring against 11 consecutive ACC opponents.
• The Blue Devils own the top two three-point field goal percentage leaders in the ACC -- Chloe Wells (51.2) and Tricia Liston (48.0). In ACC games only, they also rank No. 1 - Wells (46.9) and Liston (45.6).
• Elizabeth Williams has blocked at least one shot in every collegiate game she has played - 57 straight, which is a new Duke record. It broke the previous record of 55 held by Alison Bales in 2003-05. Dating back to high school, Williams has blocked a shot in 75 straight games as she closed her H.S. career with blocks in 19 consecutive contests.
• Over the last two games, Duke has hit 41-of-46 free throws for an 89.1 percentage.
• Duke and UConn are the only schools in the nation with three different players ranking in the top 10 of different NCAA statistics.
• Chelsea Gray leads Duke with 17 charges taken on the season. Gray has 34 for her career and has moved into sole possession of fourth place on Duke’s all-time charges taken list.
• Duke has won 21 straight games when scoring 80 or more points, dating back to the 2008-09 campaign.
• As a team, Duke is first in three-point field goal percentage (42.9) and eighth in steals (12.9) nationally.
• Duke has notched at least 10 league wins for the 16th straight year.
• In ACC games only, the Blue Devils lead the league with a 47.3 scoring defense, 31.6 field goal percentage defense, three-point percentage (39.5), three-point field goal percentage defense (23.4), blocked shots (5.4), turnover margin (+5.4) and tied for first in assist/turnover ratio (0.9).
• Elizabeth Williams is averaging 8.5 points and hitting 54.5 percent of her field goals in the second half this season.
• Duke is averaging 25.3 points off turnovers this season.
• Over the last two years, Duke is 19-0 when Chelsea Gray dishes seven or more assists. The Blue Devils are also 5-5 when Gray attempts 14 or more field goals.
• Elizabeth Williams is first in the league with a 57.4 field goal percentage in ACC games only.
• Chelsea Gray has moved into sixth place on Duke’s all-time steals chart with 245 steals. Gray needs 14 steals to move into a tie for fifth on the list.
• Duke is averaging 76.2 points this season, which is the most for a Blue Devil squad since 2005-06 with an 86.0 ledger. The most for a Coach P squad in her previous five years was 75.2 in 2008-09.
• After holding Virginia Tech to 33 points on Feb. 14, head coach Joanne P. McCallie has held 23 different opponents to under 40 points since arriving at Duke in 2007-08.
• The Blue Devils registered a 3.3 grade-point average in the fall semester, which included five student-athletes with above a 3.5 GPA. A total of 11 Blue Devils had a 3.0 or better.
• Duke has hit 50.0 percent or better from the field in seven different games.
• The Blue Devils own four different student-athletes hitting over 40.0 percent or better from downtown -- Chelsea Gray (40.7), Tricia Liston (48.0), Haley Peters (51.3) and Chloe Wells (51.2).
• Tricia Liston had her streak of 18 straight games with at least one three-pointer come to an end at N.C. State on Jan. 3. It was the longest streak since Georgia Schweitzer hit treys in 25 straight games in 2000-01.
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A Look at Wake Forest...
Wake Forest enters Sunday’s matchup with an overall record of 11-14 and a 4-9 mark in ACC play after falling to No. 14 North Carolina, 76-56, in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Thursday. The Demon Deacons have dropped six of their last seven games and currently own a 2-6 record in games played on the road.
Lakevia Boykin (14.3 points, 3.0 rebounds), Chelsea Douglas (13.8 points, 2.4 rebounds) and Dearica Hamby (11.4 points, 6.8 rebounds) have led the way for Wake Forest.
Head coach Jen Hoover is in her first season at the helm of the program. A 1991 graduate of Wake Forest, Hoover joined the Demon Deacons after guiding High Point to a 20-13 record during the 2011-12 campaign in her first stint as a head coach. Hoover was a three-time All-ACC selection at Wake Forest and still holds school career records for points (1,728) and rebounds (1,006).
The Series with Wake Forest...
Duke and Wake Forest have met 72 times in school history with the Blue Devils leading the series 56-16. Earlier this season, the fourth-ranked Blue Devils cruised past the Demon Deacons, 77-43, in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Blue Devils have won the past 38 consecutive games dating back to the 1993-94 season, and have a 24-6 edge in games played in Cameron Indoor Stadium, including winning 15 in a row.
Head coach Joanne P. McCallie is 8-1 all-time in games against Wake Forest and 8-0 since joining the Blue Devil program.
Blue Devils Versus Wake Forest...
In two career games against Wake Forest, Elizabeth Williams owns averages of 18.0 points, 11.5 rebounds, 8.0 blocks, 3.0 steals and 2.0 steals. She totaled a triple-double as a freshman with 18 points, 16 rebounds and 12 blocks in 33 minutes. Earlier this season, Williams registered 18 points, seven rebounds, four blocks, three steals and two assists in 29 minutes.
Over the last three games against WFU, Richa Jackson has averaged 12.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals.
Chelsea Gray has been held to only 13 points on 4-of-13 field goals in the last two meetings with the Demon Deacons. She has dished nine assists in those contests.
In the last meeting, Chloe Wells notched 14 points as she hit 2-of-3 treys in 23 minutes in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Freshman Alexis Jones had a solid outing earlier this season with 11 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in 28 minutes at WFU.
Win Streaks Against an Opponent...
Duke enters Sunday with a 37-game winning streak against Wake Forest. That streak ranks in the top 10 nationally for wins against another conference opponent.
1. Stanford vs. Washington St. (Pacific 10) 53
2. UCSB vs. Cal St. Fullerton (Big West) 40
T3. Tennessee vs. Alabama (SEC) 39
Liberty vs. Coastal Carolina (Big South) 39
5. Duke vs. Wake Forest (ACC) 38
6. Duke vs. Georgia Tech (ACC) 35
7. Tennessee vs. Mississippi St. (SEC) 34
In the ACC Standings...
With Duke boasting a 13-0 mark in ACC action, the Blue Devils own a two-game lead over Maryland (11-2) and North Carolina (11-2).
The Blue Devils have won at least a share of the ACC regular season title in each of the last three years, including the outright title in 2011-12.
Hey, I Know You...
Second year assistant coach Candice M. Jackson spent 2008-11 with Wake Forest as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. She helped recruit the three-member sophomore class of Lauryn Webster, Millesa Calicott and Dearica Hamby, who was a top 100 recruit.
Peters, Williams Combine for 50...
Haley Peters and Elizabeth Williams combined to score 50 points on Thursday at Virginia Tech as they registered 25 points each, which tied career highs for both.
Peters, who didn’t score in the previous game against No. 7 Maryland, came out and scored the first eight points of the contest and finished with 13 first half points. She drained a career-high four treys in the game out of five attempts and notched her fifth double-double with 10 rebounds.
Williams hit 9-of-14 field goals and scored 25 points, while pulling down seven rebounds and blocking two shots.
It marked the second time this season Duke has notched two players with 20 or more points in the same game - Presbyterian (Peters & Liston with 21 each).
Play4Kay and Samaritans Feet...
Please join Duke, the ACC and the Kay Yow Cancer Fund in raising awareness for the fight against breast cancer by participating in the Play 4Kay Initiative. Duke is asking fans to trade in their Duke blue for pink this Sunday, Feb. 17 as the Blue Devils take on Wake Forest in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The Blue Devils will be wearing white uniforms with pink trim along with pink shoelaces for the game. All cancer survivors in attendance will be recognized during the contest.
Play 4Kay is a unified effort of a nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness and funds for cancer research on and off the court. The late Kay Yow, former N.C. State head women’s basketball coach, served as the catalyst to this initiative after her third recurrence of breast cancer in 2006. Since its inception, Play4Kay has raised $8 million dollars for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. To support a cause that hits too close to home for us all, make an online donation on behalf of the Blue Devils.
Sunday’s game will also be the final event in a week long partnership with Samaritan’s Feet, a non-profit organization that raises money to provide shoes for those in need all around the world. Duke head coach Joanne P. McCallie and Wake Forest head coach Jen Hoover will coach in bare feet to bring awareness to the organization.
Samaritans Feet was started by Emmanuel Ohonme after his life was forever changed when a stranger gave him his first pair of shoes as a boy in Lagos, Nigerian.
Ohonme went on to earn a Division I basketball scholarship and became inspired to fulfill his vision of putting 10 million pairs of shoes on the feet of 10 million orphans and impoverished people a reality.
Over the last two contests, three different Blue Devils have reached the 20-point mark -- Chelsea Gray (28 vs. Maryland), Haley Peters (25 at Virginia Tech) and Elizabeth Williams (25 at Virginia Tech).
A total of four Blue Devils have notched at least 20 points in a game this season - Vernerey (22 points vs. Iona) and Tricia Liston (3 times).
Gray Nets 1,000 Points...
At the 5:51 mark of the first half on Feb. 11 against seventh-ranked Maryland, junior Chelsea Gray reached 1,000 career points as she drained a free throw. Gray became the 28th player in Duke history to reach 1,000 career points. She became the 10th-quickest Blue Devil to reach 1,000 points in 90 games.
Gray finished the night with a career-high 28 points and now owns 1,024 points in three years.
Home Sweet Home...
Since Joanne P. McCallie took over as head coach at Duke in 2007-08, she has guided the Blue Devils to a 79-5 overall record in Cameron Indoor Stadium. During that stretch, the Blue Devils posted a 14-0 mark in 2008-09 and a 17-0 ledger in 2010-11, which were only the second and third undefeated home seasons in school history.
Duke's loss to Connecticut last year snapped a school-record 34-game winning streak in Cameron. Duke has won 78 out of the last 84 contests, 93 out of the last 98 and 174 out of the last 185 games in Cameron since 2000-01.
The other top win streaks at home have been -- 34 (2010-12), 24 (2005-06 through 2007-08; 2007-08 through 2009-10; 21 (2001-02 through 2002-03), 20 (2003-04 through 2004-05) and 16 (1998-99 through 1999-2000).
No Senior Starters...
Duke boasts only four starts this season by its lone senior on the roster -- Allison Vernerey. The four starts this year ranks as the second-fewest in the ACC behind Clemson, who has started zero seniors.
In teams ranked in the top 25, the Blue Devils own the second-fewest senior starts behind Louisville, who has zero.
Career Night for Gray...
Junior Chelsea Gray registered a career night on the top stage against seventh-ranked Maryland as she notched a career-high 28 points, four steals, three rebounds and three assists in 34 minutes.
Gray hit a career-high 13-of-14 free throws, including her final 10 in a row. Her 13 free throws made ranks tie for the sixth-most in a single-game in Duke history.
Over the last three games, Gray has drained six treys on 12 attempts.
ACC Wins Under Coach P...
Since Joanne P. McCallie took over the reins at Duke in 2007-08, the Blue Devils have amassed the most ACC and overall wins in the league.
School ACC Overall
Duke 74-12 165-33
Maryland 62-23 161-38
UNC 58-27 151-45
Florida State 57-28 131-58
Virginia 48-37 128-66
GT 47-38 127-64
Miami 41-44 114-71
Through games of 2/14
Undefeated in League Play...
Duke is now 13-0 in ACC action, which is the tied for third-best start in ACC history. The Blue Devils have notched undefeated 16-0 records in ACC play in 2001-02 and 2002-03, while notching an undefeated 14-0 mark in 2006-07. Other top starts were in 13-0 (1998-99), 8-0 (2003-04 & 2011-12), 7-0 (2005-06 & 2010-11) and 6-0 (2009-10).
The Blue Devils have started 13-0 for the second straight year as Duke was 13-0 last season before falling at Maryland.
Best ACC Starts in League History
16-0 - Duke (2002-03, 2001-02), Virginia (1994-95)
14-0 - UNC (2007-08), Duke (2006-07), UVA (1990-91)
13-0 - Duke (1998-99, 2011-12, 2012-13), UNC (1996-97)
10-0 - Maryland (1991-92)
9-0 - UNC (2005-06), UVA (1986-87), NCSU (1979-80, 1977-78)
8-0 - UNC (2006-07), Duke (2003-04), UVA (1985-86)
At Home This Season...
Duke has registered an 11-0 record at home this season and has been led by four double-digit scorers -- Elizabeth Williams (15.0), Tricia Liston (15.0), Chelsea Gray (14.2), Haley Peters (11.2).
The Blue Devils are averaging 80.2 points a game, while hitting 46.6 percent of their field goals, while holding opponents to 44.9 points and 29.6 percent shooting.
Duke is forcing 24.5 turnovers a game and swiping 14.9 steals. The Blue Devils have a whopping 14.4 rebounding margin at home.
Liston Off the Bench...
Tricia Liston has come off the bench the last seven games and in those contests she has averaged 14.3 points and 2.9 rebounds in an average of 23.3 minutes. She has hit 17-of-33 treys for a 51.5 percentage.
Liston has come out in the first half over the last seven games and averaged 7.7 points, while hitting 10-of-14 treys (71.4%).
Sharp Shooting Peters...
Over her first three years at Duke, junior Haley Peters has hit over 50.0 percent from the field in each of those seasons.
She hit 52.2 percent as a freshman, 51.2 percent as a sophomore and has drained 50.6 percent so far this season.
Peters joins only Alana Beard (2001-03), Chante Black (2005-08), Payton Black (1996-99), Ali Day (1993-95), Tyish Hall (1994-97), Monika Kost (1988-92), Chris Moreland (1985-88) and Rochelle Parent (1998-01) as Duke players to hit 50.0 percent or better from the field in their first three years.
Williams Coming on Strong...
Sophomore Elizabeth Williams is feeling much better and her play is showing on the court. Over the last three games, she is averaging 19.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 2.7 assists. She has hit 57.9 percent of her field goals during that stretch.
In ACC games, Williams ranks fifth in scoring (16.3), 11th in rebounding (7.5), first in field goal percentage (57.4), 14th in free throw percentage (74.6) and first in blocks (2.9).
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