#8/8 Duke 0-0) at BYU (0-0) Friday, Nov. 11, 2011 • 9:00 PM (ET) • BYUtv Marriott Center (22,700) Media Information Television: BYUtv - Dave McCann (PXP), Kristen Kozlowski (Color) Online Radio: www.GoDuke.com Steve Barnes (PXP), Morgan Patrick (Color) Live Stats: www.GoDuke.com Twitter: Duke_WBB & CoachPDuke Facebook: Duke Women’s Basketball Series History: Duke leads 2-0
Inside Duke Record: 0-0 Ranking: #8 (AP), #8 (Coaches) Last Result: Season Opener Up Next: vs. Auburn, 11-18-11 Head Coach: Joanne P. McCallie (5th Year) Duke Record: 114-26 (5th Year) Career Record: 430-174 (20th Year)
Inside BYU Record: 0-0 Ranking: NR (AP), NR (Coaches) Last Result: Season Opener Up Next: at Tulsa, 11-14-11 Head Coach: Jeff Judkins (11th Year) BYU Record: 205-108 (11th Year) Career Record: Same
No. 8 Blue Devils Open the Season on the Road at BYU on Friday... The preseason eighth-ranked Duke women’s basketball team will open the 2011-12 campaign on Friday, Nov. 11 at Brigham Young. The contest will be played at 9:00 p.m. (ET) at the Marriott Center in Provo, Utah and will be aired live on BYUtv. Calling the action for BYUtv will be Dave McCann (PXP) and Kristen Kozlowski (Color). The game will also be aired live on www.GoDuke.com via the Blue Devil IMG Network’s Steve Barnes (PXP) and Morgan Patrick (Color). Duke fans in the triangle area should be able to watch the contest on digital cable carried on channel 286, while direct tv customers should be able to follow the game on channel 374. There will also be a live blog via www.GoDuke.com starting at 8:45 p.m. Head coach Joanne P. McCallie enters her fifth season with the Blue Devils and has totaled a 114-26 mark in her first four years. Following the season opener, Duke will return home and host Auburn on Friday, Nov. 18 at 12:00 p.m.
Noting Duke... Duke has won 10 straight games in the month of November ... the Blue Devils return 59.8 percent of its three-pointers hit a season ago led by Chelsea Gray (33), Tricia Liston (28) and Shay Selby (23) ... Duke is the reigning back-to-back ACC Champions and have won a total of seven ACC Championships.
A Look At BYU... BYU enters Friday’s contest following an appearance in the Sweet Sixteen of the WNIT a year ago while also capturing its third MWC regular season title and notching an overall record of 25-9 during the 2010-11 season. The Cougars return two starters and seven letterwinners under head coach Jeff Judkins, who is in his 11th year at BYU. In its first exhibition game this year, the Cougars defeated Western Oregon, 90-61, behind freshman Lexi Eaton’s 14-point performance. BYU also recorded a 91-54 exhibition victory over Dixie State, with senior Dani Peterson and sophomore Stephanie Vermunt tallying 15 points each.
The Series With BYU... Duke and BYU will meet for only the third time in school history. In last year’s contest, the Blue Devils claimed a 69-54 victory in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The only other meeting between the two schools was an 80-60 win for Duke on Jan. 10, 1987, in Cameron.
Duke Versus the West Coast Conference... The Blue Devils own an all-time record of 6-1 against West Coast Conference teams -- Loyola Marymount (1-0), Pepperdine (1-0), San Diego (2-0), San Francisco (0-1) and BYU (2-0).
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes... • Duke’s eight returning letterwinners own 78 career starts, while 2011 graduates Jasmine Thomas, Krystal Thomas and Karima Christmas totaled 237 starts over the last four years. • The Blue Devils feature nine freshmen and sophomores on the roster in 2011-12, which is the most since Duke had 10 on the roster in 2000-01. • The average age of Duke’s squad this season is 19 years old. This is the youngest since the 2000-01 squad that had an average age of 18.2. • Over the last 11 years, Duke owns the third-most wins in the nation -- Connecticut (378), Tennessee (343) and Duke (334). • Duke lost 45.8 percent of its scoring from a year ago with the graduation of Jasmine Thomas, Krystal Thomas and Karima Christmas. All three were selected in the 2011 WNBA Draft. • The Blue Devils return only 458 points from its upperclassmen -- Shay Selby, Kathleen Scheer and Allison Vernerey. This is the fewest in school history with the next being 491 in 1990-91. The three returning upperclassmen also matches for the fewest in school history (1995-96). • Follow @Duke_WBB and @CoachPDuke on Twitter to get the latest updates on Duke women’s basketball. Also, “Like” Duke Women’s Basketball on Facebook to get the latest video, pictures and more. Join both now as they are free! You can win free prizes each week on both Twitter and Facebook, so make sure you follow closely.
Opening on the Road... Duke owns an all-time record of 4-2 in true road openers, including four straight wins. The Blue Devils own an overall mark of 28-8 in season openers over the history of the program. Duke will head out West for only the third time in school history to open the season -- Denver in 2007 (W, 57-37) and New Mexico in 2000 (W, 80-52 vs. UCLA).
Freshmen Starting... Freshman Elizabeth Williams could become just the 13th player in Head Coach Joanne P. McCallie’s 20 years to start her first collegiate game when the season starts on Friday. She would join teammate Chloe Wells as she started her first game a year ago. In Duke’s history, only 22 freshmen have started their first collegiate contest.
Williams Shines in Exhibition Games... Blue Devil freshman Elizabeth Williams was solid in the two exhibition games averaging 19.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 6.0 blocks, 3.5 steals and 1.5 assists as she started both contests. She led Duke with a 28.5 minutes per game average, but struggled shooting from the field with a 44.1 field goal percentage.
Duke Boasts Young Squad... Duke returns only two starters -- Haley Peters and Chelsea Gray -- for the 2011-12 campaign but welcomes back eight student-athletes who started at least two contests from a year ago. The Blue Devils feature only two seniors and one junior to go along with nine freshmen and sophomores marking the youngest squad in Coach P’s 20 years as a head coach.
Duke Returns Zero Double-Digit Scorers... For the first time in school history, the Blue Devils will open a season with zero returning double-digit scorers in 2011-12. The highest returning scorer for Duke is Chelsea Gray with an 8.7 per game average. In the ACC, Duke, Clemson, Virginia, North Carolina and Virginia Tech all return zero double-figure scorers.
Breaking Down the Exhibitions... Duke knocked off Pfeiffer (112-27) and Lander (79-52) in two exhibition games. Three Blue Devils averaged double-figure scoring in those contests -- Elizabeth Williams (19.0), Chloe Wells (16.5) and Chelsea Gray (16.5). Haley Peters led Duke with 15 rebounds, while Gray had team-bests in assists (13) and steals (10). Williams swatted 12 shots and notched 11 offensive rebounds. As a team, Duke hit 49.7 percent from the field and 35.7 percent from downtown. The Blue Devils hit only 56.8 percent from the free throw line.
Blue Devils Preseason Ranked No. 8... Duke has been preseason ranked No. 8 nationally in both the Associated Press and USA Today ESPN Division I Coaches polls to open the season. It marks the 12th year in a row that Duke has been preseason ranked in the top 10 by both polls.