Date/Time: Friday, Dec. 21 & Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012
Location/Venue: Los Angeles, Calif. (Galen Center, 10,258)
Where to Watch: vs. USC (Pac -12 Network)
Radio: Blue Devil IMG - WDNC-AM 620 (Steve Barnes, Morgan Patrick)
Live Stats: www.GoDuke.com
Series Record: vs. CSU-Bakersfield (First Meeting); vs. USC (5-0)
Last Meeting: Nov. 15, 2010 (Duke 75, USC 50)
Ranking: #4 (AP), #4 (USA Today)
Head Coach: Joanne P. McCallie (21st Year)
Record at Duke: 149-32 (6th Year)
ACC Record: 80-14 (6th Year)
Overall Record: 465-180 (21st Year)
vs. Southern California (3-0).........vs. CSU-Bakersfield (0-0)
CSU-Bakersfield & Southern California
Record: CSU-Bakersfield (2-10), USC (3-5)
Ranking: None (AP), None (USA Today)
Head Coach: Greg McCall - CSU Bakersfield (2nd Year)
Michael Cooper - USC (4th Year)
Record at CSUB/Overall: 9-32 (2nd), same
Record at USC/Overall: 64-42 (3rd), same
Setting the Scene...
Coming off exam break, the fourth-ranked Duke women's basketball team (8-0) will travel to Los Angeles, Calif., to play in the Trojan Classic on Dec. 21-22. The Blue Devils will take on CSU-Bakersfield (2-10) and Southern California (3-5) in the Galen Center.
Duke will take on CSU-Bakersfield on Friday, Dec. 21 at 10:30 p.m., followed by a 3 p.m. tip on Saturday, Dec. 22 against Southern California, which will be aired live on the PAC-12 Network. Calling the action will be Anne Marie Anderson (PXP) and Mary Murphy (Color).
The Blue Devils will take juniors Chelsea Gray and Chloe Wells back to their home state of California. Both are expected to have over a combined 100 family and friends in attendance.
Both contests over the weekend will be aired live on the Blue Devil IMG Sports Network on WDNC AM 620 with Steve Barnes (PXP) and Morgan Patrick (Color) calling the action. The audio is also available live at www.GoDuke.com.
Following the game Saturday, Duke will have a break for the Christmas holiday and will next be in action on Sunday, Dec. 30 at 2 p.m., versus Monmouth in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes...
- The Blue Devils are coming off posting a season low points (60), field goals (22), field goal percentage (37.3), three-point field goal attempts (5), assists (14) and steals (9) against St. John's.
- Elizabeth Williams has blocked at least one shot in every collegiate game she has played - 41 straight. The streak is the second-best in school history behind Alison Bales' 55 in 2003-05.
- Tricia Liston posted two three-pointers in the St. John's contest to move past the 100-trey mark of her career (101). She has hit at least one three-pointer in 15 straight games, which is the longest streak since Georgia Schweitzer hit 25 straight treys in 2000-01.
- In dissecting the top shot blockers in the nation, Elizabeth Williams is the only underclassman to rank in the top eight in the country.
- Duke will travel to the state of California for the second straight year as the Blue Devils competed in the Fresno Regional last year before falling to Stanford in the Elite Eight.
- After averaging a combined 9.5 rebounds a season ago, the junior duo of Tricia Liston and Haley Peters is pulling down an average of 14.5 boards a contest this season.
- Chelsea Gray came close to registering her second career triple-double against California with 13 points, nine assists and eight rebounds.
- The Blue Devils registered 70 or more points in the opening seven contests for the first time since 2005-06.
- The Blue Devils have won 57 straight home contests against unranked non-conference opponents.
- Duke held Iona to 31 points, which marks the 18th time under Coach P the Blue Devils have held an opponent to under 40 points.
- Chelsea Gray had her consecutive free throws made streak come to an end at Michigan at a school-record 37.
- Duke owns a 35-2 record against non-conference opponents at home in Cameron Indoor Stadium dating back to the 2008-09 campaign. The Blue Devils have notched a 27-2 record in the month of December over the last four years. Duke has won 45 straight home games in the month of December with the last loss coming to UCLA on Dec. 20, 1997 (83-93).
A Look at CSU-Bakersfield...
The Roadrunners enter Friday's matchup with an overall record of 2-10 after falling to Santa Clara, 77-56 on Dec. 19. California State - Bakersfield is coming off three straight losses and currently own a 2-5 record when away from its home court. CSU-Bakersfield is 0-1 on the season on neutral courts, after falling to Stephen F. Austin, 76-71 on Nov. 24.
Amber Williams (13.3 points, 2.4 rebounds), Tyonna Outland (12.0 points, 4.2 rebounds) and Janae Coffee (10.8 points, 8.3 rebounds) have led the way in scoring for the Roadrunners this year.
Head coach Greg McCall is in his second season as the head coach at CSU-Bakersfield after serving as an assistant at CSUB for four seasons. During his time as an assistant coach, McCall helped guide the Roadrunners to a pair of postseason appearances including a 22-12 record in 2011. Last season, the Roadrunners tallied a 7-22 record.
Gray, Wells to Head Home...
The Blue Devils will take juniors Chelsea Gray and Chloe Wells home to their state of California this week when Duke plays in the Trojan Classic in Los Angeles.
Wells will get a chance to play in her home state for the first time in college, while Gray will play for the second time as Duke was in the Fresno Regional last year for two contests.
A product of Colton, Calif., Wells has family that lives an hour away from Los Angeles, Calif., and is expecting to have between 50-60 family and friends in attendance at the games.
Gray, who is out of Manteca, Calif., has a little longer drive for her family as it is approximately 5-6 hours away from Los Angeles. She is expecting between 30-40 family and friends.
Next season, the Blue Devils are expected to travel to Berkeley, Calif., for games to close out their career.
Hey, I Know You...
Chloe Wells played with an against both Cebrina Johnson and Amber Williams of CSU-Bakersfield. She also knows Cassie Herberts and played against Jordan Adams of Southern California.
Chelsea Gray played AAU against Janae Coffee and Tyonna Outland of CSU-Bakersfield, while also knowing Alyssa Shannon and Shahana Zeigler.
Gray also knows Jordan Adams of USC very well.
A Look at Southern California...
The Trojan's enter the Trojan Classic with an overall record of 3-5 after falling to Texas A&M, 79-61 on Dec. 15. Southern California owns a 2-3 record at home with wins over Pepperdine and Arkansas St. earlier in the season, but has dropped its last two home games to Texas A&M and Nebraska. Cassie Harberts (16.9 points, 8.3 rebounds), Ariya Crook (14.3 points, 3.0 rebounds) and Christina Marinacci (6.0 points, 5.3 rebounds) have led the way in scoring for the Trojans this year.
Head coach Michael Cooper enters his fourth season as head coach of the Trojans, after spending eight seasons as head coach of the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks. After guiding the Sparks to five Western Conference championships, Cooper took over at Southern California and has tallied a 61-37 (.622) career record in his first three seasons.
Duke Versus the PAC-12...
Duke holds a record of 13-8 all-time against PAC-12 teams -- Arizona State (1-0), California (2-1), Colorado (0-1), USC (5-0), Stanford (2-3), UCLA (2-1), Utah (1-0) and Washington (0-2).
The last time Duke faced a PAC-12 opponent came Dec. 2 when the No. 4 Blue Devils outlasted No. 10 California, 77-63 in Durham, N.C. McCallie owns a 10-5 career record against PAC-12 teams.
Back in the Trojan Classic...
The Blue Devils will play in the Trojan Classic for the second time since Coach P took over the program six years ago.
On Dec. 19-20, 2008, Duke took on Southern California and Siena and came away with two wins. The 97-89 victory over USC was in overtime and provided some dramatic events.
Duke was down by as many as 17 points before Abby Waner hit the tying jumper with three seconds remaining and won the game in overtime.
Recapping the Overtime Game at USC...
Down 12 points, then 17, then 13. No deficit proved too big for No. 8 Duke.
Abby Waner hit a tying jumper with three seconds remaining in regulation, then the Blue Devils finally got some breathing room in overtime and beat Southern California 97-89 on Dec. 19, 2008, extending their six-game winning streak.
Jasmine Thomas and Chante Black scored 22 points each, and Carrem Gay had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Blue Devils (8-1). Shay Selby added 11 points and Waner finished with 10.
Freshman reserve Ashley Corral had 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists, and Brynn Cameron also had 16 points for the Trojans (5-4), who have yet to beat Duke in three meetings.
Waner's jumper tied the game at 82 after her three-pointer got the Blue Devils within one. In overtime, Duke ran off nine in a row to take the lead for good. Black had five of those points after scoring just three in the second half.
The Trojans struggled with missed shots and turnovers when they tried to rally. Cameron scored five in a row to get them to 93-89 with 1:08 left before Duke hit free throws to finish it off.
The Trojans came undone after leading by 13 points with 4:36 remaining in regulation. They were outscored 20-5 over the final three minutes, with Waner scoring nine points. USC was just 3-of-8 from the line down the stretch.
Camile LeNoir was fouled in the corner with 15 seconds left. She made the first, but missed the second, then Waner hit a jumper to tie the game at 82 with three seconds remaining.
After a timeout, Hailey Dunham's inbounds heave was intercepted at midcourt by Gay, who missed a three-pointer to force overtime.
USC opened the second half strongly and built a 17-point lead on a 25-7 run. The Trojans hit four three-pointers, including two by Cameron, and went up 66-49 with 11:14 remaining.
The Blue Devils managed just one field goal - a three-pointer by Shay Selby - during USC's run. But they chipped away and cut their deficit to 69-64 with 7:11 remaining.
Thomas' fast-break layup off Cameron's turnover capped a 15-3 run that included 11 in a row.
Duke dominated the boards, 50-37, and had 10 steals in a sloppy game where the teams combined for 54 turnovers.
The Trojans blew a 12-point lead in the first half and went into the break tied at 41. Selby hit a three-pointer and a jumper that tied it up for the Blue Devils.
Duke got back into the game with a 23-11 run to end the half, including 12 in a row just after the Trojans had built their double-digit lead. Gay, Thomas and Keturah Jackson had four points each in the spurt.
Stellar Assist/Turnover Ratio...
The Blue Devils have opened the season with a 1.3 assist/turnover ratio, which ranks eighth nationally.
The 1.3 ratio is the best for Duke since a 1.39 assist/turnover ratio in 2003-04, which is also the school record.
Top Five Seasons Assist/Turnover Ratio
Coach P Almost at 150 Wins...
With the next victory, Blue Devil head coach Joanne P. McCallie will reach 150 wins at Duke in only six years. She will be the third-quickest NCAA Division I head coach in school history to reach 150 wins at an institution if the win comes on Friday, which would be her 182nd game.
NCAA Division I Coaches - Quickest to 150 Wins
Games Head Coach
169 Leon Barmore, Louisiana Tech
171 Bill Sheahan, Mt. St. Mary's
182 Joanne P. McCallie, Duke (if Duke wins Friday)
184 Joan Bonvicini, Long Beach State
184 Jody Conradt, Texas
188 Jim Foster, Ohio State
190 C. Vivian Stringer, Iowa
191 Kristy Curry, Purdue
191 Kay Yow, N.C. State
192 Pat Summitt, Tennessee
ACC Player of the Week for Williams...
Sophomore Elizabeth Williams was named the ACC Player of the Week on Monday, Dec. 10, after averaging 20.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 5.5 blocks and 1.5 assists on the week.
A product of Virginia Beach, Va., hit 17-of-28 field goals in the two games for a 60.7 field
In the Georgia Tech contest, the 6-3 center posted a career-high 25 points to go along with 11 rebounds and six blocked shots. It marked her first double-double of the season and sixth of her career. She hit 10-of-14 field goals and 5-of-5 from the charity stripe.
On Sunday versus St. John's, Williams had a team-high 16 points, seven rebounds, five blocks and two assists as Duke downed the Red Storm, 60-42, at Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y. The honor for Williams is the first ACC Player of the Week accolade of her career. She tied an ACC record a year ago with nine ACC Rookie of the Week selections.
Johnson Notches Career High...
Sophomore Ka'lia Johnson continues to pick up her play as she notched 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting in the Maggie Dixon Classic against St. John's. It marked the second time this season she has collected double-figure scoring.
Johnson also had a career-high 11 rebounds to go along with nine points in 23 minutes against Georgia Tech.
Earlier this season, Johnson posted a career-high 11 points on 4-of-6 field goals in 21 minutes against Valparaiso.