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Virginia Tech at Duke
Date/Time:...............Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Location/Venue:..........Durham, N.C. (Cameron Indoor Stadium - 9,314)
Where to Watch:..........Blue Devil Network at www.GoDuke.com
Radio:...................Blue Devil IMG - WDNC-AM 620 (Steve Barnes, Morgan Patrick)
Series Record:...........Duke leads 19-2
Last Meeting:............Feb. 15, 2012 - Duke 67, Virginia Tech 45
Record:..................15-0, 5-0 (ACC)
Ranking:.................#4 (AP), #4 (USA Today)
Head Coach:..............Joanne P. McCallie (21st Year)
Record at Duke:..156-32 (6th Year)
ACC Record:......84-14 (6th Year)
Overall Record:..472-180 (21st Year)
vs. Virginia Tech..10-1 (won 10 straight)
Record:..................7-9, 1-4 (ACC)
Ranking:.................None (AP), None (USA Today)
Head Coach:..............Dennis Wolf (19th Year)
Record at VT:............14-22 (2nd Year)
Overall Record:..........291-247 (19th Year)
Setting the Scene...
Looking to improve to 16-0 overall and 6-0 in the ACC, the fourth-ranked Duke women’s basketball team (15-0, 5-0 ACC) will host Virginia Tech (7-9, 1-4) on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 7:00 p.m., in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Wednesday’s contest will be aired live on the Blue Devil Network via www.GoDuke.com. The game can also be heard 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.
Following the Virginia Tech contest, Duke will travel to Connecticut for an ESPN2 Big Monday game on Monday, Jan. 21 at 7:00 p.m., in Storrs, Conn.
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes...
• Duke is the only undefeated team remaining in NCAA Division I at 15-0.
• The Blue Devils have won 32 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 34-2 at home against ACC opponents in her six years at Duke.
• For the fifth straight year, Duke has opened the ACC slate with a 5-0 mark. Last year, the Blue Devils opened with a 13-0 mark. In 2010-11, the Blue Devils had a 7-0 ledger to open the season before falling at UNC, in 2009-10 Duke was 6-0 to start (lost at BC) and in 2008-09 the Blue Devils had a 5-0 mark (lost at FSU).
• Duke’s 23 points off the bench at WFU was a season high for the Blue Devils in ACC play, while its 12 turnovers was a season low.
• The Blue Devils are hitting 51.0 percent from the field in ACC play, which leads the league. No other team is over 50.0 percent.
• Junior Haley Peters had an eight-game streak of scoring double-figures end at WFU with seven points. She has reached 10 or more points in 12-of-15 games this season and leads Duke with three double-doubles.
• Freshman Alexis Jones pulled down seven rebounds at WFU, which is the second-most in a game this season and a season high in ACC action.
• Elizabeth Williams has notched double-figure scoring against 18 consecutive ACC opponents.
• Chelsea Gray drew three charges at Boston College and two against Clemson. She leads Duke with 10 on the season. Gray has 27 for her career. She has moved into eighth place on Duke’s all-time charges taken list.
• Elizabeth Williams lead the league with a 67.3 field goal percentage in ACC games only.
• Chelsea Gray moved into 10th place on Duke’s all-time steals chart on Jan. 10. She now owns 209 career swipes.
• Over the last two games, Elizabeth Williams has averaged 17.3 points, 3.7 blocks, 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals. She hit 67.6 percent of her field goals in those contests.
• After holding Monmouth to only 32 points on Dec. 30, head coach Joanne P. McCallie has held 21 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.
• Following Richa Jackson’s 16-point effort at Boston College, Duke now features 10 Blue Devils who have posted double-figure scoring at least one time this season, which leads the ACC.
• Duke has hit 50.0 percent or better from the field in six different games.
• The Blue Devils own five different student-athletes hitting over 40.0 percent or better from downtown -- Tricia Liston (47.7), Chelsea Gray (46.4), Haley Peters (46.2), Alexis Jones (40.0) and Chloe Wells (53.3).
• Elizabeth Williams has blocked at least one shot in every collegiate game she has played - 48 straight. The streak is the second-best in school history behind Alison Bales’ 55 in 2003-05. Dating back to high school, Williams has blocked a shot in 66 straight games as she closed her H.S. career with blocks in 19 consecutive contests.
• 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 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.
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A Look at Virginia Tech...
Virginia Tech enters Wednesday’s matchup with an overall record of 7-9 after falling to Maryland, 74-45, in Blacksburg on Sunday. The Hokies own a 1-4 mark in ACC play, losing to Maryland, Boston College, North Carolina and Virginia after downing Wake Forest in their conference opener.
Uju Ugoka (17.0 points, 7.7 rebounds), Monet Tellier (12.9 points, 5.8 rebounds) and Alyssa Fenyn (7.2 points, 3.9 rebounds) lead the way for the Hokies this season.
Head coach Dennis Wolff is in his second season at the helm of the Hokies, after tallying a 7-23 overall record last season. Prior to being named head coach, Wolff served as the as the director of men’s basketball operations and assistant to the head coach for the men’s team after being head coach of the men’s basketball team at Boston University for 15 seasons.
The Series with Virginia Tech...
Duke and Virginia Tech have met 21 times in school history with the Blue Devils leading the series 19-2. Last season, Duke won both meetings to extend its winning streak to 17 over the Hokies.
The Blue Devils are 10-1 all-time in games played in Cameron Indoor Stadium against Virginia Tech and have won eight games in a row. Head coach Joanne P. McCallie is 10-1 all-time in games against Virginia Tech and 9-0 since joining the Blue Devil program.
Wells Nets Back-to-Back Double-Figures...
Over the last two games, junior Chloe Wells has scored double-figures in back-to-back contests, averaged 10.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals.
Wells netted 10 points each in the games, while hitting 7-of-10 field goals for a 70.0 percentage. From downtown she has hit 4-of-5 from long range for an 80.0 percentage.
Blue Devils Versus Virginia Tech...
In four career games against Virginia Tech, Tricia Liston has averaged 14.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.5 assists. She has hit eight three-pointers and owns a 34.8 three-point field goal percentage.
Elizabeth Williams averaged 16.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 1.5 assists in two games against the Hokies last year. She netted 20 points, seven rebounds and four blocks in her first career contest on Jan. 15, 2012.
Six different Blue Devils have posted double-figure scoring at least once against Virginia Tech - Allison Vernerey (15 in 2011), Haley Peters (11 in 2012), Chelsea Gray (15 in 2012), Richa Jackson (11 in 2012), Tricia Liston (3 times) and Elizabeth Williams (2 times).
Gray Having Impressive Season...
Blue Devil junior Chelsea Gray is quietly having one of the best individual seasons in school history averaging 14.1 points, 6.5 assists, 6.1 rebounds and 3.3 steals.
She ranks in the top 20 nationally in assists, steals, free throw percentage and assist/turnover ratio. Gray is the only player in the nation to average over 14.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists this year.
Coach P Against the ACC...
Since taking over the head coaching position at Duke in 2007-08, Joanne P. McCallie has notched undefeated marks against the following ACC schools -- Clemson (6-0), Georgia Tech (8-0), Miami (5-0), Virginia (6-0), Virginia Tech (10-0) and Wake Forest (8-0).
McCallie has notched an overall 66-12 mark versus ACC play in her six years.
From the Field...
Duke has featured impressive field goal percentages over the last three contests hitting 65.5 percent at Boston College, 57.9 percent versus Clemson and 48.3 at Wake Forest. The Blue Devils flirted with 60.0% shooting against Clemson but fell below the line late in the game.
Over the last three games, Duke has hit 57.1 percent of its field goals and 50.0 percent from downtown.
Top Field Goal Percentage...
The Blue Devils tied a school record at Boston College with their 79.3 first half field goal percentage as the team hit 23-of-29 field goals. It matched Duke’s record from the Davidson game on Nov. 24, 2001.
Duke finished the game with the seventh-highest field goal percentage in school history (65.5%), which is also good for the fourth-highest in the NCAA this season.
In the game at Boston College, Duke also registered season highs in three-point field goals (10), three-point field goal percentage (71.4%) and assists (26-tied).
Duke continues to lead the nation with a 44.3 three-point field goal percentage so far this season. The next ranked team is Harvard at 41.5 percent.
The highest three-point field goal percentage in school history came in 1988-89 with a 40.6 clip. The Blue Devils hit 37.1 percent from downtown a year ago. Seven different Duke student-athletes have hit at least one three-pointer this season.
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 76-5 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 75 out of the last 81 contests, 90 out of the last 95 and 171 out of the last 182 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).
Scoring Blue Devils...
Duke boasts 10 different Blue Devils that have registered double-figure scoring this season. The Blue Devils are the only ACC school to have 10 double-digit scorers, while Clemson, North Carolina, Virginia and N.C. State each have nine.
The Blue Devils also have five different student-athletes who have posted 20 or more points in a game this year joined only by Florida State.
Duke is the only team in the ACC to have both 10 double-figure scorers and five players who have scored 20 or more points in a game this season.
The Blue Devils have registered an 15-0 start to the season for only the fifth time in school history.
Duke’s 15-0 start is the second-best kick-off to the season under Coach P. (20-0 in 2010-11).
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