Date/Time:...................Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 1:00 PM
Location/Venue:..............Greensboro, N.C. (Greensboro Coliseum)
Where to Watch:..............RSN-TV
Radio:.......................Blue Devil IMG - WDNC AM 620 (Steve Barnes, Morgan Patrick)
Series Record:...............Duke leads 34-8 (won five in a row)
Last Meeting:................Feb. 22, 2013 - Duke 61, Florida State 50 in Durham, N.C.
Record:......................28-2, 17-1 (ACC)
Ranking:.....................#6 (AP), #6 (USA Today)
Head Coach:..................Joanne P. McCallie (21st Year)
Record at Duke:......169-34 (6th Year)
ACC Record:..........78-13 (6th Year)
Overall Record:......485-182 (21st Year)
vs. Florida State....8-1
Record:......................22-8, 11-7 (ACC)
Ranking:.....................#23 (AP), #23 (USA Today)
Head Coach:..................Sue Semrau (16th Year)
Overall Record:..............272-199 (16th Year)
Record at Florida State:.....same
Setting the Scene...
The top-seeded and sixth-ranked Duke women’s basketball team (28-2, 17-1 ACC) will take on fourth-seeded and 23rd-ranked Florida State (22-8, 11-7) on Saturday at 1:00 p.m., in the ACC Tournament semifinals at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C.
Saturday’s contest will shown on RSN-TV with Mike Hogewood (PXP), Debbie Antonelli (Color) and Christy Winters-Scott (Sideline) calling the action. The game will be aired on FOX Sports South, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, New England Sports Network, FOX Sports Florida and ESPN3 (subject to blackout).
It 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.
Duke is making its 18th appearance in the ACC Tournament semifinals over the last 19 years. The Blue Devils own a 12-6 all-time record in the semifinals, including winners of four in a row.
The winner of the semifinal contest on Saturday will advance to the championship on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. The game will aired by ESPN2.
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes...
• The Blue Devils have won seven ACC Championships over the last 13 years and have advanced to the ACC title game a total of 11 times.
• Sunday’s contest will feature two of the top offenses in the nation - Duke (75.2 points) and Florida State (76.5 points).
• Elizabeth Williams has notched double-figure scoring against 17 consecutive ACC opponents.
• In the last two ACC Tournament games Tricia Liston has played, she has drained 10-of-16 treys (62.5%).
• Duke is 20-0 when scoring 70 or more points this season.
• Haley Peters will play in her 100th career game on Saturday against FSU.
• In Duke’s 36 years in the ACC Tournament, the Blue Devils own a 6-5 all-time record against No. 4 seeds.
• Elizabeth Williams has blocked at least one shot in every collegiate game she has played - 63 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 81 straight games as she closed her H.S. career with blocks in 19 consecutive contests.
• With two more wins, Duke will register its 10th 30-win season over the last 13 years.
• Prior to the quarterfinal loss to N.C. State last year, Duke had won 17 straight opening round games in the ACC Tournament and advanced to at least the semifinals every year since 1995. The Blue Devils have won 30 out of the last 36 contests in the ACC Tournament.
• Haley Peters owns a team-best nine games with 10 or more rebounds.
• The Blue Devils are listed No. 6 in the latest NCAA RPI - Baylor, UConn, Stanford, Notre Dame, Penn State and Duke.
• Duke’s 33.7 field goal percentage defense ranks as the second-best in school history (33.4 percent in 2004-05).
• Richa Jackson has averaged 8.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.7 steals over the last seven games.
• Elizabeth Williams owns five double-doubles this season and all five have come against ACC opponents.
• Duke has registered 28 victories this season marking the 15th straight year with 25 or more wins.
• The Blue Devils closed the regular season playing four of the top five ACC teams, including two games on the road. Duke played back-to-back ranked opponents (FSU/Maryland) for the first time this season.
• The Blue Devils own the top two three-point field goal percentage leaders in the ACC -- Chloe Wells (51.0) and Tricia Liston (48.5). In ACC games only, they ranked No. 1-2 - Wells (48.8) and Liston (45.7).
• Tricia Liston snapped a 10-game streak with at least one three-pointer at Miami on Feb. 28.
• Duke has won 22 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 (41.7) and 10th in steals (12.2) nationally - prior to the ACC Tournament.
• Duke boasts three players ranking in the top 10 nationally -- Elizabeth Williams in blocks (9th, 2.8), Chelsea Gray in steals (5th, 3.6) and Tricia Liston in three-point field goal percentage (3rd, 47.6) - prior to the ACC Tournament.
• Duke has notched at least 10 league wins for the 16th straight year.
• Duke is averaging 75.2 points this season, which is the second 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 -- Chloe Wells (51.0), Tricia Liston (48.5), Haley Peters (44.9) and Chelsea Gray (40.7).
• The Blue Devils have won an ACC-record 39 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 41-2 at home against ACC opponents in her six years at Duke.
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What Happened In the Last Meeting...
In the first game following the injury to All-America point guard Chelsea Gray, Duke downed 19th-ranked Florida State, 61-50, in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The Blue Devils led only 20-18 at the half as the Blue Devils shot 41.9 percent for the game, while holding the Seminoles to 31.0 percent shooting. Elizabeth Williams had a huge game with 20 points, 13 rebounds, three steals and two blocks in 35 minutes. Chloe Wells came off the bench to notch 15 points on four treys in 30 minutes.
Duke turned the ball over 22 times and forced 21 Florida State turnovers.
Alexa Deluzio (16 points) and Natasha Howard (15) led the Seminoles.
Jones Stepping Up Big Time...
Since All-America Chelsea Gray was injured, freshman Alexis Jones has stepped up for the Blue Devils. Over the last four games, Jones has scored double-figures in each, while averaging 16.8 points, 6.8 assists and 5.0 rebounds.
Jones entered the ACC Tournament being named the ACC Rookie of the Week in back-to-back weeks and earning All-ACC Freshman team honors.
She ranked 12th in the ACC in assists, tied for 11th in steals and tied for 11th in assist/turnover ratio (1.1) entering the ACC Tournament. In the Duke single-season freshman record books, Jones ranks tied for seventh in steals (54) and fifth in assists (108). She became one of only six freshman in Duke history to notch 100 assists in a season – Wanisha Smith, Lindsey Harding, Alana Beard, Abby Waner and Robin Baker.
Noting the NC State Win on Friday...
Freshman Alexis Jones - registered double-figure scoring (17) in her fourth straight game, which is a career best; with her eight assists, moved into fifth place on Duke’s single-season freshman assist list; hit a career-high three three-pointers on four attempts.
Junior Tricia Liston - totaled her third career double-double with 26 points and 11 rebounds; notched her fifth game this season with 20 or more points and 12th in her career; with her six three-pointers, moved into third place on Duke’s single-season three-point field goals made list (only 2 away from Duke record); had a career-high six three-pointers on 10 attempts; became just the sixth player in ACC history to hit six or more three-pointers in an ACC Tournament.
Sophomore Elizabeth Williams - with her block in the opening minutes of the game, became the first player in ACC history to reach 200 blocks in her opening two years (had 199 coming into game); notched double-digit scoring for the 17th straight game against an ACC opponent; blocked a shot for the 63rd straight game since arriving at Duke.
Junior Richa Jackson - hit a career-high 6-of-8 free throws; registered double-figure scoring for only the third time this season and first time since Jan. 13 against Wake Forest.
Sophomore Ka’lia Johnson - hit her fourth career three-pointer and second this season in the first half.
Other Duke Notes - improved to 13-0 this season when having four or more players score double-figures; hit a season-high 12 three-pointers on 21 attempts and tied an ACC Tournament record with 12 treys, which is Duke’s own mark (Wake Forest in 2005); after having 29 turnovers in the last game against UNC, had only 15; tied a season high with eight three-pointers in the first half (8-of-12); scored the most points in the first half (42) since Chelsea Gray was injured against Wake Forest on Feb. 17 - previous high was 37 at Maryland on Feb. 24; hit 17-of-22 from the free throw line, including 15-of-16 in the second half.
Blue Devils Versus Florida State...
In three career games against Florida State, Elizabeth Williams has averaged 17.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 2.3 steals. Tricia Liston has hit 9-of-16 treys for a 56.3 percentage against the Seminoles. Haley Peters pulled down a career-high 14 rebounds in the last meeting against FSU.
The Series With Florida State...
Duke and Florida State have met 42 times in school history with the Blue Devils leading the overall series, 34-8. Winner of 18 out of the last 20 games in the series, Duke has also won 33 out of the last 36 contests against the Seminoles. The Blue Devils own a 6-0 record against Florida State in the ACC Tournament.
Blue Devil head coach Joanne P. McCallie has faced Florida State nine times in her 21-year coaching career, and has guided Duke to an 8-1 record against the Seminoles.
With her three blocks in the quarterfinals against N.C. State, sophomore Elizabeth Williams became the first ACC player to notch 200 blocks in her first two years. Williams owns 202 in only 63 games.
She has swatted a shot in each of her 63 games at Duke and is only one game away from matching the ACC record of 64 by LaToya Pringle from UNC.
In the quarterfinals on Friday against the Wolfpack, Duke tied an ACC Tournament record with 12 three-pointers on 21 attempts. It tied Duke’s previous record of 12 from the 2005 campaign against Wake Forest, also in the quarterfinals.
Versus N.C. State, five different Blue Devils drained at least one trey, led by Tricia Liston’s career-high six. Duke had hit only five treys the last two contests and 12 in the last three, prior to Friday.
Duke has sank double-digit three-pointers in four games this season - at Boston College (10), vs. Boston College (10) and at UNC (11). N.C. State came into the game allowing only five treys the last five games.
Liston From Three-Point Land...
Duke’s Tricia Liston was leading the nation with a 50.4 three-point field goal percentage heading into the Miami contest, but missed eight straight treys against Miami and UNC before draining her final attempt in the second half against the Tar Heels.
Liston was on fire on Friday in the quarterfinals as she hit a career-high 6-of-10 treys. She now owns a 48.5 percentage, which ranks tied for second nationally.
She has notched 11 games with three or more treys and 19 with two or more three-pointers.
Liston has moved into seventh place on Duke’s all-time three-point field goals made list with 151. She needs nine more to move into a tie for sixth. Liston also owns a career-best 66 treys this year and is only two away from matching the Duke single-season record of 68. The 66 treys ranks third most in a season by a Blue Devil.
Duke Single-Season 3-PFG Made
68 Abby Waner (2006-07)
68 Jessica Foley (2004-05)
66 Tricia Liston (2012-13)
Top Three-Point Shooters Nationally
50.3 Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (UConn)
48.5 Tricia Liston (Duke)
48.5 Karlee Taylor (Presbyterian)
47.0 Maggie Lucas (PSU)
Duke in the ACC Championship...
Duke has advanced to the ACC Championship game in 10 out of the last 13 years ... the Blue Devils have won seven ACC Championships (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2010 and 2011) ... in the Greensboro Coliseum, Duke owns a 7-3 record in the ACC title game.
Since the ACC Championship was moved to Greensboro in 2000, only Duke (2000-04, ‘10-11), North Carolina (2005-08) and Maryland (2009, 2012) have won the title.
ACC Tournament Wins...
Since 2000, Duke leads the league with 30 victories in ACC Tournament action. The Blue Devils have notched a 30-6 mark, while the Tar Heels are second with 27 wins followed by Maryland (16), N.C. State (15) and Georgia Tech (10).
Duke Playing in Greensboro...
With the ACC Tournament moving to Greensboro in 2000, Duke’s luck in the postseason changed greatly as the Blue Devils won 17 consecutive games to claim the ACC Tournament crowns from 2000-04 before losing to North Carolina in the championship in 2005. Duke has recorded a 32-7 ledger playing at the Greensboro Coliseum. It had been nicknamed Duke’s “Home Away From Home.”
The first two victories came in 1999 in the NCAA East Regional against Old Dominion and Tennessee. The victories advanced Duke to its first NCAA Final Four and National Championship game appearance. In ACC Tournament games, the Blue Devils have posted a 30-6 overall record in Greensboro.
McCallie in Tournament Play...
In her 22 years as a head coach, Joanne P. McCallie has produced a 35-12 record in league tournament action. She totaled an 8-1 mark in the North Atlantic Conference Tournament with two titles, a 10-2 record along with two titles in the America East Tournament, a 6-6 mark with one title in the Big Ten Tournament and an 11-3 mark in the ACC Tournament to go along with titles in 2010 and 2011.
Blue Devils in the ACC Tournament...
ACC Tournament time had never been good to Duke until the year 2000 came around. Duke posted its first tournament crown as the Blue Devils downed FSU, Georgia Tech and UNC in 2000 and then won four more titles in 2001, ‘02, ‘03 and ‘04. The Blue Devils are seeded No. 1 for the 11th time in school history and the fourth straight year.
Duke has advanced to the ACC Championship game in four out of the last five years since Joanne P. McCallie took over the reins.
No women’s ACC team besides Duke has ever won five consecutive ACC Tournament titles and only one ACC men’s team has won five in a row-- Duke from 1999-2003.
1,000 Point Scorers...
Earlier this season, Chelsea Gray reached 1,000 career points and as Duke enters the postseason the Blue Devils feature three players approaching 1,000 points -- Tricia Liston (968), Haley Peters (936) and Elizabeth Williams (920).
Since the Gray Injury...
In the five games since point guard Chelsea Gray was injured, Duke has averaged 19.2 turnovers, 13.0 assists, 8.0 steals, 69.0 points and outrebounding opponents by only 4.4.
Three of the five opponents were ranked, marking the toughest stretch of the season for the Blue Devils.