Game Information What..................................Purdue at Duke Date..................................Thursday, December 5, 2013 Time.................................6:30 PM Location...........................Durham, N.C. Venue...............................Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314) Where to Watch.............Blue Devil Network via www.GoDuke.com Radio...............................Blue Devil IMG - WDNC AM 620 Steve Barnes (PXP), Morgan Patrick (Color) Live Stats.........................www.GoDuke.com Series Record................Duke leads 5-3 Last Meeting…...............Dec. 1, 2011 - Duke 64, Purdue 53
Setting the Scene... After claiming the Paradise Jam Island Division title over the Thanksgiving holiday, the second-ranked Duke women’s basketball team (8-0) will return home to host 16th-ranked Purdue (5-1) in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m., in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The contest will be aired live on the Blue Devil Network via www.GoDuke.com. It will also be carried live on the Blue Devil IMG Sports Network on WDNC-AM 620 with Steve Barnes (PXP) and Morgan Patrick (Color) on the air. During the Purdue game, the Duke Marketing team will hold a Basketball Bingo competition in which fans will be able to win prizes by checking off boxes when they happen on the court. The bingo table will be located in the Hall of Honor.
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes... • Coach P needs only two victories to reach the 500-win mark • Duke’s 20-game overall win streak in Cameron Indoor Stadium ranks tied third nationally behind Baylor (57) and UT-Chattanooga (26). • Freshman Kendall McCravey-Cooper has blocked seven shots over the last three contests. • Elizabeth Williams went off for a season-high 23 points at Marquette to go along with four blocks, three steals, two rebounds and one assist in a season-high 37 minutes. She hit 11-of-15 shots. • Tricia Liston needs three more three-pointers made to move into a tie for 24th on the ACC career treys made list. Her 46.0 three-point percentage is the highest in league history. She has hit at least one three-pointer in 16 straight contests. • Senior Haley Peters went down with a right knee injury in the first half against Vanderbilt, but returned in the second half. She has missed the last four contests coming back from the injury. Peters had competed in 109 straight games since arriving at Duke and had started 75 consecutive contests. • Alexis Jones is averaging 14.3 points, 3.1 assists, 2.7 steals and 3.1 rebounds the last seven games. During that span she is hitting 51.4 percent from the field and 48.0 percent from downtown (12-of-25). • All five Blue Devil starters scored double-figures against USC Upstate and Vanderbilt. • Duke hit 40.5 percent from three-point land last year, which led the nation and was the second-highest output in school history. • The Blue Devils return all five starters, 93.7 percent of their scoring and the top seven scorers from a year ago. • For only the second time in school history, Duke features five players standing 6-3 or taller (1996-97). Duke’s nine student-athletes that are 6-0 or taller also ties for the most in Blue Devil history (1998-99, 2000-01, 2005-06). • Duke features a 39-game home winning streak against ACC opponents in Cameron Indoor Stadium. • Duke has won 28 straight games when scoring 80 or more points, dating back to the 2008-09 campaign. • The Blue Devils have seven players and three staff associated with the team that have won USA Basketball medals - Oderah Chidom, Rebecca Greenwell, Amber Henson, Alexis Jones, Tricia Liston, Kendall McCravey-Cooper, Elizabeth Williams, head coach Joanne P. McCallie, athletic trainer Summer McKeehan and team doctor Jeff Bytomski. • 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. DWB is on Instagram at dukewbb. Join all three now as they are free! You can win free prizes on both Twitter and Facebook, so make sure you follow closely.
Duke Wins Paradise Jam Division Title... Duke claimed the Island Division title at the 2013 Paradise Jam over the Thanksgiving holiday. Tricia Liston was named MVP, while Elizabeth Williams earned All-Tournament accolades. In three games, Liston averaged 20.3 points and 8.0 rebounds, while hitting 60.0 percent from downtown (9-of-15) and 63.9 percent of her field goals. Williams averaged 16.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 4.0 blocks. Overall, the Blue Devils have posted an 8-1 mark in three appearances. In 2007, Duke collected wins against 22nd-ranked Purdue (53-41) and Temple (64-53), before suffering a 74-48 loss to second-ranked Connecticut. In 2002, the Blue Devils came away with the St. John Division title. Duke totaled victories over Hampton (71-34), Old Dominion (65-52) and 17th-ranked Arkansas (74-72, OT).
A Look at Purdue... Purdue enters the contest with a 5-1 overall record with the lone loss coming to Stanford on Nov. 26. On the season, the Boilermakers have been led by Courtney Moses (13.7 points, 13 treys), KK Houser (13.7 points, 2.3 rebounds) and Whitney Bays (10.5 points, 5.0 rebounds).
Duke Versus the Big Ten... Duke owns an all-time record of 21-9 against teams from the Big Ten -- Illinois (0-3), Iowa (1-0), Michigan (4-0), Michigan State (2-1), Minnesota (0-1), Nebraska (1-0), Ohio State (1-0), Penn State (5-1), Purdue (5-3) and Wisconsin (2-0). Head coach Joanne P. McCallie owns an all-time record of 83-56 versus the Big Ten -- Illinois (9-7), Indiana (8-4), Iowa (9-6), Michigan (11-2), Michigan State (0-1), Minnesota (11-2), Northwestern (10-1), Ohio State (7-10), Penn State (4-11), Purdue (5-8) and Wisconsin (9-4).
What Happened in Last Meeting?... Haley Peters scored 14 points to help the seventh-ranked Blue Devils beat No. 13 Purdue 64-53 on Dec. 1, 2011 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Duke, which shot 37 percent from the field (26 for 70) and had a 50-32 rebounding edge. Chloe Wells added 13 points and Chelsea Gray had 11 points for the Blue Devils. Courtney Moses scored 17 points to lead Purdue . Brittany Rayburn added 16 points for the Boilermakers. The Blue Devils finished with a 24-9 advantage in offensive rebounds, leading to a 14-5 edge in second-chance points. Elizabeth Williams had nine points on 2-for-17 shooting, but grabbed a school freshman-record 17 rebounds for Duke. Her presence inside, where the Blue Devils outscored Purdue 38-24, produced scoring opportunities for teammates. Purdue took a 40-39 lead on a 3-pointer by Antionette Howard with 12 minutes remaining, but Duke answered with a 13-2 run. The Blue Devils scored inside on six consecutive possessions during the spurt and never led by fewer than six points the rest of the way. Reserve forward Allison Vernerey, who played just one minute in the first half, had three layups during the run. The Boilermakers tried to rally with long-range shooting, but they made just 3 of 15 on 3s in the second half. Purdue finished 7 for 25 from 3-point range. The Blue Devils were just 1-of-4 on three-pointers, and they didn’t even attempt one in the second half. The Blue Devils led by as many as six points in the first half, and they carried a 30-28 lead into halftime.
Dynamite Backcourt... Duke features one of the best backcourt combinations with senior Chelsea Gray and sophomore Alexis Jones. The duo are averaging a combined 24.9 points, 12.3 assists, 8.9 rebounds and 5.7 steals. Gray is a triple-double waiting to happen averaging 11.9 points, 8.8 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 3.1 steals. Jones averages 13.0 points, 3.5 assists, 2.6 steals and 3.5 rebounds. The two guards are a couple of the most dynamic passers in the game.
In the NCAA Stats... The NCAA stats were released on Monday and the Blue Devils rank nationally in many different categories. Some of the highest categories include scoring offense (7th, 87.8), field goal percentage (4th, 50.8), three-point field goal percentage (4th, 43.6), assists (7th, 20.1) and blocks (7th, 6.6). In the individual rankings, Chelsea Gray ranks second in assists (8.8) and 20th in steals (3.1); Tricia Liston is 14th in three-point field goals per game (3.3) and seventh in three-point field goal percentage (55.3) and Elizabeth Williams is eighth in blocks (3.3).
Liston Leading Duke in Scoring... Tricia Liston has opened the season on fire averaging 18.4 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 0.8 steals. She is hitting 55.3 percent from downtown and 59.3 percent from the field. Liston recently tied a career high with six treys on eight attempts against Vanderbilt. She has drained three or more treys in six contests. Liston needs 11 treys to move into second on the Duke all-time three-pointers made list. Duke Record Book Three-Point Field Goals Made 1. 222 Abby Waner, 2006-09 2. 202 Georgia Schweitzer, 1998-01 3. 191 Tricia Liston, 2011-present 4. 180 Jasmine Thomas, 2008-11 5. 175 Jessica Foley, 2003-06
Finishing Strong... So far this season, Duke has closed games very strong averaging 47.2 points in the second half. The Blue Devils are hitting 56.5 percent of their field goals and 51.9 percent from downtown over the final 20 minutes. Tricia Liston is averaging 9.9 of her 18.4 points per game during the second half. She has hit 63.6 percent and 14-of-22 treys (63.6%) from three-point land. Duke is holding opponents to only 33.8 percent shooting and 30.3 points in the second stanza.
At Home in 2013-14... Duke owns a 3-0 record in games played in Cameron Indoor Stadium this season. The Blue Devils are averaging 101.0 points, 24.3 assists, 16.0 steals and forcing 28.0 turnovers a contest. In those games, Duke has hit 53.9 percent from the field and 48.1 percent from downtown. Tricia Liston has averaged 19.3 points and 6.3 rebounds, while hitting 56.3 percent of her field goals and 56.5 percent from downtown (13-of-23). Other double-digit scorers so far this year include Alexis Jones (14.3), Elizabeth Williams (14.3), Haley Peters (13.3) and Chelsea Gray (10.7). Peters has averaged 11.3 rebounds, while gray has dished 9.7 assists.
Tough Stretch... Duke features a very challenging upcoming slate. The Blue Devils will go up against three straight ranked opponents -- Purdue (16), Oklahoma (17) and Connecticut (1). The Blue Devils will then take on Albany, who advanced to the 2013 NCAA Tournament before traveling to fifth-ranked Kentucky.
Chidom Coming on Strong... In three games of the Paradise Jam, freshman Oderah Chidom averaged 10.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks. She made her first collegiate start against Kansas and totaled a career-high 14 rebounds, while scoring seven points. Chidom has pulled down 24 rebounds the last two contests and hit 12-of-15 free throws over the past three games.
Block City... Duke is now blocking 6.6 shots per game, which ranks seventh nationally. Over the past three contests, the Blue Devils have swatted nine or more shots for an average of 9.3 a game.