What………………………………Duke at Florida State
Date………………………………Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014
Venue…………………………….Donald l Tucker Center (12,100)
Where to Watch………………..ESPN3
……………………………………Tom Block (PXP), Melissa Bruner (Color)
Radio…………………………….Blue Devil IMG - WDNC AM 620
…………………………………..Steve Barnes (PXP), Morgan Patrick (Color)
Series Record…………………Duke leads 35-8 (won 7 straight)
Last Meeting………………….March 9, 2013 - DU 72, FSU 66
Setting the Scene...
Riding an eight-game winning streak, the third-ranked Duke women’s basketball team (18-1, 5-0 ACC) will close a two-game road swing on Thursday, Jan. 23 in Tallahassee, Fla., against 24th-ranked Florida State (14-4, 2-3). The contest will tip at 7:00 p.m., at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
The game will be aired live on ESPN3 with Tom Block (PXP) and Melissa Bruner (Color) calling the action. 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.
Duke is in a span of playing three out of four contests on the road, while hosting Pittsburgh on Jan. 26 at 2 p.m.
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes...
• Two of the top post players in the league will go up against each other on Thursday with Elizabeth Williams and Natasha Howard. Howard ranks fifth nationally in field goal percentage (62.6), while Williams is 30th (56.3). Williams ranks 15th in blocks (2.84) and Howard is 27th (2.5).
• Duke ranks 21st nationally in field goal percentage defense (35.1) and Florida State is 20th (35.1).
• Senior Haley Peters went over the 700-rebound mark on Sunday at Virginia Tech. She now owns 704, which ranks 13th on Duke’s career charts.
• Alexis Jones has scored double-figures in four straight games, while averaging 13.0 points, 5.3 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals. She has hit 52.5 percent of her field goals. Jones drained a career-high four three-pointers at Virginia Tech in last game.
• Over the last four games, Tricia Liston has drained 13-of-19 three-pointers for a 68.4 percentage.
• After hitting only four three-pointers her first 12 games, Haley Peters has drained five out of her last eight attempts, including a season-high two the last two contests.
• Alexis Jones has hit 8-of-16 three-pointers over the last four games, including a career-high four treys at Virginia Tech.
• Duke is currently averaging 83.4 points. The Blue Devils have averaged over 80.0 points in a season only three times in school history -- 2005-06 (86.0), 2003-04 (81.9) and 2001-02 (83.5).
• Tricia Liston posted her second double-double of the season and fifth of her career against Virginia with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Her 12 boards matched a career high.
• Tricia Liston’s nine games with 20 or more points this season ranks tied first in the ACC along with Wake Forest’s Dearica Hamby (9).
• Elizabeth Williams (10.0) and Haley Peters (7.5) rank tied seventh and 13th in the ACC in rebounding average against league opponents. Peters also ranks tied 12th overall in the ACC with a 7.6 boards per game average, while Williams is 14th (7.0).
• Tricia Liston leads the league with a 91.5 free throw percentage and 50.0 three-point field goal percentage, while Elizabeth Williams ranks first in blocks with a 2.84 average. Chelsea Gray was leading the ACC in assists (7.2) and steals (2.9) prior to her injury.
• In the latest NCAA RPI, Duke moved to No. 1 with Stanford, UConn, LSU, Louisville, Notre Dame, Arizona State, Tennessee, Purdue and South Carolina rounding out the top 10.
• Tricia Liston now owns an 86.9 career free throw percentage that ranks second all-time in the ACC to former Duke standout Nicole Erickson (88.0).
• Duke’s current 50.7 field goal percentage ranks second in the ACC. The Blue Devils have never hit over 50.0 percent from the field during an entire season with the single-season record being 49.8 in 2005-06. Duke advanced to the NCAA Championship game that season.
• The Blue Devils have posted three wins on the road against ranked opponents for the first time since the 2006-07 campaign when Duke won four.
• Elizabeth Williams is hitting a career-best 56.3 percent of her field goals.
• Freshman Kendall McCravey-Cooper blocked a career-high five shots in only six minutes of action at fifth-ranked Kentucky. She tallied four of those blocks in the first half.
• Duke has scored 80 or more points in 11 of 19 contests. The Blue Devils have won 34 straight games when scoring 80 or more points, dating back to the 2008-09 campaign.
• Duke is averaging 42.7 points in the paint as well as scoring 23.6 points off its opponents’ turnovers on the year.
• The Blue Devils feature four different players who have notched 20 or more points in a game this season.
•All five Blue Devil starters scored double-figures against USC Upstate, Vanderbilt and Purdue.
• The Blue Devils notched their 16th sellout in school history for the Connecticut contest. It was the eighth sellout since Coach P arrived in Durham for the 2007-08 campaign.
• 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 returned 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 who are 6-0 or taller also ties for the most in Blue Devil history (1998-99, 2000-01, 2005-06).
• The Blue Devils have seven players and three staff associated with the team who 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.
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Liston Named ACC Player of the Week...
Coming off leading No. 3 Duke to victories over Virginia and Virginia Tech, senior Tricia Liston was named the ACC Player of the Week on Monday.
Liston averaged 21.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists on the week. The 6-1 guard hit 66.7 percent from the field and 70.0 percent from three-point land. She collected a huge double-double against Virginia with 21 points and a career-high tying 12 rebounds.
At Virginia Tech, Liston scored a team-high 22 points, had six rebounds and three assists in 38 minutes. Liston has now posted nine games this season with 20 or more points and 22 for her career. In the NCAA statistics, Liston ranks second nationally with a 50.0 three-point field goal percentage.
Liston earned ACC Player of the Week accolades for the second time in her career as she also earned the honor as a junior.
Brutal February/March Approaches...
As the Blue Devils approach the final eight games of the regular season in February/March, Duke features one of the toughest stretches in school history facing five top 10 opponents during that span.
No other ACC team will face more than three top 10 teams during the stretch run. Looking at national schedules, no team in the NCAA will face as many top 10 teams as Duke will.
Duke will face No. 2 Notre Dame twice, No. 6 Maryland once and No. 7 North Carolina twice.
Jackson Gets Starting Nod...
With Chelsea Gray out for the season, senior Richa Jackson made her first two starts of the season against Virginia and Virginia Tech.
Jackson continued her hot streak posting 16 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals in a season-high 29 minutes against the Cavaliers.
She struggled at Virginia Tech with five points on 2-of-6 three-pointers.
Over the last four games, Jackson has averaged 12.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 1.8 assists. She has hit 63.9 percent of her field goals.
She had totaled double-figure scoring in three straight games for the first time since her sophomore year prior to the Virginia Tech game.
A Look at Florida State...
Florida State enters Thursday’s contest with a 14-4 overall and 2-3 league mark. The Seminoles have lost three straight contests, after winning 10 consecutive games.
Natasha Howard (17.5 points, 8.7 rebounds), Morgan Jones (13.9 points, 6.3 rebounds), Brittany Brown (10.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and Ivey Slaughter (9.4 points, 8.7 rebounds) have led FSU on the year.
The Seminoles have collected a 7-1 record at home this year with the lone loss coming to North Carolina.
The Series with Florida State...
Duke and Florida State will meet for the 44th time in school history with the Blue Devils leading the series 35-8. In games played in Tallahassee, Fla., Duke has totaled a 12-5 mark.
The Blue Devils have won seven straight contests versus FSU and it will mark the third straight meeting in which both teams are nationally ranked.
What Happened Last Meeting...
Haley Peters had 17 points, 13 rebounds and the go-ahead basket with 4:06 left to help the Blue Devils beat No. 23 Florida State 72-66 on March 9, 2013 in the ACC Tournament semifinals. The top-seeded Blue Devils never trailed but had a tough fight all day with the fourth-seeded Seminoles.
Peters finished 8 for 14 from the floor with six offensive rebounds in 36 minutes against FSU, part of Duke’s domination on the glass.
Tricia Liston also scored 17 while freshman point guard Alexis Jones finished with 12 points and seven assists in her bigger role since the season-ending knee injury to co-league player of the year Chelsea Gray last month.
The teams were tied with about five minutes left before Peters’ stickback started Duke’s go-ahead push. It was just the second time Duke had won a game by fewer than 10 points all year.
Chelsea Davis scored 17 points to lead Florida State, while Alexa Deluzio and Natasha Howard each added 13. But Leonor Rodriguez, who came in averaging a team-high 15.4 points, finished with five on 1-for-14 shooting.
FSU trailed all day, including 9-0 at the start, before fighting back to tie the game at 55 on two free throws by Morgan Toles with 5:18 left. That set up a tight run to the finish -- Liston and Deluzio even traded 3s on the ensuing possessions -- but Duke kept coming up with the tough baskets to maintain its grasp on the game.
After Peters’ putback, Jones found Richa Jackson for a layup with a zip pass to the baseline. She followed that with a tough shot in the lane over Davis and then scored her own layup off a turnover.
Liston followed with two free throws for a 68-60 lead with 45.7 seconds left that all but sealed it.
Florida State missed seven straight shots during that flurry, four coming from Rodriguez.
The Blue Devils shot 46 percent but did their best work on the glass, particularly in the first half. Duke finished with a 43-32 rebounding advantage and 17 second-chance points.
That at least offset the 17 turnovers that the Seminoles converted into 17 points, too. Florida State shot 38 percent and 6 for 17 from 3-point range.
Blue Devils vs. Florida State...
In four career games against Florida State, Elizabeth Williams has averaged 15.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocked shots. In her last game in Tallahassee, Fla., Williams had 13 points, three rebounds and hit the only three-pointer of her career on Feb. 12, 2012.
Tricia Liston has hit 52.3 percent of her three-pointers and averaged 10.8 points and 3.8 rebounds. She has hit three or more treys in three of five career games.
Over the last two games, Haley Peters has pulled down 27 boards and is coming off totaling a double-double in the ACC Tournament last year with 17 points and 13 rebounds.
Against Ranked Opponents...
Duke will face its sixth ranked opponent this season and the first since Dec. 22 at fifth-ranked Kentucky. The Blue Devils are 3-0 on the road this season against ranked foes.
So far on the year, Tricia Liston has averaged 17.8 points and 5.4 rebounds against ranked foes, including a 28-point outburst at Kentucky and 23 points at Oklahoma.
This will mark the first contest versus a ranked opponent for Duke since Chelsea Gray was injured.
Duke registered a season-high 13 blocked shots against Virginia, which marked the fourth time this year the Blue Devils have swatted 10 or more shots.
On the season, the Blue Devils lead the league with a 5.7 blocks per game average. Three different Duke players have blocked at least 11 shots -- Elizabeth Williams (54), Kendall McCravey-Cooper (21) and Amber Henson (11).
Since starting ACC play five games ago, Duke has held its opponents to 31.5 percent shooting and 56.4 points, which both ranks first in the ACC.
The Blue Devils have held six teams to a season-low points -- USC Upstate (40), Kansas (40), Georgia Tech (47), Albany (51), Syracuse (53) and Vanderbilt (69).
Duke has held four different squads to under 30.0 percent shooting this season (Syracuse, Georgia Tech, Kansas and USC Upstate).
Gray to Miss Remainder of 2013-14 Season...
All-America Chelsea Gray will miss the remainder of the 2013-14 campaign following a right kneecap fracture that occurred in the 78-57 victory over Boston College in Cameron Indoor Stadium on Jan. 12.
It marked the second straight year the two-time All-America has seen her season come to an end much earlier than expected. A 5-11 product of Manteca, Calif., Gray had a MRI on Monday morning and it revealed the injury. She will have surgery, but it has not been scheduled yet.
As a junior, Gray played in 25 contests before suffering a dislocated kneecap against Wake Forest on Feb. 17, 2013. She was averaged 12.6 points, 5.4 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 3.6 steals on the season, but still was named Co-ACC Player of the Year, Associated Press and WBCA Coaches All-America.
So far in 2013-14, Gray was averaging 10.8 points, 7.2 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 2.9 steals through 17 games. Her 7.2 assists ranked sixth nationally and she needed only 35 more dishes to become Duke’s all-time assist leader. Gray was considered to be one of the top point guards in the nation.
Gray had surgery on Jan. 17 to repair her knee. It was performed by Dr. Alison Toth.
Jones to Step Up Again?...
Last year following Chelsea Gray’s injury, Alexis Jones took her game to another level as she saw her per game averages go from 7.9 points, 3.8 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 2.1 steals to 13.8 points, 6.1 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 1.3 steals.
Jones was named the 2013 ACC Tournament MVP after averaging 17.7 points, 6.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals.
In the first two contests since Gray’s injury, Jones has averaged 14.5 points, 6.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals.
On the Road in 2013-14...
In seven road games this year, Duke has notched a 7-0 mark, including wins at ninth-ranked California, fifth-ranked Kentucky and 17th-ranked Oklahoma.
Leading the charge on the road has been Tricia Liston (19.6 points), Elizabeth Williams (13.1), Alexis Jones (12.6), Chelsea Gray (11.0) and Haley Peters (10.8).
Duke is hitting 48.2 percent of its field goals and 38.6 percent from downtown.
Liston Nets Approaching School Record...
Tricia Liston needs only five three-pointers to match the Duke career record for most three-pointers made, matching Abby Waner (222).
Liston is just the third Blue Devil and 23rd player in ACC history to hit over 200 three-pointers over her career.
She owns 217 treys over her four years to rank second on Duke’s career charts along with Georgia Schweitzer.
On the season, Liston is averaging 17.2 points, 5.9 points and 1.5 assists. She is hitting 50.0 percent from downtown and 56.0 percent from the field.
She netted a season-high 28 points at fifth-ranked Kentucky along with six rebounds. Liston hit 10-of-19 field goals. She is matched a career high with 12 rebounds against Virginia. Liston has drained three or more treys in 11 contests.
Duke Record Book
Three-Point Field Goals Made
1. 222 Abby Waner, 2006-09
2. 217 Tricia Liston, 2011-present
3. 202 Georgia Schweitzer, 1998-01
4. 180 Jasmine Thomas, 2008-11
5. 175 Jessica Foley, 2003-06
Three-Point Field Goal Percentage
(2-year minimum/100 attempts)
1. .460 Tricia Liston, 2011-Present
2. .448 Laura Kurz, 2005-06
3. .429 Ali Day, 1993-96
4. .424 Vicki Krapohl, 2001-04
5. .414 Haley Peters, 2011-present
6. .401 Georgia Schweitzer, 1998-01
7. .395 Kristina Meiman, 1991-94
.395 Nicole Erickson, 1998-99
9. .393 Leigh Morgan, 1987-90
10. .385 Chelsea Gray, 2011-present