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What…………………………………Duke at Clemson
Date…………………………………Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014
Venue………………………………..Littlejohn Coliseum (10,000)
Where to Watch…………………..Comcast Sports Southeast
……………………………………….Mike Morgan (PXP), Robin Muller (Color)
Radio………………………………..Blue Devil IMG - WDNC AM 620
……………………………………….Steve Barnes (PXP), Morgan Patrick (Color)
Series Record……………………..Duke leads 36-32
Last Meeting……………………….Jan. 24, 2013 • DU 60, CU 46
Setting the Scene...
The fifth-ranked Duke women’s basketball team (21-2, 8-1 ACC) will travel to Clemson, S.C., for a road contest on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 7:00 p.m., against Clemson (11-12, 3-6 ACC). The game will tip at 7:00 p.m., at Littlejohn Coliseum.
The contest will be aired live by Comcast Sports Southeast with Mike Morgan (PXP) and Robin Muller (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.
Following the Clemson contest, Duke will return to Cameron Indoor Stadium for a three-game homestand against three top-14 ranked opponents -- North Carolina (No. 13), Maryland (No. 10) and N.C. State (No. 14).
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes...
• For the second straight year, Duke will head to Clemson, S.C., following a loss. The Blue Devils dropped a game at Connecticut last year and this season Duke fell to Notre Dame on Feb. 2.
• Tricia Liston has moved into ninth place on Duke’s all-time scoring list with 1,488 points. With 12 more points, Liston would become just the eighth player in Duke history to notch over 1,500 points and 500 rebounds.
• Haley Peters has pulled down 30 rebounds the last three contests. • Duke will face three players on the Clemson roster from the state of North Carolina -- Chelsea Lindsay (Durham, N.C.), Abrea Harris (Charlotte, N.C.) and Quinyotta Pettaway (Hertford, N.C.).
• Tricia Liston’s 13 games with 20 or more points this season ranks second in the ACC behind Wake Forest’s Dearica Hamby (14).
• Junior Elizabeth Williams was held to a career-low two points in the Notre Dame contest on Feb. 2.
• Tricia Liston is the top shooting guard in the ACC with a 57.3 percentage. In ACC games, she is hitting 59.3 percent.
• Alexis Jones has scored double-figures in eight straight games, while averaging 13.8 points, 6.8 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 2.5 steals.
• Chloe Wells has missed the last four games with a bruised shin and is listed as day-to-day.
• Over the last seven games, Tricia Liston has drained 20-of-32 three-pointers for a 62.5 percent.
• After hitting only four three-pointers her first 12 games, Haley Peters has drained eight out of her last 14 attempts.
• Over the last eight games, Duke has hit 55.2 percent from the field in the first half, including four games with 60.0 percent or better. The Blue Devils hit a season-high 65.5 percent in the first half against Pitt.
• Duke had its 42-game home court winning streak against ACC opponents ended with its loss to Notre Dame on Feb. 2.
• In the latest NCAA RPI, Duke dropped to No. 3 with Stanford and Notre Dame taking the top two slots. UConn, LSU, Louisville, Tennessee, South Carolina, Arizona State and Purdue rounded out the top 10. The Blue Devils also rank No. 2 in strength of schedule behind LSU.
• Tricia Liston ranks second in the ACC in free throw percentage (88.0) and first in three-point field goal percentage (50.0), while Elizabeth Williams ranks tied second in blocks with a 2.7 average. Chelsea Gray was leading the ACC in assists (7.2) and steals (2.9) prior to her injury.
• Tricia Liston now owns an 86.4 career free throw percentage that ranks second all-time in the ACC to former Duke standout Nicole Erickson (88.0).
• The Blue Devils have posted four wins on the road against ranked opponents, which has tied a school record (2006-07, 1998-99).
• Duke has scored 80 or more points in 13 of 23 contests. The Blue Devils have won 36 straight games when scoring 80 or more points, dating back to the 2008-09 campaign.
• Duke is averaging 42.3 points in the paint as well as scoring 22.3 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 Florida State, USC Upstate, Vanderbilt and Purdue.
• 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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A Look at Clemson...
Clemson enters the contest with an 11-12 overall and 3-6 league mark. The Tigers have been led by Nikki Dixon (14.1 points, 4.3 rebounds), Quinyotta Pettaway (9.8 points, 6.7 rebounds), Charmaine Tay (8.0 points, 49 treys) and Chancie Dunn (7.3 points, 3.8 rebounds).
The Tigers have lost four out of their last six contests heading into Thursday’s contest. At home this season, Clemson owns a 6-6 mark.
The Series With Clemson...
Duke and Clemson will meet for the 69th time in school history with the Blue Devils leading the overall series, 36-32. The Blue Devils have won 17 straight games in the series with the last loss coming on Dec. 9, 2000, 93-75 in Clemson, S.C.
In games played in Clemson, S.C., Clemson leads the series, 16-12. Duke has won eight straight contests at Clemson.
Liston on a Tear...
In the six games since Chelsea Gray’s injury, Tricia Liston has averaged 23.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists, while hitting 63.3 percent of her field goals and 57.1 percent from downtown.
Liston is putting together one of the best scoring seasons at Duke in recent history. Her 18.6 scoring average ranks fifth in the ACC and is the highest for a Blue Devil since Alana Beard averaged 19.3 points in 2003-04.
Liston has scored 20 or points in six straight games for the first time in her career. It is the first time a Duke player has accomplished this since Alana Beard posted six straight in 2003-04.
The 50.0 three-point field goal percentage for Liston ranks third nationally. She has hit eight or more field goals in each of the last six contests.
In ACC games, Liston is averaging 20.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists, while hitting 59.3 percent from the field and 54.5 percent from downtown. She ranks fourth in scoring, third in field goal percentage, 10th in free throw percentage (84.2), first in three-point field goal percentage and tied third in three-point field goals made (2.7).
Three-Point Field Goal Percentage
1. .513 Sophie Bikofsky, Brown
2. .506 Madeline Blais, Marist
3. .500 Tricia Liston, Duke
Coming off a Loss...
The Blue Devils will look to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time since the 2007-08 campaign when Duke fell three straight games in November and December.
The Blue Devils have gone 224 contests since back-to-back losses, which ranks second nationally to Connecticut (756). Duke is 33-0 following losses during the streak.
With Chelsea Gray out for the season and senior Chloe Wells missing the last four games with a shin injury, Duke’s bench has gone from outstanding heading into the 2013-14 campaign to very slim.
Since the injury, all five Duke starters are averaging 31.0 points or more a contest, including a team-high 35.3 per game from Alexis Jones.
The Blue Devil bench includes junior Ka’lia Johnson and three freshmen -- Amber Henson, Oderah Chidom and Kendall McCravey-Cooper.
Liston Nets School Record...
Tricia Liston became Duke’s all-time leader in three-point field goals made Jan. 26 against Pittsburgh. She now owns 226 for her career.
Liston passed Abby Waner (222) with 210 fewer three-pointers attempted than Waner. She has drained three or more treys in 13 contests.
Liston also ranks first on Duke’s career three-point field goal percentage list with a 46.1 mark.
Duke Record Book
Three-Point Field Goals Made
1. 226 Tricia Liston, 2011-present
2. 222 Abby Waner, 2006-09
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. .461 Tricia Liston, 2011-Present
2. .448 Laura Kurz, 2005-06
3. .429 Ali Day, 1993-96
4. .424 Vicki Krapohl, 2001-04
5. .417 Haley Peters, 2011-present
What Happened in the Last Meeting?...
Tricia Liston was under the weather and did not start for the first time this season. Foul troubles for her teammates, though, quickly got her into the game and Liston shook off her cold to score 22 points and lead the fourth-ranked Blue Devils to a 60-46 win at Clemson.
Liston scored 14 of her points in the second half and led a 26-9 run midway through the final period that gave Duke control for good.
The Lady Tigers led 26-23 after Quinyotta Pettaway’s foul shots with 13:34 to play as Duke missed its first 11 shots of the period. That’s when Liston began the Blue Devils’ charge with a 3-pointer and hit two jumpers to put Duke ahead for good.
Elizabeth Williams added 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Blue Devils. Nikki Dixon had 17 points to lead the Tigers.
Liston finished a point from her career scoring best. She made four of Duke’s five 3-pointers and rescued the Blue Devils on a poor shooting night. Duke’s defense, though, helped turn the tide and forced 31 turnovers off 21 steals. Chelsea Gray had a career-high nine steals for the Blue Devils.
Duke committed 17 turnovers in the opening half and shot a dismal 31 percent (9 of 29) from the field. The Blue Devils were ahead 21-14 after Williams’ inside shot with 5:56 to go before the break, then did not make another field goal the rest of the period.
The Blue Devils’ starters combined for just five field goals. Alexis Jones and Chelsea Gray combined for nine of the team’s turnovers. Williams, fifth in ACC scoring, was held to five points in the opening half.
Duke’s defense kept Clemson from taking advantage, although the Lady Tigers scratched out an 8-1 run at the end to tie things at 22-all when Aisha Turner banked home a jumper at the buzzer.
Duke Players Versus Clemson...
Senior Tricia Liston owns averages of 16.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals in four career games. She has hit 12-of-26 treys (46.2%) in those games and is coming off notching 22 points on four treys last year at Clemson.
Elizabeth Williams has averaged 15.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocks. Last year, Williams notched a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds.
On the Road in 2013-14...
Duke has collected a 9-0 record this season on the road, but in the last two contests the Blue Devils have gone to overtime at Florida State and won at Miami by one point.
Tricia Liston is averaging 21.2 points and 5.8 rebounds in those contests, while hitting 48.1 percent of her three-point field goal attempts.
Over the last two road games, Elizabeth Williams has averaged 19.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.5 blocks, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steals. Williams has totaled double-digit scoring in six straight road contests.
Brutal February/March is Here...
Over Duke’s final eight games of the regular season in February/March, Duke features one of the toughest stretches in school history facing five top 13 opponents during that span.
No other ACC team will face more than three top 13 teams during the stretch run. Looking at national schedules, no team in the NCAA will face as many top 13 teams as Duke.
Duke will face No. 2 Notre Dame twice, No. 10 Maryland once and No. 13 North Carolina twice.
Jones Matches School Record, Twice...
Sophomore Alexis Jones dished 15 assists at Florida State, which matched the Duke single game record held by Chelsea Gray that occurred on Jan. 10, 2013 against Clemson.
On Feb. 2 against Notre Dame, Jones matched the school record for steals with 10. It tied the mark held by Abby Waner on Dec. 18, 2007 versus Utah Valley.
The 15 assists and 10 steals are the most by any player in the ACC this season. Her assists is the second-most in the NCAA (Jamierra Faulkner, Southern Miss. had 17) and her steals are tied for the highest this year (Emia Willingham, Siena).
Jones is now averaging 5.0 assists on the season, which ranks second in the ACC, while her 6.3 dishes in league play ranks second.
Comparing the Wins/Losses...
In the 21 wins this season, Duke has averaged 85.5 points, hit 51.6 percent from the field and 42.8 percent from downtown. The Blue Devils hold a +10.7 rebounding advantage and have dished 19.0 assists, while holding opponents to 35.0 percent shooting.
During Duke’s two losses, the Blue Devils have averaged 64.0 points, hit 40.3 percent from the field and 26.7 percent from downtown. In those games, Duke has been outrebounded by 9.5, dished 11.0 assists and have allowed 55.2 percent shooting.
Big on the Boards...
Senior Haley Peters has moved into the top 10 rebounding list at Duke with her 741 boards over her career. She now needs 35 rebounds to move into a tie for ninth along with Krystal Thomas (776).
Peters needs nine more rebounds to become the ninth player in Duke history to register over 1,000 points and 750 rebounds.
In two games this season, Peters has registered 20 and 15 rebounds against USC Upstate and Georgia Tech, respectively.
The 20 boards were the third-highest single game total in school history matching Alana Beard’s mark of 20 from the ACC Tournament on March 10, 2003.
She has totaled 15 career double-doubles and 20 contests with 10 or more rebounds, after leading Duke in rebounding a year ago.