Courtesy: Duke Sports Information Release: 03/01/2014
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Game Information What………………………………………Duke at North Carolina Date………………………………………Sunday, March 2, 2014 Time………………………………………1:00 PM Location………………………………….Chapel Hill, N.C. Venue…………………………………….Carmichael Arena (6,822) Where to Watch………………………..ESPN ……………………………………………Pam Ward (PXP), Carolyn Peck (Color) Radio…………………………………….Blue Devil IMG - WDNC AM 620 …………………………………………..Steve Barnes (PXP), Morgan Patrick (Color) Live Stats………………………………www.GoDuke.com Series Record…………………………UNC leads 48-39 Last Meeting………………………….Feb. 10, 2014 - UNC 89, DU 78
Setting the Scene... The seventh-ranked Duke women’s basketball team (25-4, 12-3 ACC) will travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., to face 14th-ranked North Carolina (21-8, 9-6) in the regular season finale at Carmichael Arena on Sunday, March 2. The game will tip at 1:00 p.m. The contest will be aired live on ESPN with Pam Ward (PXP) and Carolyn Peck (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.
What is Next?... Duke will be the No. 2 seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C. The Blue Devils will open on Friday, March 7 at 6:00 p.m., against the No. 7 seed. Duke is the reigning ACC Champions and have won a total of eight ACC titles.
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes... • With Duke’s win over Wake Forest on Thursday, the Blue Devils registered its 16th straight 25-win season. The longest streak by other ACC teams is five by Notre Dame. • When looking at Duke’s four losses this season, two were to the No. 1 ranked RPI (Notre Dame), one to the No. four (Connecticut) and one to the No. 30 (North Carolina). UNC is currently ranked No. 14 nationally in the AP poll. • Both times Duke and North Carolina will play in the regular season, the Tar Heels have entered the game on losing streaks. • Sunday’s game will feature the top two shot-blockers in the ACC -- Elizabeth Williams of Duke (2.8 per game) and Stephanie Mavunga of UNC (2.7). • Tricia Liston needs four three-pointers made to tie her own school record for most treys made in a season (80), which happened in 2012-13. • Two of the top scoring offenses in the nation will hit the hardwood on Sunday. UNC ranks third in the ACC (82.6) and Duke is fourth (82.3). • With Chelsea Gray and Alexis Jones injured, the duo had combined for 270 of Duke’s 500 assists on the season. • The Blue Devils have posted four wins on the road against ranked opponents, which has tied a school record (2006-07, 1998-99). • Tricia Liston currently owns 517 points on the season to become the 20th player in Duke history to notch a 500-point season. • The Blue Devils have reached 10 league victories for the 17th straight season. The streak is the longest in the ACC with the next closest being Miami (3). • Haley Peters has been named Capital One Academic All-America Third Team becoming just the fifth Blue Devil in school history to be selected Academic All-America. • Duke currently ranks No. 1 nationally with a 41.4 three-point field goal percentage. The Blue Devils led the NCAA last year with a 40.5 percentage. • Tricia Liston’s 15 games with 20 or more points this season ranks second in the ACC behind Wake Forest’s Dearica Hamby (20). • Elizabeth Williams became just the sixth player in ACC history to register 300 blocks against N.C. State as she owns 305 for her career, which ranks fifth on the league’s all-time charts. • Alexis Jones’ 5.3 assist average on the season ranks as the fourth-highest average in school history behind Chelsea Gray’s averages of 7.2 (2013-14), 6.1 (2011-12) and 5.4 (2012-13). • Tricia Liston has become just the eighth player in Duke history to score over 1,500 points and pull down over 500 rebounds. She has 1,578 points and 535 rebounds. • Two future Duke student-athletes have been named McDonald’s All-America -- Sierra Calhoun & Lynee Belton. • Haley Peters and Elizabeth Williams have each been selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District III first team. Peters earned the honor for the second straight year. • Elizabeth Williams is hitting a career-high 54.1 percent from the field this season. • In the latest NCAA RPI, Duke was No. 3 with Notre Dame and Stanford taking the top two slots. Connecticut, South Carolina, Louisville, Tennessee, Purdue, LSU and Penn St. rounded out the top 10. • The Blue Devils rank No. 1 in strength of schedule by the Jeff Sagarin/CBN Women’s College Basketball Ratings. • Tricia Liston now owns an 86.1 career free throw percentage that ranks second all-time in the ACC to former Duke standout Nicole Erickson (88.0). • 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). • Duke has scored 80 or more points in 15 of 28 contests. The Blue Devils have won 38 straight games when scoring 80 or more points, dating back to the 2008-09 campaign. • 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. • 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.
Senior Class Award - Vote for Peters... Duke forward Haley Peters is one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award. Through March 24, fans can go online to vote for Peters once a day at www.seniorclassaward.com. Bookmark this page and vote for Peters! An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
Going With a Big Lineup... Duke featured a starting lineup on Thursday against Wake Forest with five players standing 6-0 or taller -- Amber Henson (6-4), Elizabeth Williams (6-3), Haley Peters (6-3), Tricia Liston (6-1) and Richa Jackson (6-0). It marks the first time since the 2007-08 campaign the Blue Devils have featured such a tall starting lineup -- Bridgette Mitchell (6-0), Brittany Mitch (6-2), Keturah Jackson (6-0), Carrem Gay (6-2) and Chante Black (6-5). No other ACC team or squad ranked in the top 25 features five starters standing 6-0 or taller. Duke’s lineup stands at an average of 6-2.
Jones to Miss Remainder of 2013-14 Season... Following a MRI on Monday morning, Blue Devil doctors confirmed Duke sophomore point guard Alexis Jones tore her left anterior cruciate ligament in Sunday’s 81-70 loss at second-ranked Notre Dame. Jones will miss the remainder of the season and had surgery on Thursday, Feb. 27. Jones, an All-America candidate, was averaging 13.1 points, 5.3 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 steals on the season for the seventh-ranked Blue Devils. A native of Irving, Texas, Jones had picked up her game since All-America senior guard Chelsea Gray was injured on Jan. 12 as she was averaging 14.4 points, 7.2 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals over the span of 11 contests.
Bench Shrinking Even More... With Chelsea Gray and Alexis Jones out for the season and senior Chloe Wells missing the last 10 games, Duke’s bench has gone from outstanding heading into the 2013-14 campaign to very slim. The Blue Devils are left with only eight scholarship players available to play and zero point guards. Senior Tricia Liston will assume the point guard role for Duke with Richa Jackson and Ka’lia Johnson helping. Overall, Duke has lost four point guards (Jones, Gray, Wells and Kianna Holland) and a total of five guards this season with the addition to Rebecca Greenwell. Coach P Approaching 200 Wins... Joanne P. McCallie is approaching 200 wins at Duke as she closes in on her seventh season with the Blue Devils. Coach P has 199 wins in only 238 contests and could become the fourth-quickest head coach to reach 200 wins at an institution -- 222, Leon Barmore (La. Tech), 234, Jim Foster (Ohio State), 236, Bill Sheahan (Mount St. Mary’s), 241, Joan Bonvicini (Long Beach St.), 241, Jody Conradt (Texas) and Gene Roebuck (North Dakota).
Peters Nets Season High... In the final regular season contest in Cameron Indoor Stadium on Thursday, senior Haley Peters tallied a season-high 22 points, pulled down eight rebounds and hit 7-of-14 field goals. She netted a career-high 7-of-8 free throws. Peters had scored only 25 points over the last four games entering the Wake Forest contest.
On the Road in 2013-14... Duke has notched a 10-1 record on the road this season with the lone loss coming at Notre Dame this past Sunday, 81-70. On the season, Tricia Liston has led the way on the road averaging 19.5 points and 5.9 rebounds, while hitting 46.7 percent from downtown and 56.1 percent from the field. She is coming off a season-low nine points on the road at Notre Dame. Elizabeth Williams has averaged 16.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.8 blocks the last four road contests. This includes games of 20 points against Florida State and Notre Dame. As a team, Duke is holding opponents to 65.4 points on the road and 37.0 percent shooting.
Hey, I Know You... Duke’s Elizabeth Williams and Alexis Jones played with UNC’s Diamond DeShields on the 2011 USA Basketball U19 World Championship team that posted an 8-1 record and won the gold medal in Chile. Jones and DeShields were also a part of the 2010 U18 National Team that notched a 5-0 mark and won the gold medal.
Chidom Big Off the Bench... Freshman Oderah Chidom came off the bench Thursday against Wake Forest and notched a game-high 12 rebounds, nine points, three blocks, one assist and one steal in 27 minutes. All were season highs against ACC opponents. Her eight offensive rebounds tied a season high for Duke and ranks tied seventh in the Duke record books. Elizabeth Williams also grabbed eight offensive boards against Boston College.
Against Ranked Opponents... Duke has collected a 7-4 record this season versus ranked opponents, including a 4-1 mark on the road. Elizabeth Williams has totaled three games of 20 or more points versus ranked opponents, including a career-high 28 points earlier this season against North Carolina. Over the last three games, Richa Jackson has averaged 14.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.0 steals. She is hitting 54.5 percent from the downtown against ranked foes (6-of-11) and 50.6 percent from the field. Tricia Liston owns a team-best average of 18.4 points against ranked opponents. She has totaled 20 or more points in six of 11 games.
Jackson Having Productive Season... Senior Richa Jackson is quietly having one of her best seasons as a Blue Devil. She is hitting a career-best 53.4 percent from the field and 40.9 percent from downtown. Jackson’s nine three-pointers are a career best. With Chelsea Gray out for the season, Jackson was inserted into the starting lineup. In those contests, she has averaged 12.2 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.6 steals. Jackson has notched double-digits in six out of the last seven games, including four in a row. Through the Notre Dame game on Feb. 2, Jackson was hitting 49.1 percent from the charity stripe but she has hit 16-of-19 free throws (84.2%), including a career-best 14 in a row over the last four games.