Game Information What……………………………..ACC Tournament Quarterfinals ……………………………………vs. Virginia, Boston College or Georgia Tech Date……………………………..Friday, March 7, 2014 Time…………………………….6:00 PM Location………………………..Greensboro, N.C. Venue…………………………..Greensboro Coliseum Where to Watch………………RSN-TV …………………………………. Mike Hogewood (PXP), Debbie Antonelli (Color) Radio…………………………..Blue Devil IMG - WDNC AM 620 ………………………………….Steve Barnes (PXP), Morgan Patrick (Color) Live Stats……………………..www.GoDuke.com
Setting the Scene... The 10th-ranked Duke women’s basketball team (25-5, 12-4 ACC) will open the 2014 ACC Tournament on Friday, March 7 at 6:00 p.m., at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C. The Blue Devils are seeded No. 2 and will face seventh-seeded Georgia Tech, 10th-seeded Virginia or 15th-seeded Boston College. The Cavaliers (13-16) and Eagles (12-18) will play on 3:30 p.m., on Wednesday, March 5 and the winner will advance to face the Yellow Jackets (19-10) on Thursday, March 6 at 6:00 p.m. Duke’s contest will be aired live on RSN-TV with Mike Hogewood (PXP) and Debbie Antonelli (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. The RSN-TV contest will be aired on FS Carolinas, FOX Sports South, SUN Sports, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, New England Sports Network, FOX Sports Arizona Plus, FOX Sports San Diego, FOX Sports Prime Ticket, ESPN3, ROOT Sports Pittsburgh, ROOT Sports Rocky Mountain, ROOT Sports Northwest.
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes... • The Blue Devils have won eight ACC Championships over the last 14 years and have advanced to the ACC title game a total of 12 times. • In Duke’s 36 years in the ACC Tournament, the Blue Devils own a 2-0 all-time record against No. 7 seeds and 1-0 record vs. No. 10 seeds. • Elizabeth Williams will play in her 100th career game on Friday in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals. • When looking at Duke’s five losses this season, two were to the No. 1 ranked RPI (Notre Dame), one to the No. 3 (Connecticut) and two to the No. 24 (North Carolina). Only Duke, Louisville and South Carolina in the top 10 feature no bad losses (teams ranked lower than No. 24 in RPI) on the season. • Tricia Liston needs one three-pointer made to tie her own school record for most treys in a season (80), which happened in 2012-13. • The Blue Devils rank No. 1 in strength of schedule by the Jeff Sagarin/CBN Women’s College Basketball Ratings. • Elizabeth Williams has notched more blocks (87) than Duke’s opponents (77). • Tricia Liston currently owns 536 points on the season to become the 20th player in Duke history to notch a 500-point season. She ranks 12th on the Blue Devil single-season list and needs 10 points to move into 10th. • Ka’lia Johnson came off the bench at UNC and notched a career-high 12 points and four rebounds in a career-high 29 minutes. She hit 5-of-7 field goals. • Tricia Liston is one of only two players in the nation that is hitting over 50.0 percent from the field, 45.0 percent from downtown and 85.0 percent from the free throw line (Haley Seibert, IPFW). • With Chelsea Gray and Alexis Jones injured, the duo had combined for 270 of Duke’s 523 assists on the season. • Duke currently ranks No. 1 nationally with a 41.5 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 (21). • 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. • Elizabeth Williams became just the sixth player in ACC history to register 300 blocks against N.C. State as she owns 310 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 1,597 points and 539 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. • In the latest NCAA RPI, Duke was No. 4 with Notre Dame, Stanford and UConn taking the top three slots. Tennessee, South Carolina, Louisville, Purdue, Penn St. and Kentucky rounded out the top 10. • The Blue Devils have posted four wins on the road against ranked opponents, which has tied a school record (2006-07, 1998-99). • The Blue Devils registered their 16th straight 25-win seasons. The longest streak by other ACC teams is five by Notre Dame. Duke has reached 10 league victories for the 17th straight season. The streak is the longest in the ACC with the next closest being Miami (3). • Tricia Liston now owns an 85.8 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 30 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. 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Duke in the ACC Championship... The Blue Devils own a 42-28 overall record in the ACC Tournament and have won at least one game in 18 out of the last 19 years. Duke has advanced to the ACC Championship game in 11 out of the last 14 years. The Blue Devils have won eight ACC Championships (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2011, 2013). Since the ACC Championship was moved to Greensboro in 2000, only Duke (2000-04, ‘10-11, ‘13), North Carolina (2005-08) and Maryland (2009, 2012) have won the title.
ACC Tournament Wins... Since 2000, Duke leads the league with 32 victories in ACC Tournament action. The Blue Devils have notched a 32-6 mark, while the Tar Heels are second with 28 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 34-7 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 32-6 overall record in Greensboro.
ACC Tournament Win Percentage... Head coach Joanne P. McCallie owns an ACC-best ACC Tournament winning percentage (81.3) in her six years with the Blue Devils. She has notched a 13-3 record to go along with three titles.
McCallie in Tournament Play... In her 22 years as a head coach, Joanne P. McCallie has produced a 37-12 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 a 13-3 mark in the ACC Tournament to go along with titles in 2010, 2011 and 2013.
All-ACC Honors for Liston, Williams... With the All-ACC teams being released on Tuesday, Duke featured Tricia Liston and Elizabeth Williams on the 10-member first team, following a vote by the league’s “Blue Ribbon Panel.” Williams earned first team All-ACC accolades for the third straight year, while Liston was selected All-ACC for the second consecutive season. With Liston and Williams receiving first team accolades, Duke has now registered at least one member on the All-ACC first team in 15 out of the last 16 years. Williams has become just the second Blue Devil in school history to earn All-ACC First Team accolades three times. Duke registered two student-athletes on the first team for the eighth time in school history (2012-13, 2011-12, 2006-07, 2003-04, 2002-03, 2001-02, 2000-01, 1999-2000).
Duke Players in the ACC Tournament... In four career games, Elizabeth Williams has averaged 15.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.8 blocks. She averaged 16.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.7 blocks, 1.7 steals and 1.3 assists a year ago. That included 24 points and eight boards in the ACC title game against North Carolina. Tricia Liston has averaged 16.0 points and 4.8 rebounds over the last two years, while hitting 14-of-27 treys (51.9%). Over her career, Haley Peters has played in seven games, while averaging 10.9 points and 5.4 rebounds. She has hit 57.4 percent from the field and 62.5 percent from downtown (5-of-8).
Duke 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. 2 for the first time since 2006 and for the fifth time in school history. Duke was seeded No. 1 for the previous four straight years. Duke has advanced to the ACC Championship game in five out of the last six 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. Prior to the quarterfinal loss to N.C. State in 2012, 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 32 out of the last 38 contests in the ACC Tournament.
Liston Nets Gritty Effort at UNC... After not practicing for two straight days with a stiff back and being a 50/50 chance to play the day before, senior Tricia Liston came out against 14th-ranked North Carolina on March 2 and netted a game-high 19 points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal in 38 minutes. Liston hit 3-of-5 three-pointers.
Since the Jones Injury... In two games since Alexis Jones was injured, Duke has averaged only 65.5 points and hit 6-of-19 three-point field goals. The 60 points at North Carolina was a season low. Duke turned the ball over only an average of 16.0 per game and dished 11.5 assists. The Blue Devils have posted 23 assists to 32 turnovers. Haley Peters owns a team-high 17 rebounds, seven assists and six steals.
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 has featured a starting lineup over the last two games 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 Feb. 24, Blue Devil doctors confirmed Duke sophomore point guard Alexis Jones tore her left anterior cruciate ligament in an 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 11 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 239 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).
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 53.1 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 11.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.8 steals. Jackson has notched double-digits in six out of the last eight games. Through the Notre Dame game on Feb. 2, Jackson was hitting 49.1 percent from the charity stripe but she has hit 17-of-21 free throws (81.0%), including a career-best 15 in a row over the last five games that came to an end at UNC (missed on purpose at end of game).