No. 10 Duke Hosts No. 9 UNC Sunday For Senior Day...
In yet another showdown of top 10 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) rivals, the 10th-ranked Duke women’s basketball team (23-4, 10-3 ACC) will host ninth-ranked North Carolina (25-4, 10-3) on Sunday, March 1 at 5:00 p.m., in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The contest will be aired live on Fox Sports Net with Ron Thulin (PXP) and Debbie Antonelli (Color) calling the action. The game will also be aired live on WDNC-AM 620 with Steve Barnes (PXP) and Morgan Patrick (Color).
In the rankings, Duke is listed No. 10 in the Associated Press and No. 11 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Polls, while North Carolina is ninth and 10th, respectively.
What: North Carolina at Duke
Date: March 1, 2009
Location: Durham, N.C.
Venue: Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Tipoff: 5:00 p.m.
Radio: WDNC-AM 620
Radio Talent: Steve Barnes (PXP), Morgan Patrick (Color)
TV: Fox Sports Net (National)
TV Talent: Ron Thulin (PXP), Debibie Antonelli (Color)
The Blue Devils have won 57 out of their last 61 home ACC regular season contests ... Duke’s current 13.6 steals per game average would be a new school record if the season ended today -- previous season best was 12.6 in 2007-08 ... 10-of-12 Duke players have hit at least one three-pointer ... seven different Duke players have led the team in scoring on the year ... Carrem Gay leads Duke with 12 charges taken on the season and 30 for her career ... Chante Black leads the Blue Devils with eight old fashion three-point plays.
A Look At North Carolina...
North Carolina enters the contest on Sunday with a 25-4 overall and 10-3 league mark under Head Coach Sylvia Hatchell. The Tar Heels have been led by Rashanda McCants (14.4 points, 6.6 rebounds), Jessica Breland (13.4 points, 8.3 rebounds), Italee Lucas (13.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 53 treys) and Cetera DeGraffenreid (12.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, 125 assists, 141 free throws made).
The Tar Heels have won eight out of their last nine games and are 5-3 this season on the road.
The Series With North Carolina...
The Blue Devils and Tar Heels will meet for the 76th time on Sunday with North Carolina leading the overall series 45-30. Duke has won 17 of the last 27 games.
As of late, it has been a series of streaks since 2000 -- Duke won 12 in a row, UNC won five in a row, Duke won two in a row and UNC has won four in a row. In games played in Durham, N.C., the Blue Devils own a 17-13 overall record and have won eight out of the last 11.
Blue Devil Head Coach Joanne P. McCallie will face North Carolina for the seventh time over her 17 years as a head coach. McCallie has a 0-6 record against the Tar Heels. She lost two of those contests while as head coach at Maine. McCallie’s squad faced North Carolina in the 2000 NCAA Tournament in Santa Barbara, Calif., and fell 62-57 on March 18. The Black Bears also lost, 68-52, on Dec. 28, 1996 on a neutral site. Since joining the Blue Devils, McCallie has lost four straight versus UNC.
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes...
Duke and North Carolina will play for the 14th time when both squads are ranked in the top 10 nationally. UNC leads those contests with an 8-5 record.
When Duke is the higher-ranked team in the series with UNC, the Blue Devils own a 18-9 record. UNC owns a 19-4 record when it is ranked higher. The higher ranked team has won 37 of 50 games.
Sophomore Jasmine Thomas will go up against her former AAU teammate, Chay Shegog. Thomas is from Fairfax, Va., while Shegog is out of Stafford, Va., and they played for the Fairfax Stars.
Senior Chante Black has moved into 24th place on the ACC career rebounding chart with 950. She is only five away from 23rd place.
Duke notched its 10th ACC win of the season at Wake Forest on Wednesday, which gave the Blue Devils 10 or more league wins for the 11th straight year. The streak is the longest in the ACC with the next being eight by UNC.
In the three ACC losses, Duke led at the half in all three games, but has allowed a 43.3 second half points average and 55.6 percent shooting over the final 20 minutes in those games. Duke has been outrebounded by 9.3 in the losses as well.
Chante Black owns 10 double-doubles on the season, which ranks tied for third in the ACC.
Over the last three games, Keturah Jackson is averaging 6.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals, while hitting 8-of-11 field goals (72.7%). She is developing a terrific jump shot and also hit three out of her last four three-point field goal attempts. Jackson hit 2-of-2 from downtown at Maryland.
Senior Carrem Gay is averaging 9.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals over the last three games. She has hit 10-of-16 field goals. For the first time in her career, she hit three-pointers in back-to-back games recently. Gay has nailed two out of her last four attempts from long range.
Junior Joy Cheek has hit 17-of-51 from the field over the last seven games for a 33.3 percentage.
Duke features a very balanced scoring attack as only one Blue Devil is averaging double-figure scoring -- Chante Black (15.1). Eight players are averaging 4.0 points or more.
Sophomore Krystal Thomas has pulled down 27 rebounds the last five games.
Senior Abby Waner has hit two or more three-pointers in seven out of the last 11 games.
Jasmine Thomas is averaging 12.0 points, 3.4 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 2.3 steals over the last 10 games. She has registered double-digit scoring in six of the 10 games, including matching a career high with 22 points at Virginia. She hit a career-high 10 field goals in the victory. Thomas added a game-high 19 points at Tennessee.
Duke has come back from deficits of 17 (at USC), 13 (at N.C. State), 11 (at Virginia) and nine (vs. Stanford and Oklahoma State) this season.
Joy Cheek’s father, Boris, officiated his second NFL Pro Bowl in Hawaii recently.
Duke owns a 95-12 record in ACC regular season action since the 2001-02 campaign.
Duke registered a season-high 50.8 percent shooting at Virginia on Feb. 5, which marked the fourth time under Coach P the Blue Devils have shot over 50.0 percent from the field in two years (2nd this season).
If Chante Black keeps on her current average of 8.6 rebounds a contest, she could become only the third player in ACC history to notch over 1,300 points, 1,000 rebounds and 200 blocks. Black currently owns 1,379 points, 950 rebounds and 249 blocks. Only UNC’s Dawn Royster and Clemson’s Peggy Caple have accomplished these types of numbers.
The 29.3 percent shooting at North Carolina was the second-worst field goal percentage of the season and only the second time the Blue Devils have shot under 30.0 percent this year (Hartford - 26.6).
Since kicking off ACC play, Duke’s bench players have hit 18-of-41 three-pointers for a 43.9 percentage. Seven different Blue Devils have hit treys in ACC games -- Jackson, Gay, Cheek, Scheer, Selby, Mitchell and Christmas.
With Karima Christmas scoring 21 points against Miami on Jan. 9, Duke has now registered four different players with 20+ points in a game this season.
With Duke’s win over No. 3 Stanford on Dec. 16, Coach P won her third contest against a top-five ranked team in just her second season with the Blue Devils. McCallie has notched victories against Stanford while the head coach at Maine, Michigan State and Duke.
Duke has five different players who have blocked 10 or more shots this season.
The trio has been around for five years with Black receiving a redshirt year in 2006-07. Black has registered a 48-5 record in Cameron over her career, while Gay and Waner have posted a 49-4 mark.
All three have combined to play in 378 games, make 250 starts, while guiding Duke to NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearances -- including the National Championship game in 2006. Black was a part of the Elite Eight squad in 2005.
Black’s teams have notched an overall 110-23 record, while Gay and Waner’s squads have totaled a 111-20 record. The three years Black, Gay and Waner have played together -- 2005-06, 2007-08 and 2008-09 -- Duke has notched an overall record of 79-18 and ACC mark of 32-7.
Home Win Streaks...
Duke has registered a 13-game home winning streak so far this season and owns an overall 14-game winning streak in Cameron Indoor Stadium dating back to last year. The 14-game winning streak currently ranks tied for 10th nationally.
With a victory on Sunday against UNC, the Blue Devils would register an undefeated season at home for only the second time in school history. The only other time was in 2006-07 with a 14-0 record.
Wins Against Ranked Opponents...
Duke owns five victories this season against ranked opponents, which is tied with Florida State, Maryland and North Carolina for the most in the ACC.
Duke Players Vs. North Carolina...
Over the last four games, senior Chante Black has averaged 14.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocked shots, while hitting 50.0 percent from the field. Those four games are the only time Black has notched double-digit scoring versus the Tar Heels in nine games.
Senior Abby Waner has averaged 11.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.3 steals over the last six games. In eight career contests, Waner has hit only 8-of-49 three-pointers for a 16.3 percentage.
Over her last two games against UNC, sophomore Jasmine Thomas has averaged 13.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals.
As a freshman, junior Joy Cheek came off the bench and registered a career-high 14 rebounds to go along with eight points, one assist and one steal in 23 minutes, while leading Duke to a victory.
Carlyle Cup Update...
Duke and North Carolina will meet on Sunday for one point in the Carlyle Cup, which is a year-long competition between the Blue Devils and Tar Heels and is sponsored by Carlyle & Co. Currently, UNC leads 10.5 to 3.5.
Looking For A Sellout...
By the time Duke and North Carolina tip off on Sunday afternoon, the Duke Ticket Office is expecting to have a sellout crowd of 9,314 fans. As of Friday afternoon, there were only 400 tickets remaining for the contest. If the game is sold out, it would mark the 12th sellout in school history and the first time this season.
Overall, this year the Blue Devils are averaging 6,451 fans per game, which is the second-highest season average in school history. Duke’s single-season record was 6,764 last year in Coach P’s first season with the Blue Devils.