UNC GREENSBORO (4-4) AT #14/14 DUKE BLUE DEVILS (6-2)
Game 9 • Thursday, Dec. 7 • 7:00 PM (ET)
Durham, N.C. • Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Radio: Blue Devil IMG Sports Network
(620 AM, 99.3 FM, 96.5 FM, GoDuke.com, TuneIn app) - Chris Edwards
TV/Video: ACC Network Extra - Chris Edwards
The Series: Duke leads 10-2
Duke Head Coach: Joanne P. McCallie (Northwestern, ‘87)
Record: 595-221 (26)
UNCG Head Coach: Trina Patterson (Virginia, ‘87)
Record: 207-319 (19)
Setting the Scene...
Returning to Durham, N.C., for the first of five consecutive home contests in Cameron Indoor Stadium, the 14th-ranked Duke women’s basketball team (6-2) will host UNC Greensboro (4-4) Thursday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.
The contest will be aired live on the ACC Network Extra. It will also be carried on the Blue Devil IMG Sports Network via 620 AM, 99.3 FM, 96.5 FM, TuneIn Radio app and www.GoDuke.com with Chris Edwards on the air beginning at 6:45 p.m.
Duke owns a 56-game winning streak against in-state non-conference opponents dating back to 1982-83.
What is Next?...
Duke continues its five-game homestand by hosting Winthrop Sunday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m., in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
• Blue Devil redshirt senior Rebecca Greenwell needs two three-pointers made to break Duke’s all-time treys mark of 252 held by Tricia Liston (2011-14). Greenwell owns 251 in 106 games.
• In her 11th year with the Blue Devils and 26th overall season as a head coach, Joanne P. McCallie is only five wins shy of reaching the 600-win mark.
• Rebecca Greenwell became just the 11th player in Duke history to reach the 1,600-point mark with her 19 points against Ohio State. She needs only nine points to move into a tie for 10th place on the Duke career list along with Georgia Schweitzer (1,620).
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes...
• Leaonna Odom (54.8) and Erin Mathias (51.7) rank eighth and 12th, respectively, in the ACC field goal percentage.
• Duke has won 12 straight home games in the month of December.
• The Blue Devils currently lead the ACC and rank 13th nationally with a 41.2 three-point field goal percentage.
• Rebecca Greenwell is the ACC active career leader in points (1,611) and three-point field goals made (251). Next closest in scoring is Myisha Hines-Allen (Louisville) with 1,590 points. Greenwell also ranks seventh among active power five conference guards in career scoring.
• Rebecca Greenwell and Lexie Brown have combined to score 3,208 points and drain 459 three-pointers over their career, which leads the ACC among active players.
• After turning the ball over only 30 times the previous three games, Duke had a season-high 21 turnovers against eighth-ranked Ohio State. The Blue Devils had 10 in the first half against South Carolina, but finished the game with 13.
• Lexie Brown of Duke (18.8 points, 5th; 4.6 assists, 7th) and Paris Kea of North Carolina (19.9 points, 3rd; 6.9 assists, 4th) are the only two players in the ACC to rank in the top 10 in both points and assists.
• Rebecca Greenwell leads the ACC in three-point field goal percentage (50.0) and ranks tied second in three-point field goals made per game (2.9).
• Lexie Brown registered seven assists against Presbyterian with no turnovers in 32 minutes of action. It marked the sixth time at Duke she has played over 30 minutes and not registered a turnover. She did it only twice in two years at Maryland.
• Blue Devil sophomore Leaonna Odom has increased her scoring average from 8.1 to 10.9 this season, while her rebounds have moved from 4.6 to 8.1 per game. • Duke ranks second in the ACC in paint defense, only allowing 19.0 points in the paint per game. NC State leads with 18.0 points allowed.
• Duke (73.07) will feature a little over a two-inch height advantage when the Blue Devils play UNCG Thursday (70.79). The Spartans feature four players standing 6-2 or taller, while Duke has seven student-athletes.
• Rebecca Greenwell became the first Duke player to amass 1,500 points, 600 rebounds and 200 made three-pointers at Villanova. Greenwell could also become the third guard in Blue Devil history to register 1,500 points and 700 rebounds along with Monique Currie and Alana Beard. Greenwell currently owns 1,611 points and 634 rebounds.
• Lexie Brown has played in the ACC for two different teams (2013-14 at Maryland; 2016-17 at Duke) and holds the best career free throw percentage in those contests (88.3). Duke’s Nicole Erickson ranks second with an 88.0 mark.
• Rebecca Greenwell’s 251 three-pointers over her career ranks tied 14th on the ACC career charts and needs two more to move into 10th.
• Graduate transfer Bego Faz Davalos owns 349 career blocks and needs only 10 to move into a tie for 27th on the NCAA all-time blocks list.
• All 29 of Duke’s 2017-18 contests will be aired on some type of television between ESPN3, ACC Network Extra, ESPN2, RSN-TV, SEC Network and Nova Nation.
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A Look at UNCG...
UNC Greensboro owns a 4-4 record and is coming off losing three straight against Campbell, Radford and Virginia.
The Spartans have been led by Nadine Soliman (14.0 points, 3.3 rebounds), Brandi Fier (10.0 points, 35 assists) and Alexus Willey (9.8 points, 13 treys). Ije Ajemba is pulling down a team-best 10.6 boards.
So far this season, UNCG is 1-3 in games played on the road.
The Series with UNC Greensboro...
The Blue Devils take on the Spartans at home on Thursday in their 13th all-time match-up. Duke holds a record of 10-2 against UNC Greensboro, with their last meeting in 2007 ending in a decisive 84-39 Blue Devil victory. In games played at Cameron Indoor Stadium, the Blue Devils boast a mark of 6-1.
Duke Versus the Southern Conference...
Duke features a 19-5 record against members of the Southern Conference – Furman (4-0), Samford (1-0), and Western Carolina (4-3). The team owns a 17-game winning streak against the Southern Conference since its loss to Western Carolina in 1979.
Coach P boasts a 8-0 record against the SC – Georgia Southern (1-0), Mercer (2-0), UNCG (1-0), Samford (2-0), and Western Carolina (2-0).
Johnson Returns to Cameron...
Duke will welcome back 2015 graduate Ka’lia Johnson to Cameron Indoor Stadium Thursday versus UNCG.
Johnson is in her second year as a graduate assistant on the UNCG staff.
She was a four-year letterwinner under Joanne P. McCallie from 2012-15. Johnson played in 123 games and made 37 starts. In her final year, she started 32-of-34 contests and averaged 7.4 points, dished 126 assists and had 59 steals. Johnson registered one of only seven triple-doubles in school history at Old Dominion on Nov. 20, 2014 with 18 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds.
At Home in 2017-18...
Duke boasts a 4-0 record at home this season, including an impressive, 69-60 win over Ohio State in the last time out.
Lexie Brown (20.0 points), Rebecca Greenwell (17.0 points) and Leaonna Odom (13.0 points) have paced the Blue Devils in those games. Greenwell is hitting 42.3 percent from downtown as she has drained 11-of-26 treys. Brown has hit 9-of-17 for a 52.9 percentage. Odom is pulling down 10.0 rebounds as well, while hitting 66.7 percent from the field.
As a team, Duke is averaging 74.2 points and hitting 49.6 percent from the field in Cameron.
Heading into the Ohio State at Duke contest Thursday, the Buckeyes were averaging 94.0 points a contest and had not scored fewer than 85 in a game. The Blue Devil defense limited OSU to only 60 points and a season-low 32.4 percent shooting.
Duke has also held High Point (50) and Oregon State (65-tied) to season low points.
Mathias Continues to Play Big...
In the last two games against No. 8 Ohio State and No. 5 South Carolina, senior Erin Mathias averaged 13.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 blocks. This included a career-high 16 points at South Carolina.
Mathias hit 12-of-17 field goals against the ranked foes.
Going against one of the best post players in the nation, Stephanie Mavunga of Ohio State, Mathias registered her second career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in 35 minutes. She also helped limit Mavunga to only seven points and seven rebounds in 30 minutes.
Lambert to Miss 2017-18 Season...
Junior Kyra Lambert announced she will miss the 2017-18 season, after suffering a torn ACL in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
Lambert will have two years of eligibility remaining. She has started 56-of-65 games as a Blue Devil.