Date/Time:...................Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 2:30 PM
Location/Venue:..............Norfolk, Va. (Ted Constant Convocation Center - 8,472)
Where to Watch:..............ESPN2, ESPN3, WatchESPN
Radio:.......................Blue Devil IMG - WDNC AM 620 (Steve Barnes, Morgan Patrick)
Series Record:...............First Meeting
Last Meeting:................First Meeting
Record:......................32-2, 17-1 (ACC)
Ranking:.....................#5 (AP), #5 (USA Today)
Head Coach:..................Joanne P. McCallie (21st Year)
Record at Duke:......173-34 (6th Year)
ACC Record:..........78-13 (6th Year)
Overall Record:......489-182 (21st Year)
vs. Nebraska.........First Meeting
Record:......................25-8, 12-4 (Big Ten)
Ranking:.....................#24 (AP), #25 (USA Today)
Head Coach:..................Connie Yori (38th Year)
Overall Record:..............410-274 (23rd Year)
Record at Nebraska:..........215-134 (11th Year)
Setting the Scene...
Second-seeded and fifth-ranked Duke (32-2) will compete in its 15th NCAA regional over the last 16 years on Sunday, March 31 as the Blue Devils will take on sixth-seeded and 24th-ranked Nebraska (25-8) at 2:30 p.m., in the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va.
Sunday’s contest will be shown on ESPN2 & ESPN3 with Dave O’Brien (PXP), Stephanie White (Color) and Jeannie Edwards (Sideline) calling the action.
It will also be aired live on the Blue Devil IMG Sports Network on WDNC-AM 620 with Steve Barnes (PXP) and Morgan Patrick (Color) on the air.
With a victory on Sunday, the Blue Devils will advance to the regional final for the fourth straight year and will face the winner of the Kansas/Notre Dame contest at 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, April 2 in Norfolk, Va.
The Blue Devils own a 10-3 all-time record in the NCAA regional semifinal action. Duke will be looking to advance to the NCAA Regional Final for the 11th time out of the last 16 years.
Duke will be taking Virginia natives Elizabeth Williams and Ka’lia Johnson home over the weekend. Williams’ parents, who live in Virginia Beach, Va., will have the team over for dinner on Friday after the Blue Devils arrive in town.
A Look at Nebraska...
Nebraska enters Sunday’s matchup with an overall record of 25-8, after topping UT-Chattanooga and Texas A&M in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament. In Monday’s win over third-seeded Texas A&M, the Cornhuskers were led by Lindsey Moore, who notched her fifth career double-double while tallying 20 points, 10 assists, six rebounds and a steal while playing the full 40 minutes. Jordan Hooper (18.2 points, 8.8 rebounds), Lindsey Moore (15.2 points, 3.5 rebounds) and Emily Cady (9.2 points, 3.5 rebounds) lead the way for the Cornhuskers this season.
Head coach Connie Yori is in her 11th season at Nebraska, tallying a 215-134 (.616) overall record. A 1986 Creighton graduate, Yori earned WBCA, AP, U.S. Basketball Writers, Naismith and Kay Yow National Coach of the Year honors in 2010 after leading the squad to the program’s first-ever Big-12 title as well as a perfect 29-0 mark during the regular season.
The Series with Nebraska...
Duke and Nebraska will meet for the first time in program history Sunday. Coach Joanne P. McCallie will also be facing the Cornhuskers for the first time in her career.
NCAA Tournament Tidbits...
• The Basics...Duke is making its 19th consecutive and 20th overall trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Devils have been seeded No. 2 for the seventh time in school history and for the fourth straight year. Duke played in the postseason on two other occasions, making it to the Women’s NIT in 1986 and the NCAA Tournament in 1987.
Duke now owns an all-time record of 51-19 in NCAA Tournament play and is 52-20 in all postseason action. The Blue Devils have hosted NCAA Tournament games 11 times out of 20 appearances.
Prior to this season, Duke previously hosted first and second round games in Cameron from 1998-2002, 2004, 2010 and 2011. The Blue Devils have won 18 consecutive games during NCAA Tournament play in Cameron. Overall, Duke owns a 20-1 record in NCAA Tournament action in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
• The History...Each time Duke has been in the NCAA Tournament, it has won at least one game. The Blue Devils have made it to a regional in 15 out of the last 16 years. Duke had advanced to at least the Sweet 16 in 11 consecutive years prior to a loss to Michigan State in 2008-09 in the second round. Duke has made it to the Elite Eight in 10 of the last 15 years, including three straight.
Duke also advanced to the Elite Eight in 1998, 2004 and 2005, the National Championship game in 1999 and 2006, the Final Four in 2002 and 2003, the Sweet 16 in 2000, 2001, 2007 and 2008. The Blue Devils own a 41-14 record in their last 55 NCAA Tournament games.
• The Coach...Head Coach Joanne P. McCallie is making her 17th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, including her 11th straight, while producing a 24-16 record. While at Maine, she totaled a 1-6 record that included an upset victory over seventh-seeded Stanford (60-58) in 1999. Her Maine squad was seeded 10th and then fell to Old Dominion on its home court, 72-62, in the second round.
During her time at Michigan State, McCallie guided the Spartans to a 9-5 mark. She led MSU to five straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament and won at least one game in four consecutive years. In 2005, McCallie’s squad had an incredible run through the tournament knocking off Alcorn State, USC, 18th-ranked Vanderbilt, top-ranked Stanford and third-ranked Tennessee before falling to fifth-ranked Baylor in the national championship game. McCallie was awarded National Coach of the Year for her efforts.
At Duke, McCallie owns a 14-5 record in the tournament.
As a player, McCallie led Northwestern to the 1987 NCAA Tournament her senior year. The Wildcats traveled to Louisiana Tech and lost, 82-60, in the first round. Coach P is one of only 20 current head coaches in Division I who have both played and coached in the NCAA Tournament.
McCallie has one member of her coaching tree that took her team to the 2013 tournament -- Katie Abrahamson-Henderson (Albany)
• The Seedings...The last 19 seasons Duke has been no lower than a No. 5 seed and a total of seven times Duke has been a No. 1 seed. The Blue Devils have been seeded no lower than third since 1998. Duke’s seven No. 1 seeds rank as the fifth-most in NCAA Tournament history. Leading the list is Tennessee (21), followed by Connecticut (17), Louisiana Tech (10), Stanford (10) and Duke (7).
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes...
• Duke has won three straight NCAA Sweet 16 contests and is coming off posting a 74-47 victory over third-seeded St. John’s a year ago.
• Tricia Liston will play in her 100th career game on Sunday against Nebraska.
• Duke owns an all-time record of 2-0 against No. 6 seeds in the NCAA Tournament. Coach P has tallied a 1-1 all-time record versus No. 6 seeds.
• Duke’s 32 victories matches the most for head coach Joanne P. McCallie in her six years with the Blue Devils. One more win will equal the most for a Coach P squad over her 21 years as a head coach. It would equal her Michigan State squad during the 2004-05 campaign.
• The Blue Devils average 23.3 points off turnovers in 34 games this season.
• Duke is 16-0 this season when having four or more players score double-digits, including in four out of five postseason games.
• The Blue Devils are one of only two schools with both their men’s and women’s basketball teams in the NCAA Sweet 16 and their football team advanced to a bowl game (Louisville).
• Haley Peters averaged 15.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.3 assists the last four games. She hit 62.2 percent of her field goals during that stretch. Peters has notched double-doubles the last two games.
• Senior Allison Vernerey has played in 138 games at Duke to move into fifth all-time on the Blue Devil charts.
• Tricia Liston has notched 20 or more points six times this season. She owns 15 career games with 20 or more points.
• The Blue Devils have five different student-athletes who have hit 22 or more treys on the season -- Liston (76), Wells (29), Peters (25), Jones (25) and Gray (22).
• Duke’s 185 three-pointers made this season ranks eighth on Duke’s single-season list. The school record is 213 in 1998-99.
• The Blue Devils as a team are hitting 74.2 percent from the charity stripe, which is the third-highest in school history (record - 76.0%).
• Duke was averaging 12.8 steals a game prior to the Chelsea Gray injury and in the nine games since the Blue Devils are averaging only 8.4. Duke’s turnovers forced has also dropped from 22.4 to 16.2. The Blue Devils have had more turnovers than their opponents in six out of the last seven contests.
• Elizabeth Williams has notched double-figure scoring in 22 consecutive games entering the NCAA regionals.
• Duke is 22-0 when scoring 70 or more points this season.
• Duke has registered its 10th 30-win season over the last 13 years. The Blue Devils have notched 15 straight years with 25 or more wins.
• Haley Peters owns a team-best 12 games with 10 or more rebounds.
• Duke’s 33.9 field goal percentage defense ranks as the tied for third-best in school history (33.4 percent in 2004-05 is the record).
• Duke has won 23 straight games when scoring 80 or more points, dating back to the 2008-09 campaign.
• As a team, Duke is first in three-point field goal percentage (41.1) and fourth in field goal percentage (45.8) in the NCAA stats.
• Duke boasts two players ranking in the top 10 nationally -- Elizabeth Williams in blocks (10th, 2.85), and Tricia Liston in three-point field goal percentage (4th, 46.1).
• On the season, Duke owns six different student-athletes who have scored 20 or more points in a game -- Tricia Liston, Allison Vernerey, Haley Peters, Elizabeth Williams, Chelsea Gray and Alexis Jones.
• Duke is averaging 75.1 points this season, which is the second most for a Blue Devil squad since 2005-06 with an 86.0 ledger. The most for a Coach P squad in her previous five years was 75.2 in 2008-09.
• After holding Virginia Tech to 33 points on Feb. 14, head coach Joanne P. McCallie has held 23 different opponents to under 40 points since arriving at Duke in 2007-08.
• The Blue Devils registered a 3.3 grade-point average in the fall semester, which included five student-athletes with above a 3.5 GPA. A total of 11 Blue Devils had a 3.0 or better.
• The Blue Devils own four different student-athletes hitting over 40.0 percent or better from downtown -- Chloe Wells (46.0), Tricia Liston (46.1), Haley Peters (45.5) and Chelsea Gray (40.7).
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Duke Versus the Big Ten...
Duke holds a record of 20-9 all-time against Big Ten Teams -- Illinois (0-3), Iowa (1-0), Michigan (4-0), Michigan State (2-1), Minnesota (0-1), Ohio State (1-0), Penn State (5-1), Purdue (5-3) and Wisconsin (2-0).
Earlier this season, the Blue Devils downed Michigan, 71-54, in Ann Arbor, Mich., which is the only meeting this season with a Big Ten opponent.
In the NCAA Tournament, Duke owns a 1-4 record against Big Ten teams.
McCallie owns an 83-56 record all-time against Big Ten members after coaching Michigan State for seven seasons.
With Duke heading to the Norfolk Regional this weekend, Blue Devil sophomore Elizabeth Williams will head back to her old stomping grounds.
Williams, who is out of Virginia Beach, Va., attended Princess Anne H.S., which is 25 minutes away from the Ted Constant Center where the games will be played in the regional.
After being named the 2011 Morgan Wooten National Player of the Year in high school, McDonald’s All-America, WBCA All-America and a two-time First Team Parade All-America, Williams had her jersey retired at Princess Anne on Oct. 10, 2012.
Williams has played one game in the Ted Constant Convocation Center in her career, which happened on Aug. 5, 2006 with her AAU 13-year-old squad called the Lady Neptune. She attended many games in the convocation center growing up.
Sophomore Ka’lia Johnson will also be heading close to home as she is from Chester, Va., which is an hour and a half away from Norfolk, Va.
Back to Norfolk...
Duke will play in NCAA action at the Ted Constant Convocation Center for the third time in school history. The Blue Devils last played in Norfolk in the 2006 NCAA first and second rounds as the Blue Devils downed Southern, 96-27, and Southern California, 85-51.
The other appearance in Norfolk was during the 2004 campaign as the Blue Devils were the No. 1 seed. Duke downed Louisiana Tech, 63-49, before being upset, 82-77, by seventh-seeded Minnesota. Alana Beard, who is Duke’s all-time leading scorer, saw her career come to an end in that contest.
The Blue Devils rank second nationally with 15 regional appearances over the last 16 years. Only Connecticut ranks ahead of the Blue Devils with 16 appearances. Duke is tied with Tennessee with its 15 regional bids over the last 16 years followed by Georgia (10), Notre Dame (10), North Carolina (9), Oklahoma (9), Stanford (9), Rutgers (8), Purdue (8), LSU (8).
1,000 Point Scorers...
In the first round against Hampton, Tricia Liston became the 29th player in Duke history to reach 1,000 career points as she notched 20 points.
Earlier this season, Chelsea Gray reached 1,000 career points and as Duke enters the regional the Blue Devils feature two players approaching 1,000 points -- Haley Peters (997) and Elizabeth Williams (989).
If either nets 1,000 points, Duke will feature three 1,000 point scorer’s on the same team for only the second time in school history -- 2002-03 with Sheana Mosch, Alana Beard and Iciss Tillis. That team advanced to the NCAA Final Four.
If both can reach 1,000 points as well, Duke will boast four 1,000-point scorers on the same team for the first time in school history.
In 2012-13, only Florida State: Alexa Deluzio (1162), Natasha Howard (1136), Chelsea Davis (1019), Chasity Clayton (1015); and Connecticut: Hartley (1304), Dolson (1267), Mosqueda-Lewis (1171) and Faris (1063) have four 1,000-point scorer’s.
On the Boards...
Over the last five games, Duke has outrebounded its opponents by a 8.4 margin. In the three games prior to the tournament, Duke was outrebounded by one in two of those (UNC, Maryland) and had even rebounds at Miami.
From the Charity Stripe...
Tricia Liston’s 93.4 free throw percentage this season is currently the best in the ACC record books as she has drained 71-of-76 on the year.
ACC Single-Season Free Throw Percentage
92.9 Jennifer Howard, N.C. State (1994)
90.4 Linda Page, N.C. State (1983)
90.0 Jenni Kraft, Duke (1989)
Breaking Down the First Two Games...
Through two games of the NCAA Tournament, Duke owns four different players averaging double-figure scoring -- Elizabeth Williams (17.0), Tricia Liston (16.5), Haley Peters (13.5) and Alexis Jones (10.0).
Williams is averaging 17.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 3.0 blocks. Peters is averaging 13.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.0 assists.
As a team, Duke has hit only 28.6 percent from downtown and 40.9 percent from the field.
Chloe Wells was a big spark off the bench in the second round game as she notched 10 of her 13 points in the second half, while totaling two assists and one steal in 25 minutes. Wells had scored only six points in five previous NCAA Tournament games.
Duke came back from being down by 15 in the second half against Oklahoma State, which was the largest comeback for the Blue Devils since Duke was down by 11 in the 2011 NCAA Tournament to Marist in the second round.
In the NCAA Tournament Stats...
Freshman Alexis Jones ranks tied for third with an 8.5 assist average through two games in the NCAA Tournament. Nebraska’s Lindsey Moore is also tied for third. In the two NCAA Tournament games, Jones is averaging 10.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 8.5 assists and 1.5 steals.
Junior Haley Peters is having one of the best shooting seasons in school history as she is hitting 50.4 percent from the field, 45.5 percent from downtown and 78.4 percent from the free throw line.
Peters is just the fourth Blue Devil to reach the 50/40/75 club (players who have hit over 50.0 percent from the field, 40.0 percent or better from three-point land and over 75.0 percent from the charity stripe).
Duke Players to Reach the 50/40/75 Club
Ali Day (53.7 FG%, 42.9 3PTFG%, 79.8 FT%)
Jenni Kraft (51.0 FG%, 53.9 3PTFG%, 90.0 FT%)
Laura Kurz (52.0 FG%, 44.8 3PTFG%, 81.5 FT%)
Haley Peters (50.4 FG%, 45.5 3PTFG%, 78.4 FT%)
Jones Stepping Up Big Time...
Since All-America Chelsea Gray was injured, freshman Alexis Jones has stepped up for the Blue Devils. Over the last eight games, Jones has scored double-figures in seven, while averaging 15.4 points, 6.8 assists and 5.4 rebounds. She has hit 10-of-20 treys during that stretch.
Jones nearly registered a triple-double in her first career NCAA Tournament game against Hampton with 11 points, a career-high 10 assists and eight rebounds. It marked her second career double-double.
In the ACC Tournament, Jones was named MVP after averaging 17.7 points, 6.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals. She hit 60.0 percent of her field goals and 66.7 percent from downtown. Jones became just the third freshman in ACC history to be named ACC Tournament MVP - Monique Currie of Duke (2002), Deanna Tate of Maryland (1986).
Against UNC in the ACC Championship, Jones notched a career-high 24 points, eight rebounds, three assists and four steals.
Jones entered the ACC Tournament being named the ACC Rookie of the Week in back-to-back weeks and earning All-ACC Freshman team honors.
In the Duke single-season freshman record books, Jones ranks tied for fifth in steals (61) and second in assists (135). She became one of only six freshman in Duke history to notch 100 assists in a season – Wanisha Smith, Lindsey Harding, Alana Beard, Abby Waner and Robin Baker.
Liston in the Postseason...
Blue Devil junior Tricia Liston has picked up her game in the postseason as she has averaged a team-high 16.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.6 assists in five games.
She has drained 16 treys in the five games for a 41.0 percentage. Liston has two contests with 20 or more points.
Consecutive Blocks Record...
Sophomore Elizabeth Williams has become the first ACC player to notch 200 blocks in her first two years. Williams owns 213 in only 67 games.
She has swatted a shot in each of her 67 games at Duke, which is a new ACC record breaking LaToya Pringle from UNC mark of 64. Dating back to high school, Williams has blocked a shot in 85 straight games as she closed her H.S. career with blocks in 19 consecutive contests.
Wins In the NCAA Tournament...
Duke has posted the third-best win total in the last 17 years of the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Devils own 47 victories and rank only behind Connecticut (68), Tennessee (59) and Stanford (49).
Overall, Duke’s 51 wins in the NCAA Tournament rank sixth all-time -- Tennessee (114), Connecticut (87), Stanford (71), Louisiana Tech (65), Georgia (54), Duke (51), Purdue (45) and North Carolina (42).
**Through games of March 26.