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Date/Time:.......................Sunday, Feb. 24 at 3:00 PM
Location/Venue:..................College Park, Md. (Comcast Center - 17, 950)
Where to Watch:..................ESPN2
Radio:...........................Blue Devil IMG - WDNC-AM 620 (Steve Barnes, Morgan Patrick)
Series Record:...................Tied 39-39
Last Meeting:....................Feb. 11, 2013 - Duke 71, Maryland 56
Record:..........................25-1, 15-0 (ACC)
Ranking:.........................#5 (AP), #4 (USA Today)
Head Coach:......................Joanne P. McCallie (21st Year)
Record at Duke:..........166-33 (6th Year)
ACC Record:..............76-12 (6th Year)
Overall Record:..........482-181 (21st Year)
Record:..........................22-4, 13-2 (ACC)
Ranking:.........................#8 (AP), #8 (USA Today)
Head Coach:......................Brenda Frese (14th Year)
Overall Record:..................331-120 (14th Year)
Record at Maryland:..............274-90 (11th Year)
Setting the Scene...
In a showdown of two top 10 ranked opponents, the fifth-ranked Duke women’s basketball team (25-1, 15-0 ACC) will travel to College Park, Md., to take on the eighth-ranked Maryland Terrapins (22-4, 13-2) on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 3:00 p.m., in the Comcast Center.
The game will be aired live on ESPN2 with Pam Ward (PXP) and Carolyn Peck (Color) calling the action. Sunday’s game 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. The audio is also available live at www.GoDuke.com.
Following Sunday’s contest with Maryland, the Blue Devils will travel the next day to Miami, Fla., for a contest on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7:00 p.m.
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes...
• Duke will embark on a two-game road swing before closing the regular season at home against UNC on March 3.
• Elizabeth Williams has notched double-figure scoring against 13 consecutive ACC opponents.
• Duke and Maryland will face each other as top 10 teams for the fifth straight time and the 13th time since 2006. In those contests, Duke leads the series, 7-5.
• Elizabeth Williams has blocked at least one shot in every collegiate game she has played - 59 straight, which is a new Duke record. It broke the previous record of 55 held by Alison Bales in 2003-05. Dating back to high school, Williams has blocked a shot in 77 straight games as she closed her H.S. career with blocks in 19 consecutive contests.
• Junior Haley Peters played AAU basketball with Maryland’s Katie Rutan on the Philadelphia Belles.
• The Blue Devils have to close the regular season playing four of the top five ACC teams, including two games on the road. Duke will play back-to-back ranked opponents for the first time this season.
• Duke has registered 25 victories this season marking the 15th straight year with 25 or more wins.
• Elizabeth Williams owns five double-doubles this season and all five have come against ACC opponents.
• Haley Peters has averaged 12.0 rebounds the last three games. She owns a team-best nine games with 10 or more rebounds.
• Alexis Jones has missed 13 straight three-pointers dating back the last six games.
• The Blue Devils own the top two three-point field goal percentage leaders in the ACC -- Chloe Wells (53.1) and Tricia Liston (49.1). In ACC games only, they also rank No. 1-2 - Wells (50.0) and Liston (47.8).
• Tricia Liston has drained at least one three-pointer in nine consecutive games.
• During the last four contests, the Blue Devils have hit only 39.2 percent of their field goals.
• In the first game without Chelsea Gray vs. FSU on Feb. 22, Duke tied a season high in ACC play with 22 turnovers, while dishing 12 assists. The Blue Devils had 15 of the 22 turnovers in the first half.
• Over the last four games, Duke has hit 78-of-96 free throws for an 81.3 percentage.
• Duke has won 22 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 (43.1) and seventh in steals (12.8) nationally - through games of Feb. 21.
• Duke boasts three players ranking in the top 11 nationally -- Elizabeth Williams in blocks (11th, 2.9), Chelsea Gray in steals (7th, 3.6) and Tricia Liston in three-point field goal percentage (1st, 49.5) - NCAA stats updated through games of Feb. 21.
• Duke has notched at least 10 league wins for the 16th straight year.
• In ACC games only, the Blue Devils lead the league with a 49.0 scoring defense, 32.4 field goal percentage defense, three-point percentage (40.0), three-point field goal percentage defense (24.8), blocked shots (5.0), turnover margin (+4.7) and tied for first in assist/turnover ratio (0.9).
• Duke is averaging 75.8 points this season, which is the 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.
• Duke has hit 50.0 percent or better from the field in seven different games.
• The Blue Devils own four different student-athletes hitting over 40.0 percent or better from downtown -- Chelsea Gray (40.7), Tricia Liston (49.1), Haley Peters (50.0) and Chloe Wells (53.1).
• Duke’s 17-game winning streak in Cameron Indoor Stadium ranks tied for fourth-best in the NCAA as far as current streaks.
• The Blue Devils have won an ACC-record 38 straight games in Cameron Indoor Stadium against ACC opponents. Duke has not lost an ACC contest at home since Maryland posted a 76-69 win on Feb. 17, 2008. Coach P is 40-2 at home against ACC opponents in her six years at Duke.
• Tricia Liston had her streak of 18 straight games with at least one three-pointer come to an end at N.C. State on Jan. 3. It was the longest streak since Georgia Schweitzer hit treys in 25 straight games in 2000-01.
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A Look At Maryland...
The Terrapins enter Sunday’s matchup with an overall record of 22-4 after cruising past Boston College, 86-61, on Thursday evening. Maryland owns a 13-2 record in ACC play this season, including a perfect 7-0 in games played in College Park. The Terrapins are 12-1 in their previous 13 games with the lone loss coming Feb. 11, when Maryland fell to Duke, 71-56. Tianna Hawkins (18.7 points, 9.4 rebounds), Alyssa Thomas (17.9 points, 10.4 rebounds) and Katie Rutan (8.7 points, 3.7 rebounds) lead the way in scoring for the Terrapins this season.
Head coach Brenda Frese is in her 11th year at the helm of the program, after leading the Terps to a 31-5 record last season and an appearance in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. In her time at Maryland, Frese has led the Terps to a national championship in 2006, nine winning seasons, eight-straight 20-win seasons and four 30-win campaigns.
The Series With Maryland...
Duke and Maryland have met 78 times in school history with the series even at 39-39. The Blue Devils have tallied a 12-20 all-time record in games played in College Park, Md., and have lost three of the previous four meetings, including a 63-61 loss last season. In games played in the Comcast Center, Duke is 9-4. The Blue Devils have lost two consecutive contests in College Park.
Blue Devil Head Coach Joanne P. McCallie has faced Maryland 16 times in her 21-year coaching career, while notching an overall record of 8-8. In 2005, McCallie’s Michigan State team fell 75-61 in the Paradise Jam on Nov. 25, 2005. The Spartans traveled to Maryland on Jan. 6, 2007, and lost 97-57. Since taking the Duke job, McCallie has posted a 8-6 record against the Terrapins.
Blue Devils Versus Maryland...
In three career games, Elizabeth Williams has averaged 17.0 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 1.3 assists. She is coming off notching 16 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks in the meeting in Cameron on Feb. 11.
Tricia Liston posted a career-best 17 points against Maryland in the last contest as she hit 6-of-15 field goals and 1-of-3 treys to go along with six rebounds and two steals in 31 minutes.
Duke will be without Chelsea Gray who has had outstanding games against the Terrapins the last three meetings averaging 20.3 points, 5.7 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 2.7 steals. She totaled a career-high 28 points in the meeting earlier this season.
Gray to Miss Rest of Season with Injury...
Head coach Joanne P. McCallie announced on Tuesday junior point guard Chelsea Gray will miss the rest of the 2012-13 campaign due to a right knee cap dislocation that requires surgery to repair, following a MRI on Monday, Feb. 18. No time table for her return has been set.
A native of Manteca, Calif., Gray suffered the injury at the 8:01 mark of the first half on Sunday, Feb. 17 against Wake Forest. She had started 59 straight games for the Blue Devils, including all 25 contests this season.
Gray, an All-America selection as a sophomore, was averaging 13.1 points, 5.6 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 3.7 steals prior to the injury. She was leading the ACC in assists and steals, while ranking in the top 10 nationally as well. The 5-11 guard was having one of the best all-around seasons in Duke history and was presented with a souvenir ball prior to Sunday’s game for reaching the 1,000-point plateau against Maryland on Feb. 11. She became the 10th-quickest player in Blue Devil history to reach 1,000 points in only 90 games.
Against Ranked Opponents...
On the season, Duke owns a 5-1 record against ranked opponents. The Blue Devils have been led by Elizabeth Williams (14.7), Chelsea Gray (11.8) and Tricia Liston (11.7) averaging double-figure scoring.
Duke has averaged 67.0 points and holding opponents to 58.8 points. The Blue Devils boast only a +1.5 rebounding margin in those games. Duke has hit 45.7 percent of its three-point field goals versus ranked opponents.
Elizabeth Williams has averaged 16.3 points, 11.3 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 1.7 assists and 1.0 steals over the last three games versus ranked foes. She has notched double-doubles in her final three contests against ranked opponents.
Duke-Maryland in the NCAA Stats...
Duke and Maryland each rank in the top 10 nationally in scoring offense, scoring margin, field goal percentage and field goal percentage defense.
Stat Duke Maryland
Scoring Offense 9th, 76.5 10th, 76.1
Scoring Margin 3rd, 26.1 5th, 22.5
Field Goal Percentage 7th, 46.4 3rd, 48.4
Field Goal Perc. Defense 8th, 33.4 10th, 33.7
updated through games of Feb. 21
Wells Off the Bench...
Junior Chloe Wells came off the bench against Florida State, after starting the previous eight contests. Wells notched 15 points and tied a season-high six steals in 30 minutes, while draining 4-of-5 treys.
Wells turned in a career-best performance at 11th-ranked North Carolina on Feb. 3 as she connected on 6-of-7 three-pointers and finished with 18 points.
Her 18 points and six three-pointers made were both career highs. Wells became the 12th player in Duke history to hit six or more three-pointers in a single game. She missed a school-record three-pointers made by one, which is seven held by Jessica Foley and Nicole Erickson.
Wells now leads the ACC with a 53.1 three-point field goal percentage on the season, hitting 26-of-49 treys. She has drained 6-of-11 treys the last three games.
Jackson, Liston Enter Lineup...
On Friday versus Florida State, Tricia Liston and Richa Jackson entered the starting lineup. Liston made her 18th start of the season, while Jackson made her first of the year. Liston had come off the bench the last eight games and averaged 16.1 points and 3.6 rebounds, while hitting 55.0 percent from downtown.
Jackson has averaged 8.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.0 steals the last two games.
On the Road...
Duke owns a 10-1 record this season in games on the road with the lone loss at Connecticut on Jan. 21. Elizabeth Williams leads the Blue Devils with averages of 15.2 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.7 blocks, 1.6 assists and 1.0 steals. The Blue Devils are hitting 47.0 percent from downtown in those contests.
Over the last three road games, Duke has averaged 74.3 points, hit 46.8 percent of its field goals and 50.0 percent from three-point land - against UNC, Virginia and Virginia Tech.
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