What...............................Duke at California
Date...............................Sunday, November 10, 2013
Venue..............................Haas Pavilion (11,877)
Where to Watch..........ESPNU, ESPN3
(Dave Flemming (PXP), LaChina Robinson (Color)
Radio...............................Blue Devil IMG - WDNC AM 620
Steve Barnes (PXP), Morgan Patrick (Color)
Series Record................Duke leads 2-1
Last Meeting..................Dec. 2, 2012 - Duke 77, Cal 63
Setting the Scene...
In one of the toughest season-opening contests in school history, the second-ranked Duke women’s basketball team will travel to Berkeley, Calif., to face ninth-ranked California on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 6:00 p.m. (EST) at the Haas Pavilion.
The contest will take four Blue Devils to their home state of California, while senior Chelsea Gray and freshman Oderah Chidom will play in their homecoming game.
Sunday’s game will be aired live on ESPNU and ESPN3 with Dave Flemming (PXP) and LaChina Robinson (Color) 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.
Following the California contest, Duke will return to Durham, N.C., for its home opener in Cameron Indoor Stadium against USC Upstate on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m.
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes...
• During the trip to California, the Blue Devils will practice on Friday at Chelsea Gray’s high school (St. Mary’s) and then eat dinner at her house.
• Duke is coming off hitting 40.5 percent from three-point land last year, which led the nation and was the second-highest output in school history.
• The Blue Devils return all five starters, 93.7 percent of their scoring and the top seven scorers from a year ago.
• For only the second time in school history, Duke features five players standing 6-3 or taller (1996-97). Duke’s nine student-athletes that are 6-0 or taller also ties for the most in Blue Devil history (1998-99, 2000-01, 2005-06).
• The Blue Devils have notched a 25-3 record in the month of November the last four years. Duke has won 26 straight home games in the month of November with the last loss coming to South Carolina on Nov. 25, 2001 (87-81, OT).
• Duke features a 39-game home winning streak against ACC opponents in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
• The Blue Devils have seven players and three staff associated with the team that 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.
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Opening on the Road...
Duke owns an all-time record of 5-2 in true road openers, including five straight wins. The Blue Devils own an overall mark of 30-8 in season openers over the history of the program. Duke will head out West for only the fourth time in school history to open the season -- BYU in 2011 (W, 61-55), Denver in 2007 (W, 57-37), New Mexico in 2000 (W, 80-52 vs. UCLA).
The Blue Devils will face a ranked opponent on the road to open the season for the first time in school history.
Gray, Jemerigbe to Square Off...
Duke guard Chelsea Gray will square off against her best friend Afure Jemerigbe of California on Sunday for the second straight year.
Jemerigbe is a senior for the Golden Bears and has been friends with Gray since fifth grade. The duo were McDonald's All-America selections and led St. Mary's H.S. to the Class 6A state championship as a senior with a 34-1 record. Both are also from Stockton, Calif.
Gray's cousin, Alexis Gray-Lawson, also played for California and went on to have a career in the WNBA.
Hey, I Know You...
Blue Devil freshman Oderah Chidom will face two of her former high school teammates at Bishop O’Dowd H.S., in California.
She played high school ball with senior Mikayla Lyles, while playing high school and club hoops with freshman KC Waters.
Chidom is from Oakland, Calif., which is approximately 10 minutes away from Berkeley, Calif. She has spent a lot of time on campus and knows most of the Bear team and staff.
USA Basketball Connection...
Duke senior Tricia Liston and California junior Reshanda Gray each played on the gold medal winning USA Basketball World University Games team from the summer of 2013. The squad posted a 6-0 record in Kazan, Russia.
Blue Devil sophomore Alexis Jones also played with Gray on the Women’s U18 National Team that won the gold medal with a 5-0 record in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Duke Versus the Pac-12...
Duke holds a record of 14-8 all-time against Pac-12 Teams -- Arizona State (1-0), California (2-1), Colorado (0-1), USC (6-0), Stanford (2-3), UCLA (2-1), Utah (1-0) and Washington (0-2).
What Happened in Last Meeting?...
Tricia Liston scored 22 points to help No. 4 Duke beat No. 10 California 77-63 on Dec. 2, 2012.
Chelsea Gray added 13 points for the Blue Devils, who built a big lead early with a 22-2 run in the first half. Elizabeth Williams had 12 points and Alexis Jones had 11 points.
Brittany Boyd scored 23 of her career-high 28 points in the second half to lead California. Layshia Clarendon added 13 points for the Golden Bears, who shot a season-worst 36 percent from the field.
California led 13-10 six minutes into the game before Duke’s decisive run.
The Golden Bears cut Duke’s lead to 34-24 early in the second half, but they never got closer. Gray hit a tough bank shot and two free throws as the Blue Devils responded with a 9-0 spurt.
Duke led 34-20 at the half in a matchup of teams that entered the game averaging more than 80 points per game.
Holding a 13-10 lead after a driving scoop shot by Clarendon six minutes into the game, the Golden Bears went scoreless for almost six minutes.
Duke got back-to-back baskets by Allison Vernerey, then three buckets by Jones to go ahead 22-13 with 8:30 left in the half.
The Golden Bears scored after calling timeout to stop Duke’s momentum, but the Blue Devils answered with another run.
Liston scored 10 consecutive points on two 3-pointers, a driving layup and a turnaround jumper to give Duke its biggest lead of the half at 32-15 with 5:26 to play.
California managed just two field goals on 19 attempts in the final 14 minutes of the first half.
The Blue Devils’ run began when Williams, their second leading scorer, went to the bench with her second foul with 13:47 left in the first half. She sat out the rest of the half as her teammates built the lead.
Heading Home to California...
The Blue Devils will take Chelsea Gray (Manteca), Oderah Chidom (Oakland), Chloe Wells (Colton) and Kendall McCravey-Cooper (Carson) to their home state of California.
Gray is from approximately an hour and a half away from Berkeley, while Chidom will be only 10 minutes away from home. McCravey-Cooper and Wells’ hometowns are six hours away.
Gray Makes Return From Injury...
Duke University two-time All-America Chelsea Gray will make her official return to the court on Sunday at ninth-ranked California as she plays in her homecoming contest.
Gray, a native of Manteca, Calif., suffered a dislocated kneecap 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 in 2012-13.
Gray, an All-America selection as a sophomore and junior, 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.
Recapping the Exhibition Games...
In two exhibition games against Glenville State and Coker College, the Blue Devils averaged 112 points and allowed an average of 63.5. Duke was led by Elizabeth Williams (24.0 points, 12.5 rebounds, 5.5 blocks), Haley Peters (16.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.0 steals), Tricia Liston (13.5 points, 5.5 rebounds), Alexis Jones (12.0 points, 3.0 steals) and Oderah Chidom (10.5 points, 7.0 rebounds).
Senior Chelsea Gray averaged 14.0 assists, while scoring 9.0 points and pulling down 4.0 rebounds.
Duke hit 60.7 percent from the field, 45.0 percent from downtown and dished out 31.0 assists.