What...............................Vanderbilt at Duke
Date...............................Thursday, November 21, 2013
Venue............................Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Where to Watch..........Blue Devil Network at www.GoDuke.com
Radio............................Blue Devil IMG - WDNC AM 620
Steve Barnes (PXP), Morgan Patrick (Color)
Series Record.............Duke leads 4-2
Last Meeting................March 20, 2012 - DU 96, Vandy 80
Setting the Scene...
The second-ranked Duke women’s basketball team (3-0) will close a three-game homestand on Thursday, Nov. 21 as the Blue Devils host Vanderbilt (2-1) at 6:30 p.m., in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The game will be aired live on the Blue Devil Network. It will also be carried live on the Blue Devil IMG Sports Network on WDNC-AM 620 with Steve Barnes (PXP) and Morgan Patrick (Color) on the air.
Thursday’s game will feature a canned food drive. All fans who bring two canned foods to the game will receive a $4 admission ticket. The first 150 fans to donate canned goods will receive a coupon for a free sandwich from Hog Heaven at the game. All canned good will benefit the Durham Rescue Mission.
Duke is concluding its only two or three-game homestand until the month of February. The Blue Devils will next travel to Marquette on Sunday, Nov. 24.
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes...
• Duke will go up against its second straight SEC opponent, after downing Alabama, 92-57, on Sunday.
• Tricia Liston needs 21 more three-pointers made to move into a tie for 24th on the ACC career treys made list. Her 44.8 three-point percentage is the highest in league history.
• The Blue Devils have won 124 straight home contests against unranked opponents in Cameron.
• Elizabeth Williams has averaged 15.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocks over the last two games, since opening the season with five points at California.
• Duke has drained 54.8 percent of its field goals and 42.9 percent from downtown in the two home contests this season.
• In each of the first three games, Duke has featured at least one player score 20 or more points. Chelsea Gray notched 22 points at California, while Tricia Liston has notched back-to-back 20-point contests.
• The Blue Devils blocked a season-high 10 shots against Alabama. Five different players notched at least one block.
• Duke owns a 40-2 record against non-conference opponents at home in Cameron Indoor Stadium dating back to the 2008-09 campaign.
• The Duke senior class has scored 181 out of the 285 points scored so far through two contests. That equals to 63.5 percent.
• Since returning home two games ago, Tricia Liston has averaged 20.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 0.5 blocks. She has notched back-to-back 20-point games. Liston is hitting 46.7 percent from downtown and 52.2 percent from the field.
• All five Blue Devil starters scored double-figures against USC Upstate and Duke finished with a total of six double-digit scorers.
• Duke hit 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 28-3 record in the month of November the last five years. Duke has won 28 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.
• Duke has won 25 straight games when scoring 80 or more points, dating back to the 2008-09 campaign.
• 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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A Look at Vanderbilt...
Vanderbilt owns a 3-1 record on the season and is coming off an 82-77 loss at home against Marquette. The Commodores are led by Christina Foggie (20.5 points, 11 treys), Rebekah Dahlman (15.3 points, 11 treys), Jasmine Lister (12.3 points, 13 assists) and Jasmine Jenkins (10.8 points, 14 assists).
Thursday’s contest will mark the first road contest of the season for Vanderbilt.
Duke Versus the SEC...
Duke owns an all-time record of 30-14 against teams from the Southeastern Conference -- Alabama (1-1), Arkansas (2-1), Auburn (4-0), Florida (2-1), Georgia (3-0), Kentucky (3-1), LSU (3-2), Mississippi State (1-0), South Carolina (1-1), Tennessee (6-5) and Vanderbilt (4-2). McCallie owns an all-time mark of 14-15 against Southeastern Conference members, including a 2-1 record against Vanderbilt.
What Happened in Last Meeting?...
Haley Peters’ career-high 25 points led five Blue Devils in double figures and Duke turned in its best shooting performance of the season on March 20, 2012 in routing Vanderbilt, 96-80, to advance to the Fresno Regional semifinal.
The second-seeded Blue Devils trailed only once before a display that included nine straight made baskets in the first half. Duke advanced to its 14th regional semifinal in 15 seasons.
Tricia Liston tied her career-high with 23 points for Duke. Elizabeth Williams had 13, and Chelsea Gray had 12 points and her 12 assists to set a Duke record in the NCAA tournament.
Not even Memorial Gym, the Southeastern Conference’s oldest gym with no air conditioning, gave seventh-seeded Vanderbilt (23-10) any help on a night the temperature reached 90 by halftime.
The only thing hotter was Duke’s shooting.
Christina Foggie had 26 points for Vanderbilt. Jasmine Lister had 16, Stephanie Holzer scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Elan Brown 13. The Commodores struggled with communication, which led to poor defense.
The Blue Devils finished with a season-high 65.6 percent (42 of 64) and also outrebounded Vanderbilt 30-29 despite few misses. They also had 11 steals in forcing Vanderbilt into 18 turnovers that Duke turned into a 28-14 scoring advantage.
Peters hit seven of her first eight shots in scoring 15 of Duke’s first 27 points. She credited Williams for drawing double-teams in the paint and teammates for getting her the ball. McCallie had a different take considering how open Peters found herself at times.
Once Liston scored on a layup, the Blue Devils connected on 13 of 17 shots. They came out of a timeout with Gray hitting a jumper for the ninth straight good basket. Gray’s bucket made it 31-20 with 9:48 left, and Duke led by as much as 26 on back-to-back 3s by Gray and Liston late in the half. Only a pair of 3s by Brown trimmed the lead to 56-32 by halftime.
Vanderbilt got within 65-46 on a three by Foggie with 13:26 left. Peters scored, and Vanderbilt only managed to whittle down the score in the final three minutes as Duke coasted to the win.
Duke currently is averaging 95.0 points, which leads the ACC. The Blue Devils feature six double-figure scorers -- Tricia Liston (18.3), Chelsea Gray (13.3), Elizabeth Williams (11.7), Haley Peters (11.7), Richa Jackson (11.3) and Alexis Jones (10.0).
From the field, Duke is hitting 50.9 percent of its field goals and 38.8 percent from downtown.
In last Thursday’s win over USC Upstate, senior Haley Peters was all over the glass pulling down a career-high 20 rebounds.
The 20 boards were the third-highest single game total in school history matching Alana Beard’s mark of 20 from the ACC Tournament on March 10, 2003. Peters’ 32 rebounds in the last two contests is the most since Krystal Thomas pulled down 32 boards in back-to-back games in the 2010-11 campaign.
Over the last two games, Peters has averaged 14.5 points, 16.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals.
She ranks second in the ACC with a 12.7 rebounding average.
Peters moved into a tie for 18th on Duke’s all-time rebounding list with 628 boards. She needs 109 more rebounds to edge into a tie for 10th in the Blue Devil career charts.
She has now totaled 13 career double-doubles and 17 contests with 10 or more rebounds, after leading Duke in rebounding a year ago.
Blue Devils Remember Jim Sabistan...
Duke will be wearing a patch with JS on its jersey for the entire season as the Blue Devils remember a very special member of the Duke family, Jim Sabistan.
Sabistan passed away earlier this fall and was a big supporter of the Blue Devils.
Duke Signs Four; No. 2 Class...
Joanne P. McCallie along with recruiting coordinators Candice M. Jackson and Hernando Planells, announced on Nov. 19 the signing of Lyneé Belton of Clinton, Md., Sierra Calhoun of Brooklyn, N.Y., Erin Mathias of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Azurá Stevens of Raleigh, N.C., to national letters of intent to attend Duke in the fall of 2014.
The four-member group is ranked No. 2 nationally by the Girls Basketball Report. The class was also tabbed No. 4 overall by the All-Star Girls Report. Overall as a class, the Blue Devils brought in three top-23 players in various rankings.
6-3 * Forward/Center
Clinton, Md. (The Bullis School)
Ranking: No. 34 (Prospect Nation), No. 24 (Blue Star), No. 31 (ASGR), No. 10 (Girls Basketball Report/HoopGurlz) - as a junior, averaged 14.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks
6-0 * Guard/Forward
Brooklyn, N.Y. (Christ the King)
Rankings: No. 7 (Prospect Nation), No. 15 (Blue Star), No. 13 (ASGR), No. 17 (Girls Basketball Report/HoopGurlz) - as a junior, averaged 22.0 points, 7.9 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 4.0 steals and 2.0 blocks
6-4 * Forward/Center
Pittsburgh, Pa. (Fox Chapel Area)
Ranking: No. 97 (Prospect Nation), No. 35 (Blue Star), No. 81 (ASGR), No. 39 (Girls Basketball Report/HoopGurlz) - as a junior, averaged 17.3 points, 13.6 rebounds, 4.8 blocks and 1.4 steals
6-5 * Forward/Center
Raleigh, N.C. (Cary)
Ranking: No. 57 (Prospect Nation), No. 55 (Blue Star), No. 27 (ASGR), No. 23 (Girls Basketball Report/HoopGurlz) - played in only seven games as a junior after suffering a broken fibula … averaged 11.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 1.0 assists and 1.0 steals
Gray Makes Impressive Return...
Returning for her senior season after having her junior campaign cut short due to a knee injury, senior Chelsea Gray has come out playing like her two-time All-America self.
On the season, Gray is averaging 13.3 points, 7.3 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 4.0 steals. She is hitting 57.7 percent of her field goals and 44.4 percent of her treys.
Gray has dished 17 assists over the last two contests and totaled 10 steals.