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Blue Devil Game Notes: Paradise Jam (Nov. 28-30)
Sunday 11/27/2013  -  Duke Sports Information
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Game Information
What...................................................Paradise Jam
Date................................................... Thursday, Nov. 28 -
         ....................................................Duke vs. Xavier at 1:15 PM
         .....................................................Friday, Nov. 29 -
         .....................................................Duke vs. Central Michigan at 1:15 PM
         .....................................................Saturday, Nov. 30 -
        ......................................................Duke vs. Kansas at 3:30 PM
Location...............................................St. Thomas, USVI
Venue...................................................University of Virgin Islands Sport & Fitness Center
Where to Watch..................................www.paradisejam.com    
Radio....................................................Blue Devil IMG - WDNC AM 620
    ...........................................................Steve Barnes (PXP), Morgan Patrick (Color)
Live Stats.............................................paradisejamstats.com
Series Record.....................................vs. Xavier:  DU leads 3-1
    vs. C.Michigan:................................First Meeting
    vs. Kansas:......................................First Meeting
Last Meeting........................................at Xavier on Nov. 25, 2012
                      ..........................................Duke 82, Xavier 59

Setting the Scene...
    The second-ranked Duke women’s basketball team (5-0) will head tropical for the Thanksgiving holiday as the Blue Devils will travel to St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands for three contests in the Paradise Jam.  
    Duke will take on Xavier (Nov. 28), Central Michigan (Nov. 29) and Kansas (Nov. 30) at the University of the Virgin Islands Sports & Fitness Center.  
    All three contests will be aired live online at www.paradisejam.com.  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.  The contest with Kansas on Nov. 30 will most likely be aired live online at www.GoDuke.com due to the conflict with Duke football.  
        
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes...
    •    Duke has registered a 17-2 record during the last eight years at tropical destinations (Cancun in 2000, 2006, 2009, Bahamas in 1999, 2004, 2011, St. Thomas in 2002 and 2007).  The only losses were to Connecticut in 2007 and Notre Dame in 2011.
    •    Elizabeth Williams went off for a season-high 23 points at Marquette to go along with four blocks, three steals, two rebounds and one assist in a season-high 37 minutes.  She hit 11-of-15 shots.
    •    Tricia Liston needs 12 more three-pointers made to move into a tie for 24th on the ACC career treys made list.  Her 45.5 three-point percentage is the highest in league history.  She has hit at least one three-pointer in 13 straight contests.
    •    Senior Haley Peters went down with a right knee injury in the first half against Vanderbilt, but returned in the second half.  She missed the game at Marquette and is listed as day-to-day.  Peters had competed in 109 straight games since arriving at Duke and had started 75 consecutive contests.
    •    Alexis Jones is averaging 15.5 points, 3.5 assists, 3.8 steals and 2.5 rebounds the last four games.  During that span she is hitting 48.9 percent from the field and 44.4 percent from downtown (8-of-18).
    •    The Blue Devils blocked a season-high 10 shots against Alabama.  Five different players notched at least one block.  
    •    Over the last four contests, Duke has hit 53.0 percent of its field goals and 45.1 percent from downtown.  The Blue Devils have also averaged 23.5 assists per game.
    •    The Duke senior class has scored 264 out of the 451 points scored so far through two contests.    That equals to 58.5 percent.  
    •    All five Blue Devil starters scored double-figures against USC Upstate and Vanderbilt.
    •     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 30-3 record in the month of November the last five years.  Duke has won 29 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 26 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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Duke in the Paradise Jam...
    Duke will return to the Paradise Jam for the third time in school history and the first since 2007.  Overall, the Blue Devils have posted a 5-1 mark in two appearances.
    In 2007, Duke collected wins against 22nd-ranked Purdue (53-41) and Temple (64-53), before suffering a 74-48 loss to second-ranked Connecticut.  
    In 2002, the Blue Devils came away with the St. John Division title.  Duke totaled victories over Hampton (71-34), Old Dominion (65-52) and 17th-ranked Arkansas (74-72, OT).

A Look at Xavier...
    Xavier owns a 2-2 mark on the season prior to heading to the Paradise Jam.  Shatyra Hawkes (21.5 points, 5.5 rebounds), Ashley Wanninger (14.8 points, 4.8 rebounds) and Jenna Crittendon (10.3 points, 7.5 rebounds) currently lead the squad on the year.  

Duke Versus the Big East...
       Duke owns an all-time record of 24-5 against teams from the Big East Conference -- DePaul (2-1), Georgetown (4-0), Marquette (4-0), Providence (3-1), Seton Hall (4-2), St. John’s (3-0), Villanova (1-0) and Xavier (3-1).  McCallie owns an all-time mark of 20-8 against Big East Conference members.

A Look at Central Michigan...
    Central Michigan enters the Paradise Jam with a 1-2 record and has been led by Crystal Bradford (22.5 points, 9.5 rebounds), Niki Diguilio (14.7 points, 9 treys) and Jas’Mine Bracey (11.0 points, 11.0 rebounds).
    All three of its games have been on the road so far this season, including an 84-72 loss at Marquette on Nov. 21.

Duke Versus the Mid-American...
       Duke owns an all-time record of 3-0 against teams from the Mid-American Conference -- Bowling Green (1-0), Miami of Ohio (1-0) and Ohio (1-0).  
    Coach P owns a 9-7 overall record against teams from the Mid-American Conference, including a 2-1 mark versus Central Michigan.

A Look at Kansas...
    Kansas enters the Paradise Jam with a 3-1 overall record under the direction of Bonnie Hendrickson.  So far on the year Chelsea Gardner (19.3 points, 9.5 rebounds) and Asia Boyd (16.8 points, 5.0 rebounds) have led the Jayhawks.  
    All three wins on the year have come at home and the lone loss came at the hands of Minnesota on the road, 70-59.  

Duke Versus the Big 12...
       Duke owns an all-time record of 16-3 against teams from the Big 12 Conference -- Baylor (0-1), Iowa State (2-0), Kansas State (1-0), Oklahoma (0-1), Oklahoma State (4-0), TCU (2-0), Texas (3-1), Texas Tech (2-0) and West Virginia (2-0).
    Coach P owns a 6-7 mark versus teams from the Big 12 and this will be her first meeting against Kansas.

What Happened in Last Meeting?...
    Chelsea Gray provided what was needed for the Duke offense.  Gray had a then season-high 22 points and added 10 assists and No. 4 Duke routed Xavier 82-59 on Nov. 25, 2012.
    Gray led a Duke offense that relied on an effective inside-out play and quick ball movement to string together its most efficient offensive performance of the season.
    Duke shot a season-high 59 percent, including 65.5 percent during a 44-point first half against the smaller Xavier lineup.
    Duke outscored the Musketeers 19-2 and held them scoreless for almost five minutes in the first half.  Four Blue Devils finished with double-digit scoring totals.
    Freshman Alexis Jones had a breakout game, scoring a career-high 14 points and held Xavier leading scorer Shatyra Hawkes to eight points. Elizabeth Williams added 16 and Haley Peters added 13 points.
    Ashley Wanninger led the Musketeers with 15 points.  The Musketeers played a physical game, drawing 18 Duke fouls and causing Peters to foul out late in the game.
    Duke outrebounded Xavier 37-34. Duke had four offensive rebounds to Xavier’s 12.

Dynamite Backcourt...
    Duke features one of the best backcourt combinations with senior Chelsea Gray and sophomore Alexis Jones.  
    The duo are averaging a combined 24.7 points, 13.2 assists, 9.2 rebounds and 7.0 steals. They have hit 13-of-34 treys for a 38.2 percentage.  
    Gray is a triple-double waiting to happen averaging 13.2 points, 9.4 assists, 6.0 rebounds and 3.6 steals.  Jones averages 13.2 points, 3.8 assists, 3.4 steals and 3.2 rebounds.  
    The two guards are a couple of the most dynamic passers in the game.  

In the NCAA Stats...
    The first NCAA stats were released on Monday and the Blue Devils rank nationally in many different categories.  
    Some of the highest categories include scoring offense (9th, 90.2), field goal percentage (3rd, 50.9), three-point field goal percentage (7th, 42.4) and steals (16th, 13.4).
    In the individual rankings, Chelsea Gray ranks third in assists (9.4) and 16th in steals (3.6); Tricia Liston is 15th in three-point field goals per game (3.4) and 26th in three-point field goal percentage (53.1); Elizabeth Williams is 21st in blocks (2.8) and Alexis Jones is 21st in steals (3.4).
    
Liston Leading Duke in Scoring...
    Tricia Liston has opened the season on fire averaging 17.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 0.8 steals.  She is hitting 53.1 percent from downtown and 56.0 percent from the field.  Liston recently tied  a career high with six treys on eight attempts against Vanderbilt.  She has drained three or more treys in four straight contests, hitting 16-of-29 attempts.
    At Marquette, she moved into third place on Duke’s all-time treys made list with 182, passing Jasmine Thomas (180).  She continues to hold the top spot on the Blue Devil and ACC three-point field goal percentage list.

Duke Record Book
    Three-Point Field Goals Made
    1.    222    Abby Waner, 2006-09
    2.    202    Georgia Schweitzer, 1998-01
    3.    182    Tricia Liston, 2011-present
    4.    180    Jasmine Thomas, 2008-11
    5.    175    Jessica Foley, 2003-06

Three-Point Field Goal Percentage
(2-year minimum/100 attempts)
    1.    .455    Tricia Liston, 2011-Present
    2.    .448    Laura Kurz, 2005-06    
    3.    .429    Ali Day, 1993-96
    4.    .424    Vicki Krapohl, 2001-04    
    5.    .415    Haley Peters, 2011-present
    6.    .401    Georgia Schweitzer, 1998-01
        .395    Kristina Meiman, 1991-94
        .395    Nicole Erickson, 1998-99
    9.    .393    Leigh Morgan, 1987-90
    10.    .390    Chelsea Gray, 2011-present

Finishing Strong...
    So far this season, Duke has closed games very strong averaging 49.0 points in the second half.  The Blue Devils are hitting 56.0 percent of their field goals and 50.0 percent from downtown over the final 20 minutes.
    Tricia Liston is averaging 11.0 of her 17.2 points per game during the second half.  She has hit 19-of-31 field goals (61.3%) and 11-of-18 treys (61.1%) from three-point land.  

Off to Fast Start...
    Duke seniors Tricia Liston and Chelsea Gray are off to fast starts this season in terms of three-point shooting and assists, respectively.
    Liston has 17 three-pointers through five games, while Gray has dished 47 assists in those contests.  Both marks are the most for any Blue Devil in school history over the first five games to start the season.

What’s Next...
    When the Blue Devils return from the trip to St. Thomas, Duke will feature a very challenging slate.  Duke will go up against three straight ranked opponents -- Purdue (18), Oklahoma (10) and Connecticut (1).  
    The Blue Devils will then take on Albany, who advanced to the 2013 NCAA Tournament before traveling to seventh-ranked Kentucky.

Chidom Nets Career Highs...
    With Haley Peters on the bench at Marquette, freshman Oderah Chidom played in a career-high 24 minutes, tied a career high with nine points, had five rebounds, a career-high two blocks and two assists.
    She hit all four of her field goals.  


Gray Accumulating Impressive Stats...
    Chelsea Gray has totaled 1,092 points, 437 rebounds, 470 assists and 266 steals over her four-year career.
    If Gray reaches 500 assists, 500 rebounds and 300 steals, she will become the second Blue Devil in school history to reach the milestone.  Alana Beard collected 2,687 points, 789 rebounds, 509 assists and 404 steals over her career at Duke.

High-Scoring Offense...
    Duke currently is averaging 90.2 points, which ranks second in the ACC and ninth nationally.  The Blue Devils feature five double-figure scorers -- Tricia Liston (17.2), Elizabeth Williams (14.2), Chelsea Gray (13.2), Alexis Jones (13.2) and Haley Peters (11.5).
    From the field, Duke is hitting 50.9 percent of its field goals and 42.4 percent from downtown.  

Rebounding Machine...
    In the 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.
    Peters moved into a 18th on Duke’s all-time rebounding list with 630 boards.  She needs 107 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.

Duke Leads Naismith List...
    The Blue Devils led all schools with four selections to the Naismith Player of the Year top-50 candidates released on Nov. 25 -- Chelsea Gray, Tricia Liston, Haley Peters and Elizabeth Williams.

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 13.2 points, 9.4 assists, 6.0 rebounds and 3.6 steals.  
    Over the last two contests, Gray has just missed her third career triple-double.  Versus Vanderbilt she posted 14 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds, while following that up with 12 points, 13 assists, nine rebounds at Marquette. Gray averaged 13.0 points, 12.5 assists, 8.5 rebounds and 3.0 steals, which earned her second ACC Player of the Week selection on Monday.  She has been named ACC Player of the Week a total of five times over her career.
    She now has nine career double-digit assist games of her career.


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