Game Information What...................................Duke at Oklahoma Date....................................Sunday, December 8, 2013 Time....................................4:00 PM Location.............................Norman, Okla. Venue...................................Lloyd Noble Center (11,586) Where to Watch..................Fox Sports 1 Ron Thulin (PXP), Brenda VanLengen (Color) Radio...................................Blue Devil IMG - WDNC AM 620 Steve Barnes (PXP), Morgan Patrick (Color) Live Stats............................www.GoDuke.com Series Record...................Oklahoma leads 1-0 Last Meeting......................March 29, 2002 - OU 86, DU 71
Setting the Scene... The second-ranked Duke women’s basketball team (9-0) will take senior Richa Jackson home this weekend as the Blue Devils travel to 17th-ranked Oklahoma (6-2) on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 4:00 p.m. (EST). The contest will be played at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., and will be aired live on Fox Sports 1. Calling the contest for FS1 will be Ron Thulin (PXP) and Brenda VanLengen (Color). 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. Duke head coach Joanne P. McCallie will be going for her 500th career win in the contest. Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes... • Senior Chelsea Gray has taken 11 charges this season and 46 over her career. She needs two to move into a tie for third place on Duke’s all-time list along with Mistie Bass (48). • The Blue Devils feature four different players who have notched 20 or more points in game this season through nine contests. • Duke’s 21-game overall win streak in Cameron Indoor Stadium ranks tied third nationally behind Baylor (58) and UT-Chattanooga (26). • Freshman Kendall McCravey-Cooper has blocked nine shots over the last four contests. • In two away games at Marquette and California, Chelsea Gray has averaged 17.0 points, 9.0 assists, 6.5 rebounds and 3.5 steals. • Tricia Liston needs three more three-pointers made to move into a tie for 24th on the ACC career treys made list. Her 45.9 three-point percentage is the highest in league history. • All five Blue Devil starters scored double-figures against USC Upstate, Vanderbilt and Purdue. • 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). • Duke features a 39-game home winning streak against ACC opponents in Cameron Indoor Stadium. • Duke has won 29 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. • Follow @Duke_WBB and @CoachPDuke on Twitter to get the latest updates on Duke women's basketball. Also, "Like" Duke Women's Basketball on Facebook to get the latest video, pictures and more. DWB is on Instagram at dukewbb. Join all three now as they are free! You can win free prizes on both Twitter and Facebook, so make sure you follow closely.
Coach P Approaching Milestone... Coach P owns a career record of 499-183 over her 22 years as a head coach. She needs only one victory to reach the 500-win mark. With a win on Sunday, McCallie will join a group of 29 active coaches in Division I with at least 500 wins. She is the 18th winningest active coach in the NCAA with a 73.2 winning percentage. McCallie’s 174 wins over her first six years at Duke was the third-most by a coach in their first six years at a school. She ranked only behind Joe Foley (Arkansas Tech - 188) and Leon Barmore (Louisiana Tech - 179).
A Look at Oklahoma... Oklahoma enters the contest on Sunday with a 6-2 overall record and features five double-digit scorers -- Aaryn Ellenberg (19.3 points), Sharane Campbell (14.5 points), Nicole Griffin (11.9 points), Kaylon Williams (10.9 points) and Morgan Hook (10.4 points). So far this season, the Sooners are 6-1 at home with the lone loss coming to Louisville, 97-92, in overtime.
Duke vs. Oklahoma Series.... Duke and Oklahoma will meet for the second time in school history. The only previous meeting came on March 29, 2002 in the NCAA Final Four as Oklahoma downed the Blue Devils, 86-71 in San Antonio, Texas.
Duke Versus the Big 12... Duke owns an all-time record of 17-3 against teams from the Big 12 Conference -- Baylor (0-1), Iowa State (2-0), Kansas (1-0), 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 7-7 mark versus teams from the Big 12 and this will be her second meeting against Oklahoma. The only other contest was on Dec. 21, 2005 as her Michigan State squad won 80-60.
What Happened in Last Meeting?... In the 2002 NCAA Final Four, Oklahoma defeated Duke, 86-71, to advance to the NCAA Championship game. Rosalind Ross scored a career-high 26 points for Oklahoma, hitting 4-of-8 three-pointers and grabbing 10 rebounds for the Sooners, who rushed out to an early lead and held off Duke’s second half rally. Iciss Tillis scored 19 to lead Duke, which cut an 18-point deficit to two in the second half but couldn’t take the lead before the Sooners pulled away late with a 22-5 run. The Sooners shot 46 percent from the floor and made 21 of 24 free throws. The loss snapped Duke’s 22-game winning streak. It was the second-longest winning streak in the nation behind UConn (37-0). The Sooners looked jittery in the opening minutes of their first Final Four appearance, missing seven of their first nine shots. Duke’s Alana Beard hit a three-pointer to open the game and Blue Devils led 10-7 after the first four minutes. Oklahoma settled down when Jamie Talbert hit consecutive layups and Stacey Dales hit a 3-pointer from the right wing to give Oklahoma its first lead at 14-13. The Sooners never trailed again. Dales converted a driving layup to cap a 9-0 Oklahoma run as the Blue Devils went scoreless on eight straight possessions. Oklahoma extended their lead when Ross hit another 3 from the corner and another Dales jumper made it 27-15 with 8:53 left in the half. The Sooners were just as good on the other end. Frustrated by Oklahoma’s defense, Duke had to slow down its transition into a halfcourt game. Instead of pushing the ball inside, the Blue Devils started settling for long-range jumpers that seldom found their mark. Duke went just 1-of-11 from the floor in the Sooners’ 20-2 run. The Sooners were especially effective in limiting Beard. The All-American shot 58 percent from the floor for the season but was just 3-of-10 and was scoreless over the last eight minutes of the half. Beard, who averaged 20 points during the season, finished with 15 on 6-of-15 shooting. Duke, which has just eight players on its roster and only one senior, finally snapped out of the slump with five consecutive free throws that cut the Oklahoma lead to 29-24. But Beard blew a fast-break layup that would have trimmed it to three. It was a costly miss as OU’s Ross answered with her second three-pointer and the Sooners closed the half with an 11-4 run for a 40-28 lead. Oklahoma stretched the lead as high as 54-37 with 16:03 to play when Dales scored five straight on a 3-pointer and a jumper from the key. Threatened with a blowout, Duke finally untracked its transition offense behind Beard and Tillis, who started getting closer to basket. Tillis scored 10 points in a 25-10 Duke run that cut Oklahoma’s lead to 64-62 when Beard drove the baseline and fed Michele Matyasovsky for an easy layup with 7:49 to play. But the run wouldn’t last. Caton Hill hit another 3-pointer, and Ross made another 3-pointer that rolled around the rim before falling to push OU’s lead back to 72-63. Instead of calling a timeout when Duke threatened to take the lead, Coale decided to let her team create its own rally. Duke then committed two straight turnovers that Ross converted into a fast-break layup and a 3-pointer off a pass from Dales to make it 81-65 with 3:27 left and put the game out of reach.
Heading Home... Duke will take senior Richa Jackson to her home state of Oklahoma when the Blue Devils take on the Sooners on Sunday. Jackson, who is from Midwest City, Okla., lives about 15 minutes from Norman and expects 50 or more family and friends in attendance. Jackson the Oklahoma Gatorade Player of the Year in 2010 at Midwest City H.S., and was a McDonald’s and WBCA All-America selection. She averaged 17.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.6 assist and 2.5 steals as a senior. She was the No. 6 rated player in her senior class by ESPN HoopGurlz and ASGR.
USA Basketball Connection... Over the summer of 2013, Duke senior Tricia Liston competed on the USA Basketball Women’s World University Games team. Oklahoma head coach Sherri Coale was the coach of the squad, which also featured Sooner standout Aaryn Ellenberg. The team collected a 6-0 record in Kazan, Russia, on its way to winning the gold medal. Liston saw action in all six games, while averaging 8.2 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists. She tied for a team best with nine three-pointers made, which also tied for the fourth most in the tournament. Liston hit a team-high 42.9 percent of her three-pointers and registered double-figure scoring in each of her first four games.
Peters Makes Return... After missing the last four games with a hyperextended right knee that happened in the first half against Vanderbilt, senior Haley Peters made her return against No. 16 Purdue. She notched 14 points, a team-high nine rebounds, three steals, two assists and one block. Peters missed four games with the injury. On the season, she is averaging 12.0 points, a team-high 9.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.8 steals. She had competed in 109 straight games since arriving at Duke and had started 75 consecutive contests prior to the injury.
Jones Goes Off Versus Purdue... Sophomore Alexis Jones went off for a season-high 22 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals against No. 16 Purdue. It marked her third career game with 20 or more points. Jones hit a career-high 10 field goals on 17 attempts. Jones is averaging 15.3 points, 3.6 assists, 2.8 steals and 3.6 rebounds the last eight games. During that span she is hitting 52.9 percent from the field and 46.4 percent from downtown (13-of-28).
Versus Ranked Opponents... In two games this season, Duke owns a 2-0 record versus ranked opponents with wins against No. 9 California and No. 16 Purdue. Chelsea Gray has averaged 19.0 points, 7.0 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals, while hitting 59.1 percent of her field goals and 50.0 percent from downtown. Other Blue Devils averaging double-digits -- Tricia Liston (14.0), Alexis Jones (13.0), Richa Jackson (12.0) and Haley Peters (10.0). Duke has hit 49.3 percent of its field goals and 37.5 percent from downtown, while collecting a +10.0 rebound margin. The Blue Devils have averaged 84.5 points versus ranked foes. Over the last two years, Liston has averaged 12.9 points, while hitting 23-of-51 treys (45.1%).
Finishing Strong... So far this season, Duke has closed games very strong averaging 48.4 points in the second half. The Blue Devils are hitting 57.1 percent of their field goals and 51.7 percent from downtown over the final 20 minutes. Tricia Liston is averaging 10.0 of her 17.8 points per game during the second half. She has hit 65.3 percent from the field and 14-of-22 treys (63.6%) from three-point land. Duke is holding opponents to only 33.1 percent shooting and 30.7 points in the second stanza.
Dynamite Backcourt... Duke features one of the best backcourt combinations with senior Chelsea Gray and sophomore Alexis Jones. The duo are averaging a combined 26.3 points, 12.5 assists, 9.2 rebounds and 5.7 steals. Gray is a triple-double waiting to happen averaging 12.3 points, 8.8 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 3.0 steals. Jones averages 14.0 points, 3.7 assists, 2.7 steals and 3.9 rebounds. The two guards are a couple of the most dynamic passers in the game.