Courtesy: Duke Sports Information Release: 07/15/2014
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DURHAM, N.C.—The Duke women’s basketball program is excited to announce ESPN2 will air two non-conference home contests during the month of December this upcoming 2014-15 season in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The Blue Devils will host South Carolina Sunday, Dec. 7 at 1:00 p.m., and will welcome Kentucky Sunday, Dec. 21 at 3:00 p.m. Both contests will be played in historic Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Coming off advancing to the NCAA Sweet 16 and receiving a No. 1 seed in the tournament a year ago, South Carolina returns five starters and 10 letterwinners, while adding the No. 1 ranked recruiting class in the nation. The Gamecocks posted a 29-5 overall record last season and added the program’s first SEC regular season championship with a 14-2 mark under head coach Dawn Staley.
Duke and South Carolina will meet for the first time since March 25, 2002 when the Blue Devils downed the Gamecocks, 77-68 in the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight. The overall series is even, 1-1, as South Carolina took an 87-81 win in overtime Nov. 25, 2001 during the Duke Classic.
Kentucky returns three starters off its team that advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 and posted a 26-9 overall record under the direction of Matthew Mitchell a year ago. It will mark the fourth straight year the Blue Devils and Wildcats will hit the hardwood against each other.
Duke leads the overall series, 4-1, including a 69-61 victory last season in Lexington, Ky., in front of 23,706 fans. The two teams last played in Cameron Indoor Stadium Jan. 4, 2011 with the Blue Devils earning a 54-48 win.
As a team, Duke collected a 28-7 overall and 12-4 league mark in 2013-14. The Blue Devils advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round and won the 2013 Paradise Jam title as head coach Joanne P. McCallie completed her seventh year at Duke. The Blue Devils will return one starter – Elizabeth Williams -- and seven letterwinners in 2014-15, while welcoming the second-ranked recruiting class in the nation.