Game Information What…………………………..North Carolina at Duke Date……………………………Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 Time……………………………7:00 PM Location……………………….Durham, N.C. Venue………………………….Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314) Where to Watch………………ESPN2 ………………………………….Beth Mowins (PXP), Stephanie White (Color) Radio…………………………..Blue Devil IMG - WDNC AM 620 ………………………………….Steve Barnes (PXP), Morgan Patrick (Color) Live Stats……………………..www.GoDuke.com Series Record…………………. UNC leads 47-39 (DU won last 7) Last Meeting…………………..March 10, 2013 - DU 92, UNC 73
Setting the Scene... The fifth-ranked Duke women’s basketball team (22-2, 9-1 ACC) will get rivalry week started on Monday, Feb. 10 as the Blue Devils host 13th-ranked North Carolina (17-6, 5-4) in Cameron Indoor Stadium at 7:00 p.m., as part of Big Monday on ESPN2. The contest will be aired live on ESPN2 with Beth Mowins (PXP) and Stephanie White (Color) calling the action. 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 returns to Cameron Indoor Stadium for a three-game homestand against three top-14 ranked opponents -- North Carolina (No. 13), Maryland (No. 10) and N.C. State (No. 14). The first 5,000 fans in attendance at Monday’s contest will receive rally towels.
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes... • With Duke’s next ACC win, the Blue Devils will reach 10 league victories for the 17th straight season. The streak is the longest in the ACC with the next closest being Miami (3). • Tricia Liston has become just the eighth player in Duke history to score over 1,500 points and pull down over 500 rebounds. She has 1,503 points and 515 rebounds. • Duke has won 26 of the last 37 games and seven straight in the series against UNC. • Monday’s contest will pit two of the top scoring teams in the nation -- North Carolina (10th, 83.9) and Duke (12th, 83.4). The squads also rank near the top in field goal percentage defense -- UNC (13th, 34.9) and Duke (46th, 36.5). • Tricia Liston’s 13 games with 20 or more points this season ranks second in the ACC behind Wake Forest’s Dearica Hamby (14). • Two of the top shot-blockers in the ACC will go up against each other Monday -- Stephanie Mavunga (T1st, 2.7) of UNC and Elizabeth Williams (T1st, 2.7). • Senior Richa Jackson has averaged 14.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals over the last two games. She has hit 50.0 percent from the field. • After scoring 11 points in the two previous games, Haley Peters notched 17 points, had six rebounds and three steals at Clemson. The 17 points was a season high against ACC opponents. • The Blue Devils have swiped 27 steals the last two games. • Head coach Joanne P. McCallie owns a 46-3 record in Cameron Indoor Stadium against ACC opponents. • Over the last two games, Elizabeth Williams has scored only 10 points and hit 3-of-8 field goals. • Two future Duke student-athletes have been named McDonald’s All-America -- Sierra Calhoun & Lynee Belton. • Haley Peters and Elizabeth Williams have each been selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District III first team. Peters earned the honor for the second straight year. • Tricia Liston is the top shooting guard in the ACC with a 56.8 percentage. In ACC games, she is hitting 58.0 percent. • Chloe Wells has missed the last five games with a bruised shin and is listed as day-to-day. • Over the last eight games, Tricia Liston has drained 21-of-36 three-pointers for a 58.3 percentage. • Over the last nine games, Duke has hit 55.2 percent from the field in the first half, including four games with 60.0 percent or better. The Blue Devils hit a season-high 65.5 percent in the first half vs. Pitt. • Duke had its 42-game home court winning streak against ACC opponents ended with its loss to Notre Dame on Feb. 2. • Elizabeth Williams is hitting a career-high 55.1 percent from the field this season. • In the latest NCAA RPI, Duke dropped to No. 3 with Stanford and Notre Dame taking the top two slots. UConn, LSU, Louisville, Tennessee, South Carolina, Arizona State and Purdue rounded out the top 10. The Blue Devils also rank No. 2 in strength of schedule behind LSU. • Tricia Liston ranks second in the ACC in free throw percentage (87.5) and first in three-point field goal percentage (49.2), while Elizabeth Williams ranks tied first in blocks with a 2.7 average. Chelsea Gray was leading the ACC in assists (7.2) and steals (2.9) prior to her injury. • Tricia Liston now owns an 86.3 career free throw percentage that ranks second all-time in the ACC to former Duke standout Nicole Erickson (88.0). • The Blue Devils have posted four wins on the road against ranked opponents, which has tied a school record (2006-07, 1998-99). • Duke has scored 80 or more points in 13 of 24 contests. The Blue Devils have won 36 straight games when scoring 80 or more points, dating back to the 2008-09 campaign. • Duke is averaging 41.7 points in the paint as well as scoring 21.9 points off its opponents’ turnovers on the year. • The Blue Devils feature four different players who have notched 20 or more points in a game this season. • All five Blue Devil starters scored double-figures against Florida State, USC Upstate, Vanderbilt and Purdue. • For only the second time in school history, Duke features five players standing 6-3 or taller (1996-97). Duke’s nine student-athletes who are 6-0 or taller also ties for the most in Blue Devil history (1998-99, 2000-01, 2005-06). • The Blue Devils have seven players and three staff associated with the team who 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.
Liston on a Tear... In the seven games since Chelsea Gray’s injury, Tricia Liston has averaged 22.6 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists, while hitting 61.1 percent of her field goals and 53.1 percent from downtown. Liston is putting together one of the best scoring seasons at Duke in recent history. Her 18.4 scoring average ranks sixth in the ACC and is the highest for a Blue Devil since Alana Beard averaged 19.3 points in 2003-04. Liston had a streak of scoring 20 or points in six straight games end at Clemson as she notched 15. It was the first time a Duke player had notched five consecutive games with 20 or more points since Alana Beard posted six straight in 2003-04. The 49.2 three-point field goal percentage for Liston ranks third nationally. In ACC games, Liston is averaging 19.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists, while hitting 58.0 percent from the field and 54.5 percent from downtown. She ranks fourth in scoring, third in field goal percentage, 12th in free throw percentage (83.7), second in three-point field goal percentage (52.1) and tied fifth in three-point field goals made (2.5).
Nationally Three-Point Field Goal Percentage 1. .513 Sophie Bikofsky, Brown 2. .511 Madeline Blais, Marist 3. .492 Tricia Liston, Duke
Bench Shrinking... With Chelsea Gray out for the season and senior Chloe Wells missing the last five games with a shin injury, Duke’s bench has gone from outstanding heading into the 2013-14 campaign to very slim. Since the injury, all five Duke starters are averaging 31.3 points or more a contest, including a team-high 34.9 per game from Alexis Jones. The Blue Devil bench includes junior Ka’lia Johnson and three freshmen -- Amber Henson, Oderah Chidom and Kendall McCravey-Cooper.
Against Ranked Opponents... So far this season, Duke has collected a 5-2 record against ranked opponents with both losses coming at home to Connecticut and Notre Dame. Tricia Liston has led the Blue Devils with a 19.6 scoring average against ranked foes. She has scored 20 or more points in four of the seven games, including averaging 25.3 points and 4.0 rebounds in the last three contests against ranked opponents (Kentucky, FSU, Notre Dame). Richa Jackson has averaged 15.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in the last two games against ranked opponents.
What Happened in the Last Meeting?... Duke claimed its eighth ACC tournament title by routing No. 15 North Carolina 92-73 on March 10. Freshman Alexis Jones scored a career-high 24 points and was voted MVP of the tournament. Elizabeth Williams also had 24 points, and Haley Peters scored 17 for the top-seeded Blue Devils. Duke led by as many as 26, shot nearly 57 percent and outrebounded North Carolina by six. Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored all 25 of her points in the second half for the Tar Heels, who missed 25 of 28 shots during the stretch when Duke stretched its lead into the 20s. Duke erased an early six-point deficit with a 29-6 run over an 11-minute stretch late in the half, a burst that included streaks of 11 and 14 consecutive points. Latifah Coleman and Walteia Rolle scored 10 points apiece for North Carolina. The Tar Heels, who missed 19 consecutive shots in their visit to Durham a week ago, went cold again - missing on 15 of their final 17 attempts of the half as they fell way behind.
At Home in 2013-14... Duke has totaled a 9-2 overall record at home this season, which is the most losses in Cameron Indoor Stadium since the 2007-08 campaign (3). The Blue Devils feature six double-digit scorers at home this year -- Tricia Liston (15.9), Alexis Jones (12.5), Elizabeth Williams (12.3), Haley Peters (12.2), Chelsea Gray (11.1) and Richa Jackson (10.2). Duke has hit 51.9 percent of its field goals and 42.4 percent from downtown at home, while averaging 88.7 points a game. Opponents are averaging 64.4 points and hitting 39.0 percent from the field. Richa Jackson has averaged 14.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals over last four home contests. Tricia Liston owns averages of 22.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists during the last three home contests. She has hit 9-of-15 treys (60.0%) and 63.2 percent of her field goals.
Brutal February/March is Here... Over Duke’s final eight games of the regular season in February/March, Duke features one of the toughest stretches in school history facing six top 14 opponents during that span. No other ACC team will face more than three top 14 teams during the stretch run. Looking at national schedules, no team in the NCAA will face as many top 14 teams as Duke. Duke will face No. 2 Notre Dame twice, No. 10 Maryland once, No. 13 North Carolina twice and No. 14 N.C. State once.
Home Sweet Home... Since Joanne P. McCallie took over as head coach at Duke in 2007-08, she has guided the Blue Devils to a 93-7 overall record in Cameron Indoor Stadium. During that stretch, the Blue Devils posted three undefeated seasons in Cameron (2012-13, 2010-11, 2008-09). Over the last six years, the Blue Devils have lost only four contests at home and all of those losses were against Connecticut (2010, 2012, 2013) and Notre Dame (2014). Duke has won 86 straight games in Cameron Indoor Stadium against teams other than UConn and Notre Dame. The last loss for Duke to a team other than Connecticut and Notre Dame was Maryland on Feb. 17, 2008.
Jones Matches School Record, Twice... Sophomore Alexis Jones dished 15 assists at Florida State, which matched the Duke single game record held by Chelsea Gray that occurred on Jan. 10, 2013 against Clemson. On Feb. 2 against Notre Dame, Jones matched the school record for steals with 10. It tied the mark held by Abby Waner on Dec. 18, 2007 versus Utah Valley. The 15 assists and 10 steals are the most by any player in the ACC this season. Her assists is the second-most in the NCAA (Jamierra Faulkner, Southern Miss. had 17) and her steals are tied for the highest this year (Emia Willingham, Siena). Jones is now averaging 5.0 assists on the season, which ranks second in the ACC, while her 6.3 dishes in league play ranks second.
Comparing the Wins/Losses... In the 22 wins this season, Duke has averaged 85.1 points, hit 51.8 percent from the field and 42.5 percent from downtown. The Blue Devils hold an +11.3 rebounding advantage and have dished 19.0 assists, while holding opponents to 34.9 percent shooting. During Duke’s two losses, the Blue Devils have averaged 64.0 points, hit 40.3 percent from the field and 26.7 percent from downtown. In those games, Duke has been outrebounded by 9.5, dished 11.0 assists and have allowed 55.2 percent shooting.
Liston Nets School Record... Tricia Liston became Duke’s all-time leader in three-point field goals made Jan. 26 against Pittsburgh. She now owns 227 for her career. Liston passed Abby Waner (222) with 210 fewer three-pointers attempted than Waner. She has drained three or more treys in 13 contests. Liston also ranks first on Duke’s career three-point field goal percentage list with a 46.0 mark and tied 17th on the ACC career three-pointers made chart.
Duke Record Book Three-Point Field Goals Made 1. 227 Tricia Liston, 2011-present 2. 222 Abby Waner, 2006-09 3. 202 Georgia Schweitzer, 1998-01 4. 180 Jasmine Thomas, 2008-11 5. 175 Jessica Foley, 2003-06
Big on the Boards... Senior Haley Peters has moved into the top 10 rebounding list at Duke with her 747 boards over her career. She now needs 29 rebounds to move into a tie for ninth along with Krystal Thomas (776). Peters needs three more rebounds to become the ninth player in Duke history to register over 1,000 points and 750 rebounds. In two games this season, Peters has registered 20 and 15 rebounds against USC Upstate and Georgia Tech, respectively. 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. She has totaled 15 career double-doubles and 20 contests with 10 or more rebounds, after leading Duke in rebounding a year ago.