NCAA Tournament Fresno Regional Final
#2/2 Stanford (34-1, 18-0) vs. #6/6 Duke (27-5, 15-1)
Monday, March 26, 2012 • 9:04 PM (EST) • ESPN, ESPN3
Fresno, Calif. • SaveMart Center
TV: ESPN HD - Dave Pasch (PXP), Debbie Antonelli (Color), Heather Cox (Sideline)
Radio: Steve Barnes (PXP), Morgan Patrick (Color)
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Series History: Tied 2-2
Record: 27-5, 15-1 ACC
Ranking: #6 (AP), #6 (Coaches)
Last Result: W, 74-47 vs. St. John’s, 3-24-12
Head Coach: Joanne P. McCallie (5th Year)
Duke Record: 141-30 (5th Year)
Career Record: 458-178 (20th Year)
Record: 34-1, 18-0 Pac 12
Ranking: #2 (AP), #2 (Coaches)
Last Result: W, 76-60 vs. South Carolina, 3-24-12
Head Coach: Tara VanDerveer (33rd Year)
ST Record: 708-148 (26th Year)
Career Record: 860-199 (33rd Year)
Duke, Stanford To Tangle on Monday in Fresno Regional Final...
For the third straight year, second-seeded and sixth-ranked Duke (27-5) will play in its third straight NCAA Elite Eight contest on Monday, March 26 at 9:04 p.m. (EST) against No. 1 seed and second-ranked Stanford (34-1) in the Fresno Regional at the SaveMart Center in Fresno, Calif.
The contest will be aired live on ESPN HD with Dave Pasch (PXP), Debbie Antonelli (Color) and Heather Cox (Sideline) calling the action. Monday’s game will be heard on Westwood One Radio with Jim Kozimor (PXP) and Krista Blunk (Color).
Fans can also hear the contest live via the Blue Devil IMG Sports Network on WDNC AM 620 with Steve Barnes (PXP) and Morgan Patrick (Color). The pregame show will start at 8:30 p.m.
The Blue Devils will be looking to advance to the NCAA Final Four for the first time since 2006 and the fifth time in school history (1999, 2002, 2003 and 2006). Duke is currently ranked No. 6 in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Division I Coaches Poll. Stanford is ranked No. 2 in both polls.
Duke is making its 10th regional final appearance out of the last 15 years. Duke owns a record of 4-5 all-time in NCAA Regional Final action. The winners of the regional final contest will advance to play in the NCAA Final Four in Denver, Colo., on Sunday, April 1 on ESPN.
Duke has a record of 4-5 in regional final games ... Allison Vernerey has played in a team-best 104 straight contests ... nine different Blue Devils have registered double-figure scoring so far on the season ... Chelsea Gray is doing a blog for espnW during the tournament.
NCAA Tournament Tidbits...
• The Basics...Duke is making its 18th consecutive and 19th overall trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Devils have been seeded No. 2 for the sixth time in school history and for the third straight year. The Blue Devils have played in the postseason on two other occasions, making it to the Women’s NIT in 1986 and the NCAA Tournament in 1987.
Duke now owns an all-time record of 49-18 in NCAA Tournament play and is 50-19 in all postseason action. The Blue Devils have hosted NCAA Tournament games 10 times out of 19 appearances.
Duke previously hosted first and second round games in Cameron Indoor Stadium from 1998-2002, in 2004 and 2010. The Blue Devils have won 16 consecutive games during NCAA Tournament play in Cameron. Overall, Duke owns an 18-2 record in NCAA Tournament play in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
• The History...Each time Duke has been in the NCAA Tournament, it has won at least one game. The Blue Devils have made it to a regional in 14 out of the last 15 years, while Duke had advanced to at least the Sweet 16 in 11 consecutive years prior to a loss to Michigan State in 2008-09 in the second round. Duke has made it to the Elite Eight in 10 of the last 15 years, including three straight.
Duke also advanced to the Elite Eight in 1998, 2004 and 2005, the National Championship game in 1999 and 2006, the Final Four in 2002 and 2003, the Sweet 16 in 2000, 2001, 2007 and 2008. The Blue Devils own a 39-13 record in their last 52 NCAA Tournament games.
Prior to the St. John’s game, the Blue Devils had played only four NCAA Tournament games in the state of California and the first since 1999. In 1998, Duke advanced to the West Regional in Oakland, Calif. Duke downed third-seeded Florida, 71-58, in the regional semifinal before falling to ninth-seeded Arkansas, 77-72. The next season the Blue Devils advanced to their first NCAA Final Four in San Jose, Calif. Duke defeated third-seeded Georgia, 81-69, before falling in the title game to No. 1 seed Purdue (62-45).
• The Coach...Head Coach Joanne P. McCallie is making her 16th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, including her 10th straight, while producing a 22-15 record. While at Maine, she totaled a 1-6 record that included an upset victory over seventh-seeded Stanford (60-58) in 1999. Her Maine squad was seeded 10th and then fell to Old Dominion on its home court, 72-62, in the second round.
During her time at Michigan State, McCallie guided the Spartans to a 9-5 mark. She led MSU to five straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament and won at least one game in four consecutive years. In 2005, McCallie’s squad had an incredible run through the tournament knocking off Alcorn State, USC, 18th-ranked Vanderbilt, top-ranked Stanford and third-ranked Tennessee before falling to fifth-ranked Baylor in the national championship game. McCallie was awarded National Coach of the Year for her efforts.
At Duke, McCallie owns an 12-4 record in the tournament.
As a player, McCallie led Northwestern to the 1987 NCAA Tournament her senior year. The Wildcats traveled to Louisiana Tech and lost, 82-60, in the first round. Coach P is one of only 20 current head coaches in Division I who have both played and coached in the NCAA Tournament.
McCallie has two members of her coaching tree that took their teams to the 2012 tournament -- Katie Abrahamson-Henderson (Albany) and AnnMarie Gilbert (Eastern Michigan).
• The Seedings...The last 18 seasons Duke has been no lower than a No. 5 seed and a total of seven times Duke has been a No. 1 seed. The Blue Devils have been seeded no lower than third since 1998. Duke’s seven No. 1 seeds rank as the fifth-most in NCAA Tournament history. Leading the list is Tennessee (21), followed by Connecticut (16), Louisiana Tech (10), Stanford (9) and Duke (7).
Appearances in a Regional...
With Duke’s 14 regional appearances over the last 15 years, the Blue Devils rank tied for second behind Connecticut (15). Duke is tied with Tennessee at 14, while North Carolina (9), Georgia (9), Notre Dame (9), Stanford (8), Rutgers (8), Purdue (8), LSU (8) and Oklahoma (8) are the next closest.
Duke has now lost three potential starters -- Richa Jackson, Chloe Wells and Amber Henson since the season started. Two of these student-athletes were McDonald’s All-America selections -- Jackson and Henson. Wells had started the first 10 games and Henson played in eight contests before having surgery. The Blue Devils are down to eight scholarship players.
The bench will be counted on for key minutes. Jackson had started 17 contests this season, while Wells started 10.
Since Jackson went out with her ACL injury, Duke has posted a 6-2 mark. Chelsea Gray (15.1), Elizabeth Williams (13.6), Tricia Liston (15.4) and Haley Peters (11.6) have picked up their scoring since the injury to Jackson.
First Three Rounds of NCAAs in 2011-12...
• For teams that have advanced to the NCAA Regionals, Duke leads with an 84.0 scoring average in three games.
• The 57.6 field goal percentage leads all teams., while Stanford is third at 51.0.
• Its 42.9 three-point field goal percentage is tied for fourth.
• Averaging 20.0 assists to lead all teams.
• Tricia Liston is tied for 14th with a 20.0 scoring average.
• Chelsea Gray’s 7.3 assists is tied for third.
• Gray also leads with 11-of-11 free throws. Her 15 steals is the second-most in the tournament.
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes...
• Duke owns an all-time record of 2-5 against No. 1 seeded teams in the NCAA Tournament.
• The 252 points in the three NCAA games is the second-highest in Duke history. The highest is 267 in 2006, when the Blue Devils advanced to the NCAA Final Four.
• In Duke’s 27 wins, the Blue Devils have averaged 18.0 assists, while in the five losses they averaged only 9.8.
• Over the last two games, Duke has hit 57.9 percent of its field goals in the second half. In the last six contests, the Blue Devils have hit 56.8 percent from the field in the first half.
• Chelsea Gray has made 11 straight free throws in the NCAA Tournament.
• With Duke starting one freshman, three sophomores and one senior in the first round, the Blue Devils feature the youngest lineup remaining in the tournament.
• In five career NCAA games, Chelsea Gray has hit 30-of-50 field goals for a 60.0 percentage.
• The Blue Devils have earned one of the top eight seeds in 11 out of the last 12 years in the NCAA Tournament and are coming off back-to-back Elite Eight appearances.
• With its victory over Samford, Duke notched 25 wins for the 14th straight year.
• Elizabeth Williams’ 115 blocked shots is more than 217 teams in NCAA Division I.
• Freshman Ka’lia Johnson has scored 16 points in three NCAA Tournament games after posting only 22 points in the regular season. She has hit 6-of-10 field goals.
• Tricia Liston’s 45.4 three-point field goal percentage would lead the NCAA, but she is hitting 1.7 per game and the minimum is 2.0 in the stats.
• Over the last five games, Duke has hit 54.4 percent of its field goals.
• With her eight steals against St. John’s, Chelsea Gray owns 93 steals on the year, which ranks as the fourth-best on Duke’s single-season charts (third is 104).
• On the year, the Blue Devils have hit 50.0 percent of their field goals or better a total of 14 times, which is the most since the 2005-06 season (20).
• Duke’s 80 points allowed at Vanderbilt was a season high, but its 56 points in the first half was also a season high.
• The last time Duke has had two players score at least 18 points or more in at least nine games was in the 2002-03 season. Alana Beard score more than 18 points in 30 games and Iciss Tillis scored at least 18 points or more in 14 games (both were juniors). This season Williams (9) and Liston (10) have accomplished this.
• Elizabeth Williams is the first freshman in ACC history to notch over 100 blocked shots.
• Duke is one of only four teams in Division I history to have two different players post a triple-double in the same season -- Central Michigan (2010-11), Georgia State (2009-10) and UAB (2001-02).
• The Blue Devils’ 190 blocks on the year is the seventh-most in Duke single-season history. Duke needs one more to move into a tie for sixth.
• Duke owns 18 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, which is more than the entire ACC combined -- Maryland (9), Georgia Tech (6) and Miami (2).
• With its win over No. 5 Miami, Duke posted its second victory over a top 10 team this season, the fifth win over a top five team in Coach P’s five years at Duke. Coach P notched her 10th win against a top 10 team in her five years.
• Elizabeth Williams has notched double-figure scoring in 18 straight games. Her 18 consecutive games with double-figure scoring is a new Duke freshman record (17 by Katie Meier - 1985-86).
• Duke has shot 50.0 percent or better in the second half of 14 games this season.
• Four of Duke’s five losses this season have come against then ranked No. 2 Notre Dame, No. 3 Connecticut, No. 8 Maryland and No. 7 Kentucky.
• Duke owns five different players who have registered double-doubles on the season - Williams (6), Gray (4), Peters (1), Jackson (1) and Liston (1). The five players is the second-most in a single season in Blue Devil history -- 6 in 2009-10 and 2003-04. Duke has posted five on six different occasions. In 2011-12, Duke and Georgia Tech are the only teams in the league with five different players with double-doubles.
• With under three minutes left in games, Chelsea Gray is hitting 63.6 percent of her field goals and has scored 56 of Duke’s 180 points. In her Blue Devil career, she has hit 27 of 47 field goals (57.5%) in the final three minutes of games. She scored 12 points in the final 3:23 at Boston College.
• Over the last 19 games, six different players led the Blue Devils in scoring -- Haley Peters (4), Elizabeth Williams (4), Richa Jackson (1), Tricia Liston (6), Shay Selby and Chelsea Gray (3).
• In Duke’s 27 wins, the Blue Devils have hit 49.7 percent from the field and averaged 78.3 points. In the five losses, Duke has hit only 37.5 percent from the field and averaged 59.6 points.
• Haley Peters has hit 13 out of her last 23 three-point field goal attempts and has drained a career-best 18 treys on the year.
• Duke has held four opponents to under 40 points this season. In Coach P’s five years at Duke, the Blue Devils have held 21 opponents to under 40 points.
• The Blue Devils are averaging 40.5 points in the paint on the season and 24.1 points off turnovers.
• Blue Devil signees Alexis Jones and Sierra Moore have been named to the McDonald’s All-America team, while Jones was also selected to the WBCA All-America game.
• The Blue Devils have been ranked in the top 10 the past 52 straight weeks. Duke leads the ACC with 224 all-time weeks ranked in the top 10. Next closest is UNC with 193.
• Duke is averaging 75.3 points this season, which is the most for a Blue Devil squad since 2005-06 with an 86.0 ledger. The most for a Coach P squad in her previous four years was 72.1 in 2008-09.
• The average age of Duke’s squad this season is 19 years old. This is the youngest since the 2000-01 squad that had an average age of 18.2. The Blue Devils currently have three players that are 18 and four are 19.
• Over the last 12 years, Duke owns the third-most wins in the nation -- Connecticut (408), Tennessee (370) and Duke (362) through games of 3/24.
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Stellar Offensive Output...
In three games in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, Duke has come out on fire hitting 57.6 percent from the field, 42.9 percent from downtown and averaging 84.0 points.
Six of the eight Blue Devils who have taken field goals are hitting 50.0 percent or better. Six different Duke players have hit at least one three-pointer.
Duke is hitting 81.3 percent from the free throw line, averaging 20.0 assists and 10.7 steals. In the three games, Duke is boasting a 26.0 scoring margin.
The Blue Devils are averaging 44.0 points in the paint and 26.0 points off turnovers in the NCAAs.
All five starters are averaging double-figure scoring -- Tricia Liston (20.0), Haley Peters (15.7), Chelsea Gray (13.7), Shay Selby (11.7) and Elizabeth Williams (11.3).
Going Back to Cali!...
The Blue Devils have taken sophomore Chelsea Gray back home to the state of California for the Fresno Regional. Gray is a native of Stockton, Calif., and attended St. Mary’s H.S. Stockton is about 80 miles down Highway 99 from Fresno and about 50 friends and family in attendance. While in high school, Gray played games in Fresno at different times.
A Look At Stanford...
The top-seeded Cardinal is coming off of a 76-60 win over fifth-seeded South Carolina in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Senior Nnemkadi Ogwumike led her squad with 39 points and 10 rebounds. With a 34-1 record on the season, the team also extended its school-record winning streak to 31 games.
Stanford’s lineup features two players averaging double-figure scoring -- Nnemkadi Ogwumike (21.8 points, 10.3 rebounds) and Chiney Ogwumike (15.6 points, 10.1 rebounds).
Head coach Tara VanDerveer has guided the Cardinal to two NCAA Championships, nine NCAA Final Four appearances and 24 trips to the NCAA Tournament in her 33 seasons at the helm of the program.
The Series With Stanford...
Duke and Stanford would meet for the fifth time in school history with the series tied, 2-2. In the most recent game between the two schools, the Cardinal earned a 71-55 victory in Palo Alto on Dec. 15, 2009. The Blue Devils and Stanford have never meet in the NCAA Tournament.
Head coach Joanne P. McCallie is 3-1 in her career against Stanford and 1-1 since joining the Blue Devil program.
Duke Versus the Pac-12...
Duke owns an all-time record of 12-7 against teams from the Pac-12 Conference -- Arizona State (1-0), California (1-1), Colorado (0-1), Stanford (2-2), UCLA (2-1), Southern California (5-0), Utah (1-0) and Washington (0-2).
The Blue Devils are 2-0 against the Pac-10 in the NCAA Tournament as Duke downed Southern California in 2006, 85-51, in Norfolk, Va., and knocked off Arizona State in 2008, 67-59.
McCallie owns an all-time mark of 10-4 against Pac-12 Conference members.
Gray Ties Steals Mark...
Chelsea Gray registered a career-high eight steals in the regional semifinal against St. John’s. The mark was Duke’s single game NCAA Tournament record and tied the NCAA Regional Record -- 8—Carla Holmes, Maryland vs. Stephen F. Austin, West, SF, 3-23-89; 8—Natalie Williams, UCLA vs. Missouri St., Midwest SF, 3-26-92.
In three NCAA Tournament games, senior Shay Selby has played her best basketball of the season averaging 11.7 points, 5.0 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 2.3 steals. She has hit 56.0 percent of her field goals and posted a 2.5 assist/turnover ratio.
Selby is coming off notching a career-high 18 points, tied a career high with seven assists, had five rebounds and tied a career high with four steals against St. John’s. She also tied a career high with six rebounds against Samford. Selby is the only senior in Duke’s lineup.
She posted back-to-back double-figure scoring for the first time this season and the first time since her freshman campaign. Selby has double-figure scoring in three out of the last four contests.
Looking Back at 2005 For McCallie...
Joanne P. McCallie and the Blue Devils will have to go through Stanford to advance to the NCAA Final Four. The script is very similar to 2005 when McCallie was at Michigan State. The Spartans were the No. 1 seed and Stanford was the No. 2 seed in Kansas City, Mo. MSU downed the Cardinal, 76-69, as Coach P reached the NCAA Final Four for the first time as a head coach.
The Michigan State team also beat Vanderbilt on its way to the Elite Eight.
With a win against Stanford on Monday, McCallie would take Duke to its first NCAA Final Four under her watch.
Peters Catches Fire...
Sophomore Haley Peters registered a career-high 25 points as she hit career highs in field goals (12) and field goal attempts (16) at Vanderbilt in the NCAA second round to help lead Duke into the regional semifinals.
Peters missed her first field goal attempt and then hit seven in a row as she finished the first half with 15 points. In seven career NCAA Tournament games, Peters has posted double-figure scoring in four of them.
In three NCAA Tournament games this season, Peters has averaged 15.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.0 steals. She has hit 19-of-30 field goals (63.3%) and 3-of-4 from downtown.
Elite Eight For Third Straight Year...
Duke is making its third straight Elite Eight with only three current student-athletes who have appeared on all three teams.
The three squads are much different as the 2009-10 team had one double-figure scorer in the tournament through three games - Jasmine Thomas (19.0) - and Duke was hitting only 43.5 percent from the field, while dishing 10.7 assists.
Last year in 2010-11, the Blue Devils featured three double-digit scorers heading into the regional final - Jasmine Thomas (18.0), Karima Christmas (14.0) and Chelsea Gray (13.3) - but were hitting 45.4 percent from the field.
This year, Duke features five double-figure scorers, hitting 57.6 percent from the field, averaging 20.0 assists, only 13.7 turnovers and 10.7 steals.
Gray Posting Big-Time Numbers...
Through three rounds of the 2012 NCAA Tournament, Chelsea Gray is averaging 13.7 points, 7.3 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 steals. She has hit 58.3 percent (14-of-24) from the field and 2-of-5 from downtown (40.0%).
On the year, Gray has totaled at least 10 points, four rebounds and four assists on 17 occasions, including five out of the last six contests.
Over the last four games, Gray is averaging 16.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 4.5 steals. She has hit 24-of-41 field goals (58.5%). Gray has notched double-figure scoring in eight straight contests and 12 out of the last 13.
When dissecting Gray’s numbers of what she brings to the team, she averages 26.2 points if you look at Duke’s points off her assists, steals and blocks as well as her 12.2 points per game average. She has had a hand in 838 of Duke’s 2,411 points, which is 34.8 percent of the Blue Devil scoring. With her points off assists, steals and her total points, she had 33 in the first round against Samford, 28 at Vanderbilt and 24 versus St. John’s.
Liston Continues Hot Shooting...
What a way to make a splash in the first three NCAA Tournament starts of her career. Sophomore Tricia Liston averaged 20.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.3 steals, while hitting 67.6 percent of her field goals and 66.7 percent from downtown.
Liston matched a career high with 23 points at Vanderbilt, while grabbing 22 points in the first round against Samford. The 6-1 guard had 15 points against St. John’s.
She has led Duke in scoring a team-high 11 times, her seven 20-point games and her 10 contests with 18 or more points are team highs. It is the most games with 20 or more points since 2009-10 when Jasmine Thomas had 11.
Over the last five games, Liston has averaged 17.8 points, while hitting 58.9 percent of her field goals, and 55.0 percent from downtown.
She has become just the second Duke sophomore to hit 50 or more treys (Abby Waner hit 68 in 2006-07) as she has 54.