Date/Time:..................Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Location/Venue:.............Charlottesville, Va. (John Paul Jones Arena - 14,593)
Where to Watch:.............ESPN3
Radio:......................Blue Devil IMG - WDNC-AM 620 (Steve Barnes, Morgan Patrick)
Series Record:..............Virginia leads 32-31 (Duke won 19 straight)
Last Meeting:...............Jan. 2, 2012 - Duke 77, Virginia 66
Record:.....................20-1, 10-0 (ACC)
Ranking:....................#5 (AP), #4 (USA Today)
Head Coach:.................Joanne P. McCallie (21st Year)
Record at Duke:.....161-33 (6th Year)
ACC Record:.........71-12 (6th Year)
Overall Record:.....477-181 (21st Year)
Record:.....................14-7, 6-4 (ACC)
Ranking:....................NR (AP), NR (USA Today)
Head Coach:.................Joanne Boyle (2nd Year)
Overall Record:.............243-111 (11th Year)
Record at Virginia:.........39-18 (2nd Year)
Setting the Scene...
Fifth-ranked Duke (20-1, 10-0 ACC) will continue its two-game road swing on Friday, Feb. 8 as the Blue Devils play at Virginia (14-7, 6-4) in Charlottesville, Va., at 7:00 p.m., on ESPN3.
Calling the game on ESPN3 will be Michelle Smith (PXP) and Swin Cash (Color).
The game will be aired live on the Blue Devil IMG Sports Network on WDNC AM 620 with Steve Barnes (PXP) and Morgan Patrick (Color) on the air. The audio is also available live at www.GoDuke.com.
Duke will next return home to face seventh-ranked Maryland on Monday, Feb. 11 in Cameron Indoor Stadium at 7:00 p.m., on ESPN2. It will be a part of ESPN’s Big Monday.
The Blue Devils open a stretch of four games in 10 days beginning at Virginia on Friday.
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes...
• Duke owns a 27-game winning streak in road games versus unranked opponents.
• Coach P enters Friday’s game at Virginia with a conference record of 249-82 in the ACC, Big Ten, America East and North Atlantic Championship over her 21 years as a head coach. She will be going for her 250th career conference victory at Virginia.
• Duke boasts three players ranking in the top 10 nationally -- Elizabeth Williams in blocks (8th, 3.0), Chelsea Gray in steals (3rd, 3.8) and Tricia Liston in three-point field goal percentage (3rd, 48.4).
• Elizabeth Williams has notched double-figure scoring against 23 consecutive ACC opponents.
• Duke and UConn are the only schools in the nation with three different players ranking in the top 10 of different NCAA statistics.
• As a team, Duke is first in three-point field goal percentage (43.7) and fifth in steals (13.1) nationally.
• The Blue Devils drained a season-high 11 three-pointers at UNC on Feb. 3 and have hit 28 treys the last three games for a 49.1 percentage (28 of 57).
• Duke has notched at least 10 league wins for the 16th straight year.
• In ACC games only, the Blue Devils lead the league with a 48.5 scoring defense and 32.1 field goal percentage defense.
• Chelsea Gray has swiped 21 steals the last four games for an average of 5.3.
• Elizabeth Williams is averaging 8.0 points and hitting 55.5 of her field goals in the second half this season.
• Duke is averaging 26.2 points off turnovers this season.
• The Blue Devils have averaged 25.5 points off the bench the last four contests.
• Chelsea Gray is averaging 4.5 steals in ACC games to lead the league.
• Over the last two years, Duke is 18-0 when Chelsea Gray dishes seven or more assists. The Blue Devils are also 5-5 when Gray attempts 14 or more field goals.
• Elizabeth Williams has blocked at least one shot in every collegiate game she has played - 54 straight. The streak is the second-best in school history behind Alison Bales’ 55 in 2003-05. Dating back to high school, Williams has blocked a shot in 72 straight games as she closed her H.S. career with blocks in 19 consecutive contests.
• Chelsea Gray leads Duke with 14 charges taken on the season. Gray has 31 for her career. She has moved into a tie for fourth place on Duke’s all-time charges taken list. • Elizabeth Williams is second in the league with a 57.3 field goal percentage in ACC games only.
• Chelsea Gray has moved into sixth place on Duke’s all-time steals chart with 239 steals. Gray needs 22 steals to move into a tie for fifth on the list.
• Duke is averaging 77.1 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 five years was 75.2 in 2008-09.
• After holding Virginia Tech to a school-record low of 26 points on Jan. 16, head coach Joanne P. McCallie has held 22 different opponents to under 40 points since arriving at Duke in 2007-08.
• The Blue Devils registered a 3.3 grade-point average in the fall semester, which included five student-athletes with above a 3.5 GPA. A total of 11 Blue Devils had a 3.0 or better.
• Following Richa Jackson’s 16-point effort at Boston College, Duke now features 10 Blue Devils who have posted double-figure scoring at least one time this season, which leads the ACC.
• Duke has hit 50.0 percent or better from the field in seven different games.
• The Blue Devils own three different student-athletes hitting over 40.0 percent or better from downtown -- Tricia Liston (48.4), Haley Peters (46.9) and Chloe Wells (58.8).
• Tricia Liston had her streak of 18 straight games with at least one three-pointer come to an end at N.C. State on Jan. 3. It was the longest streak since Georgia Schweitzer hit treys in 25 straight games in 2000-01.
• The Blue Devils have won 35 straight games in Cameron Indoor Stadium against ACC opponents.
Duke has not lost an ACC contest at home since Maryland posted a 76-69 win on Feb. 17, 2008. Coach P is 37-2 at home against ACC opponents in her six years at Duke.
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Blue Devils Versus Virginia...
In two career games, Tricia Liston has averaged 17.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals against Virginia. She has hit 7-of-11 treys for a 63.6 percentage.
Haley Peters has averaged 12.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 1.5 assists in two games. She has drained 10-of-14 field goals for a 71.4 percentage.
Virginia is one of only two ACC opponents in two years that Elizabeth Williams has not scored double-digits against as she notched eight points on 3-of-4 field goals in last year’s meeting.
Duke to Face Alum...
The Blue Devils will go up against Joanne Boyle on Friday, who is the head coach at Virginia. Boyle was a four-year letterwinner at Duke from 1982-85 under head coach Debbie Leonard. Boyle returned to Duke in 1993-94 to become an assistant coach under Gail Goestenkors and stayed through the 2001-02 campaign. She helped lead Duke to the 1999 and 2002 NCAA Final Four.
Hey, I Know You...
Haley Peters played on the same AAU team, the Philly Belles with Lexie Gerson of Virginia. Peters and Gerson also played together on the same high school team at the Peddie School in N.J. They both scored their 1,000th point during the same quarter of the same game during Gerson’s senior year (Peters junior year).
Elizabeth Williams played AAU on the Boo Williams squad along with Virginia’s Simone Egwu, Ataira Franklin and Jazmin Pitts. She knows the whole team pretty well because she played against them too. Williams father, Dr. Alex, did his fellowship for gastroenterology at Virginia.
Liston Off the Bench...
Tricia Liston has come off the bench the last four games and in those contests she has averaged 16.5 points and 1.5 rebounds in an average of 22.0 minutes.
She has hit 13-of-24 treys for a 54.2 percentage. Liston is averaging almost a point per minute in those games as she has scored 66 points in 88 minutes. She has been Duke’s leading scorer in two out of the last four contests.
20 Wins Once Again...
With Duke’s victory at UNC on Feb. 3, Duke registered its 16th consecutive 20-win season and the 18th out of the last 19 years. Head Coach Joanne P. McCallie owns 17 different 20-win seasons over her 21-year coaching career and 10 straight.
Looking at the national scene, Tennessee owns a 36-year streak of reaching 20 wins, while Connecticut is second (20) and Duke’s 16 straight years is third.
The ACC record for most consecutive 20-win seasons is 15 by Duke.
Wells Notches Career-Best Game...
Junior Chloe Wells turned in a career-best performance at 11th-ranked North Carolina on Feb. 3 as she drained 6-of-7 three-pointers and finished with 18 points.
Her 18 points and six three-pointers made were both career highs. Wells became the 12th player in Duke history to hit six or more three-pointers in a single game. She missed a school-record three-pointers made by one, which is seven held by Jessica Foley and Nicole Erickson.
In four games started, Wells is averaging 9.0 points, 3.3 steals, 2.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists. She has hit 10-of-15 treys for a 66.7 percentage. Wells has posted a 4.0 assist/turnover ratio.
Wells now leads the ACC with a 58.8 three-point field goal percentage on the season, hitting 20-of-34 treys.
Freshman Keeps Improving...
Freshman Alexis Jones has been coming into her own recently and netted her first career double-double against Miami on Jan. 31 with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
She has hit seven treys the last five contests, after hitting eight three-pointers over her first 16 contests. Jones owns a team-best five straight games with at least one three-point field goal made.
Over the last four games, Jones is averaging 9.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.0 steals.