Date/Time:.....................Friday, Feb. 22 at 6:30 PM
Location/Venue:................Durham, N.C. (Cameron Indoor Stadium - 9,314)
Where to Watch:................RSN-TV
Radio:.........................Blue Devil IMG - WDNC-AM 620 (Steve Barnes, Morgan Patrick)
Series Record:.................Duke leads 33-8 (won five in a row)
Last Meeting:..................Feb. 12, 2012 - Duke 67, Florida State 57
Record:........................24-1, 14-0 (ACC)
Ranking:.......................#5 (AP), #4 (USA Today)
Head Coach:....................Joanne P. McCallie (21st Year)
Record at Duke:........165-33 (6th Year)
ACC Record:............75-12 (6th Year)
Overall Record:........481-181 (21st Year)
vs. Florida State......7-1
Record:........................20-5, 10-4 (ACC)
Ranking:.......................#19 (AP), #20 (USA Today)
Head Coach:....................Sue Semrau (16th Year)
Overall Record:................270-196 (16th Year)
Record at Florida State:.......same
Setting the Scene...
The fifth-ranked Duke women’s basketball team (24-1, 14-0) will host 19th-ranked Florida State (20-5, 10-4) on Friday, Feb. 22 in Cameron Indoor Stadium at 6:30 p.m.
Friday’s game will be aired live on RSN-TV with Mike Hogewood (PXP) and Debbie Antonelli (Color) calling the action. The game will be shown live on FOX Sports Carolinas, FOX Sports South, SUN Sports, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic Plus, FOX Sports Tennessee, FOX Sports Arizona Plus, FOX Sports West, ESPN3 and FS Detroit Plus.
The game will also 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.
Following Friday’s contest with FSU, the Blue Devils will travel the next day to College Park, Md., for a contest on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 3:00 p.m., on ESPN2.
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes...
• Duke’s 16-game winning streak in Cameron Indoor Stadium ranks tied for fifth-best in the NCAA as far as current streaks.
• The Blue Devils have won an ACC-record 37 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 39-2 at home against ACC opponents in her six years at Duke.
• Elizabeth Williams has notched double-figure scoring against 12 consecutive ACC opponents.
• Two of the top offenses and shooting teams in the nation will hit the hardwood on Friday. Duke ranks ninth nationally in scoring offense (76.4) and seventh in field goal percentage (46.4), while Florida State ranks fourth in scoring offense (79.7) and fourth in field goal percentage (47.7).
• Elizabeth Williams has blocked at least one shot in every collegiate game she has played - 58 straight, which is a new Duke record. It broke the previous record of 55 held by Alison Bales in 2003-05. Dating back to high school, Williams has blocked a shot in 76 straight games as she closed her H.S. career with blocks in 19 consecutive contests.
• The Blue Devils own a 12-0 mark at home this season and have two home contests remaining. If Duke can close the regular season at home, it will mark the fourth undefeated season in school history.
• Duke boasts three players ranking in the top 11 nationally -- Elizabeth Williams in blocks (11th, 2.9), Chelsea Gray in steals (6th, 3.6) and Tricia Liston in three-point field goal percentage (1st, 49.5).
• The Blue Devils own the top two three-point field goal percentage leaders in the ACC -- Chloe Wells (50.0) and Tricia Liston (49.5). In ACC games only, they also rank No. 1 - Liston (48.4) and Wells (45.7).
• Over the last three games, Duke has hit 65-of-75 free throws for an 86.7 percentage.
• Duke has won 22 straight games when scoring 80 or more points, dating back to the 2008-09 campaign.
• As a team, Duke is first in three-point field goal percentage (43.1) and seventh in steals (12.8) nationally.
• 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 48.9 scoring defense, 32.7 field goal percentage defense, three-point percentage (40.0), three-point field goal percentage defense (25.0), blocked shots (5.1), turnover margin (+5.1) and tied for first in assist/turnover ratio (0.9).
• Duke is averaging 25.1 points off turnovers this season.
• Over the last two years, Duke is 19-0 when Chelsea Gray dishes seven or more assists. The Blue Devils are also 5-5 when Gray attempts 14 or more field goals.
• Duke is averaging 76.4 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 33 points on Feb. 14, head coach Joanne P. McCallie has held 23 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.
• Duke has hit 50.0 percent or better from the field in seven different games.
• The Blue Devils own four different student-athletes hitting over 40.0 percent or better from downtown -- Chelsea Gray (40.7), Tricia Liston (49.5), Haley Peters (50.0) and Chloe Wells (50.0).
• 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.
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A Look At Florida State...
Florida State enters Friday’s matchup with a 20-5 overall record, including a 10-4 mark in ACC play, after topping No. 14 North Carolina, 80-73, in Tallahassee, Fla. The No. 19 Seminoles have tallied a 6-3 ledger on the road this season, averaging 75.0 points in those contests.
Leonor Rodriguez (16.7 points, 3.7 rebounds), Alexa Deluzio (13.8 points, 4.8 rebounds) and Chelsea Davis (13.8 points, 5.8 rebounds) lead the way in scoring for the Seminoles this season.
Head coach Sue Semrau is in her 16th season after guiding the Seminoles to a 14-17 overall record last year. Semrau is the winningest coach in Florida State women’s basketball history with 270 wins, and is a three-time ACC Coach of the Year.
The Series With Florida State...
Duke and Florida State have met 41 times in school history with the Blue Devils leading the overall series, 33-8. Winner of 17 out of the last 19 games in the series, Duke has also won 32 out of the last 35 contests against the Seminoles. The Blue Devils own a 15-3 ledger in games played in Cameron Indoor Stadium, including eight in a row dating back to Feb. 8, 2001.
Blue Devil head coach Joanne P. McCallie has faced Florida State eight times in her 20-year coaching career, and has guided Duke to a 7-1 record against the Seminoles.
Blue Devils Versus Florida State... Haley Peters is coming off notching 18 points, five rebounds and one steal against Florida State in the last meeting. She hit 8-of-14 field goals in 32 minutes. She owns career averages of 13.0 points and 5.0 rebounds against the Seminoles. Tricia Liston has hit 7-of-11 three-pointers in three career contests, while averaging 13.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.7 steals. Elizabeth Williams has played FSU twice and has averaged 15.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 2.0 steals.
Gray to Miss Rest of Season with Injury...
Head coach Joanne P. McCallie announced on Tuesday junior point guard Chelsea Gray will miss the rest of the 2012-13 campaign due to a right knee cap dislocation that requires surgery to repair, following a MRI on Monday, Feb. 18. No time table for her return has been set.
A native of Manteca, Calif., Gray suffered the injury at the 8:01 mark of the first half on Sunday, Feb. 17 against Wake Forest. She had started 59 straight games for the Blue Devils, including all 25 contests this season.
Gray, an All-America selection as a sophomore, was averaging 13.1 points, 5.6 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 3.7 steals prior to the injury. She was leading the ACC in assists and steals, while ranking in the top 10 nationally as well. The 5-11 guard was having one of the best all-around seasons in Duke history and was presented with a souvenir ball prior to Sunday’s game for reaching the 1,000-point plateau against Maryland on Feb. 11. She became the 10th-quickest player in Blue Devil history to reach 1,000 points in only 90 games.
Liston Nets Honors...
Coming off leading Duke to an 81-70 victory over Wake Forest with a career-high 29 points, Blue Devil guard Tricia Liston was named the espnW National Player of the Week and ACC Player of the Week on Monday.
Liston came off the bench on Feb. 17 against WFU and turned in the best game of her career, after Chelsea Gray went down with a knee injury. A product of River Forest, Ill., Liston scored nine of Duke’s final 13 points to lead the Blue Devils to the 81-70 victory over Wake Forest. With Duke leading 69-67 with 3:07 left, she drained her fifth three-pointer of the day to put the game out of reach for the Demon Deacons.
In the contest, Liston also pulled down nine rebounds, hit a career-high 8-of-9 free throws and her five three-pointers made tied a career high. She scored 21 of her 29 points in the second half. Duke registered a 3-0 record on the week with other victories over seventh-ranked Maryland and a road win at Virginia Tech. Liston averaged 18.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists. She hit 8-of-13 three-pointers for a 61.5 percentage.
On Feb. 11 against No. 7 Maryland, Liston scored 17 points, had six rebounds and two steals as Duke took down the Terrapins, 71-56.
With Duke losing Chelsea Gray to a knee injury on Feb. 17 during the Play4Kay contest, the injury happened a little over a year after the Blue Devils lost Richa Jackson to a torn ACL on Feb. 15, 2011 against Virginia Tech in the Play4Kay game.
Over the 21 years Joanne P. McCallie has been a head coach, it marks the first time she has lost a starting point guard to injury.
Off the Bench... Tricia Liston scored a career-high 29 points off the bench against Wake Forest on Sunday, Feb. 17, which is a new school record for most points scored by a Duke player off the bench.
The previous high was Nicole Erickson’s 28 points on Jan. 14, 1999 against Clemson.
Top Bench Scorer’s in Duke History
29, Tricia Liston vs. Wake Forest (2-17-13)
28, Nicole Erickson vs. Clemson (1-14-99)
28, Jenni Kraft vs. Cleveland State, 12-2-88)
27, Tyish Hall at Clemson (1-23-94)
27, Nicole Johnson vs. Wake Forest (2-26-92)
26, Zeki Blanding vs. UNC Asheville (12-11-91)
In the ACC Standings...
With Duke boasting a 14-0 mark in ACC action, the Blue Devils own a two-game lead over Maryland (12-2).
The Blue Devils have won at least a share of the ACC regular season title in each of the last three years, including the outright title in 2011-12.
Over the last three contests, four different Blue Devils have reached the 20-point mark -- Chelsea Gray (28 vs. Maryland), Haley Peters (25 at Virginia Tech), Elizabeth Williams (25 at Virginia Tech) and Tricia Liston (29 vs. Wake Forest). All four either tied a career high or scored a career high points.
A total of four Blue Devils have notched at least 20 points in a game this season - Vernerey (22 points vs. Iona) and Tricia Liston (3 times).
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 80-5 overall record in Cameron Indoor Stadium. During that stretch, the Blue Devils posted a 14-0 mark in 2008-09 and a 17-0 ledger in 2010-11, which were only the second and third undefeated home seasons in school history.
Duke's loss to Connecticut last year snapped a school-record 34-game winning streak in Cameron. Duke has won 79 out of the last 85 contests, 94 out of the last 99 and 175 out of the last 186 games in Cameron since 2000-01.
The Blue Devils' current 16-game winning streak ranks tied for the fifth-longest in Duke history.
The other top win streaks at home have been -- 34 (2010-12), 24 (2005-06 through 2007-08; 2007-08 through 2009-10; 21 (2001-02 through 2002-03), 20 (2003-04 through 2004-05) and 16 (1998-99 through 1999-2000).
No Senior Starters...
Duke boasts only four starts this season by its lone senior on the roster -- Allison Vernerey. The four starts this year ranks as the second-fewest in the ACC behind Clemson, who has started zero seniors.
In teams ranked in the top 25, the Blue Devils own the second-fewest senior starts behind Louisville, who has zero.