Game Information What............................USC Upstate at Duke Date............................Thursday, November 14, 2013 Time...........................6:30 PM Location....................Durham, N.C. Venue........................Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314) Where to Watch.......Blue Devil Network at www.GoDuke.com Radio.........................Blue Devil IMG - WDNC AM 620 (Steve Barnes (PXP), Morgan Patrick (Color)) Live Stats..................www.GoDuke.com Series Record..........Duke leads 1-0 Last Meeting.............Dec. 11, 2011, Duke 93-35
Setting the Scene... Coming off an outstanding road victory to open the season at No. 9 California, the second-ranked Duke women’s basketball team (1-0) will play its home opener on Thursday, Nov. 14 against USC Upstate (2-0) at 6:30 p.m. The contest will be played in Cameron Indoor Stadium and aired live on the Blue Devil Network. 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. Thursday’s game will be Military Appreciation night. The first 2,000 fans will receive a Duke camouflage flag. There will be $4 general admission tickets available to all active duty and retired military personnel along with their families. Duke will feature a three-game homestand starting Thursday with the Blue Devils hosting Alabama (Nov. 17) and Vanderbilt (Nov. 21). It will mark the only two or three-game homestand until the month of February for Duke.
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes... • Duke will feature a big height advantage against USC Upstate on Thursday as the Spartans feature only two players standing 6-0 tall. The Blue Devils have five student-athletes at 6-3 or taller. • The Blue Devils have won 122 straight home contests against unranked opponents in Cameron. • Duke owns a 38-2 record against non-conference opponents at home in Cameron Indoor Stadium dating back to the 2008-09 campaign. • In the season opener, the Duke senior class scored 56 of 70 points at No. 9 California. • The Blue Devils are coming off posting their first victory over a top 10 team in a season opener on the road in school history. • Duke hit 40.5 percent from three-point land last year, which led the nation and was the second-highest output in school history. • The Blue Devils return all five starters, 93.7 percent of their scoring and the top seven scorers from a year ago. • For only the second time in school history, Duke features five players standing 6-3 or taller (1996-97). Duke’s nine student-athletes that are 6-0 or taller also ties for the most in Blue Devil history (1998-99, 2000-01, 2005-06). • The Blue Devils have notched a 26-3 record in the month of November the last five years. Duke has won 26 straight home games in the month of November with the last loss coming to South Carolina on Nov. 25, 2001 (87-81, OT). • Duke features a 39-game home winning streak against ACC opponents in Cameron Indoor Stadium. • Duke has won 23 straight games when scoring 80 or more points, dating back to the 2008-09 campaign. • The Blue Devils have seven players and three staff associated with the team that 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.
A Look at USC Upstate... USC Upstate owns a 2-0 record on the season and will play at High Point on Wednesday, Nov. 13 prior to traveling to Duke on Thursday. The Spartans posted wins over Maryland-Eastern Shore (87-83) and Converse (75-36). Sharmayn Edwards (17.5 points, 3.0 rebounds), Brittany Starling (15.5 points, 6.5 rebounds) and Alex Stanford (12.5 points and Alex Stanford (12.5 points, 3.0 rebounds) have led USC Upstate on the season. USC Upstate returned three starters and six letterwinners off its 12-18 team from a year ago.
Duke Versus the Atlantic Sun... The Blue Devils own an all-time record of 9-0 against teams from the Atlantic Sun -- East Tennessee State (5-0), Stetson (3-0), USC Upstate (1-0). Coach P owns a 3-0 all-time mark versus the Atlantic Sun with wins over Mercer (2-0) and USC Upstate (1-0).
What Happened in Last Meeting?... Elizabeth Williams had a season-high 22 points on 10-for-10 shooting, and grabbed nine rebounds to help the sixth-ranked Blue Devils to a 93-35 rout of South Carolina-Upstate on Dec. 11, 2011. Haley Peters tied her career-high with 17 points for Duke. Chloe Wells chipped in 11 points with a career-high seven steals while reserve Kathleen Scheer had 10 points. Tee’Ara Copney led the Spartans with eight points, all in the first half. USC-Upstate is in its first season of full Division I membership after transitioning from Division II, and has played games at North Carolina, Vanderbilt and Auburn. The Spartans were competitive in the opening minutes, trailing 5-4 on a jumper by Briana Robinson with 17:56 left in the half. But the Blue Devils responded with a 9-0 run - six points from Williams - to take control. Duke shot 59.7 percent from the field to USC-Upstate’s 25.5, won the rebound battle 41-21 and committed 18 turnovers to the visitors’ 32.
Gray Makes Impressive Return... Playing in her first regular season contest since suffering a dislocated kneecap on Feb. 17, 2013, senior Chelsea Gray was impressive posting a game-high 22 points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals in 31 minutes. Gray hit 7-of-12 field goals in her homecoming contest in Berkeley, Calif., as Duke downed ninth-ranked California, 70-58. The 5-11 point guard also notched two charges taken on the night. For her efforts, Gray was named the ACC Player of the Week. It marked the fourth time in her career that she has earned ACC Player of the Week. Gray notched her seventh career game with 20 or more points scored.
Henson Returns to Action... After missing almost two years with a knee injury, redshirt freshman Amber Henson made her return to the court at No. 9 California. The Tampa, Fla., product saw action in 11 minutes, had four rebounds, two points and hit 1-of-3 field goals. A three-time Parade All-America, McDonald’s All-America and WBCA All-America, Henson arrived at Duke with a knee injury and had her first surgery in January of 2012. She scored over 2,000 points in high school and was ranked a top-10 recruit.
Jackson Big Off the Bench... Senior Richa Jackson came off the bench at No. 9 California and gave the Blue Devils a big spark posting 13 points, four rebounds and one steal in 25 minutes. She hit 6-of-7 field goals and her only three-point attempt for the Blue Devils. Jackson is only five points away from reaching 500 for her career.
Block Streak... Since Elizabeth Williams stepped on the court in a Blue Devil uniform, she has blocked at least one shot in all 70 of her games. The streak is an ACC record and is the longest current ledger in the nation. She became the first ACC player to notch 200 blocks in her first two years. Williams owns 224 in only 70 games. Dating back to high school, Williams has blocked a shot in 89 straight games as she closed her H.S. career with blocks in 19 consecutive contests.