Game Information What………………………………………Duke at Miami Date………………………………………Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 Time………………………………………7:00 PM Location………………………………….Coral Gables, Fla. Venue…………………………………….BankUnited Center (7,900) Where to Watch……………………….Comcast Sports Southeast ……………………………………………Jason Solodkin (PXP), Robin Muller (Color) Radio…………………………………….Blue Devil IMG - WDNC AM 620 ……………………………………………Steve Barnes (PXP), Morgan Patrick (Color) Live Stats……………………………….www.GoDuke.com Series Record………………………….Duke leads 10-1 Last Meeting……………………………Feb. 28, 2013 - Miami 69, DU 65
Setting the Scene... After clinching its 17th straight 20-win season on Sunday with a win against Pittsburgh, the third-ranked Duke women’s basketball team (20-1, 7-0 ACC) will next travel to Miami (11-9, 3-4 ACC) on Thursday, Jan. 30 at BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Fla. Thursday’s contest will be aired live on Comcast Sports Southeast with Jason Solodkin (PXP) and Robin Muller (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’s 10-game winning streak matches its longest of the season. The Blue Devils feature an eight-game winning streak on the road. Following the Miami contest, Duke will host second-ranked Notre Dame on Sunday, Feb. 2 at 2:00 p.m., on ESPN. The Blue Devils will play five out of their final eight games at home in Cameron Indoor Stadium to conclude the regular season.
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes... • Over the last six games, Duke has hit 58.8 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 against Pitt. • Tricia Liston has moved into 10th place on Duke’s all-time scoring list with 1,436 points. She needs two points to move into a tie for ninth along with Chante Black. • Alexis Jones has scored double-figures in six straight games, while averaging 12.7 points, 7.2 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals. She has hit 50.9 percent of her field goals. Jones drained a career-high four three-pointers at Virginia Tech and has hit 10-of-22 three-pointers over the last five games (45.5%). • Elizabeth Williams posted back-to-back 20-point scoring contests for the second time in her career and the first time since her freshman campaign. She has averaged 20.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.0 blocks and 3.0 assists the last two games. • Chloe Wells has missed the last two games with a bruised shin but is expected to return to action this week at Miami. • Senior Haley Peters went over the 700-rebound mark at Virginia Tech. She now owns 723, which ranks 13th on Duke’s career charts. Peters needs three boards to move into 12th and nine more to reach 11th. She notched a season-high 16 points against an ACC opponent on Sunday versus Pitt along with 12 rebounds for her 15th career double-double. • Over the last six games, Tricia Liston has drained 20-of-30 three-pointers for a 66.7 percent. • After hitting only four three-pointers her first 12 games, Haley Peters has drained seven out of her last 12 attempts. • Tricia Liston’s 11 games with 20 or more points this season ranks second in the ACC behind Wake Forest’s Dearica Hamby (12). • Tricia Liston leads the league with a 91.2 free throw percentage and 51.3 three-point field goal percentage, while Elizabeth Williams ranks first in blocks with a 3.0 average. Chelsea Gray was leading the ACC in assists (7.2) and steals (2.9) prior to her injury. • In the latest NCAA RPI, Duke moved to No. 1 with Stanford, UConn, Notre Dame, LSU, Tennessee, Louisville, South Carolina, Purdue and St. Joseph’s rounding out the top 10. The Blue Devils also rank No. 3 in strength of schedule behind Ohio State and LSU. • Tricia Liston now owns an 87.0 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). • Elizabeth Williams is hitting a career-best 56.1 percent of her field goals. • Duke has scored 80 or more points in 13 of 21 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 42.9 points in the paint as well as scoring 23.1 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. • 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 returned 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 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.
Duke Nets 20 Wins... With victory against Pittsburgh, Duke registered its 17th consecutive 20-win season and the 19th out of the last 20 years. Head Coach Joanne P. McCallie owns 19 different 20-win seasons over her 22-year coaching career and 10 straight. Looking at the national scene, Tennessee owns a 37-year streak of reaching 20 wins, while Connecticut is second (21) and Duke’s 17 straight years is third. The ACC record for most consecutive 20-win seasons is 17 by Duke.
Liston Nets School Record... Tricia Liston became Duke’s all-time leader in three-point field goals made Jan. 26 against Pittsburgh as she drained three treys giving her 224 for her career. Liston passed Abby Waner (222) with 210 fewer three-pointers than Waner. She has drained three or more treys in 13 contests. Liston also ranks first on Duke’s three-point field goal percentage list with a 46.4 mark.
Duke Record Book Three-Point Field Goals Made 1. 224 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
A Look at Miami... Miami enters the game on Thursday with an 11-9 overall and 3-4 ACC mark, but has lost two straight contests on the road at Notre Dame and at Clemson. On the year, the Hurricanes have collected an 8-4 record at home. Caprice Dennis is the only double-digit scorer for Miami averaging 12.4 points, while Suriya McGurie (9.7), Keyona Hayes (9.6), Adrienne Motley (9.2) and Krystal Saunders (8.4) are close to averaging double-figures.
The Series with Miami... Duke and Miami will meet for the 12th time in school history with the Blue Devils leading the series, 10-1. The only loss in the series came last season on Feb. 28, 2013 with the Hurricanes knocking off fifth-ranked Duke, 69-65, in Coral Gables, Fla. Duke travels to Miami for only the second time over the last three years.
Liston on a Tear... In the four games since Chelsea Gray’s injury, Tricia Liston has averaged 22.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists, while hitting 66.7 percent of her field goals and 66.7 percent from downtown (14-of-32). Liston is putting together one of the best scoring seasons at Duke in recent history. Her 17.9 scoring average ranks eighth in the ACC and is the highest for a Blue Devil since Alana Beard averaged 19.3 points in 2003-04. Liston has scored 20 or points in four straight games for the first time in her career. It is the first time a Duke player has accomplished this since Alana Beard posted six straight in 2003-04. The 51.3 three-point field goal percentage for Liston leads the nation. She has hit eight field goals in each of the last four contests and drained at least three treys in those games. In ACC games, Liston is averaging 18.9 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists, while hitting 59.7 percent from the field and 59.5 percent from downtown.
Jones Matches School Record... 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. The 15 assists is the most by any player in the ACC this season and the second-most in the NCAA (Jamierra Faulkner, Southern Miss. had 17). Her double-double was the third of her career and first this season as she added 13 points. She is now averaging 4.9 assists on the season, which ranks third in the ACC, while her 6.6 dishes in league play ranks second.
Brutal February/March Approaches... As the Blue Devils approach the final eight games of the regular season in February/March, Duke features one of the toughest stretches in school history facing five top 10 opponents during that span. No other ACC team will face more than three top 10 teams during the stretch run. Looking at national schedules, no team in the NCAA will face as many top 10 teams as Duke will. Duke will face No. 2 Notre Dame twice, No. 6 Maryland once and No. 7 North Carolina twice.
Duke Players Versus Miami... In four games against Miami, Haley Peters has totaled double-digit scoring in all four. She has averaged 13.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.0 blocks, while hitting 51.1 percent of her field goals. Elizabeth Williams owns averages of 16.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.7 blocks in three games. She has hit 55.0 percent from the field. In two games as a freshman, Alexis Jones averaged 11.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists. She hit 4-of-9 treys in those games. Tricia Liston is coming off going 0-of-5 from three-point land and scoring eight points in the last meeting at Miami.
What Happened Last Meeting vs. Miami... Stefanie Yderstrom and Pepper Wilson each scored 16 points in their final home regular-season games, Krystal Saunders added 15 and Miami gave its NCAA tournament resume a serious boost by upsetting No. 5 Duke 69-65 on Feb. 28, 2013. Morgan Stroman added 11 for the Hurricanes. Elizabeth Williams and Haley Peters each scored 17 for the Blue Devils. Alexis Jones added 13 for Duke, including a 3-pointer with 49 seconds left to get her team within 67-65. Yderstrom set up Saunders for a 3-pointer with 13:18 left to put Miami up 49-43. And after Duke got within four later in the half, Yderstrom started calling her own number. A pair of free throws and a quick 3-pointer gave Yderstrom - whose mother traveled from their native Sweden for senior night - five points in 25 seconds, pushing Miami’s edge to 58-49 and sending many of those on the Hurricanes’ bench leaping for joy. Barely three minutes later, the momentum was all Duke’s. Tricia Liston, who didn’t score in the first half, had four quick points and Jones followed with three more, getting the Blue Devils within 58-56 with 6:01 left. But after Saunders blocked Peters’ shot in the lane - despite a 7-inch height differential - Yderstrom scored from close range, snapping a Miami drought that lasted more than four minutes and making it a two-possession game once again. Wilson scored Miami’s next six points to extend the lead to 66-60, and the Hurricanes got some help on the last of those buckets. Jones dribbled the ball off McGuire’s foot for a turnover, and Wilson made the Blue Devils pay by banking one in with 1:51 remaining.
On the Road in 2013-14... Duke features an 8-0 record this season on the road, including four wins against ranked foes. Tricia Liston owns averages of 20.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists on the road, while hitting 57.1 percent of her field goals and 50.0 percent from downtown. Over the last three games on the road, Liston has averaged 22.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists. She hit 63.9 percent of her field goals and 66.7 percent from downtown (12-of-18). Haley Peters and Elizabeth Williams have posted double-digit scoring in four and five consecutive road contests, respectively.
Henson Nets Career Night... It has been a long road coming for Amber Henson after undergoing six knee surgeries since arriving at Duke three years ago. Henson came off the bench against Pittsburgh and drained a career-high 13 points on 3-of-5 field goals and 3-of-3 three-pointers. She also pulled down four rebounds in 16 minutes.
Tough Defense... Since starting ACC play, Duke has held its opponents to 33.2 percent shooting and 60.9 points, which ranks first and second in the ACC, respectively. The Blue Devils have held six teams to a season-low points -- USC Upstate (40), Kansas (40), Georgia Tech (47), Albany (51), Syracuse (53) and Vanderbilt (69). Duke has held four different squads to under 30.0 percent shooting this season (Syracuse, Georgia Tech, Kansas and USC Upstate).
Top Shooting Team... From the field, Duke is hitting 51.0 percent of its field goals and 41.9 percent from downtown. In 13 of the 21 games, the Blue Devils have hit 50.0 percent or better from the field. Duke ranks second nationally in field goal percentage. Duke hit a season-high 59.7 percent from the field against Pittsburgh. The Blue Devils have never hit over 50.0 percent from the field during an entire season with the single-season record being 49.8 in 2005-06. Duke advanced to the NCAA Championship game that season.