What………………………………..Notre Dame at Duke
Date………………………………..Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014
Venue……………………………..Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Where to Watch…………………ESPN
…………………………………….Pam Ward (PXP), Carolyn Peck (Color)
Radio……………………………..Blue Devil IMG - WDNC AM 620
…………………………………….Steve Barnes (PXP), Morgan Patrick (Color)
Series Record…………………..Notre Dame leads 6-1
Last Meeting……………………April 2, 2013 - ND 87, DU 76
Setting the Scene...
In a rematch of the 2013 NCAA Elite Eight contest from Norfolk, Va., the third-ranked Duke women’s basketball team (21-1, 8-0 ACC) will host second-ranked Notre Dame (20-0, 7-0) on Sunday, Feb. 2 at 2:00 p.m., in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The game will be aired live by ESPN with Pam Ward (PXP) and Carolyn Peck (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.
The game will be the first meeting between the two schools since Notre Dame joined the ACC this year. Duke’s 11-game winning streak is its longest of the season.
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...
• Joanne P. McCallie will coach in her 100th career ACC contest on Sunday (86-13, ACC-best 69.9%).
• Sunday’s contest will feature the top two shooting teams in the nation -- Notre Dame (51.4) and Duke (51.1). The two teams are also the top two scoring teams in the ACC -- Notre Dame (87.3), Duke (84.4). Both teams rank in the top five nationally in three-point field goal percentage -- Notre Dame (1st, 43.9), Duke (2nd, 41.6).
• Haley Peters has pulled down 24 rebounds the last two contests.
• Duke has jumped out to an 8-0 record in ACC play for the third straight year.
• Head coach Joanne P. McCallie owns a 46-2 record in Cameron Indoor Stadium against ACC opponents with the last loss to North Carolina on March 2, 2008.
• Over the last seven games, Duke has hit 53.3 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 ninth place on Duke’s all-time scoring list with 1,465 points.
• Alexis Jones has scored double-figures in seven straight games, while averaging 13.4 points, 7.0 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals. She has hit 50.7 percent of her field goals. Jones drained a career-high four three-pointers at Virginia Tech and has hit 11-of-25 three-pointers over the last five games (44.0%).
• 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 19.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.0 blocks and 2.3 assists the last two games.
• Chloe Wells has missed the last three games with a bruised shin and is listed as day-to-day.
• Senior Haley Peters has moved into 11th place on Duke’s all-time rebounding list with 735 boards. She needs two to edge into a tie for 10th along with Jennifer Chesnut (737). She notched a season-high 16 points against an ACC opponent on Jan. 26 versus Pitt along with 12 rebounds for her 15th career double-double.
• Over the last seven games, Tricia Liston has drained 20-of-32 three-pointers for a 62.5 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 12 games with 20 or more points this season ranks second in the ACC behind Wake Forest’s Dearica Hamby (13).
• Tricia Liston ranks second in the ACC in free throw percentage (89.7) and first in three-point field goal percentage (50.4), while Elizabeth Williams ranks tied first in blocks with a 2.9 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 86.8 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).
• Duke has scored 80 or more points in 13 of 22 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 43.0 points in the paint as well as scoring 22.3 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.
• 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.
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Liston on a Tear...
In the five games since Chelsea Gray’s injury, Tricia Liston has averaged 24.0 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists, while hitting 66.7 percent of her field goals and 60.9 percent from downtown (14-of-23).
Liston is putting together one of the best scoring seasons at Duke in recent history. Her 18.4 scoring average ranks fifth 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 five 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 50.4 three-point field goal percentage for Liston ranks third nationally. She has hit eight or more field goals in each of the last five contests.
In ACC games, Liston is averaging 20.1 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists, while hitting 60.9 percent from the field and 56.4 percent from downtown. She ranks sixth in scoring, second in field goal percentage, seventh in free throw percentage (87.1), first in three-point field goal percentage and third in three-point field goals made (2.8).
Three-Point Field Goal Percentage
1. .512 Madeline Blais, Marist
2. .505 Sophie Bikofsky, Brown
3. .504 Tricia Liston, Duke
Top Five Match-Ups in Cameron...
Since Coach P arrived at Duke seven years ago, the Blue Devils have hosted eight top five matchups with Duke holding a 5-3 record in those contests in Cameron Indoor Stadium. All three losses have come against Connecticut.
The wins have come against fifth-ranked Miami (2012), fourth-ranked Xavier (2010), third-ranked Ohio State (2009), third-ranked Stanford (2008) and fourth-ranked Rutgers (2007).
Duke owns an 11-10 overall record versus teams in the top 10 over the last four years.
Over the last seven years, the Blue Devils have notched wins over seven top-five ranked teams -- Kentucky, Miami, Xavier, Ohio State, Stanford, Maryland and Rutgers. Duke’s record against top-five teams in that stretch is 7-18.
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 attempted 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 46.2 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
Three-Point Field Goal Percentage
(2-year minimum/100 attempts)
1. .462 Tricia Liston, 2011-Present
2. .448 Laura Kurz, 2005-06
3. .429 Ali Day, 1993-96
4. .424 Vicki Krapohl, 2001-04
5. .416 Haley Peters, 2011-present
A Look at Notre Dame...
Notre Dame enters the contest on Sunday with a 20-0 overall and 7-0 ACC mark in its first season in the ACC.
The Irish have been led by Jewel Loyd (17.5 points, 6.2 rebounds), Kayla McBride (16.8 points, 5.5 rebounds) and Natalie Achonwa (13.5 points, 8.0 rebounds).
Notre Dame averages 87.3 points and hits 51.4 percent of its field goals on the year.
The Series With Notre Dame...
Notre Dame leads the overall series, 6-1, and has won four straight contests against the Blue Devils.
In the last two meetings, Duke has held leads of nine (2013) and 18 (2011), but the Irish have comeback to defeat the Blue Devils.
In games played in Durham, N.C., Duke owns a 1-2 mark, but this will be the first contest in Cameron Indoor Stadium since Nov. 22, 1997, when the Blue Devils won 80-62.
Coach P owns a 2-2 record against Notre Dame.
McCallie topped Notre Dame twice during her time at Michigan State, including an 82-73 overtime victory in South Bend Dec. 2, 2004.
Duke Players Versus Notre Dame...
Tricia Liston is coming off notching 19 points, six rebounds, two steals and one assist in the NCAA Elite Eight contest last season. She hit 6-of-9 field goals and 1-of-2 treys.
Senior Haley Peters has averaged 11.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals in two games against the Irish. She had 15 points, 10 rebounds and two steals last year.
Elizabeth Williams has blocked 10 shots and averaged 12.0 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in two contests versus Notre Dame.
What Happened in the Last Meeting?...
Skylar Diggins scored 24 points and the Fighting Irish rallied to beat Duke 87-76 on April 2, 2013.
Kayla McBride added 18 points while Jewell Loyd and Natalie Achonwa had 17 each. Trailing by six at the half and looking disjointed without Diggins on the court, Notre Dame got back to playing the way it likes after the break and took control with a 15-2 run early in the second half to take a 50-42 lead.
Diggins started the run with her fourth 3-pointer of the game and followed quickly with a no-look feed to Natalie Achonwa, who also grabbed 13 rebounds, for a layup. Diggins added a steal and a layup, and McBride finished the burst with another 3-pointer.
Duke trailed by as many as 16 before closing the gap only slightly in the desperate final minutes.
In the first half, the game developed better than Duke could have hoped.
Diggins was whistled for two fouls in the first 4:10 and went to the bench, and after McBride hit a pair of jumpers, the Fighting Irish looked out of sorts. They extended their lead to 17-13 on a 3-pointer by Kaila Turner and two free throws by Ariel Braker, then went more than seven minutes without a point.
A free throw by Elizabeth Williams for Duke ignited a 13-0 run that took more than six of those minutes. Tricia Liston, who led the Blue Devils with 19 points, scored eight in the burst and Chloe Wells finished it with a 12-foot jumper.
Diggins returned with about eight minutes to go in the half and while playing passively on defense to avoid a third foul, hit three 3-pointers in a span of 2:16, cutting a nine-point deficit to 32-31 with 1:07 left.
A basket by Williams and a Wells’ three just before the half gave Duke a 37-31 advantage.
Haley Peters added 15 points and 10 rebounds for Duke, and Richa Jackson scored 12.
Hey, I Know You...
Duke’s Elizabeth Williams and Notre Dame’s Jewell Loyd each played on the 2010 U17 Women’s National Team that won the gold medal in France.
Alexis Jones of Duke and Kayla McBride of Notre Dame led the 2010 USA Basketball U18 Women’s National Team to a 5-0 record and the gold medal.
At Home in 2013-14...
The Blue Devils have collected a 9-1 record at home this season with the lone loss coming to top-ranked Connecticut.
Duke is averaging 90.9 points, while hitting 53.2 percent from the field and 43.0 percent from downtown.
Five Blue Devils are averaging double-figures in those games -- Tricia Liston (15.2), Elizabeth Williams (13.3), Alexis Jones (12.2), Haley Peters (12.7) and Chelsea Gray (11.1).
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 93-6 overall record in Cameron Indoor Stadium. During that stretch, the Blue Devils posted three undefeated seasons in Cameron (2012-13, 2010-11, 2008-09).
Over the last six years, the Blue Devils have lost only three contests at home and all of those losses were against Connecticut (2010, 2012, 2013). Duke has won 86 straight games in Cameron Indoor Stadium against teams other than UConn. The last loss for Duke to a team other than Connecticut was Maryland on Feb. 17, 2008.
Duke has won 93 out of the last 99 contests, 107 out of the last 113 and 189 out of the last 200 games in Cameron since 2000-01.
Against Ranked Opponents...
Duke owns a 5-1 record this season with the loss coming at home against top-ranked UConn. In those games, Tricia Liston has averaged 19.0 points and 5.3 rebounds, while hitting 55.3 percent from the field and 40.0 percent from downtown.
In the last two games against ranked foes, Liston has averaged 26.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.0 assists. She has hit 54.5 percent of her field goals and 46.2 from behind the arc.
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.
Duke will face No. 2 Notre Dame twice, No. 6 Maryland once and No. 7 North Carolina twice.