Game Information What……………………….Maryland at Duke Date………………………..Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 Time………………………..7:00 PM Location……………………Durham, N.C. Venue……………………… Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314) Where to Watch…………..ESPN2 & ESPN3 ………………………………Beth Mowins (PXP), Stephanie White (Color) Radio ………………………..Blue Devil IMG - WDNC AM 620 ……………………………….Steve Barnes (PXP), Morgan Patrick (Color) Live Stats……………………www.GoDuke.com Series Record………………Duke leads 40-39 Last Meeting……………......February 24, 2013 - DU 75, MD 59
Setting the Scene... Taking the Big Monday stage for the second straight week, the third-ranked Duke women’s basketball team (22-3, 9-2 ACC) will host ninth-ranked Maryland (20-4, 8-3) on Feb. 17 at 7:00 p.m., in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The contest will be aired live on ESPN2 with Beth Mowins (PXP) and Stephanie White (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 is in the middle of a three-game homestand against three top-17 ranked opponents -- North Carolina (No. 17), Maryland (No. 9) and N.C. State (No. 10).
Play4Kay Initiative... Duke will take part in the “Play4Kay” initiative when the Blue Devils host Maryland and N.C. State next week. The Blue Devils will wear white uniforms with pink trim for both contests. All fans that wear pink to the Maryland game will get in for only $4. For the N.C. State game, the first 2,500 fans will receive a pink, Duke buff that can be used as a head band, head wrap, wrist band or rally towel. There will also be a silent auction in the Hall of Honor to benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fun. Also, it will be Triangle Day where all local fans will be able to get in for $4. The “Play 4Kay” initiative is an opportunity for a nation of coaches to raise breast cancer awareness and funds for research on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. The official charity is the Kay Yow Cancer Fund in partnership with The V Foundation and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). The Kay Yow Cancer Fun will have a table set up in the Hall of Honor selling merchandise for both games. Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes... • With Duke’s next ACC win, the Blue Devils will reach 10 league victories for the 17th straight season. The streak is the longest in the ACC with the next closest being Miami (3). • Duke and Maryland will play its final game in Cameron Indoor Stadium as both members of the ACC. • Senior Haley Peters played AAU basketball with Maryland’s Katie Rutan on the Philadelphia Belles. • Duke’s Elizabeth Williams and Alexis Jones played with Maryland’s Malina Howard played on the 2011 USA Basketball U19 World Championship team that posted an 8-1 record and won the gold medal. Jones and Howard also played on the 2010 U18 National Team that won the gold medal with a 5-0 mark. • Two of the top scoring and shooting teams in the ACC will hit the floor on Monday -- scoring offense (MD, 3rd, 84.0), (DU, 4th, 83.2) and field goal percentage (DU, 2nd, 50.4), (MD, 3rd, 49.0). • Elizabeth Williams needs three blocks to move into a tie for seventh on the ACC career swats list and five to move into sixth. Williams owns 293 and she is approaching Jessica Breland of UNC (296) and Peggy Caple of Clemson (298). • Senior Haley Peters is expected to start her 100th career contest on Monday against Maryland. • Tricia Liston’s 14 games with 20 or more points this season ranks second in the ACC behind Wake Forest’s Dearica Hamby (17). • The Blue Devils have swiped 38 steals the last three games. • Senior Haley Peters was held scoreless against North Carolina marking the first time this year and the third time over the last three years she has not scored in a game. • Head coach Joanne P. McCallie owns a 46-4 record in Cameron Indoor Stadium against ACC opponents. • Tricia Liston has become just the eighth player in Duke history to score over 1,500 points and pull down over 500 rebounds. She has 1,523 points and 515 rebounds. • Two future Duke student-athletes have been named McDonald’s All-America -- Sierra Calhoun & Lynee Belton. • Haley Peters and Elizabeth Williams have each been selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District III first team. Peters earned the honor for the second straight year. • Chloe Wells has missed the last six games with a bruised shin and is listed as day-to-day. • Elizabeth Williams is hitting a career-high 54.9 percent from the field this season. • In the latest NCAA RPI, Duke dropped to No. 4 with Notre Dame, Stanford and UConn taking the top three slots. LSU, Tennessee, Louisville, South Carolina, Purdue, St. Joseph’s rounded out the top 10. The Blue Devils also rank No. 3 in strength of schedule behind LSU and Ohio State. • Tricia Liston ranks second in the ACC in free throw percentage (87.8) and first in three-point field goal percentage (48.9), while Elizabeth Williams ranks tied first in blocks with a 2.8 average. Chelsea Gray was leading the ACC in assists (7.2) and steals (2.9) prior to her injury. • Tricia Liston now owns an 86.4 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). • 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). • Duke has scored 80 or more points in 13 of 25 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 41.8 points in the paint as well as scoring 21.8 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. • 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 Maryland... The Terrapins enter Monday with a 20-4 overall and 8-3 league mark. Maryland has been led by Alyssa Thomas (18.6 points, 10.8 rebounds), S. Walker-Kimbrough (10.8 points, 3.0 rebounds) and Lexie Brown (8.8 points, 35 treys). Maryland owns a 5-2 record in games played on the road and 3-2 in league contests.
The Series With Maryland... Duke and Maryland have met 79 times in school history with the series in favor of Duke, 40-39. The Blue Devils have tallied a 21-13 all-time record in games played in Durham, N.C., including winners of five in a row. Blue Devil Head Coach Joanne P. McCallie has faced Maryland 17 times in her 22-year coaching career, while notching an overall record of 9-8. In 2005, McCallie’s Michigan State team fell 75-61 in the Paradise Jam on Nov. 25, 2005. The Spartans traveled to Maryland on Jan. 6, 2007, and lost 97-57. Since taking the Duke job, McCallie has posted a 9-6 record against the Terrapins.
Duke Players Versus Maryland... Over her career, Elizabeth Williams has averaged 16.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 1.3 assists and 1.0 steals. Alexis Jones totaled 15 points, nine assists and eight rebounds in the last meeting with the Terrapins. Duke will miss the services of Chelsea Gray as she is coming off posting 28 points, four steals, three assists and three rebounds in her last meeting against Maryland in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Looking to Snap Losing Streak... Duke has lost two straight home contests in Cameron Indoor Stadium for the first time since the 1993-94 campaign when the Blue Devils dropped games against Virginia and Clemson. The Blue Devils will look to avoid their first three-game home losing streak since the 1992-93 season -- Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Maryland. Duke had its 42-game home court winning streak against ACC opponents ended with its loss to Notre Dame on Feb. 2. Since Joanne P. McCallie took over as head coach at Duke in 2007-08, she has guided the Blue Devils to a 93-8 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 five home contests.
Coming off a Loss... The Blue Devils will look to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time since the 2007-08 campaign when Duke fell three straight games in November and December. The Blue Devils have gone 226 contests since back-to-back losses, which ranks second nationally to Connecticut (758). Duke is 34-0 following losses during the streak.
Williams Breaks Out... After scoring only 10 points and attempting only eight total shots in the two previous games, junior Elizabeth Williams went off for a career-high 28 points on 12-of-23 field goals against North Carolina in the last contest. Williams pulled down seven rebounds, swatted five shots, had two assists and two steals in 38 minutes. Her 12 field goals tied a career high and her 23 attempts was a career high. Over the last six games, Williams has scored 18 or more points in four of those contests, including 20 or more points three times.
Liston on a Tear... In the eight games since Chelsea Gray’s injury, Tricia Liston has averaged 22.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists, while hitting 58.5 percent of her field goals and 51.2 percent from downtown. Liston is putting together one of the best scoring seasons at Duke in recent history. Her 18.5 scoring average ranks seventh in the ACC and is the highest for a Blue Devil since Alana Beard averaged 19.3 points in 2003-04. Liston had a streak of scoring 20 or points in six straight games end at Clemson as she notched 15. It was the first time a Duke player had notched five consecutive games with 20 or more points since Alana Beard posted six straight in 2003-04. The 48.9 three-point field goal percentage for Liston ranks third nationally. In ACC games, Liston is averaging 19.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists, while hitting 56.3 percent from the field and 50.9 percent from downtown. She ranks fifth in scoring, fifth in field goal percentage, sixth in free throw percentage (84.4), tied first in three-point field goal percentage (50.9) and tied third in three-point field goals made (2.6).
Nationally Three-Point Field Goal Percentage 1. .511 Sophie Bikofsky, Brown 2. .495 Madeline Blais, Marist 3. .489 Tricia Liston, Duke
Bench Shrinking... With Chelsea Gray out for the season and senior Chloe Wells missing the last five games with a shin injury, Duke’s bench has gone from outstanding heading into the 2013-14 campaign to very slim. Since the injury, all five Duke starters are averaging 31.3 minutes or more a contest, including a team-high 35.2 per game from Alexis Jones. The Blue Devil bench includes junior Ka’lia Johnson and three freshmen -- Amber Henson, Oderah Chidom and Kendall McCravey-Cooper.
Against Ranked Opponents... So far this season, Duke has collected a 5-3 record against ranked opponents with all three losses coming at home. Tricia Liston has led the Blue Devils with a 19.6 scoring average against ranked foes. She has scored 20 or more points in five of the eight games, including averaging 24.0 points and 3.8 rebounds in the last four contests against ranked opponents (Kentucky, FSU, Notre Dame, North Carolina). Alexis Jones has averaged 14.7 points, 10.3 assists, 4.7 steals and 4.3 rebounds over the last three games against ranked opponents (UNC, Notre Dame, FSU). In those games she has dished at least 10 assists or grabbed 10 steals in each.
What Happened in the Last Meeting?... Elizabeth Williams scored 16 points and the No. 5 Blue Devils shook off the absence of injured point guard Chelsea Gray to beat No. 8 Maryland 75-59 on Feb. 24, 2013, clinching its fourth straight Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title. Alexis Jones, Haley Peters and Tricia Liston each added 15 points for the Blue Devils. Tianna Hawkins had 16 points and nine rebounds for Maryland, while Alyssa Thomas added 14 points. The Terrapins, who shot 34.8 percent from 3-point range entering the game, were 3 for 18 from beyond the arc. Four Blue Devils scored during a 9-0 run midway through the first half, when Maryland went cold from the floor, failing to score in more than 6 1/2 minutes. Liston had 10 first-half points and Duke led 37-25 at halftime. What began as an up-tempo defensive struggle turned quickly after a baseline jumper by Hawkins put Maryland up 11-10 with 15:26 remaining in the first half. Richa Jackson’s basket started the Blue Devils on a 9-0 burst, as the Terps missed their next six shots from the floor and committed three turnovers before Thomas’ jumper halted the run. Peters nailed a 3-pointer, Williams dropped in a running right-side bank shot and Allison Vernerey followed up her own miss to conclude the decisive burst for a 19-11 Duke lead. Maryland finished the opening 20 minutes 12 of 31 (38.7 percent) from the field, including 0 for 9 from beyond the arc, and trailed by as many as 14 points. Hawkins scored eight of the Terrapins’ first 10 points in the second half, with the teams swapping scores early on. Maryland twice got within eight points in the second half, but could not rally.
At Home in 2013-14... Duke has totaled a 9-3 overall record at home this season, which is the most losses in Cameron Indoor Stadium since the 2007-08 campaign (3). The Blue Devils feature six double-digit scorers at home this year -- Tricia Liston (16.3), Alexis Jones (12.8), Elizabeth Williams (13.6), Haley Peters (11.1), Chelsea Gray (11.1) and Richa Jackson (10.1). Duke has hit 51.1 percent of its field goals and 42.9 percent from downtown at home, while averaging 87.8 points a game. Opponents are averaging 66.4 points and hitting 40.1 percent from the field. Richa Jackson has averaged 13.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.8 steals over last five home contests. Tricia Liston owns averages of 22.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists during the last four home contests. She has hit 54.5 percent from downtown and 57.4 percent of her field goals.