Game Information What………………..ACC Tournament Semifinals ………………………vs. North Carolina Date…………………Saturday, March 8, 2014 Time…………………7:30 PM Location…………….Greensboro, N.C. Venue………………Greensboro Coliseum Where to Watch…..ESPNU ………………………Pam Ward (PXP), Debbie Antonelli (Color), Online Radio ……….Blue Devil IMG - www.GoDuke.com ……………………….Steve Barnes (PXP), Morgan Patrick (Color) Live Stats…………..www.GoDuke.com
Setting the Scene... For the 19th time out of the last 20 years, the 10th-ranked and second-seeded Duke women’s basketball team (26-5) will play in the ACC Tournament semifinals as the Blue Devils will face 13th-ranked and sixth-seeded North Carolina (24-8) on Saturday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. Duke’s contest will be aired live on ESPNU with Pam Ward (PXP) and Debbie Antonelli (Color) calling the action. It will also be carried live on the Blue Devil IMG Sports Network on www.GoDuke.com with Steve Barnes (PXP) and Morgan Patrick (Color) on the air. The winner of the Duke/North Carolina contest will advance to the ACC Championship game on Sunday, March 9 at 7:00 p.m., against the winner of the Notre Dame/N.C. State game. The championship game will be aired live on ESPN.
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes... • Duke set a new ACC Tournament record for blocked shots with 13 against Georgia Tech in the quarterfinals. • The Blue Devils have won eight ACC Championships over the last 14 years and have advanced to the ACC title game a total of 12 times. • Tricia Liston (1,612) needs nine points to move past Georgia Schweitzer (1,620) into eighth place on Duke’s all-time scoring list. • In Duke’s 37 years in the ACC Tournament, the Blue Devils own a 6-1 all-time record against No. 6 seeds. The Blue Devils have won five straight ACC Tournament semifinal contests since Coach P took over the Duke program. • Over the last three games, Oderah Chidom has averaged 8.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, 3.0 blocks and 1.3 steals. She pulled down 13 rebounds in the quarterfinals against Georgia Tech. • Haley Peters has scored 19 and 22 points in two out of the last three games. She notched 19 points and 10 rebounds against Georgia Tech in the quarterfinals for her second career double-double in ACC Tournament play. Over the last three ACC Tournament games, she has averaged 17.7 points and 9.3 rebounds. Peters has hit 71.9 percent from the field in those contests. • Tricia Liston needs one three-pointer made to break her own school record for most treys in a season (80), which happened in 2012-13. • The Blue Devils rank No. 1 in strength of schedule by the Jeff Sagarin/CBN Women’s College Basketball Ratings. • Elizabeth Williams has notched more blocks (92) than Duke’s opponents (78). She has swatted 10 shots over the last two contests. • Tricia Liston currently owns 551 points on the season to become the 20th player in Duke history to notch a 500-point season. She ranks 10th on the Blue Devil single-season list. • Elizabeth Williams owns career averages of 16.6 points, 8.6 rebounds, 3.9 blocks and 2.0 assists versus North Carolina. Williams has scored 12 or more points in all seven career games. • Tricia Liston is one of only two players in the nation that is hitting over 50.0 percent from the field, 45.0 percent from downtown and 85.0 percent from the free throw line (Haley Seibert, IPFW). • When looking at Duke’s five losses this season, two were to the No. 1 ranked RPI (Notre Dame), one to the No. 3 (Connecticut) and two to the No. 24 (North Carolina). Only Duke, Louisville and South Carolina in the top 10 feature no bad losses (teams ranked lower than No. 24 in RPI) on the season. • Elizabeth Williams played in her 100th career game on Friday in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals. • With Chelsea Gray and Alexis Jones injured, the duo had combined for 270 of Duke’s 523 assists on the season. • Duke currently ranks No. 1 nationally with a 41.5 three-point field goal percentage. The Blue Devils led the NCAA last year with a 40.5 percentage. • Tricia Liston’s 15 games with 20 or more points this season ranks second in the ACC behind Wake Forest’s Dearica Hamby (23). • Haley Peters has been named Capital One Academic All-America Third Team becoming just the fifth Blue Devil in school history to be selected Academic All-America. • Elizabeth Williams became just the sixth player in ACC history to register 300 blocks against N.C. State as she owns 315 for her career, which ranks fifth on the league’s all-time charts. • Alexis Jones’ 5.3 assist average on the season ranks as the fourth-highest average in school history behind Chelsea Gray’s averages of 7.2 (2013-14), 6.1 (2011-12) and 5.4 (2012-13). • 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 1,612 points and 540 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. • In the latest NCAA RPI, Duke was No. 4 with Notre Dame, Stanford and UConn taking the top three slots. Tennessee, South Carolina, Louisville, Purdue, Penn St. and Kentucky rounded out the top 10. • The Blue Devils posted four wins on the road against ranked opponents, which tied a school record (2006-07, 1998-99). • The Blue Devils registered their 16th straight 25-win seasons. The longest streak by other ACC teams is five by Notre Dame. Duke has reached 10 league victories for the 17th straight season. The streak is the longest in the ACC with the next closest being Miami (3). • Tricia Liston now owns an 85.8 career free throw percentage that ranks second all-time in the ACC to former Duke standout Nicole Erickson (88.0). • The Blue Devils have 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 16 of 31 contests. The Blue Devils have won 39 straight games when scoring 80 or more points, dating back to the 2008-09 campaign. • 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. 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Duke in the ACC Championship... The Blue Devils own a 43-28 overall record in the ACC Tournament and have won at least one game in 19 out of the last 20 years. Duke has advanced to the ACC Championship game in 11 out of the last 14 years. The Blue Devils have won eight ACC Championships (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2011, 2013). Since the ACC Championship was moved to Greensboro in 2000, only Duke (2000-04, ‘10-11, ‘13), North Carolina (2005-08) and Maryland (2009, 2012) have won the title.
ACC Tournament Wins... Since 2000, Duke leads the league with 33 victories in ACC Tournament action. The Blue Devils have notched a 33-6 mark, while the Tar Heels are second with 30 wins followed by Maryland (16), N.C. State (16) and Georgia Tech (11).
Duke Playing in Greensboro... With the ACC Tournament moving to Greensboro in 2000, Duke’s luck in the postseason changed greatly as the Blue Devils won 17 consecutive games to claim the ACC Tournament crowns from 2000-04 before losing to North Carolina in the championship in 2005. Duke has recorded a 35-7 ledger playing at the Greensboro Coliseum. It had been nicknamed Duke’s “Home Away From Home.” The first two victories came in 1999 in the NCAA East Regional against Old Dominion and Tennessee. The victories advanced Duke to its first NCAA Final Four and National Championship game appearance. In ACC Tournament games, the Blue Devils have posted a 33-6 overall record in Greensboro.
ACC Tournament Win Percentage... Head coach Joanne P. McCallie owns an ACC-best ACC Tournament winning percentage (82.4) in her seven years with the Blue Devils. She has notched a 14-3 record to go along with three titles.
McCallie in Tournament Play... In her 22 years as a head coach, Joanne P. McCallie has produced a 38-12 record in league tournament action. She totaled an 8-1 mark in the North Atlantic Conference Tournament with two titles, a 10-2 record along with two titles in the America East Tournament, a 6-6 mark with one title in the Big Ten Tournament and a 14-3 mark in the ACC Tournament to go along with titles in 2010, 2011 and 2013.
Duke Players in the ACC Tournament... In five career games, Elizabeth Williams has averaged 15.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocks. She averaged 16.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.7 blocks, 1.7 steals and 1.3 assists a year ago. That included 24 points and eight boards in the ACC title game against North Carolina. She has never scored less than 11 points in an ACC Tournament contest. Over her career, Haley Peters has played in eight games, while averaging 11.9 points and 6.0 rebounds. She has hit 59.1 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from downtown (6-of-9). Peters scored a ACC Tournament-best 19 points, while pulling down 10 boards in the quarterfinals against Georgia Tech.
Blue Devils vs. UNC in 2013-14... As a team, Duke has hit only 42.7 percent from the field and averaged 69.0 points in two games against North Carolina in 2013-14. The Tar Heels averaged 76.5 points and hit 47.2 percent from the field. Elizabeth Williams has averaged 20.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 5.0 blocks, 1.5 steals and 1.0 assists. Tricia Liston has averaged 19.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists. She hit 13-of-28 field goals and 7-of-14 treys. In two games to open her career, Oderah Chidom has averaged 7.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks. She hit 6-of-11 field goals. Haley Peters averaged only 2.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists. She hit only 1-of-8 field goals.
Johnson Nets Start... Junior Ka’lia Johnson made her first collegiate start in the quarterfinals against Georgia Tech. The start was earned after she came off the bench at North Carolina and notched a career-high 12 points and four rebounds in a career-high 29 minutes. She hit 5-of-7 field goals. In the quarterfinals, Johnson collected seven points, six rebounds and two assists against Georgia Tech. She hit a career-best 2-of-2 from downtown. Johnson had hit only five three-pointers over her first 84 games prior to Friday’s game. Of her seven career three-pointers made, three have come in ACC Tournament play.
Swat Club... Elizabeth Williams owns 20 career blocks in the ACC Tournament which ranks tied fourth overall in the record books and tied first for a Duke player.
ACC Tournament Career Blocks 1. 37 Camille Little, UNC 2. 30 Dawn Royster, UNC 3. 22 Latoya Pringle, UNC 4. 20 Elizabeth Williams, Duke 20 Alison Bales, Duke
The Series With North Carolina... Duke and North Carolina will meet for the 89th time in school history with the Tar Heels leading the overall series, 49-39. The Tar Heels have defeated Duke twice this season and will mark the 13th time in school history the Blue Devils & UNC will play in the ACC Tournament. It will mark the 12th time in school history Duke and UNC will have met three times in one season. The series is tied, 6-6, in ACC Tournament play with the Blue Devils winning the last two meetings. Head coach Joanne P. McCallie has notched a 9-10 overall mark versus the Tar Heels.
Hey, I Know You... Duke’s Elizabeth Williams and Alexis Jones played with UNC’s Diamond DeShields on the 2011 USA Basketball U19 World Championship team that posted an 8-1 record and won the gold medal in Chile. Jones and DeShields were also a part of the 2010 U18 National Team that notched a 5-0 mark and won the gold medal.
Coach P Owns 200 Wins at Duke... Joanne P. McCallie became the fourth-quickest Division I head coach to reach 200 wins at an institution in only 240 games. The list includes -- 222, Leon Barmore (La. Tech), 234, Jim Foster (Ohio State), 236, Bill Sheahan (Mount St. Mary’s), 240, Joanne P. McCallie (Duke), 241, Joan Bonvicini (Long Beach St.), 241, Jody Conradt (Texas) and Gene Roebuck (North Dakota).