Game Information Date/Time:..................Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 7:00 PM Location/Venue:.............Norfolk, Va. (Ted Constant Convocation Center - 8,472) Where to Watch:.............ESPN, ESPN3, WatchESPN Radio:......................Blue Devil IMG - WDNC AM 620 (Steve Barnes, Morgan Patrick); SIRIUS/XM 91; DIALGLOBALSPORTS.COM; NCAA.COM; TUNEIN RADIO Live Stats:.................www.GoDuke.com Series Record:..............Notre Dame leads 5-1 Last Meeting:...............Nov. 25, 2011 - Notre Dame 56, Duke 54 (in Bahamas)
Duke Record:.....................33-2, 17-1 (ACC) Ranking:....................#5 (AP), #5 (USA Today) Head Coach:.................Joanne P. McCallie (21st Year) Record at Duke:.....174-34 (6th Year) ACC Record:.........78-13 (6th Year) Overall Record:.....490-182 (21st Year) vs. Notre Dame......2-1
Notre Dame Record:.....................34-1, 16-0 (Big East) Ranking:....................#2(AP), #2 (USA Today) Head Coach:.................Muffet McGraw (18th Year) Overall Record:.............553-167 (23rd Year) Record at Notre Dame:.......465-136 (18th Year)
Setting the Scene... Seeking its first NCAA Final Four appearance since 2006, second-seeded and fifth-ranked Duke (33-2) will face No. 1 seed and second-ranked Notre Dame (34-1) on Tuesday, April 2 at 7:00 p.m., in the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va.
Tuesday’s contest will be shown on ESPN & ESPN3 with Dave O’Brien (PXP), Stephanie White (Color) and Jeannie Edwards (Sideline) calling the action.
It will also be aired 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 playing in the NCAA Regional Final for the 11th time out of the last 16 years, including the fourth straight. The Blue Devils own a 4-6 all-time record in the NCAA regional final action.
The winner of the regional final contest will advance to play in the NCAA Final Four in New Orleans, La., on Sunday, April 7 on ESPN against Connecticut or Kentucky.
Quick Hits... • Duke owns an all-time record of 2-5 against No. 1 seeded teams in the NCAA Tournament. Coach P has tallied a 1-5 all-time record versus No. 1 seeds. The Blue Devils will go up against a No. 1 seed in the Elite Eight for the third straight year. • The Blue Devils have advanced to the NCAA Final Four on four occasions (1999, 2002, 2003 and 2006). Coach P led her Michigan State squad to the NCAA Final Four in 2005. • 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. • Freshman Alexis Jones has dished 23 assists in the three NCAA Tournament games. Duke’s tournament record is 26, which has happened twice -- Chelsea Gray (26 in 2012), Hilary Howard (26 in 1999), Lindsey Harding (25 in 2006). • The Blue Devils have been held to under 70 points in the last three games, which ties a season high. Duke hasn’t been held under 70 points in four straight games since the 2009-10 campaign. • Duke has won eight straight games against ranked teams and is 10-1 this season versus ranked foes. • Elizabeth Williams needs one point to reach 1,000 for her career, which would give Duke four 1,000-point scorers on the same team for the first time in school history. • Two of the top freshmen in the country will be on the court on Tuesday with Duke’s Alexis Jones and Notre Dame’s Jewell Lloyd. In six postseason games, Jones has averaged 14.5 points, 6.8 assists, 5.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals. • Over the last two games, Duke has turned the ball over only 22 times.
NCAA Tournament Tidbits... • The Basics...Duke is making its 19th consecutive and 20th overall trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Devils have been seeded No. 2 for the seventh time in school history and for the fourth straight year. Duke played in the postseason on two other occasions, making it to the Women’s NIT in 1986 and the NCAA Tournament in 1987.
Duke now owns an all-time record of 52-19 in NCAA Tournament play and is 53-20 in all postseason action. The Blue Devils have hosted NCAA Tournament games 11 times out of 20 appearances.
Prior to this season, Duke previously hosted first and second round games in Cameron from 1998-2002, 2004, 2010 and 2011. The Blue Devils have won 18 consecutive games during NCAA Tournament play in Cameron. Overall, Duke owns a 20-1 record in NCAA Tournament action in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
• The History...Each time Duke has been in the NCAA Tournament, it has won at least one game. The Blue Devils have advanced to a regional in 15 out of the last 16 years. Duke had reached at least the Sweet 16 in 11 consecutive years prior to a loss to Michigan State in 2008-09 in the second round. Duke has made it to the Elite Eight in 11 of the last 16 years, including four straight (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 1999, 1998).
Duke also advanced to the Elite Eight in 1998, 2004 and 2005, the National Championship game in 1999 and 2006, the Final Four in 2002 and 2003, the Sweet 16 in 2000, 2001, 2007 and 2008. The Blue Devils own a 42-14 record in their last 56 NCAA Tournament games.
• The Coach...Head Coach Joanne P. McCallie is making her 17th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, including her 11th straight, while producing a 25-16 record. While at Maine, she totaled a 1-6 record that included an upset victory over seventh-seeded Stanford (60-58) in 1999. Her Maine squad was seeded 10th and then fell to Old Dominion on its home court, 72-62, in the second round.
During her time at Michigan State, McCallie guided the Spartans to a 9-5 mark. She led MSU to five straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament and won at least one game in four consecutive years. In 2005, McCallie’s squad had an incredible run through the tournament knocking off Alcorn State, USC, 18th-ranked Vanderbilt, top-ranked Stanford and third-ranked Tennessee before falling to fifth-ranked Baylor in the national championship game. McCallie was awarded National Coach of the Year for her efforts.
At Duke, McCallie owns a 15-5 record in the tournament.
As a player, McCallie led Northwestern to the 1987 NCAA Tournament her senior year. The Wildcats traveled to Louisiana Tech and lost, 82-60, in the first round. Coach P is one of only 20 current head coaches in Division I who have both played and coached in the NCAA Tournament.
McCallie has one member of her coaching tree that took her team to the 2013 tournament -- Katie Abrahamson-Henderson (Albany)
• The Seedings...The last 19 seasons Duke has been no lower than a No. 5 seed and a total of seven times Duke has been a No. 1 seed. The Blue Devils have been seeded no lower than third since 1998. Duke’s seven No. 1 seeds rank as the fifth-most in NCAA Tournament history. Leading the list is Tennessee (21), followed by Connecticut (17), Louisiana Tech (10), Stanford (10) and Duke (7).
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes... • Duke’s 33 victories is the most for head coach Joanne P. McCallie in her six years with the Blue Devils. The win equals the most for a Coach P squad over her 21 years as a head coach (Michigan State with 33 during the 2004-05 campaign). • The Blue Devils average 22.9 points off turnovers in 35 games this season. • Duke is 16-0 this season when having four or more players score double-digits, including in four out of six postseason games. • Haley Peters has averaged 13.8 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.0 assists the last five games. She hit 62.0 percent of her field goals during that stretch. Peters has notched double-doubles in two out of the last three games. • Richa Jackson has been in a shooting slump as of late hitting only 2-of-15 field goals the last two games. She has hit 30.4 percent from the field over the last eight contests. • Senior Allison Vernerey has played in 139 games at Duke to move into fifth all-time on the Blue Devil charts. The school record is 142. • Tricia Liston has notched 20 or more points six times this season. She owns 15 career games with 20 or more points. • The Blue Devils have five different student-athletes who have hit 22 or more treys on the season -- Liston (79), Wells (29), Jones (26), Peters (25) and Gray (22). • Duke’s 189 three-pointers made this season ranks eighth on Duke’s single-season list. The school record is 213 in 1998-99. • The Blue Devils as a team are hitting 74.2 percent from the charity stripe, which is the third-highest in school history (record - 76.0%). • Duke was averaging 12.8 steals a game prior to the Chelsea Gray injury and in the 10 games since the Blue Devils are averaging only 8.3. Duke’s turnovers forced has also dropped from 22.4 to 15.8. The Blue Devils have had more turnovers than their opponents in six out of the last eight contests. • Elizabeth Williams has notched double-figure scoring in 23 consecutive games entering the NCAA regionals. • Duke is 22-0 when scoring 70 or more points this season. • Duke has registered its 10th 30-win season over the last 13 years. The Blue Devils have notched 15 straight years with 25 or more wins. • Haley Peters owns a team-best 12 games with 10 or more rebounds. • Duke’s 33.7 field goal percentage defense ranks as the tied for third-best in school history (33.4 percent in 2004-05 is the record). • Duke has won 23 straight games when scoring 80 or more points, dating back to the 2008-09 campaign. • As a team, Duke is first in three-point field goal percentage (40.6) and seventh in field goal percentage (45.4) in the NCAA stats. • Duke boasts two players ranking in the top 10 nationally -- Elizabeth Williams in blocks (8th, 2.97), and Tricia Liston in three-point field goal percentage (3rd, 46.5). • On the season, Duke owns six different student-athletes who have scored 20 or more points in a game -- Tricia Liston, Allison Vernerey, Haley Peters, Elizabeth Williams, Chelsea Gray and Alexis Jones. • Duke is averaging 74.5 points this season, which is the second most for a Blue Devil squad since 2005-06 with an 86.0 ledger. The most for a Coach P squad in her previous five years was 75.2 in 2008-09. • After holding Virginia Tech to 33 points on Feb. 14, head coach Joanne P. McCallie has held 23 different opponents to under 40 points since arriving at Duke in 2007-08. • The Blue Devils registered a 3.3 grade-point average in the fall semester, which included five student-athletes with above a 3.5 GPA. A total of 11 Blue Devils had a 3.0 or better. • The Blue Devils own four different student-athletes hitting over 40.0 percent or better from downtown -- Tricia Liston (46.5), Chloe Wells (43.9), Haley Peters (45.5) and Chelsea Gray (40.7). • 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. Join both now as they are free! You can win free prizes each week on both Twitter and Facebook, so make sure you follow closely.
Home State of Virginia... With Duke playing in the Norfolk Regional, Blue Devil sophomore Elizabeth Williams is in her old stomping grounds.
Williams, who is out of Virginia Beach, Va., attended Princess Anne H.S., which is 25 minutes away from the Ted Constant Center where the games will be played in the regional.
After being named the 2011 Morgan Wooten National Player of the Year in high school, McDonald’s All-America, WBCA All-America and a two-time First Team Parade All-America, Williams had her jersey retired at Princess Anne on Oct. 10, 2012.
Williams has played one game in the Ted Constant Convocation Center in her career, which happened on Aug. 5, 2006 with her AAU 13-year-old squad called the Lady Neptune. She attended many games in the convocation center growing up.
Sophomore Ka’lia Johnson will also be heading close to home as she is from Chester, Va., which is an hour and a half away from Norfolk, Va.
Back to Norfolk... Duke is playing in NCAA action at the Ted Constant Convocation Center for the third time in school history. The Blue Devils last played in Norfolk in the 2006 NCAA first and second rounds as the Blue Devils downed Southern, 96-27, and Southern California, 85-51.
The other appearance in Norfolk was during the 2004 campaign as the Blue Devils were the No. 1 seed. Duke downed Louisiana Tech, 63-49, before being upset, 82-77, by seventh-seeded Minnesota. Alana Beard, who is Duke’s all-time leading scorer, saw her career come to an end in that contest.
Blue Devil head coach Joanne P. McCallie has good memories of playing in Norfolk, Va. She led her Maine team in 1999 to a win over Stanford, 60-58, before falling to Old Dominion, 72-62.
Noting the Nebraska Contest... • Was outrebounded 27-20 in the first half, but turned it around in the second half with a 26-18 advantage. Finished the game with a 46-45 advantage. • Attempted only nine free throws and made seven of them. All were in the second half. • The 32.8 field goal percentage is a season low. • The bench was held to zero points for the first time this season. • Turned the ball over only nine times, which is the second-fewest turnovers this season. • Haley Peters became Duke’s third player to notch 1,000 career points this season. • Tricia Liston played in her 100th career game. • Elizabeth Williams swatted season-high seven shots in the game, which is the second-highest single-game total in Duke history during the NCAA Tournament.
Over the last three years, the group has lived up to the billing as they have amassed 3,926 points and guided the Blue Devils to a 92-12 record, notched three ACC regular season titles, two ACC Tournament titles and three straight NCAA Elite Eight bids.
Liston, Gray and Peters have been named All-ACC, while Gray was an All-America selection a year ago.
1,000 Point Scorers... Sophomore Elizabeth Williams is only one point away from becoming the 31st player in Duke history to join the 1,000-point club. If she joins the club against Notre Dame on Tuesday, Williams will be the fourth-quickest Blue Devil to notch 1,000 points in only 69 games.
In the first round against Hampton, Tricia Liston reached 1,000 points and in the regional semifinal versus Nebraska junior Haley Peters reached 1,000 points. Earlier this season, Chelsea Gray reached 1,000 career points.
Duke now features three 1,000 point scorers on the same team for only the third time in school history (2002-03 with Sheana Mosch, Alana Beard and Iciss Tillis & 2006-07 with Abby Waner, Lindsey Harding and Alison Bales).
If Williams can reach 1,000 points as well, Duke will boast four 1,000-point scorers on the same team for the first time in school history.
In 2012-13, only Florida State: Alexa Deluzio (1162), Natasha Howard (1136), Chelsea Davis (1019), Chasity Clayton (1015); and Connecticut: Hartley (1309), Dolson (1276), Mosqueda-Lewis (1188) and Faris (1071) have four 1,000-point scorer’s.
A Look at Notre Dame... The top-seeded Fighting Irish enter the NCAA regional with a 34-1 overall record. Notre Dame advanced to the NCAA regional finals for the third consecutive season, fifth time in school history (1997, 2001, 2011, 2012, 2013). The squad recorded a perfect 16-0 record in conference play during the regular season, including two wins over Big East rival Connecticut. Skylar Diggins (17.1 points, 3.5 rebounds), Kayla McBride (15.9 points, 4.6 rebounds) and Natalie Achonwa (13.9 points, 9.5 rebounds) have led the way in scoring for the Fighting Irish this year.
Head coach Muffet McGraw is in her 18th season at the helm of the program, tallying an impressive 465-136 (.774) overall record including a 232-64 (.784) mark in Big East play. McGraw has led Notre Dame to four NCAA Elite Eight trips, all of which have come in the past 17 seasons, highlighted by a win against Purdue in the 2001 NCAA National Championship game.
The Series with Notre Dame... Duke and Notre Dame have met six times in program history with the Fighting Irish owning the series lead, 5-1. The two teams last met Nov. 25, 2011 when the fourth-ranked Irish outlasted the seventh-ranked Blue Devils, 56-54, in the Bahamas. The squads have only met once in postseason play, when Duke fell to Notre Dame in the 1986 NIT Tournament.
Head coach Joanne P. McCallie has tallied a 2-1 all-time record against the Fighting Irish. McCallie topped Notre Dame twice during her time at Michigan State, including an 82-73 overtime victory in South Bend Dec. 2, 2004.
Duke Versus the Big East... Duke holds an all-time record of 35-22 against Big East teams - Cincinnati (0-1), Connecticut (3-9), DePaul (2-1), Georgetown (4-0), Louisville (1-1), Marquette (3-0), Notre Dame (1-5), Providence (3-1), Pittsburgh (4-0), Rutgers (3-2), Seton Hall (4-2), St. John’s (2-0), South Florida (3-0), Syracuse (1-0) and Villanova (1-0). Coach P owns a 23-12 record all-time against Big East schools.
The Blue Devils are 6-3 in the NCAA Tournament against the Big East -- Rutgers (0-2), DePaul (2-0), Louisville (1-0), Marquette (1-0), Boston College (1-0), Connecticut (1-1).
In the Last Meeting... The seventh-ranked Blue Devils let a 16-point halftime lead slip away as they went cold from the field to start the second half. Duke had a chance to seal the game late, but was unable to prevail, falling 56-54 to No. 4 Notre Dame in the Junkanoo Jam final on Nov. 26, 2011.
After building a huge first-half lead, the Blue Devils shot just 19 percent from the field in the second half. Freshman Elizabeth Williams had 16 points, 13 rebounds and seven blocks for Duke (4-1).
Natalie Novosel banked in a shot from the foul line with under a second left to complete Notre Dame’s rally. The senior guard missed 10 of her first 11 shots before finishing the game with 15 points. Skylar Diggins led the Irish (5-1) with 19.
Trailing 54-51 with 1:35 left, the Irish had three chances to tie the game, but missed three three-pointers. Kayla McBride got fouled on an offensive rebound and made the first of two free throws to cut the deficit to two.
After Chelsea Gray missed a shot for Duke on the other end, Diggins scored to tie it at 54. Shay Selby missed a shot with 9 seconds left before Novosel’s game-winner.
Notre Dame trailed 36-20 at the half, but clamped down on defense. After Haley Peters’ layup gave Duke an 18-point lead 45 seconds into the second half, the Blue Devils missed their next 14 shots.
Diggins had six points during a 21-3 run and Novosel scored to tie it at 41.
Gray finally ended an 11 1/2-minute drought for Duke with a layup that gave it a 43-41 edge with 7:48 left. Neither team could build more than a four-point lead the rest of the way.
With the game tied at 51, Williams made a layup with 2:44 left. After a stop by Duke, Richa Jackson hit one of two free throws with 1:35 left, setting up the exciting finish.
The Irish, who matched the biggest rally in school history, missed 11 of their first 12 shots as the Blue Devils raced out to a 15-6 lead.