Date/Time:............ Thursday, Jan. 3 at 7:00 p.m.
Location/Venue:.......Raleigh, N.C. (Reynolds Coliseum - 8,560)
Where to Watch:.......ESPN3
Radio:.....................Blue Devil IMG - WDNC-AM 620 (Steve Barnes, Morgan Patrick)
Series Record:..........N.C. State leads 39-32
Last Meeting:...........N.C. State 75, Duke 73 (ACC Tournament Quarterfinals)
Record:...................11-0, 1-0 (ACC)
Ranking:.................#3 (AP), #4 (USA Today)
Head Coach:............Joanne P. McCallie (21st Year)
Record at Duke:....152-32 (6th Year)
ACC Record:..........80-14 (6th Year)
Overall Record:......468-180 (21st Year)
Record:....................8-5, 0-1 (ACC)
Ranking:..................None (AP), None (USA Today)
Head Coach:.............Kelly Harper (4th Year)
Record at N.C. State:..61-52 (2nd Year)
Overall Record:..........158-117 (9th Year)
Setting the Scene...
The third-ranked Duke women’s basketball team (11-0, 1-0 ACC) will return to ACC action on Thursday, Jan. 3 as the Blue Devils will travel to Raleigh, N.C., to face N.C. State (8-5, 0-1 ACC) at 7:00 p.m., in Reynolds Coliseum.
Thursday’s contest will be aired live on ESPN3 with Patrick Kinas (PXP) and Sean McNally (Color) calling the action.
The game can also be heard on the Blue Devil IMG Sports Network on WDNC AM 620 with Steve Barnes (PXP) and Morgan Patrick (Color) on the air. The audio is also available live at www.GoDuke.com.
Following the game at N.C. State, the Blue Devils will travel to Boston College on Sunday, Jan. 6 at 1:00 p.m.
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes...
• Haley Peters notched her second double-double of the season against Monmouth with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
• After holding Monmouth to only 32 points on Dec. 30, head coach Joanne P. McCallie has held 21 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.
• Duke registered six different players with double-figure scoring against CSU Bakersfield. Now nine Blue Devils have scored double-figures at least one time this year.
• Duke has hit 50.0 percent or better from the field in four different games.
• The Blue Devils own five different student-athletes hitting over 40.0 percent or better from downtown -- Tricia Liston (49.0), Chelsea Gray (45.0), Haley Peters (50.0), Chloe Wells (57.1) and Alexis Jones (46.2).
• Elizabeth Williams has blocked at least one shot in every collegiate game she has played - 44 straight. The streak is the second-best in school history behind Alison Bales’ 55 in 2003-05.
• Tricia Liston has hit at least one three-pointer in 18 straight games, which is the longest streak since Georgia Schweitzer hit 25 straight treys in 2000-01.
• In dissecting the top shot blockers in the nation, Elizabeth Williams is the only underclassman to rank in the top eight in the country.
• Chelsea Gray came close to registering her second career triple-double against California on Dec. 2 with 13 points, nine assists and eight rebounds as well as 11 points, nine rebounds and eight assists against CSU Bakersfield.
• The Blue Devils registered 70 or more points in the opening seven contests for the first time since 2005-06.
• Duke held Iona to 31 points and Monmouth to 32 points, which marks the 18th and 19th time under Coach P the Blue Devils have held an opponent to under 40 points.
• Chelsea Gray had her consecutive free throws made streak come to an end at Michigan at a school-record 37.
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A Look at N.C. State...
The Wolfpack enter Thursday’s matchup with an overall record of 8-5 after topping St. Bonaventure, 70-66, on Dec. 30. N.C. State owns a 6-1 record this season when playing in Reynolds Coliseum, with the lone loss coming Nov. 29 to Michigan State. Kody Burke (15.3 points, 7.6 rebounds), Marissa Kastanek (11.6 points, 3.8 rebounds) and Markeisha Gatling (9.3 points, 5.8 rebounds) have led the way in scoring for the Wolfpack this year.
Head coach Kellie Harper enters her fourth season as head coach of the Wolfpack tallying a 61-52 record, after spending five seasons at the helm at Western Carolina. Last season, Harper guided her team to a 19-16 record and a spot in the second round of the Postseason Women’s NIT Tournament.
The Series with N.C. State...
The Blue Devils will meet N.C. State for the 72nd in school history on Thursday, with the Wolfpack owning the series record 39-32. The two teams last met in the ACC Tournament a year ago, when N.C. State upset the No. 5 Blue Devils, 75-73. The Blue Devils own a 12-20 record in games played in Raleigh and has won seven in a row. Duke has averaged only 60.8 points a game in the last four contests played in Reynolds Coliseum.
Coach Joanne P. McCallie has tallied a 5-3 all-time record against the Wolfpack.
Hey, I Know You...
N.C. State Head Coach Kellie (Jolly) Harper will go up against Duke for the sixth time since the 1998-99 season when the Blue Devils upset the Lady Vols in the NCAA Tournament. It was her senior year at Tennessee and the Lady Vols were the three-time defending NCAA Champions.
Harper led Tennessee to a 74-60 win in the first meeting at the Honda Elite Four Classic at Disney World in Orlando, Fla., with seven points, four rebounds and three assists in 35 minutes. In the rematch during the NCAA Elite Eight, Harper fouled out after 38 minutes with 11 points, five rebounds and two assists as Duke upset Tennessee, 69-63.
Current Duke assistant Al Brown was an assistant on the Tennessee staff for each of Harper’s four years with the Lady Vols.
Duke is one of only four undefeated teams left in NCAA Division I - Colorado, Connecticut and Oklahoma State.
Both Programs Undefeated...
With the men’s basketball team boasting a 12-0 record and the women’s basketball team with an 11-0 mark, Duke is the only program in the country with both its men’s and women’s basketball teams with undefeated marks.
Bench Depth Improving...
After opening the season with only eight scholarship players healthy, the Blue Devils have now boosted the number to 10 with the return of Chloe Wells and Richa Jackson.
Amber Henson is still recovering from surgery last season and a return date has not been set yet. She is yet to start practicing with the team.
Scoring Blue Devils...
Duke boasts nine different Blue Devils that have registered double-figure scoring this season. The Blue Devils are one of only four ACC schools who have done this -- Clemson, North Carolina, Virginia and N.C. State.
The Blue Devils also have five different student-athletes who have posted 20 or more points in a game this year joined only by Florida State.
Duke is the only team in the ACC to have both nine double-figure scorers and five players who have scored 20 or more points in a game this season.
Duke & NCAA Records Set...
When Duke held Monmouth to only three points in the first half on Dec. 30, the Blue Devils tied a NCAA record for fewest points allowed in the first half.
The Blue Devil defense tied Florida State (vs. Savannah State,11-23-03) and Georgia Tech (vs. Tennessee State, 12-30-10), who also held its opponents to three points in the first half.
Duke also set a new Blue Devil record by holding Monmouth to 4.0 percent shooting in the first half. The previous school record was seven points vs. Ball State on Dec. 20, 2004 and the 4.0 percent shooting bested the previous low of 9.1 percent by Ball State (12-19-2005) and Stephen F. Austin (11-26-04).
What Happened Last Time...
North Carolina State upset fifth-ranked Duke, 75-73, in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament on March 2, 2012. The Blue Devils turned the ball over 22 times and the Wolfpack converted them into 26 points.
Duke held N.C. State to 39 percent shooting in the game, but the turnovers helped the Wolfpack stay close even as the Blue Devils threatened to take control.
Duke's biggest lead was six midway through the second half, though the Blue Devils promptly committed turnovers on the next two possessions to stop their momentum.
Bonae Holston and Marissa Kastanek each scored 16 points to lead N.C. State.
Myisha Goodwin-Coleman added 12 points for the ninth-seeded Wolfpack (18-14), who ended a six-game losing streak to the Blue Devils. N.C. State also scored 21 second-chance points to help pull off the upset.
Chelsea Gray scored a career-high 25 points to lead the top-seeded Blue Devils (24-5), who cut an eight-point deficit to two in the final seconds. But Gray missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 2.9 seconds left, and the ball went out of bounds to N.C. State.
The Wolfpack inbounded the ball to Goodwin-Coleman to dribble out the final 1.8 seconds, sending N.C. State bench spilling onto the court to celebrate another tournament win under third-year coach Kellie Harper.
Goodwin-Coleman hit the go-ahead 3-pointer to make it 64-62 with 6:12 left, and the Wolfpack pushed that lead all the way to 73-65 on a pair of free throws from Kastanek with 2:54 left.
Tricia Liston hit a pair of 3-pointers to cut into the deficit. And when Emili Tasler missed two free throws with 15.9 seconds left, Duke had the ball with a chance to tie it. Gray drove into the paint and drew the foul on Goodwin-Coleman, but her free throw struck the front iron and the ball was deflected out of bounds.
The Blue Devils had reached the tournament semifinals every year since 1995 and appeared to be in the running for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. But they struggled all day against a team they beat by 24 points in January and lost their first ACC tourney game since the 2009 final against Maryland.
Jackson Returns to Action...
After playing only one minute of action at Michigan on Nov. 28, Richa Jackson made her return to the court versus Monmouth a little more than a month later on Dec. 30.
Jackson totaled six points, four rebounds and two steals in 14 minutes. She hit 2-of-3 field goals.
The junior tore her ACL on Feb. 15, 2012 against Virginia Tech.
Liston From Downtown...
Junior Tricia Liston continues to fire away from downtown as she ranks eighth nationally with a 49.0 three-point field goal percentage and 91st with a 2.18 treys per game average. She ranks third in the ACC in both categories.
She has hit 10-of-her-last-20 three-point field goal attempts over the final four games.
Liston tied a season high with four treys at Southern California. She has drained a trey in 18 consecutive games.
The Blue Devils have registered an 11-0 start to the season for only the sixth time in school history.
Duke’s 11-0 start is the second-best kick-off to the season under Coach P. (20-0 in 2010-11).
Best Starts in School History