Game Information Date/Time:.......................Thursday, Feb. 14 at 7:00 PM Location/Venue:..................Blacksburg, Va. (Cassell Coliseum - 9,847) Where to Watch:..................ACC Digital Network on YouTube Radio:...........................Blue Devil IMG - WDNC-AM 620 (Steve Barnes, Morgan Patrick) Live Stats:......................www.GoDuke.com Series Record:...................Duke leads 20-2 (won 18 in a row) Last Meeting:....................Jan. 16, 2013 - Duke 58, Virginia Tech 26
Duke Record:..........................22-1, 12-0 (ACC) Ranking:.........................#5 (AP), #4 (USA Today) Head Coach:......................Joanne P. McCallie (21st Year) Record at Duke:..........163-33 (6th Year) ACC Record:..............73-12 (6th Year) Overall Record:..........479-181 (21st Year) vs. Virginia Tech........11-1
Virginia Tech Record:..........................8-15, 2-10 (ACC) Ranking:.........................NR (AP), NR (USA Today) Head Coach:......................Dennis Wolf (2nd Year) Overall Record:..................292-253 (19th Year) Record at Virginia Tech:.........15-38 (2nd Year)
Setting the Scene... Coming off a 71-56 victory over No. 7 Maryland, fifth-ranked Duke will hit the road for Blacksburg, Va., to take on Virginia Tech on Thursday, Feb. 14 at 7:00 p.m., in Cassell Coliseum. The game will be aired live on the ACC Digital Network via www.YouTube.com with Tom Werme (PXP) and Chelsea Shine (Color) calling the action. Thursday’s game will 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. The audio is also available live at www.GoDuke.com. The Blue Devils are in a stretch of playing four games in 10 days, which started this past Friday at Virginia. Duke will return home on Sunday, Feb. 17 as the Blue Devils will host Wake Forest at 3:00 p.m., on RSN-TV. Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes... • The Blue Devils have won 28 consecutive games on the road against unranked opponents. Duke has also won seven straight road league contests. • Duke boasts three players ranking in the top 10 nationally -- Elizabeth Williams in blocks (9th, 3.0), Chelsea Gray in steals (3rd, 3.8) and Tricia Liston in three-point field goal percentage (3rd, 48.4) - through games of Feb. 10. • Elizabeth Williams has notched double-figure scoring against 25 consecutive ACC opponents. • The Blue Devils own the top two three-point field goal percentage leaders in the ACC -- Chloe Wells (52.6) and Tricia Liston (47.5). In ACC games only, they also rank No. 1 - Wells (48.3) and Liston (44.4). • Elizabeth Williams has blocked at least one shot in every collegiate game she has played - 56 straight, which is a new Duke record. It broke the previous record of 55 held by Alison Bales in 2003-05. Dating back to high school, Williams has blocked a shot in 74 straight games as she closed her H.S. career with blocks in 19 consecutive contests. • Duke and UConn are the only schools in the nation with three different players ranking in the top 10 of different NCAA statistics. • Chelsea Gray leads Duke with 16 charges taken on the season. Gray has 33 for her career and has moved into sole possession of fourth place on Duke’s all-time charges taken list. • Haley Peters was held scoreless on two field goal attempts against No. 7 Maryland, after averaging 13.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.5 steals over the previous four games. • Duke has won 21 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 (43.4) and sixth in steals (13.0) nationally through games of Feb. 10. • Duke has notched at least 10 league wins for the 16th straight year. • In ACC games only, the Blue Devils lead the league with a 48.5 scoring defense, 31.9 field goal percentage defense, three-point percentage (38.9), three-point field goal percentage defense (24.0), blocked shots (5.1), turnover margin (+5.4) and tied for first in assist/turnover ratio (0.9). • Chelsea Gray has swiped 27 steals the last six games for an average of 4.5. • Elizabeth Williams is averaging 8.4 points and hitting 55.2 percent of her field goals in the second half this season. • Duke is averaging 25.6 points off turnovers this season. • The Blue Devils have averaged 22.3 points off the bench the last five contests. • Chelsea Gray is averaging 4.3 steals in ACC games to lead the league. • Over the last two years, Duke is 18-0 when Chelsea Gray dishes seven or more assists. The Blue Devils are also 5-5 when Gray attempts 14 or more field goals. • Elizabeth Williams is third in the league with a 56.7 field goal percentage in ACC games only. • Chelsea Gray has moved into sixth place on Duke’s all-time steals chart with 245 steals. Gray needs 16 steals to move into a tie for fifth on the list. • Duke is averaging 76.2 points this season, which is the 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 a school-record low of 26 points on Jan. 16, head coach Joanne P. McCallie has held 22 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 has hit 50.0 percent or better from the field in seven different games. • The Blue Devils own four different student-athletes hitting over 40.0 percent or better from downtown -- Chelsea Gray (41.5), Tricia Liston (47.5), Haley Peters (47.1) and Chloe Wells (52.6). • Duke’s 15-game winning streak in Cameron Indoor Stadium ranks as the tied for fifth-best in the NCAA as far as current streaks. • The Blue Devils have won an ACC-record 36 straight games in Cameron Indoor Stadium against ACC opponents. Duke has not lost an ACC contest at home since Maryland posted a 76-69 win on Feb. 17, 2008. Coach P is 38-2 at home against ACC opponents in her six years at Duke. • Tricia Liston had her streak of 18 straight games with at least one three-pointer come to an end at N.C. State on Jan. 3. It was the longest streak since Georgia Schweitzer hit treys in 25 straight games in 2000-01. • 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.
A Look at Virginia Tech... Virginia Tech enters Thursday’s matchup with an overall record of 8-15, after being edged by Virginia, 50-47, in Blacksburg Feb. 10. The Hokies own a 2-10 mark in ACC play, including a 1-4 mark in conference games played in Cassell Coliseum. Monet Tellier (13.0 points, 5.7 rebounds), Uju Ugoka (12.8 points, 8.8 rebounds) and Alyssa Fenyn (6.1 points, 3.7 rebounds) lead the way in scoring for the Hokies this season. Head coach Dennis Wolff is in his second season at the helm of the Hokies, after tallying a 7-23 overall record last season. Prior to being named head coach, Wolff served as the as the director of men’s basketball operations and assistant to the head coach for the men’s team after being head coach of the men’s basketball team at Boston University for 15 seasons.
The Series with Virginia Tech... Duke and Virginia Tech have met 22 times in school history with the Blue Devils leading the series 20-2. Earlier this season, the fourth-ranked Blue Devils held the Hokies to a school-record low 26 points in a 58-26 victory in Cameron Indoor Stadium extending Duke’s current win streak over Virginia Tech to 18 consecutive. The Blue Devils have tallied a 8-1 mark in games played in Cassell Coliseum, dating back to Jan. 24, 1981 when the Hokies outlasted the Blue Devils, 66-55, in Blacksburg. Duke has won eight consecutive games in Cassell Coliseum. Head coach Joanne P. McCallie is 11-1 all-time in games against Virginia Tech and 10-0 since joining the Blue Devil program.
Blue Devils Versus Virginia Tech... In three career games, Elizabeth Williams has averaged 17.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.7 blocks and 1.3 assists against the Hokies. Williams has notched 20 points in two of the three contests and is hitting 53.6 percent from the field. Chelsea Gray has averaged 13.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 4.5 steals the last two games against Virginia Tech. In five career games, Gray is 0-of-7 from three-point land. Haley Peters has pulled down 19 rebounds in the last two games versus the Hokies.
In the ACC Standings... With Duke boasting a 12-0 mark in ACC action, the Blue Devils own a two-game lead over Maryland (10-2) and North Carolina (10-2). The Blue Devils have won at least a share of the ACC regular season title in each of the last three years, including the outright title in 2011-12.
Career Night for Gray... Junior Chelsea Gray registered a career night on the top stage against seventh-ranked Maryland as she notched a career-high 28 points, four steals, three rebounds and three assists in 34 minutes. Gray hit a career-high 13-of-14 free throws, including her final 10 in a row. Her 13 free throws made ranks tie for the sixth-most in a single-game in Duke history. Over the last two games, Gray has drained six treys on 11 attempts.
Gray Nets 1,000 Points... At the 5:51 mark of the first half on Feb. 11 against seventh-ranked Maryland, junior Chelsea Gray reached 1,000 career points as she drained a free throw. Gray became the 28th player in Duke history to reach 1,000 career points. She became the 10th-quickest Blue Devil to reach 1,000 points in 90 games. Gray finished the night with a career-high 28 points and now owns 1,022 points in three years.
Johnson & Williams Head to Home State... For the second straight week, the Blue Devils will take Elizabeth Williams and Ka’lia Johnson back to their home state of Virginia. Williams is from Virginia Beach, Va., while Johnson is out of Chester, Va. The duo are 2-0 in games played in the state of Virginia since arriving at Duke. Duke defeated Virginia Tech last year in Blacksburg and notched a victory last week in Charlottesville.
Play4Kay and Samaritans Feet... Please Duke, the ACC and the Kay Yow Cancer Fund in raising awareness for the fight against breast cancer by participating in the Play 4Kay Initiative. Duke is asking fans to trade in their Duke blue for pink this Sunday, Feb. 17 as the Blue Devils take on Wake Forest in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devils will be wearing white uniforms with pink trim along with pink shoelaces for the game. All cancer survivors in attendance will be recognized during the contest. Play 4Kay is a unified effort of a nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness and funds for cancer research on and off the court. The late Kay Yow, former N.C. State head women’s basketball coach, served as the catalyst to this initiative after her third recurrence of breast cancer in 2006. Since its inception, Play4Kay has raised $8 million dollars for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. To support a cause that hits too close to home for us all, make an online donation on behalf of the Blue Devils. Sunday’s game will also be the final event in a week long partnership with Samaritan’s Feet, a non-profit organization that raises money to provide shoes for those in need all around the world. Duke head coach Joanne P. McCallie and Wake Forest head coach Jen Hoover will coach in bare feet to bring awareness to the organization. Samaritans Feet was started by Emmanuel Ohonme after his life was forever changed when a stranger gave him his first pair of shoes as a boy in Lagos, Nigerian. Ohonme went on to earn a Division I basketball scholarship and became inspired to fulfill his vision of putting 10 million pairs of shoes on the feet of 10 million orphans and impoverished people a reality.
ACC Wins Under Coach P... Since Joanne P. McCallie took over the reins at Duke in 2007-08, the Blue Devils have amassed the most ACC and overall wins in the league.
School ACC Overall Duke 72-12 162-33 Maryland 61-23 160-37 UNC 57-27 150-45 Florida State 57-27 131-57 Virginia 48-36 128-65 GT 47-38 127-64 Miami 41-44 114-71 Through games of 2/11
Undefeated in League Play... Duke is now 12-0 in ACC action, which is the fourth-best start in ACC history. The Blue Devils have notched undefeated 16-0 records in ACC play in 2001-02 and 2002-03, while notching an undefeated 14-0 mark in 2006-07. Other top starts were in 13-0 (1998-99), 8-0 (2003-04 & 2011-12), 7-0 (2005-06 & 2010-11) and 6-0 (2009-10). The Blue Devils have started 12-0 for the second straight year as Duke was 13-0 last season before falling at Maryland.
Best ACC Starts in League History 16-0 - Duke (2002-03, 2001-02), Virginia (1994-95) 14-0 - UNC (2007-08), Duke (2006-07), UVA (1990-91) 13-0 - Duke (1998-99, 2011-12), UNC (1996-97) 12-0 - Duke (2012-13) 10-0 - Maryland (1991-92) 9-0 - UNC (2005-06), UVA (1986-87), NCSU (1979-80, 1977-78) 8-0 - UNC (2006-07), Duke (2003-04), UVA (1985-86)
On the Road This Season... Duke has boasted a 9-1 record this season in games played on the road. The Blue Devils are averaging 71.3 points and hitting 46.7 percent of their field goals in those games. Four Blue Devils are averaging double-figure points -- Elizabeth Williams (14.2), Chelsea Gray (13.6), Haley Peters (11.5) and Tricia Liston (10.7). Alexis Jones is averaging 9.3 points on the road as well. Duke is only outrebounding opponents by a +0.2 margin in road contests.
Liston Off the Bench... Tricia Liston has come off the bench the last six games and in those contests she has averaged 15.3 points and 2.3 rebounds in an average of 24.0 minutes. She has hit 15-of-30 treys for a 50.0 percentage. Liston has come out in the first half over the last six games and averaged 9.0 points, while hitting 10-of-13 treys (76.9%).