VIRGINIA (12-6, 5-0) AT #16/18 DUKE BLUE DEVILS (13-4, 2-2)
Game 18 • Sunday, Jan. 14 • 3:02 PM (ET)
Durham, N.C. • Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Radio: Blue Devil IMG Sports Network
(620 AM, 99.3 FM, 96.5 FM, GoDuke.com, TuneIn app) - Chris Edwards
TV/Video: ESPN2: Pam Ward (PXP), Gail Goestenkors (Color)
The Series: Duke leads 37-32
Duke Head Coach: Joanne P. McCallie (Northwestern, ‘87)
Record: 602-223 (26)
Virginia Head Coach: Joanne Boyle (Duke, ‘85)
Record: 326-184 (16)
Setting the Scene...
The 16th-ranked Duke women’s basketball team (13-4, 2-2) will welcome Virginia (12-6, 5-0) to Cameron Indoor Stadium Sunday, Jan. 14 for a 3:02 p.m., league contest.
Sunday’s game will be aired live on ESPN2 with Pam Ward (PXP) and Gail Goestenkors (Color) calling the action. It will also be carried on the Blue Devil IMG Sports Network via 620 AM, 99.3 FM, 96.5 FM, TuneIn Radio app and www.GoDuke.com with Chris Edwards on the air beginning at 2:45 p.m.
What is Next?...
Duke will hit the road once again as the Blue Devils travel to Blacksburg, Va., to face Virginia Tech Thursday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. It will mark the second straight contest against a team from the state of Virginia.
• The Blue Devils will go up against a former Duke graduate and assistant coach Joanne Boyle Sunday, who is the head coach at Virginia.
• Rebecca Greenwell is coming off scoring a season-high 23 points at Wake Forest. In the contest, she hit three treys to break Duke’s all-time three-pointers made record of 252 held by Tricia Liston. Greenwell now owns 254.
• Lexie Brown has scored 61 points over the last two games. She has averaged 30.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals. She hit 52.9 percent from the field and 61.1 percent from downtown (11-of-18), while hitting 14-of-17 free throws (82.4).
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes...
• Duke owns a 70-game winning streak against NCAA Division I teams from the state of Virginia.
• Duke has won 27 straight home regular season
contests dating back to the 2015-16 campaign. The school record is 30 dating back to the 2010-12 seasons.
• Lexie Brown is one of only two players in the NCAA averaging over 20.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals -- Loryn Goodwin of Oklahoma State.
• In ACC action, Lexie Brown is averaging 19.8 points (4th), 6.8 rebounds (T11), 3.3 steals (2nd), and 3.5 three-pointers made per game, while hitting 82.6 from the free throw line (T11) and 50.0 percent from downtown (T9).
• The Blue Devils have won 26 out of its last 27 home contests in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The lone loss was to Oregon in the 2017 NCAA Tournament second round.
• Freshman Jade Williams has started back-to-back games and leads the ACC in blocks per game (2.5) in league games. In the two starts, she has averaged 6.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 2.5 blocks.
• Duke (73.07) and Virginia (72.38) are the top two teams in the league as far as height. The Blue Devils have seven players standing 6-2 or taller and Virginia has six.
• Lexie Brown and Rebecca Greenwell combined for 50 points at Wake Forest. It marked the fifth time the tandem have combined for 50 or more points over the last two years - 2017-18 (Old Dominion, WFU), 2016-17 (Longwood, Old Dominion, Miami).
• Lexie Brown has pulled down a team-high 24 rebounds over the last three contests.
• After starting her first 108 career games at Duke, Rebecca Greenwell has come off the bench the last two games.
• The Blue Devils broke a streak of six straight games of being held to under 70 points with its 80 at Wake Forest. Duke has won 22 straight games when hitting the 70-point mark.
• Duke has been outrebounded in four straight contests by a 3.7 margin.
• Duke is one of only four teams to rank in the top 12 nationally in both field goal percentage and field goal percentage defense. The Blue Devils are 12th in field goal percentage (47.9) and 10th in field goal percentage defense (34.4). Other teams in the top 12 include Baylor, Oregon State and UConn.
• The Blue Devils lead the ACC and ranks third nationally with a 41.6 three-point field goal percentage. Duke has hit 28 of its last 51 three-pointers (54.9%).
• Duke started ACC play 0-2 for the first time since 1992-93 campaign. That 1992-93 team opened ACC play 0-9.
• The Blue Devils open the ACC with six road games over their first nine league games. • With a 54.2 scoring defense, Duke ranks seventh nationally overall and third among power five conferences.
• Duke leads the ACC in paint defense, only allowing 18.71 points in the paint per game. The next closest team is Virginia with a 20.22 average.
• The Blue Devils held three straight opponents to 40 points or less for the first time in school history against Winthrop, Maine and Wyoming. No other ACC team or power five conference team has accomplished it this season. Since the 1980-81 campaign, only UNC (twice), Syracuse, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest (twice) has held three consecutive opponents to 40 or few points. The ACC record is four straight by North Carolina in 2006-07.
• Duke’s duo of Lexie Brown and Rebecca Greenwell have combined to score 3,444 points over their career, which is the highest scoring duo currently in the ACC -- Myisha Hines-Allen/Asia Durr of Louisville (3,133), Jasmine Nwajei/Miranda Drummond of Syracuse (2,895) and Shakayla Thomas/Imani Wright of Florida State (2,898).
• Rebecca Greenwell became just the 11th player in Duke history to reach the 1,600-point mark with her 19 points against Ohio State. At Miami she moved past Georgia Schweitzer and into 10th place on Duke’s all-time scoring list. Greenwell needs 19 points to move into a tie for ninth place along with Tricia Liston (1,664).
• Lexie Brown of Duke (20.8 points, 2nd; 4.1 assists, T8th) and Paris Kea of North Carolina (19.5 points, 4th; 6.2 assists, 4th) are the only two players in the ACC to rank in the top eight in both points and assists.
• Rebecca Greenwell became the first Duke player to amass 1,500 points, 600 rebounds and 200 made three-pointers at Villanova. Greenwell could also become the third guard in Blue Devil history to register 1,500 points and 700 rebounds along with Monique Currie and Alana Beard. Greenwell currently owns 1,645 points and 651 rebounds.
• Lexie Brown has played in the ACC for two different teams (2013-14 at Maryland; 2016-17 at Duke) and holds the second-best career free throw percentage in those contests (87.5). Duke’s Nicole Erickson ranks first with an 88.0 mark.
• Graduate transfer Bego Faz Davalos owns 357 career blocks and needs only two to move into a tie for 27th on the NCAA all-time blocks list.
• All 29 of Duke’s 2017-18 contests will be aired on some type of television between ESPN3, ACC Network Extra, ESPN2, RSN-TV, SEC Network and Nova Nation.
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Duke to Face Alum...
The Blue Devils will go up against Joanne Boyle Sunday, who is the head coach at Virginia. Boyle was a four-year letterwinner at Duke from 1982-85 under head coach Debbie Leonard. Boyle returned to Duke in 1993-94 to become an assistant coach under Gail Goestenkors and stayed through the 2001-02 campaign. She helped lead Duke to the 1999 and 2002 NCAA Final Four.
Boyle is 0-10 all-time in games played versus the Blue Devils.
A Look at Virginia...
Virginia enters the contest with a 12-6 overall and 5-0 league mark under head coach Joanne Boyle. The Cavaliers own an eight-game winning streak and have not lost since Dec. 2.
On the year, Virginia has been led by Dominique Toussaint (11.6 points, 26 treys), Jocelyn Willoughby (10.6 points, 4.7 rebounds), J’Kyra Brown (10.3 points, 35 treys) and Aliyah Huland El (10.0 points, 3.3 rebounds).
The Series with Virginia...
The Blue Devils face the Cavaliers in Cameron Indoor Stadium Sunday in their 70th all-time meeting. Duke leads the series with a record of 37-32 and a mark of 17-14 for games played at home. The Blue Devils have won the past 25 games played against with the Cavaliers, with 10 of those victories occurring at Cameron Indoor Stadium. In those 25 contests, Duke averaged 76.4 points a game, and held Virginia to an average of 58.3 points.
Coach P holds a record of 12-0 against the Virginia Cavaliers.
Duke Players vs. Virginia...
In three career games, Rebecca Greenwell has scored 20 or more points in all three contests against the Cavaliers. She has averaged 22.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.7 steals. She has hit 13-of-23 three-pointers and 60.0 percent from the field.
Last year, Lexie Brown collected 17 points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal in 35 minutes of play. She hit 7-of-11 field goals and 3-of-5 treys.
Brown Nearing 1,000...
Blue Devil fifth-year senior Lexie Brown is approaching 1,000 career points at Duke in just her second season with the Blue Devils. She owns 976 points in 51 games.
If she gets 1,000 points in the next few contests, Brown would be the second-quickest Blue Devil to reach the mark behind Chris Moreland (50). Other Duke players to quick get to 1,000 points were Alana Beard (56), Katie Meier (62) and Rebecca Greenwell (67).
Brown Has Impressive Two-Game Stretch...
Since being held to only 18 points against Miami and Louisville, fifth-year senior Lexie Brown has scored 61 points over the last two contests against NC State and Wake Forest.
In the two games, she has averaged 30.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals. She hit 52.9 percent from the field and 61.1 percent from downtown (11-of-18), while hitting 14-of-17 free throws (82.4).
Brown is the only player in the ACC to post 20 or more points in five straight games and has nine total on the year.
She had a career-high 34 points as she hit a career-high seven 7-of-13 three-pointers, career-high 10-of-21 field goals and hit 7-of-9 free throws. The 34 points was tied for the ninth-most in Duke history.
In the ACC stats, Brown ranks second in scoring (20.8), first in steals (3.6), third in free throw percentage (86.0) and tied-eighth in assists (4.1).
Nationally, Brown ranks 23rd in scoring, eighth in steals, 42nd in free throw percentage and 77th in field goal percentage. She was named ACC Player of the Week in back-to-back weeks to close the month of December.
Goestenkors to Call Game for ESPN2...
For the second time this season, Gail Goestenkors will call a Duke women’s basketball game for ESPN2 as she will be in town Sunday for the Virginia contest.
Goestenkors was the head coach at Duke from 1992 through 2007 where she led Duke to a 396-99 record, 13 NCAA Tournaments, four NCAA Final Four appearances (1999, 2002, 2003 & 2006) and five ACC Championships (2000-04) in 15 years.
Multiple Three-Point Shooters...
Duke is the only team in the ACC to feature three players to have made over 20 treys and be shooting above 40 percent from beyond the arc.
Lexie Brown (38-84, .452), Rebecca Greenwell (26-61, .426) and Haley Gorecki (28-65, .431)
Duke has only had one season in which at least three players finished the season having made at least 20 treys and shot over 40 percent (2012-13: Tricia Liston, Chelsea Gray, Haley Peters & Chloe Wells).
Hitting High Percentage...
Duke’s 41.6 percentage from beyond the arc currently ranks third nationally, second among Power 5 Conferences and first in the ACC.
The highest three-point field goal percentage Duke has ever recorded in a season is 40.7 in the 2013-14 season.
Duke Top Three-Point Field Goal Percentage
1. 40.7 (2013-14)
2. 40.6 (1988-89)
3. 40.5 (2012-13)
4. 39.1 (2005-06)
5. 38.5 (1998-99)
Gorecki’s Streak Ends...
Since moving into the starting lineup seven games ago, redshirt sophomore Haley Gorecki has emerged as one of the top scoring guards in the ACC. At Wake Forest, she had her seven-game double-digit scoring streak snapped with five points.
In the eight starts, Gorecki has averaged 15.4 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.3 steals. She now ranks 18th in the ACC in scoring for ACC games only with a 14.8 average, while also ranking tied third in assists (5.5), tied seventh in three-point field goals made (2.8) and sixth in three-point field goal percentage (55.0).
The 6-0 guard totaled a career-high 25 points at Louisville, which included 19 first half points on 8-of-8 field goals.
Gorecki shined in her first start of the season and second of her collegiate career, collecting a then career-high 20 points in 29 minutes against Winthrop. She hit a career-high 5-of-7 treys and 7-of-11 field goals, while tallying four assists and three rebounds.
She has drained 21-of-45 three-pointers in those games started (46.7 percentage). Gorecki has drained 9-of-her-last-15 three-pointers.
Since allowing 72 points on the road at South Carolina, the Blue Devil defense has not allowed more than 67 points over the last nine games. This included three straight games of 40 or fewer points for the first time in school history.
In that nine-game stretch, the Blue Devils are allowing only 50.4 points a game.
Duke has only given up 70 or more points once on the season, which is tied for the ACC best along with Clemson.
The Blue Devils currently lead the ACC and rank seventh nationally with a 54.2 scoring defense.
Duke’s senior class of Lexie Brown, Rebecca Greenwell and Erin Mathias is proving to be one of the most statistically productive in school history.
In addition to accounting for 43.2 points and 15.8 rebounds per game, the senior trio is responsible for over 59 percent of the team’s steals, over 60 percent of the team’s made three-point baskets, over 59 percent of the team’s made free throws.
Breaking Down Gorecki vs. ACC...
After four ACC games, Haley Gorecki’s has registered impressive numbers in conference games:
14.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 5.5 apg, 2.0 spg
47.7 percent from the floor
55.0 percent from three
75.0 percent from the line
Duke is scoring 64.2 ppg in ACC contests (four games to date) and Gorecki is responsible for scoring over 23 percent of the points.
In other words, the Blue Devils have made 92 baskets in four ACC games and Gorecki has either scored or assisted on 43 of them.
At Home in 2017-18...
Duke owns a 10-0 mark at home this season and has averaged 75.2 points a game in those contests, while holding opponents to 49.0 points.
Lexie Brown has averaged 23.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 4.2 steals a contest at home. She has notched six straight games with 20 or more points, including two 30-point contests against NC State (34) and Winthrop (30). In those games, Brown has hit 25-of-51 treys for a 49.0 percentage.
Haley Gorecki has averaged 15.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.6 steals over the last five home games.
Leaonna Odom has failed to score double-figures for seven consecutive home contests.