DURHAM, N.C. – Two storied women’s basketball programs in Duke and Texas A&M will clash in the 2019-20 campaign, as the Blue Devils head to College Station this season to take on the Aggies on November 10, 2019. This will mark the seventh matchup between the two, with the Texas club holding a 5-1 advantage in the series.
“We welcome the opportunity to grow our schedule as always and bring the Texas A&M matchup back to Cameron the following season,” said Duke head coach Joanne P. McCallie. “Gary Blair has done a terrific job at A&M and this will be a great early-season test for our program. Our non-conference schedules have always been challenging and this continues that trend.”
The trip to Texas will mean a little more for a few members of the Blue Devil squad. Uchenna Nwoke (Grand Prairie), Kyra Lambert (Cibolo) and Jade Williams (The Colony) will see familiar faces as the three take their homecoming trip back to the Lone Star State.
“We so enjoy bringing our players back to their home state or bringing them close to their home state,” added McCallie. “Texas has been a wonderful state for us in regard to recruiting. Bringing Kyra, Jade and Uchenna home is a special treat for us all.”
The Blue Devils return to College Station, Texas for the first time since 2014 in search of their first win in Reed Arena. Texas A&M has won all three meetings in Texas, including a narrow 63-59 win over the Blue Devils on November 30, 2014. A&M currently holds a two-game winning streak in the series. Duke notched its lone win in the series on Dec. 6, 2010 as the fifth-ranked Blue Devils took down seventh-ranked Texas A&M, 61-58, in the Jimmy V Classic in Durham, N.C.
Texas A&M is coming off a 26-8 season, including a 12-4 mark in the SEC, while advancing to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the second consecutive season. The Aggies return all but two players under head coach Gary Blair, including Chennedy Carter, who averaged 23.3 points per game.
The Blue Devils will return all five starters from a year ago, including All-ACC First Team selection Haley Gorecki, All-ACC Freshman honoree Miela Goodchild, senior Leaonna Odom, Williams and sophomore Onome Akinbode-James. Overall, Duke will return nine letterwinners along with former starting point guard Lambert, who has missed the last two seasons with a knee injury.
More About the Series:
• The schools have combined for 39 NCAA Tournament appearances since 1994 (Duke 23, Texas A&M 16)
• The programs have made three NCAA Championship games since 1999 (Duke 1999 & 2006 Runner-Up; Texas A&M 2011 Champions)
• Over 6,000 fans were in attendance in both of the previous series matchups in Reed Arena (6,866 in 2009; 6,123 in 2014)
• Texas A&M has a 5-1 lead in the all-time series, but Duke’s lone win came in 2010-11, defeating A&M’s eventual National Championship team 61-58
• Both teams have been ranked in all previous six games of the series
• The last four games of the series have been decided by an average of 4.3 points