Game 17 North Carolina (12-4, 1-2) at #12/15 Duke (14-2, 2-1) Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 • 7:00 p.m. Durham, N.C. (Cameron Indoor Stadium)
Radio: Blue Devil IMG Sports Network (620 AM, 99.3 FM, 96.5 FM, TuneIn app) - Chris Edwards
TV/Video: ACC Network Extra & ESPN3
Setting the Scene... Coming off its first ACC loss of the season, the 12th-ranked Duke women’s basketball team (14-2, 2-1 ACC) will host arch-rival North Carolina (12-4, 1-2) Thursday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m., in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Thursday’s game will be aired live on ACC Network Extra with Ryan Craig (PXP) and Debbie Taylor (Color) calling the action. It will also be carried on the Blue Devil IMG Sports Network on www.GoDuke.com with Chris Edwards on the air beginning at 6:45 p.m. It will be aired live on 620 AM, 99.3 FM, 96.5 FM, TuneIn Radio app and www.GoDuke.com.
What is Next?... The Blue Devils will head to Raleigh, N.C., to face NC State Sunday Jan. 15 at 3 p.m. The game will be aired live on RSN-TV from Reynolds Coliseum.
From the Marketing Table... Continuing with its “Throwback Thursday” themes for the 2016-17 season, the UNC contest will feature will be Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Fans arriving early will receive a 90’s throwback hat.
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes... • Sophomore Crystal Primm came off the bench at Florida State and totaled a season-high six points and six rebounds. • In a season-low 10 minutes, senior Oderah Chidom was held scoreless on 0-of-5 shooting against the Seminoles. • Through the first 12 games, Rebecca Greenwell was averaging 20.5 points, but over the last four contests she has averaged only 9.8 points and 6.8 rebounds. This included a season-low two points at FSU. Greenwell has hit only three treys the last four games. • The Blue Devils are averaging only 15.9 turnovers, but have posted 20+ turnovers in three out of the last four contests. Duke didn’t turn the ball over more than 19 times in the first 12 games, but has averaged 19.0 a contest in the last four. • After averaging 88.5 points the first eight games, Duke has averaged only 65.6 points the last eight contests. The Blue Devils reached the 70-point mark at Georgia Tech snapping a four-game streak of scoring less than 70. • Rebecca Greenwell had her 17-game streak of hitting at least one three-pointer come to an end at Florida State as she missed all three of her attempts. • Sophomore Kyra Lambert ranks sixth in the ACC with a 2.1 assist/turnover ratio and tied 13th with a 3.7 assist average. • Over the last four games, Kendall Cooper has averaged 7.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.3 blocks. She has hit 65.0 percent of her field goals. • Either Lexie Brown or Rebecca Greenwell have registered 20+ points in 10 of the 16 games this season. • Rebecca Greenwell owns two 30-point games in 2016-17, which is already tied second on Duke’s single season list. The most in a season was three by Chris Moreland in 1985-86. • The Blue Devils have dished 20+ assists six different times in 2016-17, but only accomplished this a total of four times in 2015-16. • Kyra Lambert, a 5-9 guard, has 20 offensive rebounds, which ranks fifth on the Duke team. She only had 13 offensive rebounds in 32 games as a freshman. • With her 2.4 blocks per game average, Oderah Chidom ranks 23rd nationally and leads the ACC. She also ranks eighth in the ACC with a 57.1 field goal percentage. • Duke has drained 89 three-pointers with the trio of Rebecca Greenwell, Kyra Lambert and Lexie Brown hitting 87 of them. • The Blue Devils feature 13 players from 10 different states on the 2016-17 roster. • Follow @DukeWBB 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 videos, pictures and more. DWB is on Instagram at dukewbb.
A Look at North Carolina... North Carolina enters Thursday with a 12-4 overall and 1-2 league mark. The Tar Heels have been led by Stephanie Watts (19.3 points, 8.8 rebounds), Paris Kea (14.4 points, 5.6 rebounds), Destinee Walker (13.1 points, 3.4 rebounds) and Jamie Cherry (10.7 points, 3.3 rebounds).
The Series with North Carolina... For the 94th time in history, Duke will face North Carolina. UNC leads the series, with a 49-44 mark, but the Blue Devils have won five in a row and 12 out of the last 14 contests. In Durham, Duke has a totaled a 24-15 overall record, including wins in seven out of the last eight meetings. Coach P has a record of 14-10 against North Carolina.
Blue Devils Versus the Tar Heels... Over the last two games, Oderah Chidom has averaged 17.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.5 blocks and 2.5 steals against the Tar Heels. In four games, Rebecca Greenwell has averaged 19.0 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.3 steals. She is coming off totaling 27 points and 10 rebounds to conclude the 2015-16 regular season. Greenwell has hit 11-of-26 three-pointers in those games. Last season, Greenwell averaged 21.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals in two games. Kyra Lambert averaged 11.5 points, 5.5 assists and 1.0 steals in two games as a freshman. In two games as a freshman at Maryland, Lexie Brown totaled 12 points and 10 points versus UNC.
Rebound Troubles... Duke has been outrebounded in each of the last four games for the first time since the 2000-01 season. In those contests, the Blue Devils have been outrebounded by a 4.7 margin. On the offensive boards, the opponents have pulled down 59 offensive rebounds to only 35 for Duke.
Lambert Gives Scoring Boost... Sophomore Kyra Lambert is coming off totaling back-to-back double-digit scoring games for the second time this season. She has averaged 11.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals. Lambert tied a career high with 12 field goal attempts at Florida State, while finishing with a team-high 12 points. Lambert has scored double-digits in 13 collegiate games and nine of those have come over her last 19 games. The guard has opened the 2016-17 season scoring double-digits in seven of the 16 games and is averaging 9.0 points. She had a career-high 17 points versus Grand Canyon as she hit 6-of-10 field goals. Her back-to-back double-figure scoring games against Liberty and Penn was a first for her short career.
Brown Nets ACC Record... It didn’t take long for redshirt junior Lexie Brown to make her mark in the Duke record book. Brown has drained 53 straight free throws, which is a new Duke and ACC record. It snapped Jennifer Howard’s mark of 40, which was the previous ACC mark. Brown broke the previous Duke record of 37 held by Chelsea Gray. The NCAA record currently stands at 70 by Lauren Prochaska of Bowling Green (Nov. 15 - Dec. 21, 2010). Brown has hit 65 free throws on the year, which ranks second in the league.
NCAA List for Consecutive Free Throws Made-- 70 - Lauren Prochaska, Bowling Green (2011) 66 - Ginny Doyle, Richmond (1991-92) 60 - Adrienne Squire, Penn State (2004-06) 60 - Emily Carter, TCU (2010-11) 57 - Jody Beeman, Central Michigan (1987) 53 - Lexie Brown, Duke (2016) 53 - Katie Miller, UNI (2000) 52 - Elena Delle Donne, Delaware (2011) 49 - Lisa Rathburn, BYU (1991) 48 - Samantha Prahalis, Ohio State (2010) 46 - Brooke Lassiter, Louisiana Tech (2001) 45 - Wendy Scholtens, Vanderbilt (1989) 45 - Amy Slowikowski, Kent State (1989) 45 - Lauren Prochaska, Bowling Green (2010)
Brown Heating Up... Over the last six games, Lexie Brown has been heating up, averaging 19.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.7 steals and 2.5 assists for the Blue Devils. During that streak, she has hit 43.8 percent from downtown. She has led Duke in scoring in five of those games, including three 20+ point contests against Elon, Kentucky and Georgia Tech.
Standout Defense... Since a loss at Vanderbilt allowing 77 points, Duke has held its opponents to 57.0 points over an 11-game stretch. In those 11 games, the Blue Devil defense has held opponents to 35.4 percent shooting and 29.5 percent three-point field goal percentage. On the season, Duke ranks 11th nationally with a 33.8 field goal percentage.
Streak Ends... Duke’s 10-game winning streak came to an end on the road at sixth-ranked Florida State. The streak was the longest for the Blue Devils since the 2013-14 campaign. The Blue Devils had one of their worst offensive outings in school history hitting only 25.4 percent from the field, 0-11 from downtown and turning the ball over 20 times. It snapped a 56-game streak with at least one three-pointer made. Duke dished a season-low four assists and scored a season-low 45 points.
Scoring Duo... Duke owns the second-highest scoring tandem in the ACC and fifth-highest backcourt scoring duo nationally with Rebecca Greenwell (17.8) and Lexie Brown (17.4) combining for 35.2 points a game. Greenwell ranks fourth in the ACC in scoring, while Brown ranks fifth.
The top scoring backcourts in the NCAA-- 40.6 - A.Peterson/B.Sykes, Syracuse 40.3 - K.Plum/N.Romeo, Washington 35.5 - C.Wagner, K.Bell, Minnesota 35.4 - P.Hall/K.Smalls, James Madison 35.2 - L.Brown/R.Greenwell, Duke 34.9 - F.Fitzgerald/A.Butts, Temple
The top tandems in the ACC-- 40.6 - A.Peterson/B.Sykes, Syracuse 35.2 - Brown/Greenwell, Duke 33.7 - S.Watts/P.Kea, North Carolina
Best Scoring Duos in Duke history-- 37.8 - C.Moreland/K.Meier (1986-87) 37.6 - C.Moreland/K.Meier (1985-86) 37.1 - K.Meier/S.Harnett (1989-90) 36.5 - A.Beard/I.Tillis (2002-03) 34.1 - A.Beard/M.Currie (2001-02)
From the Charity Stripe... The Blue Devils are hitting 74.7 percent from the free throw line this season, which is the highest mark for a Coach P team at Duke. The 2012-13 squad was the previous high and hit 74.1 percent from the charity stripe, which ranked as the third-highest ledger in school history. Duke currently leads the ACC and ranks 44th nationally. Last season, the Blue Devils hit 66.4 percent from the line. Lexie Brown ranks first in the ACC (92.9) and ninth nationally, while Rebecca Greenwell is third (84.7) in the league.
Blue Devils Move Back in Rankings... Following the upset win over third-ranked South Carolina, Duke moved back in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Poll at No. 21 overall. In its fifth straight week in the poll, Duke has climbed to No. 12 in the AP ledger. Duke had a 312-week streak of being in the top 25 prior to moving out last season.
At Home in Cameron... Duke owns a 9-0 mark at home this season in Cameron Indoor Stadium and is outscoring opponents by a 21.7 ledger. Lexie Brown has averaged 19.6 points, 3.2 steals, 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists, while hitting 51.9 percent of her field goals and 45.8 percent from downtown. Brown has averaged 21.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.3 steals and 2.5 assists over the last four home contests. She has hit 50.0 percent from downtown in those games. Through the nine games, Rebecca Greenwell has averaged 18.3 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 steals. She has hit 26 treys and owns a 46.3 percentage from three-point land. As a team, Duke has averaged only 14.4 turnovers and has forced 19.7 a game at home