DUKE UNIVERSITY BLUE DEVILS (0-0) AT GRAND CANYON LOPES (0-0)
Game 1 • Sunday, Nov. 12 • 4:00 PM (ET)
GCU Arena (7,000)
Radio: Blue Devil IMG Sports Network
(620 AM, 99.3 FM, 96.5 FM, TuneIn app) - Chris Edwards
TV/Video: ESPN3, YurView - Barry Buetel (PXP), Scott Williams (Color),
Kate Longworth (Sideline)
The Series: Duke leads 1-0
Duke Head Coach: Joanne P. McCallie (Northwestern, ‘87)
Record: 589-219 (25)
GCU Head Coach: Nicole Powell (Stanford, ‘04)
Record: 0-0 (1st Year)
Setting the Scene...
The preseason 12th-ranked Duke women’s basketball team will open the 2017-18 campaign out west as the Blue Devils travel to Phoenix, Ariz., to face Grand Canyon Sunday, Nov. 12 at 4 p.m. (ET).
Sunday’s game will be aired live on ESPN3 with Barry Buetel (PXP), Scott Williams (Color) and Kate Longworth (Sideline) 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 4:45 p.m. It will be aired live on 620 AM, 99.3 FM, 96.5 FM, TuneIn Radio app and www.GoDuke.com.
Duke is making the return trip to Grand Canyon as the Lopes played in Durham last season. Blue Devil alumna Krystal Thomas was an assistant coach with Grand Canyon in 2016-17.
What is Next?...
Duke will return home to host High Point Thursday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m., in Cameron Indoor Stadium in the 2017-18 home opener. The game will be aired live on ACC Network Extra.
• Duke owns an all-time record of 9-2 in true road openers, including nine straight wins. The Blue Devils own an overall mark of 34-8 in season openers over the history of the program, including 13 consecutive wins. It marks the fifth straight year Duke will open the season on the road as the Blue Devils totaled a 98-38 win at Liberty in 2016-17.
• The Blue Devils will open the season with three road games over its first four contests. Following the opening four games, Duke will play eight of the next nine games at home in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
• The top scoring backcourt in the ACC and fifth nationally returns in 2017-18 with Lexie Brown and Rebecca Greenwell combining for 37.4 points a contest a year ago.
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes...
• Rebecca Greenwell needs only 15 points to reach the 1,500-point mark over her career. Only 10 Blue Devils have accumulated 1,500 points over their time at Duke.
• Lexie Brown has played in the ACC for two different teams (2013-14 at Maryland; 2016-17 at Duke) and holds an ACC-best 88.1 free throw percentage in those contests.
• Rebecca Greenwell’s 228 three-pointers over her career ranks tied 21st on the ACC career charts and needs two more to move into 20th.
• Three Blue Devils feature impressive streaks from the free throw line entering the season -- Lexie Brown (15), Haley Gorecki (13) and Rebecca Greenwell (10). Last season, Brown hit an ACC-record 56 straight free throws.
• Graduate transfer Bego Faz Davalos enters the season with 346 career blocks and needs only 13 to move into a tie for 27th on the NCAA all-time blocks list.
• Rebecca Greenwell could become the first Duke player to amass 1,500 points, 600 rebounds and 200 made three-pointers. She needs 15 points and 19 rebounds to reach that mark. 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 1,485 points and 581 rebounds.
• 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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A Look at Grand Canyon...
Grand Canyon enters its first season under the direction of head coach Nicole Powell. The Lopes are coming off a 15-12 record from a year ago and a 7-7 mark in the Western Athletic Conference.
Powell, a 2004 graduate of Stanford, never faced the Blue Devils while in college. She was a member of the Oregon women’s basketball staff in 2017 that upset Duke in the NCAA Tournament second round in Durham, N.C.
The squad returns six letterwinners and three starters from last season. Preseason All-WAC First Team selection Brie Mobley headlines the returners for Grand Canyon as she is coming off averaging 16.0 points a game.
Grand Canyon will face Embry-Riddle Friday, Nov. 10 in its season opener at home.
The Series with Grand Canyon...
Duke and Grand Canyon meet for the second time in school history Sunday in Arizona. The two schools faced off last season in Cameron Indoor Stadium as the Antelopes fell, 90-47, in Durham, N.C.
Duke Versus the WAC...
The Blue Devils feature a record of 2-0 against opponents in the Western Athletic Conference -- Utah Valley (2007) and Grand Canyon University (2016).
Coach P owns a record of 5-0 against the WAC -- Chicago State (2-0), Grand Canyon (1-0), Idaho (1-0), and Utah Valley (1-0).
One of Tallest Teams...
Duke continues its theme of having tall teams in 2017-18 as the Blue Devils will feature fifth-tallest team in school history standing an average of 73.07 inches.
The 73.07 average height is just shy of 2016-17 (73.39), 2014-15 (73.25), 2011-12 (73.25) and 2005-06 (73.08).
Duke is the tallest team in the ACC with a 6-1 average, while Virginia ranks second with a 72.39 ledger. In looking at the Blue Devils’ non-conference opponents, Oregon State (72.64) and Wyoming (72.14) are the next closest teams in terms of height.
The Blue Devils feature 11 players standing 6-0 or taller and seven at 6-2 or better on the 2017-18 roster.
Blue Devils Add Graduate Transfer...
Over the summer, Duke added 6-3 graduate transfer Bego Faz Davalos to the Blue Devil roster. Davalos graduated from Fresno State in May and enrolled in the Duke Fuqua School of Business in July.
Heading into 2017-18, Davalos was the NCAA active leader in rebounds (896), blocks (346), blocks per game (3.46) and double-doubles (37).
Davalos was twice named the Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year, while averaging 14.6 points, 11.2 rebounds and 3.5 blocks as a redshirt junior.
Top Backcourt Returns...
Duke returns the highest scoring duo in the ACC and fifth nationally with the tandem of Lexie Brown (18.3) and Rebecca Greenwell (16.4). They combined to average 34.7 points a contest, which was the fifth-highest duo in school history.
The Blue Devil tandem are the fourth-highest returning duo in Duke history.
The top returning scoring tandems in the nation--
40.6 - N.Collier/KL Samuelson, UConn
35.7 - E.Clemens/M.Blumer, Western Illinois
35.2 - C.Wagner/K.Bell, Minnesota
35.1 - K.Flaherty, K.Gondrezick, Michigan
34.7 - L. Brown/R.Greenwell, Duke
34.0 - S.Watts/P.Kea, North Carolina
Duke top returning scoring tandems--
37.8 - C.Moreland/K.Meier (1986-87)
37.6 - C.Moreland/K.Meier (1985-86)
36.5 - A.Beard/I.Tillis (2002-03)
34.7 - L.Brown/R.Greenwell (2016-17)
33.0 - S.Harnett/J.Kraft (1988-89)
Redshirt senior Rebecca Greenwell needs only 24 three-pointers to tie the Duke career three-pointers made record held by Tricia Liston (252). Greenwell owns 228 over three years with the Blue Devils.
Greenwell is only 106 three-pointers attempted away from matching Abby Waner’s mark of 691.
With 80 double-figure scoring games under her belt, Greenwell ranks tied ninth overall on the Blue Devil list.
Tough Stretch Ahead...
Duke will feature a four-game stretch where it will face three ranked opponents over the four games in late November and early December.
The Blue Devils will host Oregon State (Nov. 25), Ohio State (Nov. 30) and South Carolina (Dec. 3). The Oregon State and Ohio State contests will be played in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Nancy Lieberman List...
For the fourth time in four collegiate seasons, Duke redshirt senior Lexie Brown has been selected to the Nancy Lieberman Award watch list. Brown is one of 20 candidates for the top point guard in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball.
Brown was a Nancy Lieberman Award candidate as a freshman and sophomore at Maryland, while also being selected as a redshirt junior and redshirt senior at Duke.
Ann Meyers Drysdale Candidate...
Blue Devil redshirt senior Rebecca Greenwell was selected one of 20 watch list candidates for the 2018 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award. The annual award in its inaugural year recognizes the top shooting guard in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball.
The award is named after Ann Meyers Drysdale, who was the first player, male or female, to be named to the All-America Team in four straight college seasons at UCLA.
Katrina McClain Award List...
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association have announced the 20 watch list candidates for the 2018 Katrina McClain Award, which includes Duke University sophomore Leaonna Odom.
Named after the two-time All-American and 1987 National Player of the Year, the annual award in its inaugural year recognizes the top power forwards in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball.
Preseason All-America Recognition...
In the preseason basketball magazines, both Lexie Brown and Rebecca Greenwell received All-America recognition.
Brown earned First Team All-America honors by Street & Smith’s along with a second team nod from Lindy’s Sports Annual. Greenwell was a Second Team All-America by Street & Smith’s.
Duke was also tabbed No. 8 ledger by Street & Smith’s Basketball. The Blue Devils also received a No. 12 ranking from Lindy’s Sports Annual and was No. 17 in the Athlon Sports College Basketball Preview.
After missing the last year and a half due to injuries, redshirt sophomore Haley Gorecki returns to the court in 2017-18.
Gorecki played 14 games as a freshman in 2015-16, before suffering a season-ending hip injury. That same injury forced her to redshirt the 2016-17 campaign.
Coach P Approaching 600 Wins...
In her 11th year with the Blue Devils and 26th overall season as a head coach, Joanne P. McCallie is only 11 wins shy of reaching the 600-win mark.