#8/8 OHIO STATE (7-1) AT #14/16 DUKE BLUE DEVILS (5-1)
Big Ten/ACC Challenge
Game 7 • Thursday, Nov. 30 • 7:00 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 1-0
Duke Head Coach: Joanne P. McCallie (Northwestern, ‘87)
Record: 594-220 (26)
Ohio State Head Coach: Kevin McGuff (Saint Joseph’s College (Ind.), ‘92)
Record: 102-45 (5)
Setting the Scene...
The 14th-ranked Duke women’s basketball team (5-1) will close a three-game homestand Thursday, Nov. 30 as the Blue Devils host eighth-ranked Ohio State (7-1) in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge in Cameron Indoor Stadium at 7 p.m.
The contest 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 6:45 p.m.
What is Next?...
Duke will travel to Columbia, S.C., to face fifth-ranked South Carolina Sunday, Dec. 3 for a 12 p.m., tip on the SEC Network.
• Two of the top power five conference scoring guard duos in the nation will be showcased Thursday with the tandems of Lexie Brown/Rebecca Greenwell of Duke (36.2 points a game, No. 7 overall) and Kelsey Mitchell/Linnae Harper (43.8, No. 1 overall).
• Duke has won seven straight games against ranked opponents in Cameron Indoor Stadium. This includes two top 10 teams (South Carolina, Louisville) and six teams ranked in the top 17. The Blue Devils have won 19 out of its last 20 home contests in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The lone loss was to Oregon in the 2017 NCAA Tournament second round.
• Duke will face back-to-back top 10 opponents for the first time since the 2014-15 campaign when the Blue Devils downed eighth-ranked Kentucky at home and dropped a decision at second-ranked Connecticut in late December. It also happened in 2011-12 (1-1), 2007-08 (1-1), 2006-07 (2-0), 2005-06 (2-1), 2002-03 (1-1), 1998-99 (2-0), 1991-92 (0-2), and 1990-91 (0-2).
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes...
• Coach P has led Duke to 15 home wins over top 10 opponents since taking over the program in 2007-08.
• The Blue Devils currently lead the ACC and rank 10th nationally with a 43.5 three-point field goal percentage.
• Duke has turned the ball over only 30 times over the last three games for an average of 10.0 a game. The Blue Devils had only nine turnovers against Old Dominion and Oregon State marking the first time since 2002-03 the Blue Devils have posted back-to-back games with fewer than 10 turnovers. The 13.3 turnovers per game average ranks second in the ACC. Duke’s lowest single-season average was 13.6 in 2002-03.
• Lexie Brown of Duke (19.7 points, 3rd; 5.2 assists, 7th) and Paris Kea of North Carolina (22.2 points, 1st; 7.4 assists, 2nd) are the only two players in the ACC to rank in the top 10 in both points and assists.
• Rebecca Greenwell leads the ACC in three-point field goal percentage (52.5) and three-point field goals made per game (3.5). She has hit 21 treys through the opening six games, which ties the Duke record held previously by Tricia Liston (2013-14).
• Lexie Brown registered seven assists against Presbyterian with no turnovers in 32 minutes of action. It marks the sixth time at Duke she has played over 30 minutes and not registered a turnover. She did it only twice in two years at Maryland.
• Duke leads the ACC in paint defense, only allowing 13.33 points in the paint per game.
• In three home games, Lexie Brown has averaged 20.3 points, 5.0 assists, 4.7 steals and 2.3 rebounds. She has hit 5-of-10 treys as well.
• Duke (73.07) will feature almost a two-inch height advantage when the Blue Devils host Ohio State Sunday (71.36) in Cameron. The Buckeyes feature four players standing 6-2 or taller, while Duke has seven student-athletes.
• Since opening the season with 12 points at Grand Canyon, Mikayla Boykin scored only nine points in the next three games combined. She hit two huge three-pointers to open the Oregon State contest and finished with six points and four assists in 31 minutes.
• 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 1,584 points and 624 rebounds.
• Senior Erin Mathias registered her first collegiate double-double in the season opener at Grand Canyon. Mathias registered 12 points to go along with 10 rebounds in a career-high 32 minutes. She had played in 91 games over three years without a double-double.
• Rebecca Greenwell became just the 11th player in Duke history to reach the 1,500-point mark with her 19 points at Grand Canyon in the season opener.
• Lexie Brown has played in the ACC for two different teams (2013-14 at Maryland; 2016-17 at Duke) and holds the best career free throw percentage in those contests (88.6). Duke’s Nicole Erickson ranks second with an 88.0 mark.
• Rebecca Greenwell’s 249 three-pointers over her career ranks 15th on the ACC career charts and needs two more to move into 14th.
• Graduate transfer Bego Faz Davalos owns 349 career blocks and needs only 10 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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A Look at Ohio State...
Ohio State enters the contest with a 7-1 record and is coming off winning the Play4Kay Showcase in Las Vegas, Nev., with a double-overtime win over 14th-ranked Stanford (94-82).
Kelsey Mitchell (27.8 points, 36 treys), Linnae Harper (16.0 points, 10.1 rebounds), Stephanie Mavunga (15.8 points, 12.4 rebounds), Sierra Calhoun (10.5 points, 12 treys) and Asia Doss (10.1 points, 16 treys) have led the Buckeyes on the season.
Ohio State is averaging 94.0 points a contest and hitting 10.1 made treys a game.
The Series with Ohio State...
The Blue Devils battle the Buckeyes Thursday at home in their second all-time meeting. Their previous match-up in 2009 in Cameron Indoor Stadium resulted in an 83-67 Duke victory over third-ranked Ohio State in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
Duke Versus the Big Ten Conference...
Duke owns a record of 68-52 in its long history against opponents in the Big Ten Conference – Illinois (0-3), Iowa (1-0), Maryland (41-40), Michigan (4-0), Michigan State (2-1), Minnesota (1-1), Nebraska (1-1), Penn State (5-1), Purdue (6-3), Rutgers (4-2), and Wisconsin (2-0).
Coach P holds a record of 98-69 against Big Ten opponents – Illinois (9-7), Indiana (8-4), Iowa (9-6), Maryland (10-9), Michigan (11-2), Michigan State (0-1), Minnesota (12-2), Nebraska (0-1), Northwestern (10-1), Ohio State (7-10), Penn State (4-11), Purdue (6-8), Rutgers (3-3), and Wisconsin (9-4).
Blue Devils in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge...
Duke enters the 2017 Big Ten/ACC Challenge with an 8-2 record in the yearly event. The Blue Devils downed Rutgers, 68-32, last year in the event and holds a 5-0 record at home in the challenge.
The ACC has won six of the nine previous Challenge titles with the last two years finishing in a 7-7 draw.
Year-by-year results of the challenge --
2016 - ACC 9, Big Ten 5
2015 - ACC 7, Big Ten 7
2014 - ACC 7, Big Ten 7
2013 - ACC 7, Big Ten 5
2012 - ACC 7, Big Ten 5
2011 - ACC 6, Big Ten 6
2010 - ACC 6, Big Ten 5
2009 - ACC 7, Big Ten 4
2008 - ACC 7, Big Ten 4
2007 - ACC 8, Big Ten 3
Duke year-by-year results of the challenge --
2016 - Duke 68, Rutgers 32 (A)
2015 - Duke 84, Minnesota 64 (H)
2014 - Nebraska 60, Duke 54 (A)
2013 - Duke 99, Purdue 78 (H)
2012 - Duke 71, Michigan 54 (A)
2011 - Duke 64, Purdue 53 (H)
2010 - Duke 59, Wisconsin 51 (A)
2009 - Duke 83, Ohio State 67 (H)
2008 - Duke 71, Iowa 47 (H)
2007 - Penn State 86, Duke 84 (A)
In three Big Ten/ACC Challenge games, Rebecca Greenwell has averaged 12.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists. She has hit 7-of-18 treys (38.9%). Lexie Brown will face Ohio State in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge for the second time as Maryland went up against Ohio State as a freshman in 2013 and she totaled five points, five assists, two steals and two rebounds in 20 minutes. The Terrapins won 67-55 in College Park, Md.
When Duke and Ohio State hit the hardwood Thursday, there will be two familiar faces on the opposing bench.
The Blue Devils will go up against Sierra Calhoun, who played 13 games at Duke in 2014, before transferring. She had started all 13 games and was averaging 10.1 points, while hitting 18 treys in those games.
Ohio State redshirt senior Stephanie Mavunga began her collegiate career at North Carolina in 2013-14 and went up against Duke three times. UNC won the two regular season meetings, but the Blue Devils knocked off the Tar Heels in the ACC Tournament semifinals. Mavunga started all three of those contests.
Goestenkors to Call Game for ESPN2...
For the first time since the 2006-07 campaign, Gail Goestenkors will work a game in Cameron Indoor Stadium. This time though, she will be the color analyst for ESPN2.
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.
At Home in 2017-18...
Duke owns a 3-0 record at home this season with Lexie Brown (20.3), Leaonna Odom (15.3) and Rebecca Greenwell (16.3) averaging double-digit scoring. Odom owns a team-best 9.0 rebounds per game.
The Blue Devils have forced 61 turnovers and registered 37 steals in those games. Duke is hitting 50.9 percent from the field and 39.1 percent from downtown.
Odom has missed only eight of 31 shots at home and hitting 74.2 percent of her field goals. Greenwell has hit 9-of-19 treys over the last two games.
NCAA Active Career Leaders...
Duke features three student-athletes ranking in the top 10 of the NCAA active career leaders in ?? categories --
Free throw percentage (1st, 86.8)
Assists (7th, 472)
Steals (6th, 242)
3-point field goals made (3rd, 249)
Bego Faz Davalos
Rebounds (1st, 915)
Blocked shots (1st, 349)
Blocked shot average (1st, 3.29)
Double-doubles (T1st, 37)
Gorecki Matches Career High...
Redshirt sophomore Haley Gorecki keeps getting better each time she sets foot on the court, after missing a year and a half with injuries.
Gorecki matched a career high with 11 points as she hit 3-of-5 treys at Old Dominion. The three treys also equaled a career high.
She added seven points and two rebounds in 17 minutes against 17th-ranked Oregon State, while totaling four assists, four points and two rebounds against Presbyterian.
Coach P has called her the sixth starter for the Blue Devils.
Splash Sisters Go Off for 50...
Duke’s “Splash Sister” duo of Lexie Brown and Rebecca Greenwell erupted for 50 points, 17 rebounds, eight assists and five steals at Old Dominion.
They hit 18-of-25 field goals and 10-of-13 treys.
It marked the fourth time the tandem have combined for 50 or more points over the last two years - 2017-18 (Old Dominion), 2016-17 (Longwood, Old Dominion, Miami).
For the season, Brown and Greenwell are averaging a combined 36.2 points a contest.
New & Improved Odom...
Duke sophomore Leaonna Odom is a different player in 2017-18 and her numbers are showing that as she is averaging 12.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.2 steals.
Odom notched her first double-double of the season and second of her career at Villanova with 13 points and 12 rebounds. She grabbed seven offensive rebounds in the Villanova contest.
She added her second double-double against Presbyterian (14 points, 10 rebounds) and has scored double-digits in five of the six contests.
Odom ranks third in the ACC and 23rd nationally with a 63.0 field goal percentage. She also ranks seventh in the ACC in rebounds.
Redshirt senior Rebecca Greenwell needs only four three-pointers to break the Duke career three-pointers made record held by Tricia Liston (252). Greenwell owns 249 over four years with the Blue Devils. Greenwell is only 72 three-pointers attempted away from matching Abby Waner’s mark of 691.
With 85 double-figure scoring games under her belt, Greenwell ranks eighth overall on the Blue Devil list.
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 six wins shy of reaching the 600-win mark.
After hitting 3-of-21 three-pointers against High Point and Villanova, Duke busted out 13 treys at Old Dominion to tie a school record. The Blue Devils responded with nine three-pointers against Oregon State and eight versus Presbyterian.
Over the last three games, Duke has hit 30-of-57 treys (52.6%). Five different Blue Devils have hit treys during that stretch.