LIBERTY LADY FLAMES (5-6) AT #14/15 DUKE BLUE DEVILS (10-2)
Game 13 • Friday, Dec. 29 • 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: ACC Network Extra - Chris Edwards
The Series: Duke leads 6-0
Duke Head Coach: Joanne P. McCallie (Northwestern, ‘87)
Record: 599-221 (26)
Liberty Head Coach: Carey Green (Coastal Carolina, ‘79)
Record: 421-164 (20)
Setting the Scene...
Following a seven-day break for the Christmas holiday, the 14th-ranked Duke women’s basketball team (10-2) will return to action Friday, Dec. 21 as the Blue Devils host Liberty (5-6) in Cameron Indoor Stadium at 7 p.m.
Friday’s contest will be aired live on the ACC Network Extra. 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.
Duke will conclude a five-game homestand as well as non-conference action with the contest against the Lady Flames.
What is Next?...
Duke will feature a quick turnaround as the Blue Devils hit the road for Coral Gables, Fla., Saturday, Dec. 30 for their ACC opener at Miami on Sunday, Dec. 31 at 12:30 p.m. The contest will be aired live on RSN-TV.
• In her 11th year with the Blue Devils and 26th overall season as a head coach, Joanne P. McCallie is only one win shy of reaching the 600-win mark. . • Duke has won 16 straight home games in the month of December. The Blue Devils have won 24 out of its last 25 home contests in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The lone loss was to Oregon in the 2017 NCAA Tournament second round.
• Fifth-year senior Lexie Brown has been selected ACC Player of the Week in back-to-back weeks and has averaged 24.8 points, 5.5 steals, 5.3 assists and 4.5 rebounds over the last four games.
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes...
• Duke has won 25 straight home regular season contests dating back to the 2015-16 campaign. The school record is 30 dating back to the 2010-12 seasons.
• The Blue Devils have held three straight opponents to 40 points or less for the first time in school history. 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 leads the ACC in paint defense, only allowing 16.8 points in the paint per game. The next closest team is Miami with a 19.83 average.
• Fifth-year senior Rebecca Greenwell missed the last three contests with knee pain and is listed as day-to-day.
• Senior Erin Mathias has posted only 27 points the last three games, after scoring a career-high 24 points against UNC Greensboro.
• Duke’s duo of Lexie Brown and Rebecca Greenwell have combined to score 3,314 points over their career, which is the highest scoring duo currently in the ACC -- Myisha Hines-Allen/Asia Durr of Louisville (2,953), Jasmine Nwajei/Miranda Drummond of Syracuse (2,806) and Shakayla Thomas/Imani Wright of Florida State (2,723).
• Freshman Jade Williams is coming off scoring a career-high eight points against Wyoming as she hit 4-of-5 field goals and blocked a career-high three shots.
• Lexie Brown has missed only 16 free throws out of 192 attempts over her two years at Duke.
• The Blue Devils have won 21 straight games when hitting the 70-point mark.
• A total of eight different Blue Devils have now started games, after Faith Suggs made her first start against Maine.
• After scoring four points over her first nine collegiate games, Jayda Adams has totaled 16 points over the last three contests. She hit 6-of-12 field goals and 3-of-7 treys. Adams scored a career-high eight points off the bench against Maine.
• After scoring a combined 30 points against Old Dominion and Oregon State, Leaonna Odom has gone six straight contests without scoring double-digits. She has averaged only 5.3 points and 6.7 rebounds the last six games.
• Rebecca Greenwell has been limited to 6-of-18 field goals and 0-of-7 from three-point land over her last two games. It marked only the second time in her career she has been held without a three-pointer in back-to-back contests.
• Blue Devil fifth-year senior Rebecca Greenwell needs two three-pointers made to break Duke’s all-time treys mark of 252 held by Tricia Liston (2011-14). Greenwell owns 251 in 107 games.
• Lexie Brown has swiped 22 steals the last four games and ranks eighth nationally (1st in ACC) with a 3.8 per game average. Her 45 steals is the second-most among power five conferences.
• On two occasions this season, Lexie Brown has nearly registered a triple-double. Against UNCG, she had 20 points, nine assists, a career-high tying eight steals and seven rebounds. At ODU, she had 28 points, eight assists and eight rebounds.
• The Blue Devils currently lead the ACC and rank 15th nationally with a 39.7 three-point field goal percentage.
• Rebecca Greenwell became just the 11th player in Duke history to reach the 1,600-point mark with her 19 points against Ohio State. She needs only two points to move into a tie for 10th place on the Duke career list along with Georgia Schweitzer (1,620).
• Lexie Brown of Duke (20.8 points, T1st; 4.8 assists, T6th) and Paris Kea of North Carolina (20.5 points, T3rd; 6.8 assists, fourth) are the only two players in the ACC to rank in the top six 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 1,618 points and 637 rebounds.
• 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 (88.2). Duke’s Nicole Erickson ranks second with an 88.0 mark.
• Rebecca Greenwell’s 251 three-pointers over her career ranks tied 14th on the ACC career charts and needs two more to move into 10th.
• Graduate transfer Bego Faz Davalos owns 353 career blocks and needs only six 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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Nearing 600 Wins...
With a Blue Devil victory Friday against Liberty, Duke head coach Joanne P. McCallie would become the 15th fastest women’s basketball coach to reach 600 wins, accomplishing this in 821 games. In terms of years it took to reach this milestone, she would be tied for 10th fastest, with 600 wins occurring in her 26th year of coaching.
McCallie would be the 39th NCAA coach to reach the 600-win mark with a record of 600-221.
A Look at Liberty...
Liberty enters the contest with a 5-6 overall record, but have won four out of its last six contests. The squad is 1-4 on the road this season.
The Lady Flames have been led by KK Barbour (9.9 points, 12 treys), Keyen Green (9.7 points, 5.6 rebounds), Ashtyn Baker (8.3 points, 34 assists) and Ola Makurat (7.5 points, 4.7 rebounds).
The Series with Liberty...
Duke and Liberty will meet for the sixth time in school history. The Blue Devils boast a 5-0 mark over the Lady Flames, with a 3-0 record in games played at home. In previous meetings, Duke averaged 84.2 points a game, while holding Liberty to an average score of 45.0 points.
Duke Versus the Big South Conference...
Duke boasts a record of 31-5 against teams in the Big South Conference – Campbell (3-5), Charleston
So. (2-0), Gardner-Webb (1-0), High Point (1-0), Liberty (5-0), Longwood (1-0), Presbyterian (2-0), UNC Asheville (9-0), Radford (3-0), and Winthrop (4-0).
The Blue Devils hold a 50-game winning streak against the Big South Conference, with the last team to push past being Campbell in 1977.
Coach P holds a record of 7-0 against the Big South – High Point (1-0), Liberty (1-0), Longwood (1-0), Presbyterian (1-0) and Winthrop (3-0).
On the Four-Game Winning Streak...
Since failing on the road at South Carolina Dec 3, Duke has won four straight contests and has been impressive doing so.
The Blue Devil defense has limited opponents to 40.8 points, 26.0 percent shooting and 20.4 percent from downtown. Duke has forced 21.0 turnovers a game and swiped an average of 13.8 steals.
Duke’s offense has averaged 79.5 points, hit 54.5 percent from the field and averaged only 14.0 turnovers a game.
Stepping Up With Greenwell Out...
Over the last three games that fifth-year senior Rebecca Greenwell has been out, fifth-year senior Lexie Brown and redshirt sophomore Haley Gorecki have stepped up their games considerably.
Brown has averaged 26.3 points, 4.0 assists, 4.7 steals and 3.7 rebounds. She has hit 66.0 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from downtown.
Gorecki has averaged 15.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.7 steals.
Brown Heating Up...
Duke fifth-year senior Lexie Brown has been on fire over the last four games averaging 24.8 points,5.5 steals, 5.3 assists and 4.5 rebounds.
During that stretch, she has hit 66.7 percent of her field goals and 41.2 percent from three-point land.
Her four consecutive games with 20+ points tied a career high.
In the ACC stats, Brown ranks tied first in scoring (20.8), first in steals (3.8), 12th in field goal percentage (54.9), first in free throw percentage (88.7) and tied sixth in assists (4.8).
Nationally, Brown ranks 23rd in scoring, 80th in assists, eighth in steals and 58th in field goal percentage. She was named ACC Player of the Week in back-to-back weeks.
Duke senior Erin Mathias has improved her scoring from a year ago from 3.9 to 9.8, which is a 5.9 points per game improvement.
In terms of senior improvement, Akela Maize of NC State leads the ACC with an 8.1 increase. Boston College’s Martina Mosetti is third (5.8) and Ama Degbeon of Florida State is fourth (4.1).
Making her first start of the season and second of her collegiate career, redshirt sophomore Haley Gorecki tallied a career-high 20 points in 29 minutes against Winthrop prior to exam break.
She hit a career-high 5-of-7 treys and 7-of-11 field goals, while tallying four assists and three rebounds.
In three straight starts, Gorecki has averaged 15.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.7 steals. She has hit 7-of-18 three-pointers.
At Home in 2017-18...
Duke boasts a 8-0 record at home this season, including two victories over ranked opponents.
Lexie Brown (22.4 points), Rebecca Greenwell (15.0 points), Haley Gorecki (9.9), Erin Mathias (9.6 points) and Leaonna Odom (9.0 points) and have paced the Blue Devils in those games. Brown has hit 16-of-34 for a 47.1 three-point percentage. Odom is pulling down 8.3 rebounds as well, while hitting 64.3 percent from the field.
As a team, Duke is averaging 76.9 points and hitting 52.1 percent from the field in Cameron.
Top Scoring Backcourts...
Duke features the fourth-highest scoring backcourt in the nation among power five conferences and tied sixth overall --
Top Backcourts - Power Five Conferences
41.7 - K.Mitchell/L.Harper, Ohio State
39.6 - K.Bell/C.Wagner, Minnesota
37.2 - P.Kea/J.Cherry, North Carolina
35.6 - L. Brown/R.Greenwell, Duke
34.6 - C.Carter/D.Williams, Texas A&M
34.2 - M.Muhammad/A.Alston, Ole Miss