NC STATE (12-4, 1-2) AT #17/18 DUKE BLUE DEVILS (11-4, 0-2)
Game 16 • Sunday, Jan. 7 • 3:02 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: Evan Lepler (PXP), Chelsea Wilson (Color)
The Series: NCSU leads 42-35
Duke Head Coach: Joanne P. McCallie (Northwestern, ‘87)
Record: 600-223 (26)
NC State Head Coach: Wes Moore (Johnson Bible College, ‘84)
Record: 656-216 (29)
Setting the Scene...
After opening ACC action with two games on the road, the 17th-ranked Duke women’s basketball team (11-4, 0-2 ACC) will return to Cameron Indoor Stadium to host NC State (12-4, 1-2) Sunday, Jan. 7 at 3 p.m.
Sunday’s contest will be aired live on RSN-TV with Evan Lepler (PXP) and Chelsea Wilson (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 2:45 p.m.
The RSN-TV contest will be aired on Fox Sports South, FOX Sports Florida, FOX Sports Midwest Plus, YES, NBC Sports Washington Plus, NESN, AT&T Sportsnet Pittsburgh, SportsTime Ohio, FOX Sports Detroit Plus, FOX Sports North Plus, FOX Sports Wisconsin Plus, FOX Sports Southwest Plus, FOX Sports Prime Ticket, FOX Sports San Diego, AT&T Sportsnet Las Vegas, AT&T Sportsnet Rocky Mtn. and Root Sports Northwest.
What is Next?...
The Blue Devils will hit the road once again as Duke will take on Wake Forest Thursday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m., in Winston-Salem, N.C.
• Redshirt sophomore Haley Gorecki enters the contest with a six-game streak of consecutive double-digit scoring games. She has averaged 17.5 points a contest during that stretch. Gorecki ranks third in the ACC in scoring (20.5) in ACC games.
• Duke opened ACC 0-2 for the first time since 1992-93 campaign, which was Gail Goestenkors first season with the Blue Devils. That 1992-93 team opened ACC play 0-9.
• After missing four straight games with knee pain, fifth-year senior Rebecca Greenwell returned to the court at Miami, but missed the Louisville game Thursday. She is listed day-to-day. Greenwell needs two three-pointers to break the Duke career record held by Tricia Liston (252).
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes...
• Duke has won 26 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 been held to under 70 points for five straight games.
• The Blue Devils have won 25 out of its last 26 home contests in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The lone loss was to Oregon in the 2017 NCAA Tournament second round.
• Lexie Brown had her 23-game double-digit scoring streak come to an end at Louisville as she finished with eight points.
• Duke is one of only four teams to rank in the top 15 nationally in both field goal percentage and field goal percentage defense. The Blue Devils are 15th in field goal percentage (47.7) and 14th in field goal percentage defense (34.3). Other teams in the top 15 include Baylor, Oregon State and South Carolina.
• The Blue Devils open the ACC with six road games over their first nine league games. • With a 52.4 scoring defense, Duke ranks sixth nationally overall and tied second in power five conferences.
• Duke leads the ACC in paint defense, only allowing 18.27 points in the paint per game. The next closest team is Virginia with a 20.13 average.
• Lexie Brown has swiped 36 steals the last seven games and ranks seventh nationally (1st in ACC) with a 3.9 per game average. Her 59 steals is the most among power five conferences and fourth nationally overall.
• The Blue Devils held three straight opponents to 40 points or less for the first time in school history against Winthrop, Maine and Wyoming. 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’s duo of Lexie Brown and Rebecca Greenwell have combined to score 3,360 points over their career, which is the highest scoring duo currently in the ACC -- Myisha Hines-Allen/Asia Durr of Louisville (3,037), Jasmine Nwajei/Miranda Drummond of Syracuse (2,851) and Shakayla Thomas/Imani Wright of Florida State (2,835).
• The Blue Devils have won 21 straight games when hitting the 70-point mark.
• Rebecca Greenwell became just the 11th player in Duke history to reach the 1,600-point mark with her 19 points against Ohio State. At Miami she moved past Georgia Schweitzer and into 10th place on Duke’s all-time scoring list. Greenwell needs 42 points to move into a tie for ninth place along with Tricia Liston (1,664).
• Lexie Brown of Duke (19.5 points, 4th; 4.2 assists, T8th) and Paris Kea of North Carolina (20.3 points, 2nd; 6.3 assists, 4th) are the only two players in the ACC to rank in the top eight 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 1,622 points and 643 rebounds.
• Lexie Brown has played in the ACC for two different teams (2013-14 at Maryland; 2016-17 at Duke) and holds the second-best career free throw percentage in those contests (87.8). Duke’s Nicole Erickson ranks first with an 88.0 mark.
• Graduate transfer Bego Faz Davalos owns 357 career blocks and needs only two 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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Coach P Reaches 600 Wins...
With the win Dec. 29 against Liberty, Duke head coach Joanne P. McCallie became 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 tied for 10th fastest, with 600 wins occurring in her 26th year of coaching.
McCallie is the 39th NCAA coach to reach the 600-win mark with a record of 600-221.
A Look at NC State...
NC State enters the contest with a 12-4 record, but has dropped two straight league contests following a win over Virginia Tech.
Chelsea Nelson (13.8 points, 8.8 rebounds), Kiara Leslie (11.5 points, 6.0 rebounds), Akela Maize (10.6 points, 5.9 rebounds) and Aislinn Konig (10.0 points, 42 treys) have paced the Wolfpack on the year.
NC State is 3-1 in road games on the season.
The Series with NC State...
The Blue Devils take on the Wolfpack Sunday in Cameron Indoor Stadium. While NC State leads the all-time series with a record of 42-35, the Blue Devils own a mark of 18-16 in games played at home. The teams’ most recent meetings in 2016 and 2017 ended in narrow victories for the Wolfpack, with the Blue Devils only falling short by a margin of three points in both games. Duke averages 67.3 points a game against NC State, and has won 15 out of the last 20 meetings.
The Wolfpack owns a three-game winning streak against Duke for the first time since the mid-1990s.
Coach P features a record of 8-6 against the Wolfpack.
Duke Players vs. NC State...
Last year against the Wolfpack, Lexie Brown was held to eight points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal in 31 minutes. She hit 2-of-9 field goals.
Rebecca Greenwell has averaged 11.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists in three contests. She has hit only 27.0 percent from the field and 3-of-17 treys.
Gorecki Keeps Shining...
Since moving into the starting lineup six games ago, redshirt sophomore Haley Gorecki has emerged as one of the top scoring guards in the ACC.
In the six starts, Gorecki has averaged 17.5 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.0 steals. She now ranks third in the ACC in scoring for ACC games only with a 20.5 average.
The 6-0 guard is coming off totaling a career-high 25 points at Louisville, which included 19 first half points on 8-of-8 field goals.
Gorecki shined in her first start of the season and second of her collegiate career, collecting a then career-high 20 points in 29 minutes against Winthrop. She hit a career-high 5-of-7 treys and 7-of-11 field goals, while tallying four assists and three rebounds.
She has drained 17-of-37 three-pointers in those six games started (45.9 percentage).
At Home in 2017-18...
The Blue Devils have totaled a 9-0 record at home this season, including a 27.7 average margin of victory. Duke has knocked off two ranked opponents in Cameron -- 17th-ranked Oregon State and eighth-ranked Ohio State.
Lexie Brown has averaged 22.8 points, 4.6 steals, 4.3 assists and 3.8 rebounds at home this season. This includes five straight games with 20+ points. Over the last five games at home, she has averaged 25.0 points, 5.2 steals, 4.4 assists and 4.4 rebounds. She has not scored less than 18 points in nine games.
Gorecki has averaged 16.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.5 steals over her last four home contests.
Leaonna Odom has hit 63.9 percent of her field goals at home.
Adams, Williams Give Boost at Louisville...
The Duke freshmen tandem of Jayda Adams and Jade Williams came off the bench at Louisville and each played a career-high 31 minutes.
They combined for seven points, eight rebounds, two assists, four blocks and one steal. Both of the rookies started the fourth quarter and played all 10 minutes as Duke outscored Louisville, 18-10. Adams and Williams scored five points during that stretch.
Williams now leads the ACC in blocks per game with a 2.5 average in league games only.
Brown is Only One in NCAA...
Fifth-year senior Lexie Brown is the only active player in the NCAA with 1,500 points, 500 assists, 200 three-pointers and 250 steals over her career at Duke and Maryland.
Brown is also only 18 steals from reaching 300 and when she gets it she would join elite company.
In ACC history, only Alana Beard (Duke), Dawn Staley (Virginia) and Shenise Johnson (Miami) have totaled over 1,700 points, 500 assists and 300 steals.
Odom Starts Another Streak...
After failing to reach the double-digit point mark over the last seven games, sophomore Leaonna Odom collected 12 points at Miami and 14 at Louisville. In those two games, she averaged 13.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals. Odom hit 55.0 percent from the field.
She had averaged only 5.4 points and 6.7 rebounds the previous seven games. Odom scored double-figures in five out of the first six games to open the season.
Greenwell, Brown Senior CLASS Candidates...
Duke All-America candidates Lexie Brown and Rebecca Greenwell have been selected two of 30 candidates for the 2017-18 Senior CLASS Award for collegiate women’s basketball.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
Brown Snaps 20+ Points Mark...
After becoming the first ACC player to post 20 or more points in five straight games in 2017-18, Lexie Brown was limited to season-lows in back-to-back games. She was held to 10 points at Miami and eight at Louisville.
She had averaged 25.0 points, 5.2 steals, 4.4 assists and 4.4 rebounds during the five-game stretch.
In the ACC stats, Brown ranks fourth in scoring (19.5), first in steals (3.9), second in free throw percentage (87.0) and tied eighth in assists (4.2).
Nationally, Brown ranks 44th in scoring, seventh in steals and 85th in field goal percentage. She was named ACC Player of the Week in back-to-back weeks to close the month of December.
Duke senior Erin Mathias has improved her scoring from a year ago from 3.9 to 9.3, which is a 5.4 points per game improvement.
In terms of senior improvement, Akela Maize of NC State leads the ACC with a 7.5 increase. Boston College’s Martina Mosetti is third (4.6) and Ama Degbeon of Florida State is fourth (3.3).
Greenwell Returns, Then Sits...
After missing last four straight games with knee pain, fifth-year senior Rebecca Greenwell returned to action at Miami Dec. 31 and finished with four points, six rebounds and three steals in 32 minutes. She was forced to miss the next contest at Louisville and is listed as day-to-day.
Over her last three games played, Greenwell has been limited to 8-of-26 field goals and 0-of-12 from three-point land. It marked the first time in her career she has been held without a three-pointer in three straight contests.
Greenwell still needs only one three-pointer to tie and two to break Tricia Liston’s all-time Duke record of 252 treys.
Her 251 three-pointers over her career ranks tied 14th on the ACC career charts and needs two more to move into 10th.