DURHAM, N.C.—The 2017-18 Duke women’s basketball team overcame injuries on its way to advancing to the NCAA Regional in Albany, N.Y., while also finishing fourth in the very challenging ACC. Head coach Joanne P. McCallie and the Blue Devils totaled a 24-9 overall and 11-5 league mark on the year.
• Made its 17th NCAA Regional appearance in school history. The Blue Devils rank seventh nationally with 17 regional appearances -- Tennessee (34), Connecticut (26), Stanford (25), Louisiana Tech (20), Georgia (20), Duke (17), North Carolina (17), Texas (15), LSU (14) and Vanderbilt (14). The 17 regional appearances since 1998 ranks third nationally behind UConn (21) and Tennessee (18). Notre Dame and Stanford (15) and Baylor (13) round out the top five.
• As a team, Duke ranked 14th nationally in field goal percentage defense (35.4) and 19th in scoring defense (56.3). The 56.3 scoring defense and 35.4 field goal percentage defense ranked No. 1 in the ACC.
• Lexie Brown became the second Blue Devil to total 600 points or more in back-to-back seasons (Alana Beard). Brown notched 641 points to rank fifth on Duke’s season charts as a fifth-year senior.
• The Blue Devils led the ACC and ranked ninth nationally with a 38.5 three-point field goal percentage.
• Duke’s Lexie Brown’s had her 29-game streak with at least one three-pointer made come to an end in the NCAA Tournament first round as she went 0-of-4 from downtown. The 29-game streak was a new Duke record.
• Jade Williams collected 40 blocks on the season, which ranked tied fourth on Duke’s freshman charts. Her 1.2 blocks per game average ranked tied 11th in the ACC. She also averaged 1.7 blocks a game in ACC play to rank tied fourth.
• Duke totaled four victories against ranked opponents on the year, including two against top 10 ranked opponents -- #8/8 Ohio State and #9/12 Florida State. The Blue Devils had to go through two ranked teams in the Athens subregional (#23 Belmont and #18 Georgia) to make it to the regional.
• As a team, Duke ranked second in the ACC and 30th nationally with a 10.3 steals per game average.
• Rebecca Greenwell’s 761 rebounds over her career ranked 12th on Duke’s all-time charts. • Lexie Brown’s 4.1 career assist average at Duke ranked tied fourth behind Chelsea Gray (5.0), Alexis Jones (4.6), Hilary Howard (4.4) and tied with Lindsey Harding (4.1).
• At Syracuse, Rebecca Greenwell joined the elite 4,000-minute club along with Duke greats Alana Beard, Elizabeth Williams, Jasmine Thomas, Monique Currie and Lindsey Harding as the only Blue Devils to play 4,000 minutes. Greenwell finished her career with 4,218 minutes, which ranked second in Duke history behind Alana Beard (4,285). • Lexie Brown is one of only three Duke players in school history to register over 60 three-pointers and 100 free throws made in a season -- Brown (202 in 2016-17), Brown (199 in 2017-18), Rebecca Greenwell (183 in 2016-17) and Jasmine Thomas (164 in 2009-10).
• Lexie Brown was the only active player in NCAA Division I with 2,000 points, 500 assists, 250 three-pointers and 300 steals.
• Bego Faz Davalos finished her career ranking 22nd on the NCAA career blocks list.
• Duke forced 23 shot clock violations on the season by its defense.
• Lexie Brown notched two double-doubles on the season with two different stat categories -- points & rebounds; points & assists. She had 19 points and 10 rebounds at North Carolina and then registered 22 points and 11 assists versus the Tar Heels at home. • The Blue Devils notched a 16-1 overall record at home and produced their 18th sellout crowd in school history with 9,314 fans against North Carolina. It marked the 10th all-time sellout against the Tar Heels.
• Lexie Brown and Rebecca Greenwell combined for 53 points against North Carolina Feb. 25. It marked the seventh time the tandem combined for 50 or more points over the last two years - 2017-18 (Old Dominion, WFU, FSU, UNC), 2016-17 (Longwood, Old Dominion, Miami).
• Lexie Brown totaled a team-best seven charges taken on the season and had a total of 12 over her two seasons at Duke.
• In her return home to Pittsburgh, Erin Mathias notched one of three double-doubles on the year with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Outstanding Career Comes to an End...
Lexie Brown closed her impressive career with more remarkable numbers -- 2,088 points, 587 assists, 345 steals, 262 three-pointers made and 455 rebounds.
In just two seasons at Duke, she tallied 1,263 points, 271 rebounds, 277 assists and 218 steals, while averaging 18.9 points a contest.
Brown started all 67 contests and drained 142 three-pointers.
Hitting High Percentage...
Duke’s 38.5 percentage from beyond the arc ranked ninth nationally and first in the ACC. It marked the tied for fifth-best percentage in school history.
Duke Top Three-Point Field Goal Percentage
1. 40.7 (2013-14)
2. 40.6 (1988-89)
3. 40.5 (2012-13)
4. 39.1 (2005-06)
5. 38.5 (1998-99, 2017-18)
Greenwell Makes Mark at Duke...
Over the last four years, a mainstay in the Duke lineup was Rebecca Greenwell and her name will be etched in the record books for a long time because of it.
Greenwell finished her career ranking fifth in points (1,874), 12th in rebounds (761), first in three-point field goals made (301) and 11th in steals (215). Her 301 three-pointers passed Maryland’s Kristi Toliver (300) to rank fifth all-time.
Brown in the Record Books...
Lexie Brown finished her career with her name all over the Duke record books. Here is where she ranked --
Scoring (22nd, 1,263)
Scoring Average (3rd, 18.9)
Three-Point FG Made (9th, 142)
Three-Point FG Attempted (10th, 369)
Free Throw Percentage (2nd, .875)
Assist Average (T4th, 4.1)
Steals (9th, 218)
Steals Average (1st, 3.3)
Minutes Average (1st, 34.6)
30-Point Games (T3rd, 4)
20-Point Games (3rd, 33)
Consecutive Games with a 3-Pointer (1st, 29)
Points (5th, 641 - 2017-18)
Points (7th, 622 - 2016-17)
Scoring Average (7th, 19.4 - 2017-18)
Field Goals Made (6th, 221 - 2017-18)
Field Goals Attempted (7th, 477 - 2017-18)
Three-Point FG Made (T4th, 73 - 2017-18)
Three-Point FG Made (8th, 69 - 2016-17)
Three-Point FG Attempted (6th, 186 - 2017-18)
Three-Point FG Attempted (8th, 183 - 2016-17)
Free Throws Made (9th, 130 - 2017-18)
Free Throws Made (10th, 129 - 2016-17)
Assists (T10th, 146 - 2017-18)
Assist Average (T10, 4.4 - 2017-18)
Steals (1st, 122 - 2017-18)
Steals (6th, 96 - 2016-17)
Steals Average (1st, 3.7 - 2017-18)
Steals Average (8th, 2.8 - 2016-17)
Minutes (4th, 1,165 - 2017-18)
Minutes (8th, 1,153 - 2017-18)
Minutes Average (3rd, 35.3 - 2017-18)
Minutes Average (10th, 33.9 - 2016-17)
20-Point Games (T6th, 16 - 2017-18, 2016-17)
Fastest Player to 1,000 Points (2nd, 53)
Three-Point FG Percentage (4th, .858)
Greenwell in the Record Books...
Rebecca Greenwell closed one of the best four-year careers in Duke history. Here is where she ranked on the Blue Devil all-time charts --
Points (5th, 1,874)
Scoring Average (8th, 14.9)
Field Goals Made (8th, 639)
Field Goals Attempted (6th, 1,482)
Three-Point FG Made (1st, 301)
Three-Point FG Attempted (1st, 755)
Three-Point FG Percentage (6th, .399)
Free Throws Made (T10th, 295)
Free Throw Percentage (4th, .819)
Rebounds (12th, 761)
Defensive Rebounds (5th, 585)
Defensive Rebounds Average (6th, 4.6)
Steals (11th, 215)
Games Started (5th, 123)
Minutes (2nd, 4,218)
Minutes Average (2nd, 33.5)
Double-Figure Scoring Games (6th, 100)
20-Point Games (4th, 30)
30-Point Games (T3rd, 4)
Consecutive Games with a 3-Pointer (5th, 17)
Fastest Player to 1,000 Points (4th, 67)
Three-Point FG Made (2nd, 83 - 2016-17)
Three-Point FG Made (T4th, 73 - 2017-18, 2015-16)
Three-Point FG Made (7th, 72 - 2014-15)
Three-Point FG Attempted (1st, 2018 - 2016-17)
Three-Point FG Attempted (2nd, 202 - 2014-15)
Minutes (2nd, 1,171 - 2014-15)
Minutes (10th, 1,143 - 2016-17)
Minutes Average (6th, 34.4 - 2014-15)
Three-Point FG Made (5th, 301)
Three-Point FG Attempted (7th, 755)
Three Throw Percentage (18th, .819)
Odom Was Strong Force in NCAAs...
In three NCAA Tournament games, Leaonna Odom paced the Blue Devils averaging 21.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.
She notched a game-high 22 points to go along with eight rebounds and four assists against Connecticut in the regional semifinal.
Odom notched a career-high 25 points in the first round against Belmont, while also notching six rebounds, four assists and two steals in 37 minutes. She hit a career-high 11 field goals on 18 attempts.
Odom backed up that performance with 16 points and seven rebounds against Georgia.
Her previous career high of 23 points happened in the NCAA first round a year ago against Hampton. Odom has notched 20 or more points three times in her career and all three times have come in the NCAA Tournament.
Odom’s 25 points was the tied for 14th most points in the NCAA Tournament by a Blue Devil.
Brown Earns AP All-America...
For the third time in her storied collegiate career, Lexie Brown earned Associated Press Third Team All-America accolades.
Last season, she became the first player to earn the award at two different schools and this year she was just the 41st player to earn AP honors for the third time in her career.
Brown became just the third Blue Devil to earn the honor three times -- Alana Beard, Elizabeth Williams.
Suggs Makes Most of Starts...
Junior Faith Suggs has made the most of her first two NCAA Tournament starts as she averaged 6.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals against Georgia and Belmont.
She made her sixth and seventh career starts in Athens. Suggs notched six points, matched a career high with eight rebounds, had one assist and one steal in a career-high 29 minutes against Belmont.
Suggs played 28 minutes against UConn and was held scoreless.
Senior Erin Mathias closed her career being one of the most improved players over the course of four years with the Blue Devils.
As a senior, she averaged 8.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 blocked shots. Mathias started all 33 games, after starting only nine contests the previous three seasons.
She tallied double-digit scoring in three out of her final four collegiate games.
She hit 15 straight free throws to close the season hitting 75.3 percent from the charity stripe.
Greenwell in NCAA Play...
Over her four-year career, Rebecca Greenwell drained 21 three-pointers in NCAA action to rank fourth all-time in Blue Devil history.
Most 3-Pointers Made in Duke NCAA History
27 - Vicki Krapohl (2001-04)
25 - Tricia Liston (2011-14)
23 - Abby Waner (2006-09)
21 - Rebecca Greenwell (2014-18)
20 - Jessica Foley (2003-06)
19 - Jasmine Thomas (2008-11
19 - Georgia Schweitzer (1998-01)
Big on the Boards...
Rebecca Greenwell was a monster on the boards to close the season. In the ACC Tournament, Greenwell had her streak of eight straight games with eight or more rebounds snapped as she had five. She was the first Duke player to notch eight or more boards in eight consecutive games since Elizabeth Williams (2014-15, had 11). Greenwell is the first Duke guard to accomplish this (Katie Meier in 1989-90 had 6). No Duke guard had posted seven or more games in a row.
At Clemson, Greenwell became the third Duke guard along with Alana Beard and Monique Currie to register over 1,800 points and 700 rebounds. Earlier in the year, she became the first Duke player to amass 1,800 points, 700 rebounds and 200 made three-pointers.
Duke fifth-year senior Lexie Brown had one of the best individual seasons in Duke history averaging 19.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 3.7 steals.
She made it one step more impressive against Georgia as Brown set the Duke single-season steals mark with 122. She swiped seven steals against Georgia to break Alana Beard’s mark of 114, which happened in 2001-02.
Brown was one of three Blue Devils to reach the 100-steals mark joining only Alana Beard (3 times) and Jasmine Thomas (2009-10).
Brown’s 3.3 career steals average was the best in Duke history (Alana Beard is second at 3.0).
In the History Books - 70 Treys...
With her four three-pointers made against Belmont in the NCAA first round, Rebecca Greenwell became just the second ACC player to register 70+three-pointers in four consecutive seasons joining Kelly Hughes of Boston College (2014-16).
Greenwell finished her career ranking fifth on the ACC career three-pointers made list with 301 and first in Duke history.
Greenwell From Downtown...
Rebecca Greenwell turned in her best single-season three-point field goal percentage as a fifth-year senior with a 42.9 percentage, which ranked first in the ACC and 13th nationally.
She also ranked 19th in the ACC in scoring (13.9), tied 18th in rebounding (6.4), 10th in steals (1.8) and tied fifth in three-point field goals made per game (2.8).
Greenwell, Brown Invited by Intersport...
Duke’s Lexie Brown and Rebecca Greenwell competed in the 2018 State Farm College 3-Point Championship prior to the NCAA Final Four in San Antonio.
Greenwell went on to place second overall behind Michigan’s Katelynn Flaherty.
Gorecki Makes Impact...
Prior to getting injured, redshirt sophomore Haley Gorecki was playing some of the best basketball in the ACC and was at an All-ACC level.
She scored career highs of 29 points at North Carolina, 28 points at Virginia Tech and 25 points versus Louisville on the road.
Once she moved into the starting lineup Dec. 10 against Winthrop, Gorecki scored double-digits in seven straight contests, including 20+ points in four of those. She averaged 17.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.8 steals over a span of 11 contests.
Gorecki drained 37 three-pointers over a stretch of 12 contests, while also becoming the first Blue Devil to hit seven or more three-pointers in back-to-back games.
For the season, she averaged 11.0 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.3 steals. She hit 42.3 percent from downtown and hit 44 treys on the year.
Duke was hit with the injury bug in 2017-18 as Kyra Lambert, Mikayla Boykin and Haley Gorecki missed considerable time with injuries.
Boykin suffered a torn ACL in December, Gorecki had a left hip injury that required surgery and Lambert is recovering suffering a torn ACL in the NCAA Tournament first round in 2017. Lambert had reconstruction on her ACL Feb. 2, after reinjuring her knee in practice recently.
Lexie Brown was one of the best dishers and defenders in Duke history. She totaled 267 combined steals and assists this year to rank third on Duke’s single-season charts.
Most Combined Assists/Steals in Duke History
294, Chelsea Gray in 2011-12 (201/93)
268, Alana Beard in 2001-02 (154/114)
267, Lexie Brown in 2017-18 (131/106)
248, Jasmine Thomas in 2009-10 (149/99)
235, Lindsey Harding in 2003-04 (168/67)
231, Lindsey Harding in 2005-06 (156/75)
Williams Breaks Out...
Duke freshman Jade Williams broke out against Georgia Tech with the game of her career totaling career highs in points (16), rebounds (8), blocked shots (6) and field goals (7). She hit 7-of-8 field goals in 31 minutes.
It marked the first double-digit scoring game for the 6-5 rookie. She scored 14 of her 16 points in the first half. Her six blocks on the night ranked tied seventh on the Duke freshman charts for a single game.
When the All-ACC accolades were released Feb. 27, Lexie Brown earned first team honors, while Rebecca Greenwell was named to the second team and Jade Williams to the All-ACC Freshman Team.
Brown earned first team accolades for the second straight year and Greenwell received All-ACC honors for the third time in her career. She was First Team All-ACC in 2016-17 and second team in 2015-16. Williams became the 22nd Blue Devil to receive freshman recognition.
For the second straight year, Brown earned All-ACC Defensive Team accolades by a vote of the league head coaches.
Brown was also named ACC Player of the Week Feb. 26, after averaging 26.0 points, 7.0 assists, 4.5 steals and 3.5 rebounds in two wins.
Nancy Lieberman Award Finalist...
Duke fifth-year senior Lexie Brown was one of five finalists for the Nancy Lieberman Award as the top point guard in the nation. Along with Brown, Kia Nurse (Connecticut), Katelynn Flaherty (Michigan), Kelsey Mitchell (Ohio St.) and Sabrina Ionescu (Oregon) were honored.
To be considered for this prestigious award, candidates must exhibit the floor leadership, play-making and ball-handling skills of the award’s namesake.
Roma Gives Spark Off Bench...
Redshirt junior Sofia Roma came off the bench against Wake Forest and provided a key spark in the fourth quarter. In seven fourth quarter minutes, Roma totaled five points, four rebounds and one assist. She hit 2-of-2 field goals. The three offensive rebounds was tied for a Duke best.
For the second straight year, Duke guard Lexie Brown was selected the recipient of the 10th annual Kay Yow Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award, while a total of four Duke women’s basketball standouts were selected to the 2017-18 All-ACC Academic Team.
Brown was one of four Duke student-athletes named to the 2017-18 All-ACC Academic Team, including Rebecca Greenwell, Erin Mathias and Leaonna Odom. Greenwell became just the third Blue Devil to earn four All-ACC Academic Team honors joining Haley Peters and Allison Vernerey.
Florida State also had four honorees, while Louisville, Miami and Syracuse had three players recognized.
Duke’s Lexie Brown (69) and Rebecca Greenwell (73) joined the 60-60 club for the second straight season.
Greenwell (83) and Brown (73) combined for 156 a year ago to became the first Duke duo to have 60+ treys in a season.
Brown Turned in All-Around Numbers...
Fifth-year senior Lexie Brown had one of the most complete seasons in ACC history in 2017-18 as she averaged 19.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists and ACC-best 3.7 steals.
The 5-9 guard was the only player in the ACC to post 20 or more points in five straight games and had 16 total on the year, which ranked third in ACC.
In the ACC stats, Brown ranked second in scoring (19.4), first in steals (3.7), seventh in free throw percentage (82.8). tied sixth in assists (4.4), 12th in three-point field goal percentage (37.1), tied 13th in three-point field goals made per game (2.1) and 11th in assist/turnover ratio (1.4).
Brown Selected ACC Defensive POY...
For the eighth time over the last 15 years, a Duke women’s basketball student-athlete was voted ACC Defensive Player of the Year as Lexie Brown was voted by the 15 league head coaches, as announced by the ACC office.
Brown joined Elizabeth Williams (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012), Chante Black (2009) and Lindsey Harding (2007, 2006) as Blue Devils who have been selected ACC Defensive Player of the Year.
Brown In Elite Company...
Fifth-year senior Lexie Brown was the only active player in the NCAA with over 2,000 points, 500 assists, 200 three-pointers and 300 steals over her career at Duke and Maryland.
She was the only the third player in NCAA Power Five Conference history to accumulate over 1,800 points, 500 assists, 200 three-pointers and 300 steals joining Niesa Johnson (Alabama) and Odyssey Sims (Baylor).
Brown Nets 1,000 Points...
Blue Devil fifth-year senior Lexie Brown became the second-fastest Duke player to reach 1,000 career points at Virginia Tech as she accomplished it in only 53 games.
She was just behind Chris Moreland (50). Other Duke players to quick get to 1,000 points were Alana Beard (56), Katie Meier (62) and Rebecca Greenwell (67).
On September 28, 2017, senior Erin Mathias debuted her Erin Mathias Designs fashion collection in front of the Duke Chapel. She held a fashion show that included teammates, practice players and other Blue Devil student-athletes.
Mathias also showcased her talents to the nation for the Florida State contest live on ESPN2 as she made an outfit for Duke head coach Joanne P. McCallie to wear.
Mathias has been working on her clothing line for a couple of years. She is majoring in visual arts and media studies along with an innovation and entrepreneurship certificate.
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.
Greenwell, Brown Senior CLASS Finalists...
Duke All-America candidates Lexie Brown and Rebecca Greenwell were selected two of 10 finalists 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.
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.
Three in Duke Fuqua...
The Blue Devils featured three student-athletes enrolled in the MMS Program at the Duke Fuqua School of Business. The trio of Lexie Brown, Bego Faz Davalos and Rebecca Greenwell enrolled in July.
Duke also had a manager, Erin Webber, in the MMS program this year as well, who graduated from Washington State.
Blue Devils Traveled to Italy...
From Aug. 14-23, 2017, the Blue Devils traveled to Rome, Florence, Bologna, Siena and Venice, Italy, which ended up being a trip of a lifetime.
Duke played three contests, while on the trip, and toured many different famous sights. The Blue Devils defeated Netherlands (84-66), Italian All-Stars (119-33) and lost to Celje Basketball Club (78-65). Duke had to play the final game against Celje without Lexie Brown, Rebecca Greenwell and Bego Faz Davalos, who had to go back to the U.S., for exams at Duke Fuqua.
The Blue Devils featured three captains in 2017-18 as redshirt senior Lexie Brown, redshirt senior Rebecca Greenwell and junior Kyra Lambert were selected by the team. It marks the third straight year Greenwell and Brown have been named captains.
• ACC Newcomer Watch List
• Senior CLASS Award First Team All-America
• Associated Press Third Team All-America
• WBCA All-America Honorable Mention
• espnW Third Team All-America
• John R. Wooden Final Ballot
• ACC Defensive Player of the Year
• Kay Yow Award - ACC Scholar-Athlete of Year
• All-ACC Academic Team
• All-ACC First Team
• All-ACC Defensive Team
• Nancy Lieberman Award Finalist (top 5)
• Naismith Player of the Year Late Season Top 30
• Wade Watch Mid-Season Candidate
• Senior Class Award Finalist
• Dawn Staley Award Top 15
• ACC Player of the Week - Dec. 11, Dec. 26, Feb. 26
• Nancy Lieberman Award Candidate
• Street & Smith First Team All-America
• Lindy’s Sports Annual Second Team All-America
Bego Faz Davalos
• ACC Newcomer Watch List
• Senior CLASS Award 2nd Team All-America
• WBCA All-America Honorable Mention
• All-ACC Academic Team
• All-ACC Second Team
• Senior Class Award Finalist
• Citizen Naismith Player of the Year Candidate
• John R. Wooden Award Candidate
• Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Candidate
• Street & Smith Second Team All-America
• All-ACC Academic Team
• Lisa Leslie Award Candidate
• All-ACC Academic Team
• Katrina McClain Award Candidate
• All-ACC Freshman Team