DURHAM, N.C. - Almost seven months have passed since the Blue Devils played in the NCAA Sweet 16, and almost eight since they closed the regular season at home in Cameron Indoor, but the squad is back, and Built For This season. Before the Blue Devils kick off the season with their first practice, it’s time to check the team’s preseason blueprints.
Season tickets for the 2018-19 season are available now and prices are as followed:
- First Row Floor Seats: $400
- Second Row Floor Seats: $250
- Reserved Seats: $115
- General Admission: $65
- Duke Employee Reserved: $85
- Duke Employee General Admission: $45
For more information on tickets, or to purchase season tickets, click here or call the Duke Athletics Ticket Office at (919) 681-BLUE or click here.
Plans for the Week…
Monday & Tuesday, Oct. 8-9
Off for Duke's fall break
Wednesday, October 10
Duke will kick off the season with the first official team practice taking place.
Thursday, October 11
The Blue Devils will host their annual team photo day.
Boykin returns to the court with four years of eligibility
After injuring her left knee eight games into the 2017-2018 season, Mikayla Boykin is back with all four years of eligibility. The NCAA has granted the 5-9 guard a medical hardship waiver for the 2017-18 campaign, and she will return to the court for Duke this 2018-19 season. The 2017 ACC Newcomer to Watch List selection averaged 4.6 points, 3.2 assists, and 1.2 steals a game before the season-ending injury on Dec. 10 against Winthrop. The Clinton, N.C., native averaged 37.4 points and 13.7 rebound during her senior season at Clinton H.S., and was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of North Carolina. Boykin continues rehab, and is expected to make a big impact for the Blue Devils as they open the season later this month.
RT if you’re excited to see Mikayla hoop in a Duke uniform for four more years 🙌 pic.twitter.com/WlXVYbeRMR— Duke Women’s Basketball (@DukeWBB) September 12, 2018
Roma chosen to train with Puerto Rico National Team
It’s been a busy off-season for fifth-year senior Sofia Roma, graduating Duke in May and training with the Puerto Rico national team beginning in June. Roma was one of 26 selected players called into training by the Basketball Federation of Puerto Rico. Roma previously played with the Puerto Rico team in 2015 at the Pan Am games as she played in four games. The 6-2 post played 12 games for the Blue Devil’s before injuries sat her out for the rest of the 2017-2018 campaign. Roma is expected to make a healthy return for her final season in Cameron.
Rookie Miela Goodchild’s Preseason Down Under
Duke freshman Miela Goodchild is prepared to start her rookie season for the Blue Devils after an off-season Down Under. The Brisbane, Queensland, Australia native was selected as one of 18 players to attend the Australian Under-19 women’s camp earlier this May at the BA Center of Excellence in Australia. The 5-10 guard was also selected as the Queensland Basketball League U-23 Youth Player of the Year, where she lead her Townsville Flames team to a 14-2 record and averaged 18.0 pints, 4.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.5 steals, with a career high of 34 points against the Power. Goodchild will represent her country with the Australian Gems squad at the FIBA Under-18 Asia Championships from Oct. 28 through Nov. 3. Goodchild has previously been names a two-time Basketball Queensland Player of the Year and Logan Basketball Junior Player of the Year, and led her team to a silver metal at the 2018 U20 Australian Nationals.
Lindy’s Sports Annual - No. 21
Street and Smith’s Yearbook - No. 19
For more information, click here on the preseason rankings.
Blue Devils in Charlotte: ACC Media Day…
Duke head coach Joanne P. McCallie, along with redshirt junior Haley Gorecki and senior Faith Suggs, attended the ACC Tipoff Tuesday in Charlotte, N.C. on Oct. 2. Duke joined 14 other women’s basketball programs in a series of interview sessions.
Great to be in Charlotte to promote Women’s Basketball and @accwbb! Proud of the record-tying 8 ACC teams in the 2018 NCAA tourney, 2 Final Four teams and a National Championship. Looking forward to this new season! #ACCTipOff #GoDuke 🔵😈 https://t.co/7iFShWYSuE— Joanne P. McCallie (@CoachPDuke) October 2, 2018
Season Preview: Family Ties…
Northwestern - A few familiar faces might be seen in the crowd when Duke opens its regular season against Northwestern on Nov. 11, as redshirt junior Haley Gorecki and senior Faith Suggs make their homecoming to Chicago. Head coach Joanne P. McCallie might also recognize a familiar face with her son being a freshman at Northwestern.
Maine - Duke head coach Joanne P. McCallie will return to her roots when Duke travels to Maine on Nov. 15. McCallie coached eight years for the Black Bears, where she was honored with a banner as one of the top coaches in the school’s history. McCallie was recently inducted into the inaugural class of the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame.
Elon - Duke will host Elon for the first regular season game in Cameron Nov. 18. Head coach Joanne P. McCallie’s family will be house-divided as McCallie’s daughter, Maddie McCallie, recently graduated from Elon, where she played two seasons for the Phoenix’s after transferring from Miami (Ohio).
Lindsey Harding: History in the Making
Former Duke star Lindsey Harding (‘07) is making history this week by being the second-ever-full-time female scout in the NBA. Harding, after playing with 13 different teams in her WNBA career, will now settle in Philadelphia as a full-time scout for the Philadelphia 76ers. Harding joins only a small handful of former WNBA players, including Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon, who work in the league. Along with making history in the league, Harding was inducted into the Duke Athletics Hall of Fame earlier in September.
Chelsea Gray with Second Annual “Gray Matters Shoe Giveaway”
L.A. Sparks Star and Duke graduate (‘14) Chelsea Gray hosted her second annual “Gray Matter Shoe Giveaway” this past September. Gray partnered with Adidas to hand out free shoes at Safe Place for Youth, an organization that provides health services and housing/employment opportunities for youth living in homelessness. Gray’s received donations from teammates, Sparks Fans, Nike, Adidas, and others, helped her give all participants a shoe that fits.
Monique Currie to stay in the States and pursue different offseason plans:
Monique Currie has spent her past five offseasons playing in South Korea, and played in Turkey, Romania, and Spain in the years before that. But for the first offseason in her WNBA career, Monique Currie is staying in the States to pursue her off-the-court interests. The 35-year-old WNBA player has a keen interest in real-estate, and owns a real estate investing company, Currie Collective LLC. She has purchased and flipped four house in Maryland, and owns several rental properties which she manages. Along with real estate, Currie hopes to one day become a referee for the WNBA or NBA, but plans to start small by refereeing a couple of high school games this fall. Currie has also launched a website, womensbasketball247.com, to keep eye on teammates and friends playing overseas.
Lexie Brown, ‘18
The two-time Associated Press All-American Duke graduate started her overseas career this Sunday as the Hungarian powerhouse Gyor beat Vasas 90-75. Brown put up 19 points in 22 minutes in her debut game.
Salvadores put up two points in 16 minutes in Sopron’s season-opener win over Segled. This is Salvadores second straight season in Hungary.
Chloe Wells, ‘14
Wells started her second season with the Czech Nymburk squad on Wednesday in Brno with a 102-55 win. Wells put up five points in nine minutes.
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