DURHAM, N.C., - The Duke women’s basketball team is picking up steam quickly with an impressive performance in Sunday’s exhibition game. Since the last time out, three players were nominated for preseason watch-lists, and one player led her country’s team abroad to a U19 World Cup qualification. But before the Blue Devils hit the road to start the regular season in less than a week, it’s time to check the team’s blueprints.
Season tickets for the 2018-2019 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, call the Duke Athletics Ticket Office at (919) 681-BLUE or click here.
Tweet of the Week…
Associated Press - No. 21
USA Today - No. 20
NOTE: It marks the 18th time out of the last 19 years Duke has been ranked in the preseason by the Associated Press writers. Since 2001, Duke and Notre Dame are tied for the most appearances by ACC teams in the Associated Press preseason top 25 with 17 selections.
Sunday, November 11
Season opener at Northwestern
Tuesday, October 23
The Duke women’s basketball program held their annual media day in the Krzyzewski Center Practice facility to talk to the athletes and coaches about the upcoming season.
📸 Media Day 🎥🔵😈🏀😁 pic.twitter.com/hmNQEqzvwM— Duke Women’s Basketball (@DukeWBB) October 23, 2018
🎥 Media Day Exclusive with Becca and the squad.🎙🔵😈🤣— Duke Women’s Basketball (@DukeWBB) November 2, 2018
Catch @bgreenwell23 doing color commentary this season, starting with our exhibition on Sunday. 👀
🏀 vs. Alaska Anchorage
🏰 Cameron (2PM) pic.twitter.com/2yQlVIroIp
Sunday, November 4
The Duke women's basketball team defeated Alaska Anchorage, 75-54, in exhibition play on Sunday in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Redshirt junior Haley Gorecki notched a double-double in Sunday's contest with 18 points and 10 boards. She also picked up four assists and a team-high of three steals. Gorecki scored 14 points in the second half Rookie Onome Akinbode-James always notched a double-double with 11 points and a team-high 11 rebounds. Other leaders tonight included Jade Williams, who concluded play with 17 points, six boards, and two blocks.
Final: Duke wins 75-54. 🔵😈🏀🏰 pic.twitter.com/atDjlS47AV— Duke Women’s Basketball (@DukeWBB) November 4, 2018
Kyra Lambert Benched with Injury Once Again
For the second straight season, point guard Kyra Lambert will be out for the 2018-2019 campaign as she reinjured her knee. The redshirt junior had surgery Nov. 1 for a meniscal tear and to reconstruct her ACL in her left knee. Lambert is expected to graduate in May, but will still have two years of eligibility remaining.
Kyra: "I will continue to lead, encourage, and support my team in every way that I can. I sincerely thank the coaches, my team, athletic training staff, and everyone who has supported me through this time. I am trusting the process and looking forward to a strong recovery." pic.twitter.com/eIuZBONQQI— Duke Women’s Basketball (@DukeWBB) October 29, 2018
Goodchild travels to India with Australian U18 Team...
Rookie Miela Goodchild lead Australia to a bronze medal at the FIBA Under-18 Asian Championship in India with a 75-58 win over Korea on Saturday. Goodchild had stellar performances throughout the tournament, with 27 points in 24 minutes in the second-round win over Chinese Taipei. With Goodchild and her Australian Gems squad reaching the semi-finals of the Asian Championships, they qualify for the Under-19 World Cup in Thailand from July 20-28. She led all scorers with a 17.7 points per game average, while also averaging 6.0 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 2.7 asssits.
The Australian Gems results from the 2018 FIBA Under-18 Asian Championships:
October 28: Australia def. Indonesia (96-28)
October 29: Australia def. Chinese Taipei (106-66)
October 30: Australia def. by Korea (62-63)
November 1: Semi-Final Qualifier: Australia def. New Zealand (82-66)
November 2: Semi-Final: Australia def. by Japan (77-90)
November 3: Bronze Medal Playoff: Australia def. Korea (75-58)
Miela is up for best individual performance at #FIBAU18Asia! Big time stat line in the win over Chinese Taipei...— Duke Women’s Basketball (@DukeWBB) November 2, 2018
📲 VOTE: https://t.co/hSKSsc07hx pic.twitter.com/HVndUZhcpW
Season Preview: Top 10 Tip-offs...
Preseason rankings have been released, and Duke is set to face four top 10 opponents this season.
Notre Dame - The Blue Devils will travel to South Bend, Indiana, at the end of February to face the preseason No. 1 Fighting Irish squad. The Fighting Irish team received all 31 first place votes.
Louisville - Duke will host No. 5 Louisville on January 6. The Blue Devils lead the series 9-5 against the Cardinals.
Oregon State - Over winter break, the Blue Devils will travel to the West Coast to face No. 8 Oregon State. The two teams met for the first time last season, with Duke taking the win. This will be the first time Duke will travel to Oregon State.
South Carolina - The No. 10 ranked Gamecocks will travel to Durham in early December to face the Blue Devils. The Gamecocks lead the series 4-2.
The Watch List…
Jade Williams: Lisa Leslie Watch List - Honoring the nation’s top center
Leaonna Odom: Cheryl Miller Award Watch List - Honoring the nation’s top small forward
Versatile and 💥explosive💥 with lots of bounce. Neah has an easy 32.5” vert and can get to the rim when she wants. For sure one of the top small forwards in the nation. 👀🐰🐰🐰🔵😈#MillerAward @Hoophall @wbca1981 pic.twitter.com/0eVZBIi7XJ— Duke Women’s Basketball (@DukeWBB) October 24, 2018
Lambert Selected: Nancy Lieberman Award Watch List - Honoring the nation’s top point guard
Did You Know?...
Off the court, Mikayla Boykin writes raps when she’s bored.
With Halloween last Wednesday, Uchenna Nwoke was most likely celebrating with a movie marathon of all the Halloweentowns, her favorite Disney movies.
Beach or mountains? Faith Suggs prefers the best of both worlds: a beach with a view of the mountains.
The whole team, including herself, said Kyra Lambert would be the best president because she is a people person and cares for the well-being of others.
One thing that is sure to put captain Sofia Roma in a good mood is music, especially her go-to practice song Lose Control by Missy Elliot.
Karima Christmas-Kelly Launches Clothing Line
The Dallas Wings' forward and Duke grad Karina Christmas-Kelly launched her "Confidently Me" clothing line earlier this year. The brand, which sells women's apparel from tank tops to hoodies, works to empower and promote confidence in young girls. Christmas-Kelly began her clothing line last summer as she completing a Master's Degree, and got injured six games into the WNBA season. She one day hopes to exand the brand and make men's clothing as well. Check out Christmas-Kelly's gear on her brand's website.
Monique Currie Travels with NBA Africa
Monique Currie traveled to South Africa for the Royal Bafokeng Jr. NBA Championships. The NBA and Royal Bafokeng Nation came together to launch the Royal Bafokeng NBA Development program, a school-based basketball development program focusing on developing the game.
Elizabeth Williams in Battle for Higher Pay
Players in the WNBA are constantly in a battle for higher pay, and Duke alum Elizabeth Williams in taking a stand in the fight. The 144 players in the league are not asking for economic equality in comparison to the NBA, but they are asking for a bigger share of the industry’s revenue. Williams, the Atlanta Dream forward, believes that in a time where there is talk of the importance of a strong woman, there should be adequate compensation.
This is just some of our stories: https://t.co/fjb1xqFV7d— Elizabeth Williams (@E_Williams_1) October 29, 2018
Erin Mathias, ‘18
Mathias and Empoli lost to Sesto San Giovanni 70-65, with Mathias charting a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Lexie Brown, ‘18
Brown and Gyor kicked off the EuroCup Women hosted Uniao of Portugal, and taking a 78-67 win. Brown has 14 points in the contest. Gyor returned to domestic league play and lost to Cegled 65-63. Brown totaled 23 points in 35 minutes.
Sheer heads to Russia to play with Dynamo Novosibirsk. She started her season with seven points and six rebounds in the opening win against Spartak Noginsk, and five points in the 90-49 loss to Ekaterinburg.
Haley Peters, '14
Peters and Charleville hosted fellow Blue Devil Angela Salvadores and her Sopron team to kick off their EuroCup Women play. Charleville took the 80-74 win, with 19 points for Peters.
Salvadores, in play against Haley Peters’ Charleville, has 12 points in 20 minutes. She also contributed four points in Sopron’s 67-56 win over Szekszard.
Chloe Wells, '14
Wells and Nymburk started the EuroCup Women with a one point win over Ruzomberok of Slovakia. Wells had 19 points and seven rebounds. In domestic league play, Nymburk beat Slovanka 57-52, with Wells tallying 12 points in 17 minutes.
Elizabeth Williams, '15
Williams played all 40 minutes in Bota’s EuroCup Women debut in Sweden with a 82-65 win against Umea. Williams put up 22 points and eight boards. The Botas squad also beat Mersin 86-66 with Williams tallying 16 points and 6 rebounds
Oderah Chidom, '17
Chidom and Dafni Agiou Dimitriou beat Sporting Athens 57-53, where Chidom had a double-double with 16 points and 11 minutes in her 40 minutes of play.
Jasmine Thomas, '11
Thomas and Polkowice hosted Bourges of France for the opening of the EuroCup Women campaign. Polkowice lost 73-56, and Thomas had seven points in 27 minutes.
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