#22 SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS (5-4) AT DUKE BLUE DEVILS (6-3)
Game 10 • Sunday, Dec. 9 • 2:00 PM (ET)
Durham, N.C. • Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
ACC Network Extra
Tickets: www.GoDuke.com (1-877-375-3853)
Live Stats: www.GoDuke.com
Radio: Blue Devil IMG Sports Network
(620 AM, 99.3 FM, 96.5 FM, www.GoDuke.com, TuneIn app)
Radio Talent: Chris Edwards (PXP), Rebecca Greenwell (Color)
TV/Video: ACC Network Extra
TV Talent: Ryan Craig (PXP), Debbie Taylor (Color)
Duke Head Coach: Joanne P. McCallie (Northwestern, ‘87)
Record: 619-231 (27)
South Carolina Head Coach: Dawn Staley (Virginia, ‘92)
Record: 427-171 (19)
Setting the Scene...
Riding a three-game winning streak, the Duke women’s basketball team (6-3) will host 22nd-ranked South Carolina (5-4) Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m., in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The game will be broadcasted live on ACC Network Extra with Ryan Craig (PXP) and Debbie Taylor (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, www.GoDuke.com, TuneIn app and www.GoDuke.com with Chris Edwards (PXP) and Rebecca Greenwell (Color) on the air beginning at 1:45 p.m. (ET).
What is Next?...
Duke will be off for exam break, before traveling to Corvallis, Ore., to take on Oregon State Thursday, Dec. 20 at 10 p.m. (ET). The game will be aired on the Pac-12 Network. The Blue Devils will face their second straight ranked opponent and third this season.
• Leaonna Odom has posted four double-doubles in nine games to open the season. Her four double-doubles ranks tied fourth in the ACC. Odom’s four double-doubles through nine games is tied for the second most at Duke since 1998 -- Azura Stevens (5 in 2015-16) and Rebecca Greenwell (4 in 2013-14).
• Duke has held its last three opponents (Wisconsin - 53; Marist - 56; UNLV - 38) to season low points. The Blue Devil defense has held those opponents to only 49.0 points, 33.5 percent shooting, 25.0 percent from downtown and only 29.0 rebounds a game.
• The Blue Devils boast an eight-game winning streak at home in Cameron Indoor Stadium against ranked opponents. The last loss came Feb. 1, 2016 to third-ranked Notre Dame.
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes...
• Duke has won 23 straight home non-conference regular season contests with the last loss coming on Nov. 18, 2015 to 12th-ranked Texas A&M. During that stretch the Blue Devils have knocked off four ranked opponents.
• Onome Akinbode-James is one of seven freshmen in the ACC to notch double-doubles. She is one of only five freshmen in the Power Five to have a 14-point and 14-rebound game this season. She is one of only two to accomplish this on the road against a Power Five Conference team.
• Duke is one of only two ACC teams to feature at least two players averaging 15.0+ points and 5.5+ rebounds (Notre Dame).
• Haley Gorecki is tied for third in the ACC with four games with 19 or more points.
• Duke and Georgia Tech are the only two teams in the league to have four different freshmen who have scored 11 or more points in a game this season.
• Leaonna Odom ranks ninth in the ACC in field goal percentage with a 56.9 percentage, but is the only player in the league to attempt over 100 field goals and rank in the top 15 in percentage. Odom’s 62 field goals made ranks fifth in the ACC.
• The Blue Devils had a season-high 13 steals against Marist and have notched 10 or more steals in six of nine games. Duke ranks fifth in the ACC with a 10.3 steals per game average.
• Duke has won 18 straight contests in the month of December in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
• Leaonna Odom is one of four players in the ACC averaging at least 15.5 points and 8.0 rebounds.
• Duke will feature a two inch height advantage when the Blue Devils and Gamecocks hit the hardwood Sunday. South Carolina features a 71.2 average height with seven players standing 6-1 or taller. Duke owns a 73.2 average height with 10 players 6-0 or taller.
• The Blue Devils have won 34 out of its last 36 home contests in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
• Rayah Craig opened her Duke career with 13 points as she scored 11-of-her-13 in the second half at Northwestern. It marked the third-most points scored by a rookie in her debut under Coach P at Duke -- Rebecca Greenwell 17 on Nov. 16, 2014, Alexis Rogers 14 on Nov. 13, 2009).
• There are 26 returning double-digit scorers in the ACC in 2018-19 with every ACC team except for Pitt having at least one. Notre Dame and Syracuse have the most with four each. Duke features only one (Haley Gorecki). Seven ACC teams return two or more.
• The 2018-19 Duke team is tied for the second youngest Duke team based on percentage of freshman and sophomores (69.23%). The 2011-12 was 75.0 percent freshmen and sophomores to lead the way. The nine freshmen and sophomores are tied for the most under Coach P at Duke (2015-16 and 2011-12).
• Duke was one of the best teams in the nation a year ago in opponent paint scoring holding teams to only 19.97 points a game. This ranked as the second-lowest for the Blue Devils over the last seven years (19.06 in 2014-15).
• In terms of the youth of the ACC, Duke’s 69.23 percent of freshmen and sophomores is the fourth-highest -- Georgia Tech (76.92), Boston College (75.0) and Florida State (72.73).
• Duke returns just 39.7 percent of its scoring from the 2017-18 season. It is the lowest returning scoring percentage since the conclusion of the 2013-14 season. The Blue Devils lost 43.7 points and 60.3 percent of scoring. It is the most since the 2013-14 season, which Duke lost 66.9 percent of its scoring.
• Duke graduated two of the best scorer’s in Blue Devil history – Rebecca Greenwell (1,874 points) and Lexie Brown (1,263 points in two years). They were one of the most dynamic scoring duos in the nation the last two years and Duke will have a much different look in 2018-19 without those guards.
• All 29 of Duke’s 2018-19 contests will be aired on some type of television between ESPN+, ACC Network Extra, ESPN2, RSN-TV, PAC 12 Network and Big Ten Network.
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A Look at South Carolina...
South Carolina enters the contest with a 5-4 record and ranked 22nd nationally. On the season, Te’a Cooper (14.0 points, 12 treys), Tyasha Harris (10.9 points, 10 treys) and Alexis Jennings (9.1 points, 5.8 rebounds) have paced the Gamecocks.
This will mark South Carolina’s second away game of the season as the Gamecocks defeated Alabama State to open the year.
The Series with South Carolina...
Duke will host South Carolina as the two programs face off against one another for the seventh all-time meeting. The Gamecocks present one of the more challenging non-conference opponents for the Blue Devils this season, as Duke holds an all-time mark of 2-4 in the series. The last two games between the two resulted in a split, with South Carolina coming out on top a season ago and Duke claiming a victory at home in 2016.
Overall, Duke is 1-2 at home against the Gamecocks and averaging 68.3 points in those three contests. On the other hand, South Carolina has averaged 67 points on its road trips to Durham. Coach P holds a 1-3 record against the Gamecocks, with all four games coming from her tenure at Duke.
Duke Versus the SEC...
Duke boasts a 40-24 record in career meetings against the Southeastern Conference – Alabama (2-1), Arkansas (2-1), Auburn (5-0), Florida (2-1), Georgia (4-0), Kentucky (6-2), LSU (3-2), Missouri (0-1), Mississippi State (2-0), South Carolina (2-4), Tennessee (6-5), Texas A&M (1-4) and Vanderbilt (5-3).
It will mark the second SEC team Duke has faced this season as Duke dropped a 62-54 decision to Missouri.
Coach P owns a record of 22-23 against the SEC.
Boykin Impressive in Season Debut...
Duke redshirt freshman Mikayla Boykin made her 2018-19 debut Thursday against UNLV and was very impressive with 11 points, six assists, a career-high five steals and four rebounds in 20 minutes. Boykin started the third quarter and sparked the Blue Devils to an impressive second half outscoring the Lady Rebels, 41-21. Her debut came 361 days since she tore her ACL Dec. 10, 2017 against Winthrop. Boykin received a medical redshirt for this past season and will have four years of eligibility remaining.
Redshirt junior Haley Gorecki and freshman Miela Goodchild have combined to drain 38 three-pointers on the season. This ranks 14th in the NCAA, fourth among Power Five Conferences and third in the ACC. The top duos in the ACC are Miranda Drummond and Gabrielle Cooper of Syracuse (49) and Taylor Emery and Dara Mabrey of Virginia Tech (42).
Big Down the Stretch...
Redshirt junior Haley Gorecki has scored 50 of her 149 points in the fourth quarter this season. She tallied 10 points against Washington, Missouri and Wisconsin. In those three games, Gorecki scored 30 of Duke’s 60 points.
Leaonna Odom has scored 40 of her 143 points in the fourth quarter as well, while hitting 61.5 percent of her field goals.
Overall, Odom and Gorecki have scored 90 of Duke’s 164 fourth quarter points in the fourth quarter.
At Home in Cameron...
In three games at home this season, the Blue Devils are 3-0 and are averaging 70.3 points a contest. The Blue Devils have hit 47.3 percent from the field and are featuring an +13.0 rebounding margin. Leaonna Odom has averaged 18.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 2.0 assists at home. She has hit 65.7 percent of her field goals.
Haley Gorecki has averaged 13.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.3 steals and 2.7 assists.
Miela Goodchild has drained 7-of-11 three-pointers and averaged 11.0 points, 2.3 assists and 1.7 rebounds. She had 14 points and a career-high four rebounds versus UNLV.
Duke is holding opponents to 34.8 percent shooting and 52.7 points a game.
In the NCAA Stats...
Duke currently ranks 45th nationally with a 45.0 field goal percentage and 56th with a 10.3 steals per game average.
Haley Gorecki ranks 30th in steals per game (3.0), 28th in three-point field goals attempted (69), 62nd in minutes played per game (35.3) and 14th in steals (27).
Leaonna Odom ranks 28th in double-doubles (4) and 42nd in field goal percentage (56.9).
Gorecki Posting Impressive Numbers...
Duke redshirt junior Haley Gorecki is one of 10 players nationally and one of only two in Power Five conferences averaging over 16.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.0 steals on the season. The only other Power Five conference player is Kennedy Leonard of Colorado. Gorecki currently ranks tied seventh in the ACC in scoring (16.6), tied second in steals (3.0) and tied third in minutes played (35.6).