Game 16 #13/15 Duke (14-1, 2-0) at #6/8 Florida St. (14-2, 2-1) Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017 • 3:00 p.m. Tallahassee, Fla. (Donald L. Tucker Center - 12,100)
Radio: Blue Devil IMG Sports Network (1550AM and 99.9 HD3, TuneIn app) - Chris Edwards
TV/Video: ACC Network Extra & ESPN3
Setting the Scene... The 13th-ranked Duke women’s basketball team (14-1, 2-0) will face its third top 10 team of the season Sunday, Jan. 8 as the Blue Devils travel to Tallahassee, Fla., to face sixth-ranked Florida State at 3 p.m. The contest will be played at the Donald L. Tucker Center. Sunday’s game will be aired live on ACC Network Extra with Tom Block (PXP) and Melissa Bruner (Color) calling the action. It will also be carried on the Blue Devil IMG Sports Network on www.GoDuke.com with Chris Edwards on the air beginning at 6:45 p.m. It will be aired live on 1550AM, 99.9 HD3, TuneIn Radio app and www.GoDuke.com. Duke is riding a 10-game winning streak and is 3-0 this season versus ranked opponents.
What is Next?... Duke will return home after a two-game road swing as the Blue Devils will host Tobacco Road rival North Carolina Thursday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. The game will be aired live on ACC Network Extra.
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes... • The current 10-game winning streak is the longest for Duke since the 2013-14 campaign when the Blue Devils put together an 11-game ledger. • With her 17 points at Georgia Tech, Rebecca Greenwell moved into 25th place on Duke’s career points list with 1,211. • After going 0-2 last season against teams from the state of Kentucky, Duke went 2-0 this year with wins against Kentucky and Louisville. • Baylor and Duke are the only teams in NCAA Division I to rank in the top 10 in both field goal percentage and field goal percentage defense. • Duke has been outrebounded in each of the last three games marking the first time in Coach P’s 10 years at Duke it has happened. The Blue Devils had not been outrebounded in three straight games since 2002-03. • After averaging 88.5 points the first eight games, Duke has averaged only 68.6 points the last seven contests. The Blue Devils reached the 70-point mark at Georgia Tech snapping a four-game streak of scoring less than 70. • Rebecca Greenwell has hit a three-pointer in each of the last 17 games, which is the fourth-longest streak in Duke history. The school record is 25 by Georgia Schweitzer. It is also Greenwell’s longest streak in her career. Greenwell’s streak is the second-longest current ledger in the ACC behind Louisville’s Asia Durr (20). • Sophomore Kyra Lambert ranks tied fifth in the ACC with a 2.3 assist/turnover ratio and tied 13th with a 3.8 assist average. • With 10 points on 5-of-6 field goals against Kentucky, senior Kendall Cooper totaled double-figure scoring for the third time this season. She has averaged 7.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.3 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.3 assists the last three games. Cooper has hit 11-15 of field goals (73.3%) as well. • In the NCAA stats, Duke ranks in the top 10 in scoring margin (10, 24.3), field goal percentage (5, 49.8), field goal percentage defense (7, 33.0) and three-point field goal percentage (8, 40.5). • Either Lexie Brown or Rebecca Greenwell have registered 20+ points in 10 of the 15 games this season. • The Blue Devils snapped an eight-game losing streak to ranked opponents with a 74-63 win over third-ranked South Carolina. It was the highest win against a ranked opponent since Duke knocked off third-ranked Ohio State in 2009. • Duke currently leads the ACC in four categories -- field goal percentage, field goal percentage defense, three-point field goal percentage and blocked shots. • Rebecca Greenwell owns two 30-point games in 2016-17, which is already tied second on Duke’s single season list. The most in a season was three by Chris Moreland in 1985-86. • Duke is averaging 5.9 three-pointers a game, which is more than any Blue Devil squad in school history. The previous high was 6.1 in 2005-06. Greenwell’s 2.9 treys per game average is the highest by a Blue Devil with the next closest being Tricia Liston in 2013-14 (2.5). • The Blue Devils have dished 20+ assists six different times in 2016-17, but only accomplished this a total of four times in 2015-16. • The Blue Devils are averaging only 15.7 turnovers, but are coming off turning the ball over a season-high 23 times at Georgia Tech. Duke committed 20+ turnovers in four of first 11 contests last year. • Kyra Lambert, a 5-9 guard, has 19 offensive rebounds, which ranks fifth on the Duke team. She only had 13 offensive rebounds in 32 games as a freshman. • With her 2.6 blocks per game average, Oderah Chidom ranks 19th nationally and leads the ACC. She also ranks fifth in the ACC with a 59.8 field goal percentage. • Duke has drained 89 three-pointers with the trio of Rebecca Greenwell, Kyra Lambert and Lexie Brown hitting 87 of them. • The Blue Devils are averaging 16.8 assists a contest. Duke averaged only 13.8 assists in 2015-16. • The Blue Devils feature 13 players from 10 different states on the 2016-17 roster. • Follow @DukeWBB and @CoachPDuke on Twitter to get the latest updates on Duke women's basketball. Also, "Like" Duke Women's Basketball on Facebook to get the latest videos, pictures and more. DWB is on Instagram at dukewbb.
A Look at Florida State... FSU enters Sunday with a 14-2 overall and 2-1 league mark. Leticia Romero (15.0 points, 31 treys), Shakayla Thomas (12.8 points, 5.7 rebounds), Imani Wright (11.8 points, 32 treys) and Ivey Slaughter (11.3 points, 6.6 rebounds) have paced the Seminoles.
The Series with Florida State... Sunday’s contest will be Duke’s 47th time in history playing against Florida State. The Blue Devils boast a record of 36-10 against The Seminoles. In games played in Tallahassee, Fla., Duke has totaled a 13-6 record. In the overall series, Florida State has won each of the last two meetings, but Duke has won eight of the last 10. Coach P has a mark of 10-3 against Florida State.
Blue Devils Versus the Seminoles... In two games versus FSU, Rebecca Greenwell has averaged 13.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists. Greenwell registered 19 points and five rebounds as a freshman as she drained 4-of-5 treys. As a freshman at Maryland, Lexie Brown totaled 14 points, five assists and three steals in 33 minutes versus the Seminoles.
Against Ranked Opponents... In three contests against ranked opponents this season, Duke has totaled a 3-0 record. Rebecca Greenwell has averaged 16.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and hit 6-of-14 three-pointers. Lexie Brown owns averages of 15.7 points, 3.3 steals, 2.3 assists and 1.7 rebounds. Oderah Chidom has averaged 10.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocked shots, while hitting 55.6 percent from the field.
Brown Heating Up... Over the last five games, Lexie Brown has been heating up, averaging 21.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.0 steals and 2.8 assists for the Blue Devils. During that streak, she has hit 50.0 percent from downtown and 51.9 percent from the field. She has led Duke in scoring in each of those games, including three 20+ point contests against Elon, Kentucky and Georgia Tech.
Standout Defense... Since a loss at Vanderbilt allowing 77 points, Duke has held its opponents to 54.8 points over a 10-game stretch. In those 10 games, the Blue Devil defense has held opponents to 34.4 percent shooting and 29.0 percent three-point field goal percentage. On the season, Duke ranks seventh nationally with a 33.0 field goal percentage behind Baylor (28.8), West Virginia (32.1), Utah (32.2), Green Bay (32.3), South Carolina (32.4) and Oregon State (32.9).
From the Charity Stripe... The Blue Devils are hitting 73.7 percent from the free throw line this season, which is the second-highest mark for a Coach P team at Duke. The 2012-13 squad hit 74.1 percent from the charity stripe, which ranked as the third-highest ledger in school history. Duke currently ranks second in the ACC. Last season, the Blue Devils hit 66.4 percent from the line. Lexie Brown ranks second in the ACC (92.4) and Rebecca Greenwell is fourth (84.2).
Brown Nets ACC Record... It didn’t take long for redshirt junior Lexie Brown to make her mark in the Duke record book. Brown has drained 49 straight free throws, which is a new Duke and ACC record. It snapped Jennifer Howard’s mark of 40, which was the previous ACC mark. Brown broke the previous Duke record of 37 held by Chelsea Gray. The NCAA record currently stands at 70 by Lauren Prochaska of Bowling Green (Nov. 15 - Dec. 21, 2010). Brown has hit 61 free throws on the year, which ranks second in the league.
NCAA List for Consecutive Free Throws Made-- 70 - Lauren Prochaska, Bowling Green (2011) 66 - Ginny Doyle, Richmond (1991-92) 60 - Adrienne Squire, Penn State (2004-06) 60 - Emily Carter, TCU (2010-11) 57 - Jody Beeman, Central Michigan (1987) 53 - Katie Miller, UNI (2000) 52 - Elena Delle Donne, Delaware (2011) 49 - Lisa Rathburn, BYU (1991) 49 - Lexie Brown, Duke (2016) 48 - Samantha Prahalis, Ohio State (2010) 46 - Brooke Lassiter, Louisiana Tech (2001) 45 - Wendy Scholtens, Vanderbilt (1989) 45 - Amy Slowikowski, Kent State (1989) 45 - Lauren Prochaska, Bowling Green (2010)
Scoring Duo... Duke owns the second-highest scoring tandem in the ACC and third-highest backcourt scoring duo nationally with Rebecca Greenwell (18.9) and Lexie Brown (18.1) combining for 37.0 points a game. Greenwell ranks third in the ACC in scoring, while Brown ranks fifth.
The top scoring backcourts in the NCAA-- 41.0 - A.Peterson/B.Sykes, Syracuse 40.4 - K.Plum/N.Romeo, Washington 37.0 - L.Brown/R.Greenwell, Duke 34.5 - F.Fitzgerald/A.Butts, Temple 35.4 - P.Hall/K.Smalls, James Madison 35.1 - C.Wagner, K.Bell, Minnesota
The top tandems in the ACC-- 41.0 - A.Peterson/B.Sykes, Syracuse 37.0 - Brown/Greenwell, Duke 34.3 - S.Watts/P.Kea, North Carolina
Best Scoring Duos in Duke history-- 37.8 - C.Moreland/K.Meier (1986-87) 37.6 - C.Moreland/K.Meier (1985-86) 37.1 - K.Meier/S.Harnett (1989-90) 36.5 - A.Beard/I.Tillis (2002-03) 34.1 - A.Beard/M.Currie (2001-02)
Blue Devils Move Back in Rankings... Following the upset win over third-ranked South Carolina, Duke moved back in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Poll at No. 21 overall. In its fifth straight week in the poll, Duke has climbed to No. 13 in the AP ledger. Duke had a 312-week streak of being in the top 25 prior to moving out last season.
On the Road... In six road games, Duke has registered a 5-1 record. Rebecca Greenwell has averaged 19.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.3 steals. This includes outputs of 31 points at Pepperdine and 28 points at Liberty. She has hit 37.5 percent from downtown. Lexie Brown has averaged 15.8 points, 4.2 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 3.3 steals. In those games, she has hit 28.6 percent from downtown and 42.9 percent from the field. Kyra Lambert owns a 29/16 assist-to-turnover ratio and is averaging 4.8 assists per contests. Oderah Chidom has hit a whopping 77.1 percent of her field goals on the road.