DURHAM, N.C.— The 2016-17 edition of the Duke women’s basketball team collected a 28-6 overall record this past season, while receiving an NCAA Tournament bid for the 23rd time in school history. The Blue Devils registered eight wins against ranked opponents and finished the regular season with a 13-3 overall record, which was tied second in the ACC, under the direction of head coach Joanne P. McCallie.
Duke knocked off 21st-ranked Syracuse and 16th-ranked Miami to advance to the ACC Tournament Championship in Conway, S.C.
Redshirt junior Lexie Brown made a splash with the Blue Devils earning Associated Press Third Team All-America honors, while redshirt junior Rebecca Greenwell earned WBCA All-America Honorable Mention accolades. The duo were the second-highest scoring tandem in the ACC and combined to drain 156 three-pointers.
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes...
• Lexie Brown earned Associated Press Third Team All-America in 2016-17 at Duke and 2014-15 at Maryland becoming the first player in NCAA history to earn the honor at two different schools.
• Lexie Brown became the eighth Blue Devil to score 600 or more points in a season as she finished with 622. Overall, it ranked as the sixth most in a single season in Duke history.
• In four career postseason games, Leaonna Odom has averaged 10.4 points and 3.6 rebounds. She hit 70.4 percent of her field goals 82.4 percent from the free throw line.
• Lexie Brown became the sixth Blue Devil in school history to receive Academic All-America status joining Elizabeth Williams (2014-15), Haley Peters (2013-14), Jasmine Thomas (2010-11, 2009-10), Abby Waner (2006-07) and Katie Meier (1988).
• Senior Oderah Chidom finished sixth on Duke’s career blocked shots list with 153.
• Rebecca Greenwell ranked seventh in scoring (16.4), tied 13th in rebounding (6.4), fourth in free throw percentage (87.7), sixth in three-point field goal percentage (39.9) and sixth in three-point field goals made (2.4) in the ACC statistics.
• Lexie Brown became just the fourth Blue Devil to collect 200 made field goals and had over 100 assists in school history. The other Duke players that have accomplished this feat are Jasmine Thomas (2009-10), Alana Beard (2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04) and Monique Currie (2004-05).
• The Blue Devils held opponents to 26.2 percent shooting from behind the arc, which ranked second nationally only to St. John’s (NY) with a 24.6 percentage. Duke also held opponents to 33.7 percent shooting overall to rank fourth nationally.
• Duke’s eight-win turnaround from the 2015-16 season (20-12) to the 2016-17 season (28-5) was the biggest turnaround in Duke history since the 10-win turnaround from 1977-78 (1-19) to 1978-79 (11-11).
• The Blue Devils were one of only eight teams that have gone from being unranked in the preseason Associated Press poll to the top nine in the final poll -- Arizona State, Florida State, West Virginia, DePaul, Texas A&M, Nebraska and Houston.
• Heading into the NCAA Tournament, the Blue Devils were No. 8 nationally, while boasting seven wins against top 50 teams in RPI.
• Lexie Brown totaled 16 games with 20+ points on the season, which ranked tied sixth on Duke’s single season charts.
• The Blue Devils went from finishing tied seventh in the ACC last season to tied second in 2016-17. Duke’s jump of five places in the ACC standings is tied for the second largest turnaround and tied for the largest turnaround for a team that ended the season in the top three of the ACC.
• Lexie Brown averaged 19.3 points and 5.3 rebounds in the ACC Tournament, receiving All-ACC Tournament first team honors.
• With its victory at UNC, Duke collected 25 wins for the 18th time in school history and the eighth time under Coach P.
• In ACC games, Lexie Brown was responsible for 40.09 percent of Duke’s offense. Of Duke’s 419 made baskets in 16 ACC games, Brown had a hand in 168 of those, with made 107 made baskets and 61 assists. Of Duke’s 80 made threes in ACC contests, Brown made 36 of those (45.0 percent).
• For the season, Oderah Chidom and Kendall Cooper combined to block 119 shots. Duke’s opponents, collectively, blocked 88 shots.
• Rebecca Greenwell became the first Duke player to average 16+ points/game, 6+ rebounds/game and 2.4+ three pointers/game.
• The Blue Devil defense was one of the best in the nation and only allowed six teams to hit above 40.0 percent from the field -- Old Dominion (47.1), South Carolina (42.1), Florida State (45.8), North Carolina (42.9), Notre Dame (51.7) and Oregon (44.8).
• Duke boasted two scorers that averaged over 16.0 points a contest -- Lexie Brown (18.3) and Rebecca Greenwell (16.4). The Blue Devils had not featured two scorers averaging over 16.0 points since the 1996-97 campaign (Kira Orr - 17.5; Ty Hall - 16.3).
• With a 5.6 per game average, the Blue Devils led the ACC and ranked 20th nationally in blocks per game.
• The Blue Devils featured 13 players from 10 different states on the 2016-17 roster.
Odom Broke Out Against Hampton...
In the NCAA Tournament first round, freshman Leaonna Odom broke out with a career-high 23 points and six rebounds in 33 minutes played.
She became just the eighth Blue Devil rookie to collect 20 or more points in an NCAA Tournament contest. Odom was also the fourth Duke freshman to score 20 or more points in her first NCAA Tournament contest - Rometra Craig (2002), Rebecca Greenwell (2015) and Alana Beard (2001). The 23 points was also the most by a Duke freshman in their first NCAA Tournament game.
Brown in the Single Season Charts...
Lexie Brown turned in one of the best all around seasons in Blue Devil history. In the Duke season charts, she ranked sixth in points (622), 10th in scoring average (18.3), ninth in field goals attempted (430), tied fourth in three-point field goals made (73), seventh in three-point field goals attempted (183), ninth in free throws made (129), second in free throw percentage (92.8), fifth in steals (96), tied sixth in games with 20+ points (16), seventh in minutes played (1,153), tied seventh in minutes per game (33.9) and tied sixth in consecutive games with 20+ points (4). She also hit a three-pointer in 16 straight games to rank tied fourth on Duke’s record books.
Tough Week for Blue Devil Knees...
After going all season without any knee injuries, the Blue Devils had two of them during the first week of the NCAA Tournament. Redshirt sophomore Lyneé Belton suffered a torn meniscus in her right knee in practice on Monday, March 13.
Sophomore Kyra Lambert had a left knee injury in the second quarter against Hampton in the first round and did not return.
Impressive First Round Win...
The Duke defense held Hampton to a season-low 31 points and 18.2 percent shooting on its way to advancing to the NCAA Tournament second round with a 94-31 win.
The Blue Devils hit 61.8 percent shooting, forced 21 turnovers and outrebounded the Lady Pirates, 48-27. Rebecca Greenwell registered her fifth double-double of the season with 26 points and 10 rebounds, while Leaonna Odom added a career-high 23 points on 8-of-9 field goals.
Duke went on to hit 22-of-25 free throws and dished 23 assists.
The Cooper/Chidom Effect...
The senior post duo of Kendall Cooper (7) and Oderah Chidom (11) combined to score double-digits in 18 games this season.
When they hit the 10+ point mark, Duke was 17-1 on the year. The lone loss came against Oregon in the NCAA Tournament.
Dominant Shot Blocking...
The 2016-17 season was only the second season in Duke history in which the Blue Devils featured two players with 50+ blocked shots with Oderah Chidom (67) and Kendall Cooper (52).
The only other time this happened was back in the 2005-06 season with Alison Bales (120) and Chante Black (65).
Greenwell Moving Up Career Charts...
In three years, Rebecca Greenwell ranks 11th in scoring (1,485), tied sixth in scoring average (15.2), second in three-point field goals made (228), second in three-point field goals attempted (585), 10th in three-point field goal percentage (39.0), fourth in free throw percentage (81.9), tied ninth in double-figure scoring games (80), seventh in games with 20 or more points (25) and tied third in games of 30 or more points (3).
Lambert Has Standout Sophomore Campaign...
Sophomore Kyra Lambert came on strong as a sophomore averaging 7.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.7 steals.
She concluded the regular season with a career-high 13 assists to go along with 12 points at North Carolina, which was her first collegiate double-double. The 13 assists was tied for third-most in Duke single-game history. In the ACC stats, Lambert ranked 12th in assists (3.5), tied 12th in steals (1.7) and fourth in assist/turnover ratio (2.0).
Single Season Steals List...
Lexie Brown finished the 2016-17 season with 96 steals, which ranked as the fifth-most in Duke single-season history.
1. 114 Alana Beard, 2001-02
2. 106 Alana Beard, 2000-01
3. 104 Alana Beard, 2003-03
4. 100 Jasmine Thomas, 2009-10
5. 96 Lexie Brown, 2016-17
6. 93 Chelsea Gray, 2011-12
7. 89 Chelsea Gray, 2012-13
Greenwell/Brown in Top 10 List...
For the third time in three years, Rebecca Greenwell etched her name onto the Duke single season made three-pointers list. She drained 83 treys to rank second and break her previous career bests.
Lexie Brown moved into a tie for fourth as well with her 73 treys on the year.
Three-Point Field Goals Made
1. 87 Tricia Liston, 2013-14
2. 83 Rebecca Greenwell, 2016-17
3. 80 Tricia Liston, 2012-13
4. 73 Rebecca Greenwell, 2015-16
73 Lexie Brown, 2016-17
6. 72 Rebecca Greenwell, 2014-15
Impressive First Season...
Lexie Brown averaged 18.3 points a game in her first season at Duke. No Duke player since Chris Moreland had scored more than 17.0 ppg in her first season with the Blue Devils.
Moreland’s 17.6 ppg in 1984-85 currently stands as the Duke record for most points a game in a single debut season.
Alana Beard put up a 17.0 average in her debut season in 2000-01.
In ACC games only, Lexie Brown ranked second in free throw percentage (94.2), fifth in scoring (18.7), ninth in assists (3.8), tied for sixth in three-point field goals made (2.3), sixth in three-point field goal percentage (40.9) and second in steals (2.6).
Brown Nets ACC Record...
It didn’t take long for redshirt junior Lexie Brown to make her mark in the Duke record book. Brown drained 56 straight free throws until a miss at NC State, which was a new ACC record and the sixth-longest streak in NCAA history. 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).
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)
56 - Lexie Brown, Duke (2016)
53 - Katie Miller, UNI (2000)
52 - Elena Delle Donne, Delaware (2011)
For the first time in school history, Duke featured two players with 70 or more three-pointers made in a season -- Rebecca Greenwell (83) and Lexie Brown (73).
The previous high was the 1998-99 season when Nicole Erickson and Hilary Howard both had over 50 treys.
In the ACC, Duke, Syracuse and Louisville were the only teams to feature two players with 70+ made treys – Rebecca Greenwell (83) and Lexie Brown (73) for Duke, Alexis Peterson (83) and Gabby Cooper (81) of Syracuse and Louisville’s Asia Durr (119) and Mariya Moore (72).
Duke is one of only five ACC teams in history to have had two players make 70+ treys in a single season --
• Duke: 2016-17 – Rebecca Greenwell (83) and Lexie Brown (73)
• Syracuse: 2016-17 – Alexis Peterson (83) and Gabby Cooper (81)
• Louisville: 2016-17 - Asia Durr (119) and Mariya Moore (72)
• Boston College: 2012-13 – Kerri Shields (80) and Nicole Boudreau (71)
• North Carolina: 2001-02 – Coretta Brown (99) and Nikki Teasley (77)
From the Charity Stripe...
The Blue Devils hit 75.0 percent from the free throw line this season, which was the highest mark for a Coach P team at Duke. The 2012-13 squad was the previous high and hit 74.1 percent from the charity stripe, which ranked as the third-highest ledger in school history. Duke ranked tied second in the ACC.
The 75.0 percentage ranked as the third-highest in school history.
Redshirt junior Lexie Brown led the ACC with a 92.8 free throw percentage, which was the second-best in school history. The highest free throw percentage in school history was 93.1 percent in 2012-13 by Tricia Liston.
Greenwell on the Boards...
Duke redshirt junior Rebecca Greenwell led the Blue Devils in rebounding with a 6.4 per game average, which ranked tied 13th in the ACC.
Standing 6-1, Greenwell was just the second guard to lead Duke in rebounding, joining Katie Meier (6-0) in 1989-90 with an 8.9 per game average.
Since Coach P took over the program in 2007-08, the Blue Devils have featured one of the top field goal percentage defenses in the nation. This season was no different, ranking third nationally with a 33.7 ledger, which was the second-best output in school history.
Best FG% Defense in Duke History--
33.6 - 2006-07
33.7 - 2016-17
34.1 - 2012-13
34.6 - 2014-15
34.9 - 2008-09
Offensive Efficiency and Production...
Lexie Brown was the only player in the nation who shot .480+ from the field, .395+ from behind the arc, .900+ at the line and averaged 18.0+ points per game.
• Lexie Brown:
FG%: .488, 3FG%: .399, FT%: .928, Pts/g: 18.3
The Trio of Rebecca Greenwell, Lexie Brown and Kyra Lambert averaged 5.3 made three-pointers per game (180 threes/34 games). This was the highest average of any trio in Duke history.
Top 3-Point Trios in Duke History--
4.34 - Erickson, Howard, Schweitzer (1997-98)
4.25 - Erickson, Howard, Schweitzer (1998-99)
4.14 - Liston, Jones, Peters (2013-14)
4.06 - Scanlon, Day, Orr (1995-96)
4.03 - Schweitzer, Gingrich, West (1999-2000)
Greenwell Provides Historic Performance...
The 29-point outburst by redshirt junior Rebecca Greenwell against third-ranked South Carolina was one of the best individual performances in school history. She hit 4-of-7 treys and 9-of-15 field goals in 37 minutes.
The 29-points equaled the most in Duke history against a top-three ranked opponent as she joined Jasmine Thomas’ as she notched 29 points versus third-ranked Ohio State in 2009.
For her efforts, Greenwell was named the espnW National Player of the Week and ACC Co-Player of the Week.
Duke owned the second-highest scoring tandem in the ACC with Rebecca Greenwell (16.4) and Lexie Brown (18.3) combining for 34.7 points a game. It also ranked as the fifth-highest in school history.
The top tandems in the ACC--
42.6 - A.Peterson/B.Sykes, Syracuse
34.7 - Brown/Greenwell, Duke
34.0 - 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)
With six three-pointers made at UNC, Rebecca Greenwell became just the fifth player in ACC history to hit 70+ three-pointers in three consecutive seasons joining Ivory Latta of UNC (2005-07), Jennifer Howard of NC State (1995-97), Brianna Butler of Syracuse (2014-16) and Kelly Hughes of Boston College (2014-16).
She finished the season hitting 83, which was the second-highest output in school history.
Combined Points in Single Game...
Lexie Brown and Rebecca Greenwell collected some impressive scoring outputs on the season as they combined to score 57 points versus Longwood and 56 against Old Dominion, which were the third and fourth largest outputs in school history.
Highest Scoring Duos - Duke Single Game--
67 - A.Day (37), K.Orr (30) - vs. Alabama (3-18-95)
58 - C.Moreland (31), C.Mikels (27) - vs. UNCW (2-23-85)
57 - R.Greenwell (30), L.Brown (27) - vs. Long. (11-15-16)
56 - R.Greenwell (24), L.Brown (32) - vs. ODU (11-22-16)
56 - K.Meier (36), C.Moreland (20) - vs. NCSU (2-3-87)
One of Tallest Teams...
Duke continued its theme of having tall teams in 2016-17 as the Blue Devils featured the tallest team in school history standing an average of 73.39 inches.
The 73.39 average height beat out the 2011-12 and 2014-15 squads that averaged a height of 73.25 inches.
Duke was the second-tallest team in the ACC with a 6-1 average, while Virginia held the tallest squad standing 6-1 (75.58).
The Blue Devils featured 10 players standing 6-0 or taller and seven at 6-2 or better on the 2016-17 roster. The seven players at 6-2 or taller is tied with Virginia for the most in the ACC.
Duke Retires Elizabeth Williams’ Jersey...
Duke retired Elizabeth Williams’ No. 1 jersey at halftime of the Blue Devils’ Dec. 29, 2016 contest against Kentucky.
Williams became just the third player in Duke women’s basketball history to have her jersey retired, joining Alana Beard (#20) and Lindsey Harding (#10).
Williams completed a storied career at Duke in 2015, graduating as a four-time All-America selection. She was the first player from the ACC and only the eighth player in the NCAA to garner All-America distinction from the Associated Press in each of her four years. Williams was also the first player in ACC history to total over 1,900 points, 1,000 rebounds and 400 blocks for her career.
During her four seasons, Williams averaged 14.4 points, 7.9 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game over 136 contests. She was named to the All-ACC first team for four straight years, becoming only the second player in the ACC to accomplish the feat. The Virginia Beach, Va., native was also a four-time pick for the ACC Defensive Player of the Year and the 2015 National Defensive Player of the Year.
Redshirt junior Rebecca Greenwell broke the Duke single game record for most three-pointers made with eight at Pepperdine, while also attempting a Blue Devil record 16 treys.
The mark was previously held by Nicole Erickson and Jessica Foley with seven. Greenwell has drained five or more treys three times this season and is hitting 42.7 percent from downtown, which ranks 11th in the ACC.
Greenwell now owns the Duke record for three-pointers made in a game as well as the national high school mark of 17.
Redshirt junior Rebecca Greenwell joined the 1,000-point club Nov. 15 as she registered a career-high 30-points against Longwood. On her fifth three-pointer, Greenwell went past the 1,000-point mark in the fourth quarter.
She became the 32nd player in Blue Devil history to reach the milestone. Greenwell became the fourth-quickest Duke player to reach 1,000 points in only 67 games.
Lexie Brown joined the 1,000-point club as well versus Elon Dec. 8 as she totaled a game-high 25 points.
Fastest Players to 1,000 Points
1. 50 Chris Moreland
2. 56 Alana Beard
3. 62 Katie Meier
4. 67 Rebecca Greenwell
5. 69 Elizabeth Williams
The tandem of Rebecca Greenwell and Lexie Brown were one of the most prolific three-point duos in the ACC.
Both have combined to hit 412 three-pointers over their career. In 34 games, they combined to hit 156 three-pointers.
The top three-point shooting duo in school history was Tricia Liston and Alexis Jones in 2013-14 with a combined 127 treys, prior to this season.
From Long Range...
The Blue Devils continue to be one of the top three-point shooting teams over the last number of years.
Duke led the nation in 2013 and 2014 for three-point field goal percentage. In 2014, the Blue Devils hit 40.7 percentage, while in 2013 Duke drained 40.5 percent from downtown. IN 2016-17, the Blue Devils featured a 38.2 percentage, which ranked eighth.
Gorecki to Redshirt...
After missing the first 20 contests of the season, head coach Joanne P. McCallie announced sophomore Haley Gorecki would redshirt the 2016-17 campaign.
Gorecki, who hails from Palatine, Ill., competed in 14 contests before being sidelined with a hip injury in 2015-16.
The Blue Devils featured three captains in 2016-17 as senior Oderah Chidom, redshirt junior Lexie Brown and redshirt junior Rebecca Greenwell were selected by the team. It marked the second straight year Greenwell and Brown were named captains.