#14/16 DUKE BLUE DEVILS (6-1) AT #5/6 SOUTH CAROLINA (7-1)
Game 8 • Sunday, Dec. 3 • 12:00 PM (ET)
Columbia, S.C. • Colonial Life Arena (18,000)
Radio: Blue Devil IMG Sports Network
(620 AM, 99.3 FM, 96.5 FM, GoDuke.com, TuneIn app) - Chris Edwards
TV/Video: SEC Network - Pam Ward (PXP), Debbie Antonelli (Color),
Steffi Sorensen (Sideline)
The Series: South Carolina leads 3-2
Duke Head Coach: Joanne P. McCallie (Northwestern, ‘87)
Record: 595-220 (26)
USC Head Coach: Dawn Staley (Virginia, ‘92)
Record: 228-81 (10)
Setting the Scene...
Coming off its second win over a ranked opponent in 2017-18, the 14th-ranked Duke women’s basketball team (6-1) will travel to Columbia, S.C., to face fifth-ranked South Carolina (7-1) Sunday, Dec. 3 at 12 p.m., at Colonial Life Arena.
The contest will be aired live on the SEC Network with Pam Ward (PXP), Debbie Antonelli (Color) and Steffi Sorensen (Sideline) calling the action. It will also be carried on the Blue Devil IMG Sports Network via 620 AM, 99.3 FM, 96.5 FM,
TuneIn Radio app and www.GoDuke.com with Chris Edwards on the air beginning at 11:45 a.m.
What is Next?...
Duke will return home for a five straight contests in Cameron Indoor Stadium. It begins with UNC Greensboro Thursday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.
• Blue Devil redshirt senior Rebecca Greenwell needs two three-pointers made to break Duke’s all-time treys mark of 252 held by Tricia Liston (2011-14). Greenwell owns 251 in 105 games.
• Duke features the fifth-highest scoring backcourt in the nation among power five conferences. Brown/Greenwell are averaging 36.5 points a game.
• Duke will face back-to-back top 10 opponents for the first time since the 2014-15 campaign when the Blue Devils downed eighth-ranked Kentucky at home and dropped a decision at second-ranked Connecticut in late December. It also happened in 2011-12 (1-1), 2007-08 (1-1), 2006-07 (2-0), 2005-06 (2-1), 2002-03 (1-1), 1998-99 (2-0), 1991-92 (0-2), and 1990-91 (0-2).
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes...
• Senior Erin Mathias will play in her 100th career game Sunday at South Carolina.
• Duke’s Summer McKeehan, was the athletic trainer for the USA Basketball Women’s U19 World Championship over the summer of 2015. South Carolina’s Dawn Staley along with A’Ja Wilson were on the team.
• The Blue Devils currently lead the ACC and rank eighth nationally with a 44.0 three-point field goal percentage.
• After turning the ball over only 30 times the previous three games, Duke had a season-high 21 turnovers against eighth-ranked Ohio State.
• Lexie Brown of Duke (19.6 points, 4th; 4.7 assists, 8th) and Paris Kea of North Carolina (20.3 points, 3rd; 7.2 assists, 4th) are the only two players in the ACC to rank in the top 10 in both points and assists.
• Rebecca Greenwell leads the ACC in three-point field goal percentage (52.3) and ranks second in three-point field goals made per game (3.3). She has hit 23 treys through the opening seven games, which is the second most in Duke history behind Tricia Liston with 25 (2013-14).
• Rebecca Greenwell became just the 11th player in Duke history to reach the 1,600-point mark with her 19 points against Ohio State. She needs only 17 points to move into a tie for 10th place on the Duke career list along with Georgia Schweitzer (1,620).
• Lexie Brown registered seven assists against Presbyterian with no turnovers in 32 minutes of action. It marked the sixth time at Duke she has played over 30 minutes and not registered a turnover. She did it only twice in two years at Maryland.
• Duke leads the ACC in paint defense, only allowing 14.0 points in the paint per game. The next closest ACC squad is NC State with 19.0 points allowed.
• Duke (73.07) will feature a little over a two-inch height advantage when the Blue Devils play at South Carolina Sunday (71.00). The Gamecocks feature four players standing 6-2 or taller, while Duke has seven student-athletes.
• Since opening the season with 12 points at Grand Canyon, Mikayla Boykin scored only nine points in the next three games combined. She hit two huge three-pointers to open the Oregon State contest and finished with six points and four assists in 31 minutes.
• Rebecca Greenwell became the first Duke player to amass 1,500 points, 600 rebounds and 200 made three-pointers at Villanova. Greenwell could also become the third guard in Blue Devil history to register 1,500 points and 700 rebounds along with Monique Currie and Alana Beard. Greenwell currently owns 1,603 points and 628 rebounds.
• Lexie Brown has played in the ACC for two different teams (2013-14 at Maryland; 2016-17 at Duke) and holds the best career free throw percentage in those contests (88.2). Duke’s Nicole Erickson ranks second with an 88.0 mark.
• Rebecca Greenwell’s 251 three-pointers over her career ranks tied 14th on the ACC career charts and needs two more to move into 10th.
• Graduate transfer Bego Faz Davalos owns 349 career blocks and needs only 10 to move into a tie for 27th on the NCAA all-time blocks list.
• All 29 of Duke’s 2017-18 contests will be aired on some type of television between ESPN3, ACC Network Extra, ESPN2, RSN-TV, SEC Network and Nova Nation.
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A Look at South Carolina...
South Carolina owns a 7-1 record and is coming off a 101-43 win over Western Carolina Thursday. The Gamecocks have been led by A’ja Wilson (24.5 points, 11.1 rebounds), Lindsey Spann (13.6 points, 22 treys), Alexis Jennings (12.0 points, 6.6 rebounds) and Tyasha Harris (9.6 points, 42 assists).
On the year, South Carolina is averaging 86.6 points, while hitting 51.1 percent of its field goals.
The Series with South Carolina...
Duke travels to Columbia Sunday to face off against South Carolina in its sixth all-time meeting. The Blue Devils are looking to repeat their last performance against the Gamecocks in 2016, an impressive 74-63 victory over a third-ranked South Carolina. The Gamecocks hold a 3-2 lead in the overall series, with a 1-0 mark over the Blue Devils in games played in Columbia.
The Blue Devils played at South Carolina Dec. 6, 2015 and dropped a 66-55 decision in front of 16,439 fans. On the current Duke roster, only Haley Gorecki and Rebecca Greenwell played in that contest, but Erin Mathias, Faith Suggs and Lexie Brown were with the team.
Duke Versus the Southeastern Conference...
Duke holds a record of 39-22 against teams in the Southeastern Conference – Alabama (2-1), Arkansas (2-1), Auburn (5-0), Florida (2-1), Georgia (3-0), Kentucky (6-2), LSU (3-2), Mississippi State (2-0), South Carolina (2-3), Tennessee (6-5), Texas A&M (1-4), and Vanderbilt (5-3).
Coach P owns a split record of 21-21 against the SEC – Alabama (4-2), Auburn (2-0), Georgia (1-2), Kentucky (5-2), LSU (1-3), Mississippi (0-2), Mississippi State (1-0), South Carolina (1-2), Tennessee (2-2), Texas A&M (1-4), and Vanderbilt (3-2).
On the Road in 2017-18...
The Blue Devils are 2-1 on the road this season with their lone loss coming against Villanova, 64-55. Lexie Brown has paced Duke averaging 19.0 points. 5.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists. Rebecca Greenwell has drained 12-of-18 three-pointers for a 66.7 percentage, while averaging 16.7 points and 7.7 rebounds.
Duke has hit only 42.0 percent from the field, but has outrebounded opponents by 16.0.
Heading into the Ohio State at Duke contest Thursday, the Buckeyes were averaging 94.0 points a contest and had not scored fewer than 85 in a game. The Blue Devil defense limited OSU to only 60 points and a season-low 32.4 percent shooting.
Duke has also held High Point (50) and Oregon State (65-tied) to season low points.
On Fire From Downtown...
After hitting 3-of-21 three-pointers against High Point and Villanova, Duke busted out 13 treys at Old Dominion to tie a school record. The Blue Devils responded with 38 three-pointers over the last four games for an average of 9.5 a contest. Duke has hit 38-of-74 treys (51.4%).
Five different Blue Devils have hit treys during that stretch.
Mathias Plays Big Against the Buckeyes...
Going against one of the best post players in the nation, Stephanie Mavunga of Ohio State, senior Erin Mathias registered her second career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in 35 minutes. She also helped limit Mavunga to only seven points and seven rebounds in 30 minutes.
Mathias opened the season with her first collegiate double-double at Grand Canyon. Mathias registered 12 points to go along with 10 rebounds in a career-high 32 minutes. She had played in 91 games over three years without a double-double.
Top Scoring Backcourts...
Duke features the fifth-highest scoring backcourt in the nation among power five conferences --
Top Backcourts - Power Five Conferences
42.9 - K.Mitchell/L.Harper, Ohio State
38.6 - A.Ogunbowale/J.Young, Notre Dame
37.0 - M.Monk/D.Cosper, Arkansas
37.0 - K.Bell/C.Wagner, Minnesota
36.5 - L. Brown/R.Greenwell, Duke
Blue Devil sophomore Leaonna Odom has increased her scoring average from 8.1 to 11.6 this season, while her rebounds have moved from 4.6 to 9.1 per game.
She is one of only three current sophomores in the ACC to have increased their scoring by 3.5 points and 4.5 rebounds from the freshman season -- Nicole Ekohum (FSU) increased scoring by 8.5 and rebounds by 5.4; Nausia Woolfolk (FSU) increased scoring by 5.4 and rebounds by 4.4.