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DWB Travels to Wisconsin in ACC/Big Ten Challenge
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 06/11/2018
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DURHAM, N.C. – The ACC and Big Ten Conference announced Monday the matchups for the 2018 ACC/Big Ten Women’s Basketball Challenge with Duke heading to Wisconsin Wednesday, Nov. 28. This year’s challenge will mark the 12th consecutive season of the event that pits two perennial strong conferences against each other.

Duke and Wisconsin will meet for the third time in school history with the previous meetings coming in 1987 and 2010. The Blue Devils lead the series 2-0 as Duke downed the Badgers, 86-66 on Nov. 27, 1987 in Durham, before traveling to Wisconsin Dec. 2, 2010 for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. In the contest, Duke prevailed, 59-51.

The Blue Devils feature a 9-2 record in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and are coming off collecting a 69-60 win over eighth-ranked Ohio State this past season in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke owns a 3-2 mark in games played on the road in the event.

This year’s challenge will be played in a two-day format on Wednesday, Nov. 28 and Thursday, Nov. 29.

The five-game slate on Nov. 28 includes home games for Clemson (vs. Illinois), Virginia Tech (vs. Rutgers) and Wake Forest (vs. Indiana), while Duke (at Wisconsin) and Virginia (at Michigan State) will be on the road. On Thursday, Nov. 29, Florida State (vs. Penn State), Louisville (vs. Nebraska), NC State (vs. Michigan) and Notre Dame (vs. Iowa) will host Big Ten opponents, and Georgia Tech (at Maryland), Miami (at Purdue), North Carolina (at Ohio State), Pitt (at Northwestern) and Syracuse (at Minnesota) visit their inter-conference foes.

A year ago, ACC women’s basketball teams combined for a record 10 wins over the Big Ten to win the 2017 Big Ten/ACC Challenge, 10-4. The outright title was the eighth overall for the ACC. The ACC owns an 81-55 record against the Big Ten in Challenge games.

Entering her 12th season at Duke, head coach Joanne P. McCallie will feature a much different looking roster in 2018-19 following the graduation of standout guards Lexie Brown and Rebecca Greenwell. The Blue Devils return two starters from a season ago including one of the most athletic players in the nation Leaonna Odom along with Haley Gorecki.

Odom, who averaged 21.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in the NCAA Tournament, is a 6-2 athletic junior forward expected to be an All-America candidate in 2018-19. Gorecki elevated her game as a sophomore prior to being injured. She averaged 17.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.8 steals over a span of 11 contests. The 6-0 guard scored 20 or more points four times over a span of seven contests and hit 37 three-pointers in 12 games.
Duke also returns former starting guards Kyra Lambert and Mikayla Boykin from injury, while welcoming back senior Faith Suggs, sophomore Jade Williams, sophomore Jayda Adams, sophomore Madison Treece, redshirt senior Sofia Roma and redshirt sophomore Emily Shubert. The Blue Devils add in four incoming freshmen to the mix including Miela Goodchild (Australia), Onome Akinbode-James (Blairstown, N.J.), Rayah Craig (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and Uchenna Nwoke (Grand Prairie, Texas).


2018 ACC/Big Ten Challenge Schedule
Wednesday, Nov. 28
Illinois at Clemson
Rutgers at Virginia Tech
Indiana at Wake Forest
Duke at Wisconsin
Virginia at Michigan State

Thursday, Nov. 29
Iowa at Notre Dame
Nebraska at Louisville
Georgia Tech at Maryland
Penn State at Florida State
Pitt at Northwestern
North Carolina at Ohio State
Miami at Purdue
Syracuse at Minnesota
Michigan at NC State