MARIST RED FOXES (6-1) AT DUKE BLUE DEVILS (4-3)
Game 8 • Sunday, Dec. 2 • 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: None
Duke Head Coach: Joanne P. McCallie (Northwestern, ‘87)
Record: 617-231 (27)
Marist Head Coach: Brian Giorgis (SUNY Cortland, ‘77)
Record: 382-147 (17)
Setting the Scene...
After being on the road for six out of the first seven contests, the Duke women’s basketball team will return home to open a three-game homestand starting Sunday, Dec. 2 as the Blue Devils host Marist at 2 p.m., in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The game will be broadcasted live on ACC Network Extra. 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 on the air beginning at 1:45 p.m. (ET).
What is Next?...
Duke will remain at home as the Blue Devils will host UNLV Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m., in Cameron Indoor Stadium. It will mark the second of three straight home contests.
• Redshirt junior Haley Gorecki has posted 19 or more in four of the seven games played this season. Her four of 19+ ranks third in the ACC behind Arike Ogunbowale of Notre Dame (7) and Asia Durr (5). She is tied with Kiah Gillespie of Florida State (4).
• Duke opens a stretch where the Blue Devils will play three straight home games and five out of the next six contests in Cameron Indoor Stadium. This comes after opening the season with six out of seven games on the road.
• Freshman Onome Akinbode-James is coming off notching her first collegiate double-double at Wisconsin with 14 points and 14 rebounds. She is one of seven ACC freshmen to post a double-double this season and her 14 rebounds is tied for the highest by a rookie in the league along with Valencia Myers of FSU.
Akinbode-James is one of only five freshmen on a Power Five team to have a game with at least 14 points and 14 rebounds. She is one of only two freshmen from a Power Five school to put these numbers up against a Power Five opponent and one of two freshmen to have had a 14-14 game on the road.
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes...
• Duke has won 16 straight contests in the month of December in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
• Leaonna Odom is one of five players in the ACC averaging at least 16.0 points and 8.1 rebounds.
• The Blue Devils are one of only two teams in the ACC to have at least two players with at least 16.0 points and 5.3 rebounds a game (Notre Dame).
• Senior Faith Suggs will see action in her 100th career contest Sunday.
• The Blue Devils moved to 10-2 all-time in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and the ACC won the challenge for the 11th straight year, 8-6.
• Freshman Onome Akinbode-James has hit 11-of-22 field goals the last three games.
• Duke will feature over a two inch height advantage when the Blue Devils and Red Foxes hit the hardwood Sunday. Marist features a 70.6 average height with five players standing 6-0 or taller. The Red Foxes’ tallest player stands 6-2. Duke owns a 73.21 average height with 10 players 6-0 or taller.
• The Blue Devils allowed a school-record 16 three-pointers against Missouri in the last outing as the Tigers hit 16-of-34 from downtown.
• Duke held Missouri to only four points in the paint, which is tied for the fewest points an ACC team has allowed in the paint this season (FSU held E.Kentucky to four on Nov. 23, 2018).
• The Blue Devils have won 32 out of its last 34 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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Hey, I Know You...
Duke head coach Joanne P. McCallie will coach against a family member Sunday against Marist as her niece Allie Clement is a redshirt senior for the Red Foxes.
Clement is the daughter of McCallie’s sister, Carolyn, and is from Falmouth, Maine. Allie Clement has a sister, Sarah, who is a junior on the New Hampshire women’s basketball team.
A Look at Marist...
Marist enters the contest with a 6-1 overall record and is coming off a 61-57 win at Elon on Friday.
The Red Foxes are being led by Rebekah Hand (18.6 points, 19 treys) and Alana Gilmer (14.3 points, 4.0 rebounds).
Marist currently owns a 2-0 record on the road.
The Series with Marist...
Duke hosts Marist in what will be the third career meeting between the two squads. Duke won the previous two contests, averaging 71.0 points against Marist’s 58.0. The most recent game between the Red Foxes and the Blue Devils took place in Cameron Indoor Stadium in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in 2011, when Duke won by a score of 71-66.
This was the only time Coach P has coached against Marist
Duke Versus the Metro Atlantic Conference...
The Blue Devils feature an impressive record of 15-1 against Metro Atlantic Conference opponents – Canisius (1-0), Fairfield (2-0), Iona (1-0), Manhattan (5-1), Marist (2-0), Monmouth (1-0), Quinnipiac (1-0), Rider (1-0), and Siena (1-0). Duke has won 14 games in a row against Metro Atlantic Conference teams.
Coach P has a 5-2 record against Metro Atlantic teams, most recently leading the Blue Devils to a 73-32 win over Monmouth in 2012.
Boykin Expected to Make Season Debut...
Duke redshirt freshman Mikayla Boykin is expected to make her 2018-19 debut Sunday against Marist, which will come 355 days since she last played a game.
Boykin, suffered a torn ACL in her knee on Dec. 10, 2017 against Winthrop and had to undergo her third ACL surgery of her hoops career.
Boykin received a medical redshirt for this past season and will have four years of eligibility remaining.
Gorecki Posting Impressive Numbers...
Duke redshirt junior Haley Gorecki is one of six players nationally and one of only two in Power Five conferences averaging over 17.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.0 steals on the season
Others posting these numbers include -- Jasmyne Harris (Houston), Cierra Dillard (Buffalo), Valerie Higgins (Pacific), Kennedy Leonard (Colorado), Shayna Mehta (Brown) and Stella Johnson (Rider).
Gorecki currently ranks fifth in the ACC in scoring (17.1), second in steals (3.0) and first in minutes played (36.7).
Akinbode-James Coming Up Big...
After being limited to playing time to open her collegiate career due to foul trouble, freshman Onome Akinbode-James has stepped up big time the last two games.
Seeing action in a season-high 26 and 29 minutes against Missouri and Wisconsin, Akinbode-James has grabbed a total of 25 boards in those games.
Akinbode-James has averaged 9.5 points and 12.5 rebounds over the last two games, while hitting 47.1 percent of her field goals. This includes her first collegiate double-double at Wisconsin with 14 points and 14 rebounds. She had eight points and 11 rebounds in the first half at Wisconsin.
Her 14 rebounds against Wisconsin is the most by any freshman in the ACC this season. To close the Gulf Coast Showcase, she pulled down a then career-high 11 rebounds against Missouri.
In looking at the most rebounds in a game this season by a freshman in the Power Five conferences, Akinbode-James is in the top 10.
Most Rebounds by Freshman in Power Five
21 Shakira Austin, MD
16 Shakira Austin, MD
16 Cate Reese, Arizona
16 Dorka Juhasz, Ohio State
15 Madi Williams, Oklahoma (twice)
15 Dre’Una Edwards, Utah
14 Shakira Austin, MD (twice)
14 Onome Akinbode-James, DU
14 Valencia Myers, FSU
Adams Sparks off Bench...
Sophomore Jayda Adams provided a big spark off the bench at Wisconsin scoring a season-high five points and blocking a career-high two shots in a season-high 19 minutes.
Adams had a big block at the end of the first half as time expired and drained her third three-pointer of the season in the second half during a key stretch.
The duo of Haley Gorecki and Leaonna Odom currently stand as the second-highest scoring duo in the ACC --
Scoring Duo Points
A.Ogunbowale/J.Young (ND) 43.2
A.Durr/S.Fuehring (LOU) 33.4
H.Gorecki/L.Odom (DU) 33.1
E.Penna/I.Raca (WFU) 31.1
K.Gillespie/N.Woolfolk (FSU) 30.8