Game Information Date/Time:...............Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 at 1:00 PM Location/Venue:..........Durham, N.C. (Cameron Indoor Stadium - 9,314) Where to Watch:..........RSN-TV Radio:...................Blue Devil IMG - WDNC-AM 620 (Steve Barnes, Morgan Patrick) Live Stats:..............www.GoDuke.com Series Record:...........Duke leads 9-2 Last Meeting:............Jan. 6, 2013 - Duke 90, Boston College 53
Duke Record:..................17-1, 7-0 (ACC) Ranking:.................#4 (AP), #5 (USA Today) Head Coach:..............Joanne P. McCallie (21st Year) Record at Duke:...158-33 (6th Year) ACC Record:.......68-12 (6th Year) Overall Record:....474-181 (21st Year) vs. Boston College..7-5
Boston College Record:....................8-10, 2-5 (ACC) Ranking:...................NR (AP), NR (USA Today) Head Coach:................Erik Johnson (1st Year) Record at Boston College:..8-10 (1st Year) Overall Record:............80-62 (5th Year)
Setting the Scene... The fourth-ranked Duke women's basketball team (17-1, 7-0 ACC) will close a week that featured three contests on Sunday, Jan. 27 as the Blue Devils host Boston College (8-10, 2-5) at 1:00 p.m., in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Sunday's contest will be aired live on RSN-TV (Regional Sports Network) with Mike Hogewood (PXP) and Debbie Antonelli (Color) calling the action. The game will be aired on Fox Sports South, Sun Sports, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, NESN, FS Detroit Plus, FS Arizona Plus, FS San Diego and FS Prime Ticket. The game will be aired live on the Blue Devil IMG Sports Network on WDNC AM 620 with Steve Barnes (PXP) and Morgan Patrick (Color) on the air. The audio is also available live at www.GoDuke.com. Duke will be playing its third game in seven days. Sunday's game will mark the annual reunion weekend in which the program will honor the 2003 ACC Championship and NCAA Final Four squad.
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes...
The Blue Devils have won 33 straight games in Cameron Indoor Stadium against ACC opponents. Duke has not lost an ACC contest at home since Maryland posted a 76-69 win on Feb. 17, 2008. Coach P is 35-2 at home against ACC opponents in her six years at Duke.
Duke boasts three players ranking in the top 10 nationally -- Elizabeth Williams in blocks (7th, 3.2), Chelsea Gray in steals (6th, 3.8) and Tricia Liston in three-point field goal percentage (4th, 46.8). As a team, Duke is first in three-point field goal percentage (42.2) and third in steals (13.7).
In ACC games only, the Blue Devils lead the league with a 49.8 scoring defense.
Chelsea Gray is averaging 4.7 steals in ACC games only to lead the league.
Over the last two years, Duke is 18-0 when Chelsea Gray dishes seven or more assists. The Blue Devils are also 5-5 when Gray attempts 14 or more field goals.
Elizabeth Williams has blocked at least one shot in every collegiate game she has played - 51 straight. The streak is the second-best in school history behind Alison Bales' 55 in 2003-05. Dating back to high school, Williams has blocked a shot in 69 straight games as she closed her H.S. career with blocks in 19 consecutive contests.
Duke averaged 18.5 assists over the first 15 games of the season, but has dished only 33 dimes over the last three games to bring the average down to 17.3.
In the month of January over the last four years, the Blue Devils have posted a 28-4 record with all four losses coming at the hands of Connecticut.
Elizabeth Williams has notched double-figure scoring against 20 consecutive ACC opponents.
Chelsea Gray leads Duke with 12 charges taken on the season. Gray has 29 for her career. She has moved into seventh place on Duke's all-time charges taken list. Elizabeth Williams leads the league with a 62.2 field goal percentage in ACC games only.
Chelsea Gray has moved into eighth place on Duke's all-time steals chart with 227 steals. Gray needs one steal to move into a tie for seventh on the list.
Against Virginia Tech, Alexis Jones notched a career-high six steals, while Chelsea Gray matched a career high with seven swipes. The six steals by Jones is tied for the seventh-most in a single game by a Duke freshman.
Duke is averaging 76.3 points this season, which is the most for a Blue Devil squad since 2005-06 with an 86.0 ledger. The most for a Coach P squad in her previous five years was 75.2 in 2008-09.
After holding Virginia Tech to a school-record low 26 points on Jan. 16, head coach Joanne P. McCallie has held 22 different opponents to under 40 points since arriving at Duke in 2007-08.
The Blue Devils registered a 3.3 grade-point average in the fall semester, which included five student-athletes with above a 3.5 GPA. A total of 11 Blue Devils had a 3.0 or better.
Following Richa Jackson's 16-point effort at Boston College, Duke now features 10 Blue Devils who have posted double-figure scoring at least one time this season, which leads the ACC.
Duke has hit 50.0 percent or better from the field in six different games.
The Blue Devils own five different student-athletes hitting over 40.0 percent or better from downtown -- Tricia Liston (46.8), Chelsea Gray (41.9), Haley Peters (48.3), Alexis Jones (40.7) and Chloe Wells (45.5).
Tricia Liston had her streak of 18 straight games with at least one three-pointer come to an end at N.C. State on Jan. 3. It was the longest streak since Georgia Schweitzer hit 25 straight treys in 2000-01.
In dissecting the top shot blockers in the nation, Elizabeth Williams is the only underclassman to rank in the top seven in the country.
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A Look at Boston College... Boston College enters Sunday's contest with an 8-10 overall record and a 2-5 tally in ACC play after falling to Virginia on Thursday, 69-57. With the loss, the Eagles drop to 3-4 in road games this season as they prepare to enter Cameron Indoor Stadium. Katie Zenevitch (12.7 points, 7.2 rebounds), Kristen Doherty (12.6 points,5.9 rebounds) and Nicole Boudreau (11.9 points, 4.3 rebounds) lead Boston College in scoring. Erik Johnson is in his first season as coach of the Eagles after serving as the head coach at Denver for four season, compiling an overall record of 72-52 and 44-24 in the Sun Belt Conference. Prior to spending time at Denver, Johnson served as an assistant coach for the Eagles from 2006-08.
The Series with Boston College... Duke leads the overall series with Boston College, 10-2, after a meeting earlier this season on Jan. 6 in which the Blue Devils cruised past the Eagles, 90-53 in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The Blue Devils own a 4-1 edge against the Eagles in games played in Cameron Indoor Stadium, and have not dropped a game in Durham since Nov. 17, 1999 when No. 18 Boston College edged the No. 25 Blue Devils 77-70. Blue Devil Head Coach Joanne P. McCallie will face Boston College for the 13th time in her 20 years as a head coach, while posting a 7-5 record. Coach P is 5-1 against the Eagles since arriving at Duke. Prior to arriving in Durham, N.C., McCallie had not gone up against the Eagles since Nov. 21, 2004 when her Michigan State squad downed Boston College, 82-78, in overtime during the Michigan Spartan Classic. Michigan State also faced the Eagles on Nov. 18, 2000 in McCallie's first season with the Spartans, falling 63-61, in East Lansing, Mich. The other meetings came while McCallie was at Maine -- (L, 54-81, 12/28/99), (L, 56-83, 11/15/99), (W, 55-49, 11/28/93) and (L, 65-80, 12/1/92).
Reunion Time... The Blue Devils will recognize the 2003 NCAA Final Four and ACC Championship squad at the Boston College contest on Jan. 27 at 1:00 p.m., as part of Duke's annual reunion weekend. The team posted a 35-2 overall record and 16-0 mark in ACC action. Confirmed to be attending the reunion from the 2003 squad includes - head coach Gail Goestenkors, assistant coach Gale Valley, Georgia Schweitzer, Lindsey Harding, Vicki Krapohl and Michele Matyasovsky. Over 30 Blue Devil alums are planning on coming back for the reunion.
Blue Devils Versus Boston College... Chelsea Gray is coming off notching a triple-double against Boston College with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Over her career, she has averaged 18.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 1.7 steals in three games. Gray has hit 54.8 percent of her field goals and 75.0 percent (9-of-12) from downtown. Tricia Liston totaled 23 points, three rebounds and two assists in the last meeting against the Eagles. She hit 3-of-5 treys and 7-of-9 field goals. Liston has notched double-figure scoring in two straight games against BC. In two career contests, Elizabeth Williams has averaged 15.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.5 blocks and 1.5 steals. She has hit 71.4 percent from the field in those games. Richa Jackson totaled 18 points and three steals in the last meeting as she hit 6-of-8 field goals.
Offensive Struggles... Over the last three contests, Duke has averaged only 55.7 points, while hitting 35.0 percent of its field goals and 32.4 percent from downtown. The Blue Devils have dished only 11.0 assists a game and held a 0.3 rebounding margin. Duke's defense has been solid holding opponents to 50.3 points, 39.3 percent shooting and forcing 24.3 turnovers.
Gray Struggling From Field... After opening the season with a team-high 15.2 scoring average, Chelsea Gray has struggled over the last five games averaging 7.6 points and hitting only 37.2 percent from the field. She has score double-figures once over the last five contests. Gray scored a season-low two points at Connecticut, which was the lowest point total since her freshman year. Gray hit 1-of-6 field goals at UConn.
Williams Hitting Her Stride... Sophomore Elizabeth Williams is feeling much better and her play is showing on the court. Over the last five games, she is averaging 16.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.2 blocks and 0.8 steals. Williams has hit 52.4 percent of her field goals during this stretch. She owns a team-high four games with 20 or more points.
At Home in Cameron... The Blue Devils have posted an 8-0 record at home this season and have outscored their opponents by a 38.8 margin. Duke has averaged 81.1 points and held opponents to 42.4 points. Four Duke standouts are averaging double-figure scoring -- Elizabeth Williams (15.9), Tricia Liston (14.9), Chelsea Gray (12.5) and Haley Peters (12.3). Williams is averaging 3.5 blocks, while Gray is averaging 7.0 assists and 4.0 steals. Three Blue Devils are averaging over 7.0 rebounds a game -- Williams (7.0), Liston (7.8) and Peters (7.9). Duke is averaging 17.6 assists and 16.1 steals, while forcing 26.0 turnovers.
Coach P Against the ACC... Since taking over the head coaching position at Duke in 2007-08, Joanne P. McCallie has notched undefeated marks against the following ACC schools -- Clemson (7-0), Georgia Tech (8-0), Miami (5-0), Virginia (6-0), Virginia Tech (11-0) and Wake Forest (8-0). McCallie has notched an overall 68-12 mark versus ACC teams in her six years.
Next Coach P Radio Show on Jan. 28... The fourth Coach P Radio Show will air Monday, Jan. 28 from 6:00-7:00 p.m., at NOSH. Fans are encouraged to get to NOSH early as it is expected to fill up quickly. Earlier this summer, NOSH signed a three-year contract to host the Coach P Radio Show. Morgan Patrick will host the show once again along with Coach P. For those who are located out of town, the Coach P Radio Show will be aired live on www.GoDuke.com as well.
Undefeated in League Play... Duke is now 7-0 in ACC action for the fourth straight year. The Blue Devils have notched undefeated 16-0 records in ACC play in 2001-02 and 2002-03, while notching an undefeated 14-0 mark in 2006-07. Other top starts were in 13-0 (1998-99), 8-0 (2003-04 & 2011-12), 7-0 (2005-06 & 2010-11) and 6-0 (2009-10).
Best ACC Starts in League History 16-0 - Duke (2002-03, 2001-02), Virginia (1994-95) 14-0 - UNC (2007-08), Duke (2006-07), UVA (1990-91) 13-0 - Duke (1998-99, 2011-12), UNC (1996-97) 10-0 - Maryland (1991-92) 9-0 - UNC (2005-06), UVA (1986-87), NCSU (1979-80, 1977-78) 8-0 - UNC (2006-07), Duke (2003-04), UVA (1985-86)
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