Game Information What………………………………..Virginia at Duke Date………………………………..Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 Time………………………………..6:30 PM Location……………………………Durham, N.C. Venue………………………………Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314) Where to Watch………………….RSN-TV ……………………………………..Tom Werme (PXP), Debbie Antonelli (Color) Radio………………………………Blue Devil IMG - WDNC AM 620 ……………………………………..Steve Barnes (PXP), Morgan Patrick (Color) Live Stats…………………………www.GoDuke.com Series Record ……………………Tied 32-32 (DU won 20 in a row) Last Meeting…………………….Feb. 8, 2013 - DU 62, UVA 41
Setting the Scene... The third-ranked Duke women’s basketball team (16-1, 3-0 ACC) will close a two-game homestand on Thursday, Jan. 16 as the Blue Devils will host Virginia (8-8, 1-2) at 6:30 p.m., in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The contest will be aired live on RSN-TV with Tom Werme (PXP) and Debbie Antonelli (Color) calling the action. It will also be carried live on the Blue Devil IMG Sports Network on WDNC-AM 620 with Steve Barnes (PXP) and Morgan Patrick (Color) on the air. Those looking to watch the game on RSN-TV, it can be seen on Fox Sports Carolinas, Fox Sports South, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, New England Sports Network Plus, YES Network, Fox Sports North Plus, Fox Sports Midwest Plus, Fox Sports Prime Ticket, Fox Sports Detroit Plus, ROOT Sports Northwest, ROOT Sports Rocky Mountain, Fox Sports San Diego, Fox Sports Ohio, ROOT Sports Pittsburgh, Sun Sports (South Florida) ESPN Full Court (subject to blackout). The Blue Devils will play their first contest since the season-ending injury to senior All-America Chelsea Gray. Duke features a 40-game winning streak versus league foes in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devils have also won 128 straight home contests against unranked opponents and are riding a 20-game win streak versus Virginia. Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes... • With the victory over Boston College, the Duke program reached 800 career wins over the 39 years of hoops (800-351). • Elizabeth Williams is pulling down 5.7 offensive rebounds per game against ACC opponents to lead the league. • Tricia Liston’s seven games with 20 or more points this season ranks tied second in the ACC behind Wake Forest’s Chelsea Douglas (8) and Dearica Hamby (8). • In two games last week, senior Richa Jackson averaged 14.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 1.5 assists. She hit 61.9 percent from the field. It marked the first time she scored double-digits in two straight games this year. • Elizabeth Williams (11.0) and Haley Peters (9.0) rank second and tied sixth in the ACC in rebounding average against league opponents. Peters also ranks 11th overall in the ACC with a 7.9 boards per game average, while Williams is tied 14th (7.2). • Tricia Liston leads the league with a 92.9 free throw percentage, while Elizabeth Williams ranks second in blocks with a 2.6 average. • In the latest NCAA RPI, Duke ranks No. 2 behind Stanford with Connecticut, Louisville, LSU, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Purdue, Arizona State and Gonzaga rounding out the top 10. • Tricia Liston now owns an 87.0 career free throw percentage that ranks second all-time in the ACC to former Duke standout Nicole Erickson (88.0). • Duke’s current 50.3 field goal percentage ranks second in the ACC. The Blue Devils have never hit over 50.0 percent from the field during an entire season with the single-season record being 49.8 in 2005-06. Duke advanced to the NCAA Championship game that season. • The Blue Devils have posted three wins on the road against ranked opponents for the first time since the 2006-07 campaign when Duke won four. • Duke blocked a season-high 12 shots at Kentucky as five different Blue Devils swatted at least one shot. The Blue Devils have totaled 10 or more blocks in three games this year. • Elizabeth Williams is hitting a career-best 57.5 percent of her field goals. • Freshman Kendall McCravey-Cooper blocked a career-high five shots in only six minutes of action at fifth-ranked Kentucky. She tallied four of those blocks in the first half. • Duke has scored 80 or more points in 10 of 17 contests. The Blue Devils have won 33 straight games when scoring 80 or more points, dating back to the 2008-09 campaign. • Duke is averaging 43.1 points in the paint as well as scoring 24.9 points off its opponents’ turnovers on the year. • Tricia Liston has notched seven games this season with 20 or more points and 20 over her career. • The Blue Devils feature four different players who have notched 20 or more points in a game this season. • All five Blue Devil starters scored double-figures against USC Upstate, Vanderbilt and Purdue. • The Blue Devils notched their 16th sellout in school history for the Connecticut contest. It was the eighth sellout since Coach P arrived in Durham for the 2007-08 campaign. • Duke hit 40.5 percent from three-point land last year, which led the nation and was the second-highest output in school history. • The Blue Devils returned all five starters, 93.7 percent of their scoring and the top seven scorers from a year ago. • For only the second time in school history, Duke features five players standing 6-3 or taller (1996-97). Duke’s nine student-athletes who are 6-0 or taller also ties for the most in Blue Devil history (1998-99, 2000-01, 2005-06). • The Blue Devils have seven players and three staff associated with the team who have won USA Basketball medals - Oderah Chidom, Rebecca Greenwell, Amber Henson, Alexis Jones, Tricia Liston, Kendall McCravey-Cooper, Elizabeth Williams, head coach Joanne P. McCallie, athletic trainer Summer McKeehan and team doctor Jeff Bytomski. • Follow @Duke_WBB and @CoachPDuke on Twitter to get the latest updates on Duke women's basketball. Also, "Like" Duke Women's Basketball on Facebook to get the latest video, pictures and more. DWB is on Instagram at dukewbb. Join all three now as they are free! You can win free prizes on both Twitter and Facebook, so make sure you follow closely.
Tough Defense... Since starting ACC play three games ago, Duke has held its opponents to 29.0 percent shooting and 52.3 points. The Blue Devils have held six teams to a season-low points -- USC Upstate (40), Kansas (40), Georgia Tech (47), Albany (51), Syracuse (53) and Vanderbilt (69). Duke has held four different squads to under 30.0 percent shooting this season (Syracuse, Georgia Tech, Kansas and USC Upstate).
Gray to Miss Remainder of 2013-14 Season... All-America Chelsea Gray will miss the remainder of the 2013-14 campaign following a right kneecap fracture that occurred in Sunday’s, 78-57, victory over Boston College in Cameron Indoor Stadium. It marks the second straight year the two-time All-America has seen her season come to an end much earlier than expected. A 5-11 product of Manteca, Calif., Gray had a MRI on Monday morning and it revealed the injury. She will have surgery, but it has not been scheduled yet. As a junior, Gray played in 25 contests before suffering a dislocated kneecap against Wake Forest on Feb. 17, 2013. She was averaged 12.6 points, 5.4 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 3.6 steals on the season, but still was named Co-ACC Player of the Year, Associated Press and WBCA Coaches All-America. So far in 2013-14, Gray was averaging 10.8 points, 7.2 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 2.9 steals through 17 games. Her 7.2 assists ranked sixth nationally and she needed only 35 more dishes to become Duke’s all-time assist leader. Gray was considered to be one of the top point guards in the nation.
Jones to Assume Point Guard Role... Last year following Chelsea Gray’s injury, Alexis Jones took her game to another level as she saw her per game averages go from 7.9 points, 3.8 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 2.1 steals to 13.8 points, 6.1 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 1.3 steals. Jones was named the 2013 ACC Tournament MVP after averaging 17.7 points, 6.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals. Steady Improvement... Since arriving in Durham four years ago, senior Tricia Liston has improved each year. She opened as a freshman averaging 5.5 points and has improved her scoring average each year -- 12.0 as a sophomore, 13.5 as a junior and 16.7 as a senior. A deadly three-point shooter since arriving, Liston has developed her game to become a player who can take opponents off the dribble and score in a variety of ways. Liston is hitting a career-best 54.6 percent from the field this year.
At Home in 2013-14... Duke owns a 7-1 record at home this season with the lone loss coming against Connecticut. Five Blue Devils are averaging double-digits in Cameron this season -- Tricia Liston (13.5), Alexis Jones (12.6), Haley Peters (13.1), Elizabeth Williams (12.0) and Chelsea Gray (11.1). The Blue Devils are averaging 88.5 points a game in Cameron Indoor Stadium, while hitting 52.1 percent of their field goals and 39.8 percent from downtown. Duke holds a commanding 14.3 rebounding advantage at home and is dishing 20.3 assists a contest.
A Look at Virginia... Virginia enters the contest on Thursday with an 8-8 record, including winners of four out of the last six games. The Cavaliers have been led by Ataira Franklin (12.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, 25 treys), Faith Randolph (12.1 points, 3.1 rebounds), Sarah Imovbioh (11.0 points, 8.3 rebounds) and Kelsey Wolfe (9.7 points, 22 treys).
The Series with Virginia... Duke and Virginia will meet for the 65th time in school history on Thursday. The series is tied, 32-32, with the Blue Devils winners of 20 straight contests, including 11 consecutive in Durham, N.C. In games played in Cameron Indoor Stadium, Duke owns a 16-14 all-time mark. In the last meeting in 2013, the Blue Devils held the Cavaliers to a series history low 41 points. Head coach Joanne P. McCallie owns a 7-0 record all-time against Virginia.
What Happened Last Meeting... Haley Peters scored 14 points and Chelsea Gray 14, and the tandem sparked a 21-5 run spanning the halves as Duke overcame a slow start and won its 20th consecutive game against Virginia, 62-41, on Feb. 8, 2013. The burst turned a 22-13 deficit into a 34-27 lead for Duke. After Virginia closed within four at 34-30, Duke scored nine of the next 11 points and cruised to victory. Elizabeth Williams scored 14 of her 18 points after halftime, and had eight rebounds, four assists, three blocks and a steal. Ataira Franklin led Virginia with 15 points. The Cavaliers had won three of their last four overall, but shot just 26.7 percent (16 of 60) and had 21 turnovers. They have not beaten the Blue Devils since a 61-49 victory on Jan. 30, 2000. Peters and Gray scored six each during the big run in the second half, with Peters getting it started with the first two baskets to start an 11-0 run to end the first half. She started the scoring in the second half, too, before Gray made back-to-back 3-pointers, the second from about 25 feet with a hand in her face and 15:32 remaining in the game. Williams’ two free throws made it 34-27. Franklin’s 3-pointer from the top of the key pulled Virginia within 34-30, briefly exciting the crowd at John Paul Jones Arena, but Gray scored on a fast break and Peters had a three-point play. After Simone Egwu’s putback for Virginia, Williams and Alexis Jones scored inside for Duke. The Cavaliers started quickly with Franklin scoring seven points in a 16-5 run that gave them a 20-11 lead just past the midpoint of the half. But it all stopped after a sequence in which Crosby made a steal and her left-handed layup missed, Franklin rebounded and missed twice, the second called a jump ball. The Cavaliers scored just two points the rest of the way as Tricia Liston scored seven points and Peters four in a 13-2 burst to close the half, giving the Blue Devils a 24-22 lead heading into the locker room.
Blue Devils vs. Virginia... In three career games versus the Cavaliers, Haley Peters has averaged 13.7 points and hit 70.8 percent of her field goals. Tricia Liston has averaged 14.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and hit 8-of-14 (5.1%) from three-point land against Virginia. Elizabeth Williams is coming off notching 18 points, eight rebounds and three blocks in her last meeting versus Virginia.
Duke to Face Alum... The Blue Devils will go up against Joanne Boyle on Thursday, who is the head coach at Virginia. Boyle was a four-year letterwinner at Duke from 1982-85 under head coach Debbie Leonard. Boyle returned to Duke in 1993-94 to become an assistant coach under Gail Goestenkors and stayed through the 2001-02 campaign. She helped lead Duke to the 1999 and 2002 NCAA Final Four.
Hey, I Know You... Haley Peters played on the same AAU team, the Philly Belles with Lexie Gerson of Virginia. Peters and Gerson also played together on the same high school team at the Peddie School in N.J. They both scored their 1,000th point during the same quarter of the same game during Gerson’s senior year (Peters junior year). Elizabeth Williams played AAU on the Boo Williams squad along with Virginia’s Ataira Franklin. She knows Lexie Gerson. Williams father, Dr. Alex, did his fellowship for gastroenterology at Virginia.
Williams Breaks Out... After being held to under 10 points in three straight games, Elizabeth Williams has gone on a tear scoring double-digits in four out of the last five games, including posting double-doubles in three consecutive contests against Old Dominion, Georgia Tech and Syracuse. It marked the first time in her career she notched double-doubles in three consecutive games. In fact, over the last five games Williams is averaging 14.0 points, 10.6 rebounds, 2.6 blocks, 2.0 assists and 2.2 assists.
Home Sweet Home... Since Joanne P. McCallie took over as head coach at Duke in 2007-08, she has guided the Blue Devils to an 91-6 overall record in Cameron Indoor Stadium. During that stretch, the Blue Devils posted three undefeated seasons in Cameron (2012-13, 2010-11, 2008-09). Over the last six years, the Blue Devils have lost only three contests at home and all of those losses were against Connecticut (2010, 2012, 2013). Duke has won 84 straight games in Cameron Indoor Stadium against teams other than UConn. The last loss for Duke to a team other than Connecticut was Maryland on Feb. 17, 2008. Duke has won 91 out of the last 97 contests, 105 out of the last 111 and 187 out of the last 198 games in Cameron since 2000-01.