What………………………….Wake Forest at Duke
Date………………………….Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014
Venue………………………..Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Where to Watch…………..ESPN3
………………………………Ryan Craig (PXP), Debbie Taylor (Color)
Radio………………………Blue Devil IMG - WDNC AM 620
…………………………….Steve Barnes (PXP), Morgan Patrick (Color)
Series Record …………..Duke leads 57-16 (Won 39 straight)
Last Meeting……………Feb. 17, 2013 - DU 81, WFU 70
Setting the Scene...
In the last regular season home contest of the 2013-14 campaign, the seventh-ranked Duke women’s basketball team (24-4, 11-3 ACC) will host Wake Forest (14-13, 5-9) on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m., in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The contest will be aired live on ESPN3 with Ryan Craig (PXP) and Debbie Taylor (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.
Thursday will mark senior night for four Blue Devil seniors -- Chelsea Gray, Richa Jackson, Tricia Liston and Haley Peters. The group of four will be honored prior to the game at approximately 6:13 p.m.
The seniors have guided Duke to three ACC regular season titles, two ACC Tournament Championships, three NCAA Elite Eight appearances and a 116-17 record. In Cameron Indoor Stadium, the foursome have posted a 57-4 mark, including two undefeated seasons.
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes...
• With a win on Thursday against Wake Forest, Duke would secure the No. 2 seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament. The No. 2 seed plays in the 6:00 p.m., contest on Friday, March 7 in Greensboro, N.C.
• Duke needs one victory to register its 16th straight 25-win season.
• With Chelsea Gray and Alexis Jones injured, the duo had combined for 270 of Duke’s 500 assists on the season.
• Thursday’s contest will feature two of the ACC’s top scorer’s this season -- Dearica Hamby (21.7) and Tricia Liston (18.1).
• Tricia Liston currently owns 507 points on the season to become the 20th player in Duke history to notch a 500-point season.
• With Duke’s win against Maryland, the Blue Devils reached 10 league victories for the 17th straight season. The streak is the longest in the ACC with the next closest being Miami (3).
• Haley Peters has been named Capital One Academic All-America Third Team becoming just the fifth Blue Devil in school history to be selected Academic All-America.
• Duke currently ranks No. 1 nationally with a 41.9 three-point field goal percentage. The Blue Devils led the NCAA last year with a 40.5 percentage.
• Tricia Liston’s 15 games with 20 or more points this season ranks second in the ACC behind Wake Forest’s Dearica Hamby (19).
• Elizabeth Williams became just the sixth player in ACC history to register 300 blocks against N.C. State as she owns 302 for her career, which ranks fifth on the league’s all-time charts. • Alexis Jones’ 5.3 assist average on the season ranks as the fourth-highest average in school history behind Chelsea Gray’s averages of 7.2 (2013-14), 6.1 (2011-12) and 5.4 (2012-13).
• Tricia Liston has become just the eighth player in Duke history to score over 1,500 points and pull down over 500 rebounds. She has 1,568 points and 533 rebounds.
• Two future Duke student-athletes have been named McDonald’s All-America -- Sierra Calhoun & Lynee Belton.
• Haley Peters and Elizabeth Williams have each been selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District III first team. Peters earned the honor for the second straight year.
• Elizabeth Williams is hitting a career-high 53.9 percent from the field this season.
• In the latest NCAA RPI, Duke was No. 3 with Notre Dame and Stanford taking the top two slots. Connecticut, South Carolina, Louisville, Tennessee, Purdue, LSU and Penn St. rounded out the top 10.
• The Blue Devils rank No. 1 in strength of schedule by the Jeff Sagarin/CBN Women’s College Basketball Ratings.
• Tricia Liston now owns an 86.1 career free throw percentage that ranks second all-time in the ACC to former Duke standout Nicole Erickson (88.0).
• 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).
• The Blue Devils have posted four wins on the road against ranked opponents, which has tied a school record (2006-07, 1998-99).
• Duke has scored 80 or more points in 15 of 28 contests. The Blue Devils have won 38 straight games when scoring 80 or more points, dating back to the 2008-09 campaign.
• 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 Florida State, USC Upstate, Vanderbilt and Purdue.
• 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.
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Senior Class Award - Vote for Peters...
Duke forward Haley Peters is one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award. Through March 24, fans can go online to vote for Peters once a day at www.seniorclassaward.com. Bookmark this page and vote for Peters!
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
Jones to Miss Remainder of 2013-14 Season...
Following a MRI on Monday morning, Blue Devil doctors confirmed Duke sophomore point guard Alexis Jones tore her left anterior cruciate ligament in Sunday’s 81-70 loss at second-ranked Notre Dame. Jones will miss the remainder of the season and will have surgery on Thursday, Feb. 27.
Jones, an All-America candidate, was averaging 13.1 points, 5.3 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 steals on the season for the seventh-ranked Blue Devils. A native of Irving, Texas, Jones had picked up her game since All-America senior guard Chelsea Gray was injured on Jan. 12 as she was averaging 14.4 points, 7.2 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals over the span of 11 contests.
Win Streaks Against an Opponent...
Duke enters Thursday with a 39-game winning streak against Wake Forest. That streak ranks in the top five nationally for wins against another conference opponent.
1. Stanford vs. Washington St. (Pacific 10) 56
2. Liberty vs. Coastal Carolina (Big South) 42
3. Tennessee vs. Alabama (SEC) 40
4. Duke vs. Wake Forest (ACC) 39
5. Duke vs. Georgia Tech (ACC) 36
6. Tennessee vs. Mississippi St. (SEC) 35
Bench Shrinking Even More...
With Chelsea Gray and Alexis Jones out for the season and senior Chloe Wells missing the last nine games, Duke’s bench has gone from outstanding heading into the 2013-14 campaign to very slim.
The Blue Devils are left with only eight scholarship players available to play and zero point guards. Senior Tricia Liston will assume the point guard role for Duke.
Since the injury Gray, all five Duke starters are averaging 31.4 minutes or more a contest, including a team-high 34.5 per game from Alexis Jones. The Blue Devil bench includes junior Ka’lia Johnson and three freshmen -- Amber Henson, Oderah Chidom and Kendall McCravey-Cooper.
Duke’s defense has been effected the most as the Blue Devils are allowing 11.4 more points since Gray was injured. The opponents’ field goal percentage has gone from 35.0 percent to 40.6 percent.
Coach P Approaching 200 Wins...
Joanne P. McCallie is approaching 200 wins at Duke as she closes in on her seventh season with the Blue Devils.
Coach P has 198 wins in only 236 contests and could become the fourth-quickest head coach to reach 200 wins at an institution -- 222, Leon Barmore (La. Tech), 234, Jim Foster (Ohio State), 236, Bill Sheahan (Mount St. Mary’s), 241, Joan Bonvicini (Long Beach St.), 241, Jody Conradt (Texas) and Gene Roebuck (North Dakota).
At Home in 2013-14...
Duke owns an 11-3 overall record at home this season with all three losses coming to ranked opponents.
The Blue Devils are averaging 87.2 points a game and hitting 50.7 percent of their field goals in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Tricia Liston (16.5), Elizabeth Williams (13.5), Alexis Jones (13.4), Chelsea Gray (11.1), Richa Jackson (10.9) and Haley Peters (10.7) are each averaging double-digit scoring at home.
Liston has averaged 20.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists over the last six home contests. She has hit 57.6 percent of her three-point field goals during that stretch.
A Look at Wake Forest...
Wake Forest enters the game with a 14-13 overall and 5-9 league mark, but is coming off losing two straight contests.
Dearica Hamby (21.7 points, 11.0 rebounds) and Chelsea Douglas (18.7 points, 72 treys) lead the way for the Demon Deacons.
The Series With Wake Forest...
Duke and Wake Forest have met 73 times in school history with the Blue Devils leading the series 57-16. The Blue Devils have won the past 39 consecutive games dating back to the 1993-94 season, and have a 25-6 edge in games played in Cameron Indoor Stadium, including winning 16 in a row.
Head coach Joanne P. McCallie is 9-1 all-time in games against Wake Forest and 9-0 since joining the Blue Devil program.
Duke Players Versus Wake Forest...
Tricia Liston is coming off notching a then career-high 29 points on 5-of-7 treys and 8-of-12 field goals in the last meeting with the Demon Deacons. She also pulled down nine rebounds.
Elizabeth Williams has averaged 15.8 points, 9.3 rebounds and 5.3 blocks in four career games versus WFU. Williams notched a triple-double with 18 points, 16 rebounds and 12 blocks in her first career outing against Wake Forest on Jan. 6, 2012. The 12 blocks was an ACC record.