Duke women wary of NCAA 2nd round foe DePaul

Mar. 23, 2014 @ 04:46 PM

Duke’s opponent in the second round of the women’s NCAA Tournament has a familiar feel even though the Blue Devils have not played DePaul since the 2011 tournament, according to Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie.

“DePaul is an excellent, excellent team,” McCallie said on the eve of tonight’s 6:30 showdown (ESPN2) at Cameron Indoor Stadium. “They’ve got a lot of weapons and they share the ball well. I feel very fortunate that we’ve had some games against similar teams. You look at North Carolina, you look at Georgia Tech, you look at Notre Dame, they’ve helped prepare us for this game.”

The Blue Demons, who won their first-round game 104-100 over Oklahoma, won the Big East regular season and tournament titles and are making their 12th straight tournament appearance.

DePaul (28-6) is on an eight-game winning streak and is playing at Cameron in the tournament for the second straight year. The Blue Demons lost in the first round to Oklahoma State 73-56 a year ago

DePaul guard Megan Rogowski said that experience from playing last year and winning on Saturday should help the Blue Demons.

“We know how each player plays at Duke,” Rogowski said. “We know what they do and we’re going to do our best to stop them. This gym is similar to our gym and we were here last year. We feel pretty comfortable playing here now.”

DePaul has hit the century mark in two of its last three games and has scored at least 90 points 11 times this season.

Duke senior Tricia Liston said the key to slowing DePaul is controlling the tempo.

“If we can get a few stops I think it will change the game,” Liston said. “Coming into it, our focus definitely is on the defensive end and trying to be able to play at our pace and being able to push the ball when we want to.”

The Blue Demons have done a lot of damage from long range, making a school record 296 3-pointers. They hit 11 against Oklahoma, marking the 17th game with double-digit makes from behind the arc.

Duke forward Haley Peters said it is going to be important to play strong defense on the perimeter.

“It is going to be a challenge for us and a really good opportunity to work on contesting shooters,” Peters said. “It is something we haven’t done as well as we’ve wanted to and to improve on.”

DePaul is led from long range by Rogowski, who has made 105 from behind the arc, including four against the Sooners. Rogowski, who broke her own record of 94 3s from last season, makes about 45 percent of her 3s, fifth best in NCAA Division I this season.

Jasmine Penny, the Big East tournament MVP, leads the Blue Demons in scoring (15.8), while Rogowski is second (15.3).

DePaul coach Paul Bruno said he isn’t so much worried about his team’s ability to score as he is in keeping Duke off the boards and controlling the game in that manner. He said DePaul’s struggles have come when it hasn’t rebounded well, which led to opponents turning the misses into their own offense.

“Look at the losses where we gave up 50, 55 points in the second half and we didn’t rebound,” Bruno said. “Yesterday we gave up 66 points in the second half and didn’t rebound but we won. I’m thrilled to still be here.

“The game we played (Saturday) was the exact same game we played against Northwestern, we didn’t finish the game. It was the same game against Kentucky and Marquette and we got beat. But we’re still here.”

SATURDAY'S FIRST ROUND NCAA TOURNAMENT BOX SCORES (Duke & DePaul)

DEPAUL 104, OKLAHOMA 100
  FG FT Reb
OKLAHOMA Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS
Williams 25 5-7 2-2 6-9 1 5 12
Kornet 22 3-8 0-0 2-3 1 3 8
Ellenberg 37 12-22 5-5 0-3 3 3 36
Hook 35 3-13 3-4 1-2 3 1 11
Campbell 28 6-11 9-9 5-10 3 4 22
Edwards 5 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 0
Griffin 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Wyatt 10 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
Kellogg 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Carter 19 0-4 0-0 1-2 1 3 0
Durrett 12 5-5 1-1 1-3 1 2 11
Totals 200 34-73 20-21 18-35 13 21 100

Percentages: FG .466, FT .952.

3-Point Goals: 12-33, .364 (Ellenberg 7-15, Kornet 2-6, Hook 2-8, Campbell 1-3, Wyatt 0-1).

Team Rebounds: 1.

Blocked Shots: 7 (Williams 2, Durrett 2, Carter, Griffin, Ellenberg).

Turnovers: 15 (Hook 5, Carter 4, Ellenberg 3, Griffin, Campbell, Williams).

Steals: 7 (Ellenberg 4, Williams, Wyatt, Campbell).

Technical Fouls: None.

  FG FT Reb
DEPAUL Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS
Podkowa 31 5-8 2-2 2-6 1 4 13
Penny 22 4-9 3-5 2-6 4 5 11
Hrynko 26 6-11 3-5 0-1 5 3 19
Jenkins 33 7-12 5-5 0-4 4 2 21
Rogowski 35 8-16 4-4 1-8 3 0 24
January 29 5-8 4-5 2-2 2 4 14
Reynolds 8 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
McGee 8 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 2
Harvey-Carr 8 0-0 0-0 2-2 1 1 0
Totals 200 36-67 21-26 17-39 20 21 104

Percentages: FG .537, FT .808.

3-Point Goals: 11-23, .478 (Hrynko 4-6, Rogowski 4-10, Jenkins 2-4, Podkowa 1-2, Reynolds 0-1).

Team Rebounds: 9.

Blocked Shots: 5 (Podkowa 3, Rogowski 2).

Turnovers: 16 (Hrynko 4, Penny 3, Jenkins 3, Rogowski 2, Podkowa 2, January, McGee).

Steals: 8 (January 3, Jenkins 2, Harvey-Carr, Reynolds, Rogowski).

Technical Fouls: None.

Oklahoma 34 66—100
DePaul 50 54—104

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Officials_Denise Kantner, Eric Koch, Tiara Cruse.

 

DUKE 87, WINTHROP 45
  FG FT Reb
WINTHROP Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS
Williams 31 0-8 0-0 1-3 1 0 0
Nunn 20 2-3 1-1 2-5 0 2 5
Calvert 31 0-1 0-0 1-2 2 3 0
McClanahan 38 7-20 5-6 1-6 6 4 22
Wright 36 4-13 0-0 0-0 0 3 12
Wells 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
Trull 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Charles 13 0-1 0-0 1-3 1 1 0
Boyd 2 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
Rogers 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Buford 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Decheva 12 1-3 0-0 0-1 1 0 3
Vernon 10 1-4 0-0 1-1 0 2 3
Totals 200 15-55 6-7 7-23 11 16 45

Percentages: FG .273, FT .857.

3-Point Goals: 9-23, .391 (Wright 4-10, McClanahan 3-5, Decheva 1-3, Vernon 1-3, Wells 0-1, Williams 0-1).

Team Rebounds: 1.

Blocked Shots: 1 (Calvert).

Turnovers: 17 (McClanahan 6, Williams 3, Decheva 2, Buford 2, Nunn 2, Charles, Calvert).

Steals: 6 (McClanahan 2, Vernon 2, Decheva, Calvert).

Technical Fouls: None.

  FG FT Reb
DUKE Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS
Liston 32 6-11 4-4 0-6 2 1 20
Peters 30 5-12 1-2 4-6 6 1 11
Williams 31 4-8 2-2 4-8 4 0 10
Johnson 31 2-4 1-3 1-5 3 2 6
Jackson 29 2-7 0-0 0-1 3 1 4
McCravey-Cooper 17 7-7 0-0 3-10 2 1 14
Chidom 14 6-8 5-6 0-4 0 4 17
Greenwell 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Henson 11 2-6 0-0 2-3 0 1 5
Frush 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0
Totals 200 34-63 13-17 16-49 21 11 87

Percentages: FG .540, FT .765.

3-Point Goals: 6-15, .400 (Liston 4-6, Johnson 1-3, Henson 1-4, Jackson 0-1, Peters 0-1).

Team Rebounds: 6.

Blocked Shots: 7 (Williams 3, Peters, McCravey-Cooper, Johnson, Jackson).

Turnovers: 13 (Jackson 3, Peters 3, Johnson 2, Henson 2, McCravey-Cooper 2, Chidom).

Steals: 13 (Peters 5, Jackson 2, Williams 2, Chidom, Johnson, Henson, Liston).

Technical Fouls: None.

Winthrop 17 28—45
Duke 41 46—87

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Officials_Joe Cunningham, Frank Steratore, Jennifer Rezac.

 

GAME NOTES COURTESY DUKE SPORTS INFORMATION

Game Information

What………………………….NCAA Tournament Second Round

………………………………..vs. No. 7 Seed DePaul

Date………………………….Monday, March 24, 2014

Time………………………….6:30 p.m.

Location……………………..Durham, N.C.

Venue……………………….Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)

Where to Watch……………ESPN2

……………………………….Mark Jones (PXP), LaChina Robinson

Radio…………………………Blue Devil IMG - WDNC-AM 620

………………………………..Steve Barnes (PXP), Morgan Patrick (Color)

Live Stats……………………www.GoDuke.com

Series Record……………….Duke leads 2-1

Last Meeting ………………..March 27, 2011 - DU 70, DePaul 63

 

Setting the Scene...

        Coming off winning its 22nd straight NCAA Tournament first round contest, the ninth-ranked and second-seeded Duke women’s basketball team (28-6) will take on seventh-seeded and 23rd-ranked DePaul (28-6) Monday, March 24 in the second round at 6:30 p.m., in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

        Monday’s contest will be shown on ESPN2 with Mark Jones (PXP) and LaChina Robinson (Color) calling the action.  

        It will also 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 winner of Monday’s contest will advance to the NCAA Sweet 16 in Lincoln, Nebraska for a game on March 29.  If Duke advances to the regional, it would mark the 16th time out of the last 17 years.

        Duke is playing in its 20th straight NCAA Tournament.  The Blue Devils boast a 19-game winning streak at home in NCAA Tournament games.  

 

A Look at DePaul...

        DePaul is playing in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year in Durham, N.C., and advanced to the second round with a 104-100 win over 10th-seeded Oklahoma.  

        On the season, DePaul has posted a 28-6 overall record.  Leading the Blue Demons has been Jasmine Penny (15.7 points, 5.3 rebounds), Megan Rogowski (15.6 points, 105 treys), Brittany Hrynko (12.7 points, 192 assists) and Chanise Jenkins (11.1 points, 47 treys).  

The Series with DePaul...

        The Blue Devils and DePaul have met three times in school history with Duke holding a 2-1 edge. The two teams last met in the quarterfinal round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament, with Duke topping 10th-ranked DePaul, 70-63.

        Other meetings were March 14, 1997 in the NCAA first round where Duke was seeded No. 5  and the Blue Demons were a No. 12 seed.  Duke won the contest, 70-56, in Champaign, Ill.  

        The first game was on Nov. 29, 1986 at DePaul with Duke falling, 78-72.  Head coach Joanne P. McCallie has tallied a perfect 2-0 record against the Blue Demons.

 

Duke Versus the Big East...

        The Blue Devils own a 24-5 overall record against teams from the Big East Conference -- DePaul (2-1), Georgetown (4-0), Marquette (4-0), Providence (3-1), Seton Hall (4-2), St. John’s (3-0), Villanova (1-0) and Xavier (3-1).  

 

Wins In the NCAA Tournament...

      Duke has posted the third-best win total in the last 17 years of the NCAA Tournament.  The Blue Devils own 49 victories and rank only behind Connecticut (72), Tennessee (61) and Stanford (50).

        Overall, Duke’s 53 wins in the NCAA Tournament rank sixth all-time -- Tennessee (116), Connecticut (91), Stanford (72), Louisiana Tech (65), Georgia (55), Duke (53), Purdue (45), North Carolina (42) and LSU (41).

NCAA Tournament Tidbits...

        •  The Basics...Duke is making its 20th consecutive and 21st overall trip to the NCAA Tournament.  The Blue Devils have been seeded No. 2 for the eighth time in school history and for the fifth straight year.  Duke played in the postseason on two other occasions, making it to the Women’s NIT in 1986 and the NCAA Tournament in 1987.  

        Duke now owns an all-time record of 53-20 in NCAA Tournament play and is 54-21 in all postseason action.  The Blue Devils have hosted NCAA Tournament games 12 times out of 21 appearances.

        Prior to this season, Duke previously hosted first and second round games in Cameron from 1998-2002, 2004, 2010, 2011, 2013.  The Blue Devils have won 19 consecutive games during NCAA Tournament play in Cameron.  Overall, Duke owns a 21-1 record in NCAA Tournament action in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

        • The History...Each time Duke has been in the NCAA Tournament, it has won at least one game.  The Blue Devils have advanced to a regional in 15 out of the last 16 years.  Duke had reached at least the Sweet 16 in 11 consecutive years prior to a loss to Michigan State in 2008-09 in the second round.  Duke has made it to the Elite Eight in 11 of the last 16 years, including four straight (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 1999, 1998).

        Duke also advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2000, 2001, 2007 and 2008, Elite Eight in 1998, 2004 and 2005, the Final Four in 2002 and 2003 and the National Championship game in 1999 and 2006.  The Blue Devils own a 43-15 record in their last 58 NCAA Tournament games.

        • The Coach...Head Coach Joanne P. McCallie is making her 18th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, including her 12th straight, while producing a 26-17 record.  While at Maine, she totaled a 1-6 record that included an upset victory over seventh-seeded Stanford (60-58) in 1999.  Her Maine squad was seeded 10th and then fell to Old Dominion on its home court, 72-62, in the second round.

        During her time at Michigan State, McCallie guided the Spartans to a 9-5 mark.  She led MSU to five straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament and won at least one game in four consecutive years. In 2005, McCallie’s squad had an incredible run through the tournament knocking off Alcorn State, USC, 18th-ranked Vanderbilt, top-ranked Stanford and third-ranked Tennessee before falling to fifth-ranked Baylor in the national championship game.  McCallie was awarded National Coach of the Year for her efforts.

        At Duke, McCallie owns a 16-6 record in the tournament.

        As a player, McCallie led Northwestern to the 1987 NCAA Tournament her senior year.  The Wildcats traveled to Louisiana Tech and lost, 82-60, in the first round.  Coach P is one of only 20 current head coaches in Division I who have both played and coached in the NCAA Tournament.

        McCallie has one member of her coaching tree that took her team to the 2014 tournament -- Katie Abrahamson-Henderson (Albany)

        • The Seedings...In the last 20 seasons, Duke has not been lower than a No. 5 seed and has been a No. 1  seed seven times.  The Blue Devils have been seeded no lower than third since 1998.  Duke’s seven No. 1 seeds rank as the fifth-most in NCAA Tournament history.  Leading the list is Tennessee (22), followed by Connecticut (18), Louisiana Tech (10), Stanford (10) and Duke (7).

 

Liston Has DePaul Ties...

        Senior Tricia Liston is from River Forest, Ill., which is only 25 minutes from the DePaul campus.  She grew up going to Blue Demon Head Coach Doug Bruno’s camps and her father, Brian, even played men’s basketball for Bruno at Loyola.  DePaul was also one of her final three choices when it came down to choosing where she was going to play collegiate basketball.

        At Loyola, Bruno was the associate head coach during Brian Liston’s junior and senior campaigns.  The head coach was Gene Sullivan and in those two years  they went 30-27.  In his sophomore year, the team made it to the NIT after a 19-9 regular season record.

        Liston knows Kelly Rogowski, Kelsey Smith and Meghan Podkowa on the DePaul squad, as well as Chanise Jenkins, Brittany Hyrnko and Centrese McGee.  

 

Top Shooters in Take the Court...

        Two of the nation’s top three-point shooters will take the court in Cameron Indoor Stadium in the second round.  Tricia Liston (48.9, 87 treys) of Duke and Meghan Rogowski of DePaul (45.5, 105 treys).  Liston ranks first nationally in three-point field goal percentage and Rogowski is fourth.

 

Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes...  

        • The Blue Devils received 10 assists from Haley Peters (6) and Elizabeth Williams (4).  The six assists by Peters tied a career high.  Williams has 14 assists the last four contests, which leads Duke.

        • As a team, Duke owns a +12.5 rebounding advantage in four postseason games this year.

        • Duke’s 21 assists against Winthrop is the most for the Blue Devils since the Pitt game on Jan. 21 (22).

        • Richa Jackson has hit only 3-of-14 field goals over last two games (21.4%).

        • Elizabeth Williams posted three blocks in the first round against Winthrop and has totaled over 100 blocks in each of her three seasons.    

        • Over the last five games, Ka’lia Johnson has averaged 7.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists, while hitting 44.0 percent from downtown.

        • Duke had its streak of 83 straight games with at least one three-pointer made come to an end in the ACC Championship game as the Blue Devils went 0-5.

        • Duke has averaged 7.6 blocks over the last six games.  The Blue Devils set a new ACC Tournament record for blocked shots with 13 against Georgia Tech in the quarterfinals.  

        • Tricia Liston (1,653) has moved past Georgia Schweitzer (1,620) into eighth place on Duke’s all-time scoring list.  She needs 51 to move into a tie with Jasmine Thomas for seventh.  

        • Tricia Liston has broken her own school record for three-pointers made as she owns 87, which snapped her record of 80 from last year.  She needs 15 to move into sixth place on the ACC single-season charts.

        • The Blue Devils rank No. 1 in strength of schedule by the Jeff Sagarin/CBN Women’s College Basketball Ratings.

        • Elizabeth Williams has notched more blocks (101) than Duke’s opponents (86).  She has swatted 19 shots over the last five contests.

        • Tricia Liston currently owns 592 points on the season to rank seventh on the Blue Devil single-season list.  She needs 18 points to move into sixth to tie Michele Van Gorp (610).  Liston would become the seventh player in school history to reach the 600-point mark in a season if she scores eight points against DePaul.

        • Tricia Liston is one of only two players in the nation that is hitting over 50.0 percent from the field, 45.0 percent from downtown and 85.0 percent from the free throw line (Haley Seibert, IPFW).  Liston’s 48.9 percent from downtown is the highest of any player in the tournament field.

        • When looking at Duke’s six losses this season, three were to the No. 1 ranked RPI (Notre Dame), one to the No. 2 (Connecticut) and two to the No. 21 (North Carolina).  Only Duke, Louisville and South Carolina in the top 10 feature no bad losses (teams ranked lower than No. 21 in RPI) on the season.  

        • With Chelsea Gray and Alexis Jones injured, the duo had combined for 270 of Duke’s 538 assists on the season.  

        • Duke currently ranks No. 1 nationally with a 40.7 three-point field goal percentage. The Blue Devils led the NCAA last year with a 40.5 percentage.

        • Tricia Liston’s 16 games with 20 or more points this season ranks tied third in the ACC behind Wake Forest’s Dearica Hamby (23) and Ty Marshall (16).

        • 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.

        • Elizabeth Williams has become just the sixth player in ACC history to register 300 blocks.  She owns 324 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.  

        • 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.

        • In the latest NCAA RPI, Duke was No. 4 with Notre Dame, UConn and Stanford taking the top three slots.  Tennessee, South Carolina, Baylor, Louisville, Purdue, and Kentucky rounded out the top 10.  

        • The Blue Devils posted four wins on the road against ranked opponents, which tied a school record (2006-07, 1998-99).  

        • The Blue Devils registered their 16th straight 25-win seasons.  The longest streak by other ACC teams is five by Notre Dame.  Duke has reached 10 league victories for the 17th straight season.  The streak is the longest in the ACC with the next closest being Miami (3).  

        • Tricia Liston now owns an 85.8 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 seven teams to a season-low points -- Winthrop (45), USC Upstate (40), Kansas (40), Georgia Tech (47), Albany (51), Syracuse (53) and Vanderbilt (69).  Duke has held five different squads to under 30.0 percent shooting this season (Syracuse, Georgia Tech, Kansas, Winthrop and USC Upstate).

        • Duke has scored 80 or more points in 17 of 34 contests.  The Blue Devils have won 40 straight games when scoring 80 or more points, dating back to the 2008-09 campaign.

        • 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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Impressive First Round Performance...

        Duke opened the NCAA Tournament with an impressive 87-45 victory over Winthrop.  Five Blue Devils scored double-digits led by Tricia Liston with a team-high 20.  

 

With the Duke Victory...

    Moved to 22-0 all-time in NCAA Tournament first round games ... won its 19th-straight NCAA Tournament contest in Cameron Indoor Stadium ... notched its 132nd consecutive home court win against an unranked opponent ... won its 65th straight game at home against an unranked non-conference opponent ... Coach P won her 11th consecutive NCAA Tournament first round game ... is now 54-21 in NCAA Tournament play over 22 appearances ... Blue Devils own a 20-7 all-time record as a No. 2 seed (eight appearances) ... Coach P moved to 26-17 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and 16-6 at Duke.

 

Senior Tricia Liston

        Scored a team-high 20 points, hitting 6-of-11 field goals ... with her four three-pointer, now owns 25 in NCAA Tournament play ranking second on Duke’s career charts ... scored 20 points on the day, moving her into seventh place on Duke’s single-season scoring list with 592 points ... moved her Duke single-season record for three-pointers to 87 ... her 87 three-pointers this season ranks ninth on the ACC season charts ... has now hit 252 career three-pointers to rank tied seventh on the ACC career list ... scored 20 or more points for the 16th time this season and 29th time in her career.

 

Senior Haley Peters

        Had 11 points, six rebounds, six assists, five steals and one block in 30 minutes ... tied a career high with six assists ... her five steals was a career high.

 

Junior Elizabeth Williams

        Had 10 points, eight rebounds, four assists, three blocks and two steals ... with her three blocks, now owns 101 swats on the season marking the third straight year she has blocked at least 100 shots ... owns 26 career blocks in NCAA Tournament play, ranking second on Duke’s charts ... with her eight rebounds on the day, moved into 10th place on Duke’s career rebounding list (880), passing Krystal Thomas (776).

 

Freshman Oderah Chidom

        Had 17 points, four rebounds and one steal in 14 minutes ... her 17 points was a career high ... hit 6-of-8 field goals.

Freshman Kendall McCravey-Cooper

        Totaled career highs in points (14) and rebounds (10) ... notched her first career double-double ... hit all seven field goals (7-of-7).

 

Other Duke Notes...

        Held a 49-23 advantage in rebounds ... totaled a 42-6 advantage in the paint ... scored 36 points off the bench, which is the second-most this season ... hit 54.0 percent from the field, marking the 19th game this year the Blue Devils have hit 50.0 percent of her field goals or better ... held Winthrop to a season-low 45 points and suffered its worst loss of the season (42).

 

Liston Ranks in NCAA Tournament Book...

        Senior Tricia Liston has hit 25-of-50 career three-point field goals for a 50.0 percentage.  She ranks second all-time in the NCAA Tournament record book.

 

NCAA Tournament Career 3-Point FG%

55.8 (29-52)   Jennifer Azzi, Stanford (1988-90)

50.0 (25-50)  Tricia Liston, Duke (2011-present)

47.4 (27-57)   Molly Goodenbour, Stanford (1990-93)

46.4 (39-84)   Sue Bird, UConn (2000-02)

44.2 (42-95)   Shanna Zolman, Tennessee (2003-06)

 

In the Duke NCAA Record Books...

        Tricia Liston has drained 25 three-pointers in 13 career games, which already ranks second on Duke’s all-time NCAA Tournament charts.

 

Three-Pointers Made in NCAA Action

27    Vicki Krapohl (2001-04)

25    Tricia Liston (2011-present)

23    Abby Waner (2006-09)

20    Jessica Foley (2003-06)

 

        Elizabeth Williams ranks second on Duke’s NCAA Tournament career blocks list in only nine games, while ranking 16th on the NCAA list.

 

Blocked Shots in NCAA Action

62    Alison Bales (2004-07)

26    Elizabeth Williams (2012-present)

23    Alana Beard (2001-04)

20    Chante Black (2005-09)

 

Career Blocked Shots in NCAA Action

105  Brittany Griner, Baylor (2010-13)

62    Alison Bales, Duke (2004-07)

52    Sylvia Fowles, LSU (2005-08)

43    Courtney Paris, Oklahoma (2006-09)

43    Tina Charles, UConn (2007-10)

40    Candace Parker, Tennessee (2006-08)

39    Ruth Riley, Notre Dame (1998-01)

38    Rebecca Lobo, UConn (1992-95)

37    Cheryl Miller, USC (1983-86)

37    Nicky Anosike, Tennessee (2005-08)

33    Stefanie Dolson, UConn (2011-present)

27    Katrina McClain, Georgia (1984-87)

27    LaToya Pringle, UNC (2005-08)

27    Jessica Breland, UNC (2007, 09-11)

27    Devereaux Peters, Notre Dame (2010-12)

26    Elizabeth Williams, Duke (2012-present)

 

Freshmen Post Duo...

        In the NCAA first round, freshmen post duo Kendall McCravey-Cooper and Oderah Chidom combined for 31 points and 14 rebounds against Winthrop.

        The duo hit 13-of-15 field goals, including 7-of-7 from McCravey-Cooper.

        Over the last six games, Oderah Chidom has averaged 9.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.3 steals.  Chidom notched a career-high 17 points on 6-of-8 field goals against Winthrop.

        McCravey-Cooper came off the bench to register career highs in points (14) and rebounds (10), in only 17 minutes.  

 

Wins In the NCAA Tournament...

      Duke has posted the third-best win total in the last 18 years of the NCAA Tournament.  The Blue Devils own 49 victories and rank only behind Connecticut (72), Tennessee (61) and Stanford (50) through games of March 22.

        Overall, Duke’s 53 wins in the NCAA Tournament rank sixth all-time -- Tennessee (116), Connecticut (91),  Stanford (72), Louisiana Tech (65), Georgia (55), Duke (53), Purdue (46), North Carolina (42) and LSU (41).

 

Duke Players in the NCAA Tournament...

        Tricia Liston has competed in 13 NCAA Tournament contests and in those games has averaged 13.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals.  Over the last three years, Liston has averaged 18.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.9 steals.  She has hit 23-of-45 treys (51.1%) of her three-point field goals.  Liston has scored double-digits in nine consecutive NCAA games.

      Haley Peters has averaged 11.3 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.6 assists the last three years.  In those games, Peters has hit 54.6 percent of her field goals.

      Elizabeth Williams owns career averages of 11.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.9 blocks in the NCAAs.  

 

Coach P in Elite Company...

        Blue Devil Head Coach Joanne P. McCallie is one of only 22 current head coaches in NCAA Division I who have both played and coached in the NCAA Tournament.  Only McCallie, Kim Mulkey (Baylor), MaChelle Joseph (Georgia Tech),  Nikki Caldwell (LSU), Dawn Staley (South Carolina), Katie Abrahamson-Henderson (Albany), Amanda Butler (Florida), Terri Williams-Flournoy (Auburn), Courtney Banghart (Princeton), Michelle Clark-Heard (Western Kentucky), Jody Adams (Wichita State), Susie Gardner (Mercer), Sharon Baldwin-Tener (Georgia State), Cindy Griffin (Saint Joseph’s), Jason Flowers (Cal State Northridge), Cynthia Cooper (Southern Cal), Raegan Pebley (Fresno State), Stephanie Gaitley (Fordham), Brooke Stoehr (Northwestern State), Amy Williams (South Dakota), Jeff Judkins (BYU) and Coquese Washington (Penn State) played and led their team to the NCAA Tournament.

        Coach P led Northwestern to the tournament in 1987 and also coached 18 different teams as a head coach.   

 

Duke Versus The Field...

        Duke notched a 14-6 record against teams in 2014-14 who received invitations to the NCAA Tournament – Albany (1-0), California (1-0), Connecticut (0-1), Florida State (1-0), Georgia Tech (2-0), Kentucky (1-0), Maryland (1-0), Miami (1-0), North Carolina (1-2), NC State (1-0), Notre Dame (0-3), Oklahoma (1-0), Purdue (1-0), Vanderbilt (1-0) and Winthrop (1-0).  

 

Consecutive Appearances...

        The Blue Devils are one of only five teams competing in their 20th straight NCAA Tournament-- Tennessee (33), Stanford (27), UConn (26), Duke (20) and Georgia (20).

 

McCallie In Tournament Play...

        In her 22 years as a head coach, Joanne P. McCallie has taken 18 teams to the NCAA Tournament and produced an 26-17 record.  While at Maine, she totaled a 1-6 record that included an upset victory over seventh-seeded Stanford (60-58) in 1999.  Her Maine squad was seeded 10th and then fell to Old Dominion on its home court, 72-62, in the second round.

        During her time at Michigan State, McCallie guided the Spartans to a 9-5 mark.  She led MSU to five straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament and won at least one game four consecutive years.

        In 2005, McCallie’s squad had an incredible run through the tournament, knocking off Alcorn State, USC, 18th-ranked Vanderbilt, top-ranked Stanford and third-ranked Tennessee before falling to fifth-ranked Baylor in the national championship game.  McCallie was awarded National Coach of the Year for her efforts.

        As a player, McCallie led Northwestern to the 1987 NCAA Tournament her senior year.  The Wildcats traveled to Louisiana Tech and lost, 82-60, in the first round.

        In seven years at Duke so far, Coach P has led Duke to a 16-6 record in seven NCAA appearances.  McCallie has won at least one game in the NCAA Tournament in 11 consecutive years.

 

Johnson Enters Lineup...

        Junior Ka’lia Johnson made her first collegiate starts in the ACC Tournament and first round of the NCAA Tournament and played some of the best basketball of her career.  

        Over the four games, Johnson averaged 7.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists.  

        Johnson had hit only five three-pointers over her first 84 games prior to the 2014 ACC Tournament.  Of her nine career three-pointers made, five have come over the last four games.

 

SUNDAY NEWS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT COURTESY DUKE SPORTS INFORMATION

2014 NCAA Division I women’s basketball championship

head coach quotes

Second Round · No. 7 DePaul vs. No. 2 Duke

Cameron Indoor Stadium · Durham, N.C.

Monday, March 24

 

Second Round Quotes – Duke

 

Joanne P. McCallie, Duke Head Coach

 

Opening statement:
We’re just really excited to play again, we’re getting better,  there’s some great stuff on the film to learn from Winthrop to go to this next game, and DePaul is an excellent team, terrifically coached, have many people in double figures.  They’re a very balanced team. We’re just really excited to work on our defense and continue to grow our rebounding and to really play a high level of basketball in those categories in particular.

 

On Duke’s defense versus the up-tempo style of DePaul:

DePaul is an excellent, excellent team offensively, they’ve got a lot of weapons and they share the ball well, and they like to run.  I feel very fortunate that we’ve had some games against similar teams. You look at North Carolina, you look at Georgia Tech, you look at Notre Dame… that’s where the ACC Tournament has proved critical for us. It’s to get those three games in, now we’ve had six games as a unit, but they’ve been some interesting games that provided us with some experience with a team that likes to go up and down, up and down. We’ve got to work very hard in transition to stop the ball and get the ball under control, and keep them out of the paint and force them to kick it out, force them to the sideline… I think that’s where that strength of schedule comes in- it helps prepare you. Every team is a really good team in this tournament, so you’re not going to stop people, but if you can just take them a little bit out of their step and disrupt enough to make sure that you control the tempo, you defend well.

 

On the pace Duke wants to play:

We just want to play the way we play. This team has excellent passing, ball movement, more passing than dribbling, getting the ball inside and out.  We have some tremendous post players that have to touch the ball several times, so quick shots is not something we need to do.  We need to work our entire team together and that’s what we’ve been doing. The 21 assists against Winthrop is something we need to see if we can create that kind of ball movement again against another very challenging opponent.  So if we’re moving the ball from inside to out, that’s a very good thing.

 

On the benefits of Duke’s new emphasis on passing:

Its’ been remarkable how we’ve really had to concentrate. We had to concentrate to be open to developing ourselves a little bit further than we did in the past. The 21 assists was an incredible thing last night, and we’ve got to build off that concept... of hitting the open player and making everybody a passer. The thing that was very dangerous for us last night was the passing between our post players. If that interior passing will pick up, then we become a very lethal team. Because then you’ve got the issue of the interior passing as well as the one-on-one play and exploiting the double team - because Williams is always doubled - we can find our shooters. We’ve got to try to grow that as much as possible.

 

2014 NCAA Division I women’s basketball championship

Duke player quotes

Second Round · No. 7 DePaul vs. No. 2 Duke

Cameron Indoor Stadium · Durham, N.C.

Monday, March 24

 

Second Round Quotes – No. 2 Duke

 

Haley Peters, Duke Forward

 

On preparing for the game against DePaul:

“Well obviously they’re a really talented team offensively.  They have great guards, people who can shoot and attack the basket. Their posts are pretty active as well. So, it’s going to be a challenge for us and a good opportunity for us to work on contesting shooters, which is something that we haven’t done as well as we want to and that we need to improve on. It’s a really good challenge for us to show some things up that we haven’t been as good as we want to be at.”

 

 

Tricia Liston, Duke Guard

 

On preparing for the game against DePaul:

“I think with the game yesterday they were both so high in scoring so I think that if we can get a few stops I think it will change the way the game is and try to control the tempo a little more.

Coming into it our focus definitely is on the defensive end and trying to be able to play at our pace and being able to push the ball when we want to. Really focusing in on getting the stops and the rebounds that we need in order to do that.”

 

On her ties to DePaul’s program:

“I’ve definitely played against a couple of them. I’ve played with them

I feel like there is not enough time or energy ‑ time and energy shouldn’t be wasted thinking about that before the game. This is the last game that we have, and it doesn’t really matter who the opponent is, it’s just the game at hand. I think after the game that would be something that I would talk about or talk with some of the players on that team. I’m familiar with most of them.”



 

Elizabeth Williams, Duke Forward

 

On preparing for the game against DePaul:

“I think our defense will be important in disrupting their tempo. They like to play really quick and I think as long as we are really active in ourselves and constantly moving, it will be good for us.”

 

 

2014 NCAA Division I women’s basketball championship

head coach quotes

Second Round · No. 7 DePaul vs. No. 2 Duke

Cameron Indoor Stadium · Durham, N.C.

Monday, March 24

 

Second Round Quotes – DePaul

Doug Bruno, DePaul Head Coach

 

Opening Statement:

“Just thrilled to be here and proud of my players for making big plays down the stretch yesterday that put us in the position to be here.  They did a good job of making plays down the stretch that were

necessary to keep us alive in the round of 32.  Also, there’s good news and there’s better news.  The good news is yesterday was the first time this season that we gave up 50 plus points in the second half and won.  And the better news is that we’ve always played better after we’ve given up 50 points in the second half the next game.  That’s what I’m excited about. We’ve come back and played pretty well after we’ve given up 50 plus points in the second half of the game.  That’s what I’m excited about. We wouldn’t be here without these players making big plays. I’m really proud of them making big time NCAA tournament plays down the stretch yesterday.”

 

On what kind of game he is expecting against Duke:

“Well Duke is an excellent team and an excellent program. They have at least three pros on the floor, maybe more, but three pros on the floor. Our players referenced the size. We’ve played against size, but we haven’t played against the quality of size we’re going to be playing against tomorrow.  Elizabeth Williams is one of the best big players in the country. Her and Haley Peters have a great synergy together, a great chemistry together. The Duke team has had to reinvent itself, and yet it’s still easier to reinvent yourself when you have future pros on the floor than not.  I think they’ve done a good job of getting that done. Tricia Liston is having to play a different role now, but she’s still a serious double threat in that she’s getting the ball to the big players and she’s still a great threat to score. It’s a very good Duke team. If you think about it, this Duke team is going to be a number 1 seed - either a number 2 number 1 or a number 3 number 1. And by losing the two quality guys they lost, they’ve just slipped up two but they’re still a very good quality basketball team playing on their home court.”

 

On how having played against Notre Dame and Kentucky has helped prepare the team for tomorrow:

“I think that’s why we play the schedule that we play. The Big East, I don’t minimize how the Marquette game, Marquette is a really big and strong team. Marquette played Duke strong early in the season themselves, with Chelsea Grey and Alexis Jones on the floor.  I think we’re prepared to play against this level of competition but at the same time, we have to go out and do what we do. We have to play our game, and if we play our game right we could definitely make a game of this.”

 

 

2014 NCAA Division I women’s basketball championship

DEPAUL player quotes

Second Round · No. 7 DePaul vs. No. 2 Duke

Cameron Indoor Stadium · Durham, N.C.

Monday, March 24

 

Second Round Quotes – No. 7 DePaul

 

Brittany Hrynko, DePaul, Guard

 

On the mental and physical state when playing in March:

“I’m excited, just ready to play, just taking it one game at a time.”

 

On impressions of Duke:

“Well yesterday coach (Bruno) just showed us their personnel, so just watching that.  It think we will be able to match up with their guards just as well as we would with anybody else.”

 

Chanise Jenkins, DePaul, Guard/Forward

 

On the mental and physical state when playing in March:

“Just like Brit(tany Hrynko) said we are definitely excited. Physically the jitters take over. It’s just the readiness to play, and the focus to play. There’s not much of a fatigue factor.”

 

On impressions of Duke:

“It’s obvious they’re a big team so we’re just going to focus on playing our game, and executing our game plan well.”

 

On what a win would mean to the DePaul Women’s Basketball Program:

“To our program it would mean a lot to us. Just to get to the Sweet Sixteen would be great, and I am pretty sure our players and our coaching staff is excited to be able to go back to Chicago to see our fans and see everyone, and get the win is just really great for us.”

 

Megan Rogowski, DePaul, Guard

 

On nearly defeating South Carolina:

“We saw and know how each player plays at Duke and so we know what they do, we’re going to try our best to stop them and play or DePaul ball.”

 

On the teams comfort level playing in Cameron Indoor:

“This gym is similar to our gym, it’s a smaller gym. We were here last year and played a game, we played yesterday.  I mean I feel pretty comfortable with the gym.  The floor is just like our floor, it’s not a raised floor so I think it’s to our advantage.  We are pretty comfortable playing here now.”

 

On a game that prepared you for Duke:

“I guess you could say Marquette. Marquette was a really big team we played against. I mean we have played against a lot of big teams throughout the season. Georgetown is a big team as well. Throughout the whole season we have been preparing for this game as well.”