No. 7 Duke women to host No. 14 N.C. State in ACC play
No. 7-ranked Duke (23-3, 10-2 ACC) will conclude a three-game homestand against its third straight top-14 ranked opponent tonight (6:30 p.m., ESPN2) as the Blue Devils host 14th-ranked N.C. State (22-4, 9-3) in an ACC women’s basketball game at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The contest will be aired live on ESPN2 and on the Blue Devil IMG Sports Network on WDNC-AM 620.
Duke has split home games with No. 13 North Carolina (loss) and No. 8 Maryland (win) in the past week.
What…………………………..N.C. State at Duke
Date…………………………..Thursday, Feb. 20, 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……………….N.C. State leads 39-34
Last Meeting………………..March 8, 2013 - DU 70, NCSU 58
Duke will take part in the “Play4Kay” initiative for the second straight contest. The Blue Devils will wear white uniforms with pink trim for both contests. All fans that wear pink to the N.C. State game will get in for only $4.
The first 2,500 fans will receive a pink, Duke buff that can be used as a head band, head wrap, wrist band or rally towel. There will also be a silent auction in the Hall of Honor to benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Also, it will be Triangle Day where all local fans will be able to get in for $4.
The “Play4Kay” initiative is an opportunity for a nation of coaches to raise breast cancer awareness and funds for research on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. The official charity is the Kay Yow Cancer Fund in partnership with The V Foundation and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).
The Kay Yow Cancer Fund will have a table set up in the Hall of Honor selling merchandise for both games.
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes...
• 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).
• Elizabeth Williams moved into a tie for seventh on the ACC career swats list along with Jessica Breland of UNC (296). Williams needs two more to tie Peggy Caple of Clemson (298).
• Alexis Jones has scored double-digits in seven straight home contests, including averaging 17.7 points the last three.
• After allowing 56.1 percent shooting to its opponents the last two home games against UNC and Notre Dame, Duke got defensive versus Maryland forcing the Terps to a season-low 32.4 percentage shooting in the last game.
• Senior Haley Peters started her 100th career contest on Monday against Maryland.
• Tricia Liston’s 14 games with 20 or more points this season ranks second in the ACC behind Wake Forest’s Dearica Hamby (17).
• The Blue Devils have swiped 48 steals the last four games.
• Head coach Joanne P. McCallie owns a 47-4 record in Cameron Indoor Stadium against ACC opponents.
• 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 1,535 points and 520 rebounds.
• Since Joanne P. McCallie took over as head coach at Duke in 2007-08, she has guided the Blue Devils to a 94-8 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 five home contests.
• 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 54.6 percent from the field this season.
• In the latest NCAA RPI, Duke remained No. 4 with Notre Dame, UConn and Stanford taking the top three slots. LSU, Tennessee, Louisville, South Carolina, Purdue and Penn State 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 ranks second in the ACC in free throw percentage (88.1) and first in three-point field goal percentage (49.6), while Elizabeth Williams ranks first in blocks with a 2.8 average. Chelsea Gray was leading the ACC in assists (7.2) and steals (2.9) prior to her injury.
• Tricia Liston now owns an 86.5 career free throw percentage that ranks second all-time in the ACC to former Duke standout Nicole Erickson (88.0).
• The Blue Devils have posted four wins on the road against ranked opponents, which has tied a school record (2006-07, 1998-99).
• 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).
• Duke has scored 80 or more points in 14 of 26 contests. The Blue Devils have won 37 straight games when scoring 80 or more points, dating back to the 2008-09 campaign.
• Duke is averaging 41.6 points in the paint as well as scoring 21.4 points off its opponents’ turnovers on the year.
• 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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A Look at N.C. State...
N.C. State enters Thursday’s contest with a 22-4 overall and 9-3 league mark under first year head coach Wes Moore.
The Wolfpack have been led by Markeisha Gatling (17.2 points, 6.8 rebounds), Kody Burke (15.0 points, 6.3 rebounds) and M. Goodwin-Coleman (10.8 points, 2.7 rebounds).
N.C. State is coming off an 89-82 loss to North Carolina on Sunday, but had won six straight contests.
The Series With N.C. State...
Duke and N.C. State will meet for the 74th time in school history with the Wolfpack leading the series, 39-34. The Blue Devils have won 18 of the last 20 contests in the series.
The Blue Devils own a 17-15 mark in games played in Cameron Indoor Stadium, including winners of 12 in a row.
Coach Joanne P. McCallie has tallied a 7-3 all-time record against the Wolfpack.
Duke Players Versus N.C. State...
Senior Tricia Liston is coming off posting 26 points and 11 rebounds in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals last year. She hit 6-of-10 three-pointers in the contest.
In two games, Alexis Jones has averaged 14.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists versus the Wolfpack. She had 17 points and eight rebounds last year in the ACC Tournament.
Duke will miss the services of Chelsea Gray against N.C. State as she owns career averages of 17.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.8 steals. She scored 45 points in the last two games.
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.
Williams Breaks Out...
After scoring only 10 points and attempting only eight total shots in the two previous games, junior Elizabeth Williams went off for a career-high 28 points on 12-of-23 field goals against North Carolina on Feb. 10.
Williams backed that contest up with 17 points and 11 rebounds versus eighth-ranked Maryland this past Monday.
Over the last seven games, Williams has scored 17 or more points in five of those contests, including 20 or more points three times.
Williams has averaged 22.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 4.0 blocks, 3.0 steals and 2.5 assists in the last two games.
Jones Impressive Versus Maryland...
Alexis Jones played like an All-America on Monday against eighth-ranked Maryland as the sophomore totaled a game-high 22 points, four rebounds and four assists.
She hit 8-of-14 field goals and drained a career-high five three-pointers on nine attempts in 37 minutes.
Jones’ 22 points tied a season high and was the most this year against an ACC opponent. She has drained 16-of-27 field goals the last three games.
With Chelsea Gray out for the season and senior Chloe Wells missing the last six games with a shin injury, Duke’s bench has gone from outstanding heading into the 2013-14 campaign to very slim.
Since the injury, all five Duke starters are averaging 31.4 minutes or more a contest, including a team-high 35.4 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 10.5 more points since Gray was injured. The opponents’ field goal percentage has gone from 35.0 percent to 40.4 percent.
Freshmen Give Big Boost...
Duke rookies Kendall McCravey-Cooper and Oderah Chidom combined to play 27 minutes against Maryland and provided a huge boost down low.
The post tandem combined for 11 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two blocks. They hit 5-of-7 field goals.
Liston on a Tear...
In the nine games since Chelsea Gray’s injury, Tricia Liston has averaged 21.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists, while hitting 58.9 percent of her field goals and 53.5 percent from downtown.
Liston is putting together one of the best scoring seasons at Duke in recent history. Her 18.2 scoring average ranks eighth in the ACC and is the highest for a Blue Devil since Alana Beard averaged 19.3 points in 2003-04.
Liston had a streak of scoring 20 or points in six straight games end at Clemson as she notched 15. It was the first time a Duke player had notched five consecutive games with 20 or more points since Alana Beard posted six straight in 2003-04.
The 49.6 three-point field goal percentage for Liston ranks second nationally.
In ACC games, Liston is averaging 19.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists, while hitting 56.7 percent from the field and 52.5 percent from downtown. She ranks tied seventh in scoring, fourth in field goal percentage, seventh in free throw percentage (85.1), first in three-point field goal percentage (52.5) and fifth in three-point field goals made (2.6).
Three-Point Field Goal Percentage
1. .511 Sophie Bikofsky, Brown
2. .496 Tricia Liston, Duke
3. .481 Madeline Blais, Marist
Against Ranked Opponents...
So far this season, Duke has collected a 6-3 record against ranked opponents with all three losses coming at home.
Tricia Liston has led the Blue Devils with a 18.8 scoring average against ranked foes. She has scored 20 or more points in five of the nine games.
Alexis Jones has averaged 16.5 points, 8.8 assists, 3.8 steals and 4.3 rebounds over the last four games against ranked opponents (Maryland, UNC, Notre Dame, FSU). In those games she has dished at least 10 assists or grabbed 10 steals in three contests.