Date/Time:...................Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7:00 PM
Location/Venue:..............Coral Gables, Fla. (BankUnited Center - 7,200)
Where to Watch:..............www.hurricanesports.com (free for DU inside access)
Radio:.......................Blue Devil IMG - www.GoDuke.com (Steve Barnes, Morgan Patrick)
Series Record:...............Duke leads 9-0
Last Meeting:................Jan. 31, 2013 - Duke 82, Miami 43
Record:......................26-1, 16-0 (ACC)
Ranking:.....................#5 (AP), #4 (USA Today)
Head Coach:..................Joanne P. McCallie (21st Year)
Record at Duke:......167-33 (6th Year)
ACC Record:..........77-12 (6th Year)
Overall Record:......483-181 (21st Year)
Record:......................18-9, 9-7 (ACC)
Ranking:.....................NR (AP), NR (USA Today)
Head Coach:..................Katie Meier (12th Year)
Overall Record:..............220-149 (12th Year)
Record at Miami:.............144-104 (8th Year)
Setting the Scene...
In its final ACC road contest of the regular season, the fifth-ranked Duke women’s basketball team (26-1, 16-0 ACC) will travel to Coral Gables, Fla., to play Miami (18-9, 9-7) on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7:00 p.m. The contest will be played at the BankUnited Center.
Thursday’s game will be aired live on the Blue Devil IMG Sports Network on www.GoDuke.com with Steve Barnes (PXP) and Morgan Patrick (Color) on the air. Due to the conflict with the Duke men’s basketball game, it will not be aired on the radio.
The contest will also be aired live with video on www.hurricanesports.com.
Following the Miami contest, Duke will return home to finish out the regular season against North Carolina on Sunday, March 3 at 4:00 p.m., on ESPN2. It will mark senior day for Allison Vernerey.
Duke claimed its fourth straight ACC regular season title on Sunday with the win at No. 8 Maryland.
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes...
• Duke will close a two-game road trip at Miami on Thursday.
• The Blue Devils have clinched the No. 1 seed in the ACC Tournament and will play at 2:00 p.m., on Friday, March 8 in the quarterfinals against the winner of the No. 8/No. 9 seed contest.
• Elizabeth Williams has notched double-figure scoring against 14 consecutive ACC opponents.
• Haley Peters crossed the 900-point and 500-rebound mark this past week as she owns 904 points and 514 boards in 90 games.
• Elizabeth Williams has blocked at least one shot in every collegiate game she has played - 60 straight, which is a new Duke record. It broke the previous record of 55 held by Alison Bales in 2003-05. Dating back to high school, Williams has blocked a shot in 78 straight games as she closed her H.S. career with blocks in 19 consecutive contests.
• The Blue Devils have to close the regular season playing four of the top five ACC teams, including two games on the road. Duke played back-to-back ranked opponents (FSU/Maryland) for the first time this season.
• Richa Jackson has averaged 8.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals over the last three games. She has hit 47.6 percent from the field.
• Duke has registered 26 victories this season marking the 15th straight year with 25 or more wins.
• Elizabeth Williams owns five double-doubles this season and all five have come against ACC opponents.
• Haley Peters has averaged 9.8 rebounds the last four games. She owns a team-best nine games with 10 or more rebounds.
• The Blue Devils own the top two three-point field goal percentage leaders in the ACC -- Chloe Wells (53.1) and Tricia Liston (50.4). In ACC games only, they also rank No. 1 - Wells (50.0) and Liston (50.0).
• Elizabeth Williams needs nine more blocks to reach 200 for her short career.
• Alexis Jones had missed 13 straight three-pointers dating back the last six games, prior to hitting 2-of-3 from downtown at Maryland. • Tricia Liston has drained at least one three-pointer in 10 consecutive games.
• Over the last four games, Duke has hit 89-of-108 free throws for an 82.4 percentage.
• Duke has won 22 straight games when scoring 80 or more points, dating back to the 2008-09 campaign.
• As a team, Duke is first in three-point field goal percentage (43.2) and ninth in steals (12.6) nationally.
• Duke boasts three players ranking in the top 12 nationally -- Elizabeth Williams in blocks (12th, 2.8), Chelsea Gray in steals (6th, 3.6) and Tricia Liston in three-point field goal percentage (1st, 50.4). • Duke has notched at least 10 league wins for the 16th straight year.
• In ACC games only, the Blue Devils lead the league with a 49.6 scoring defense, 33.1 field goal percentage defense, three-point percentage (40.5), three-point field goal percentage defense (24.2), blocked shots (T1st, 4.8), turnover margin (+4.7) and tied for first in assist/turnover ratio (0.9).
• Duke is averaging 75.8 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 33 points on Feb. 14, head coach Joanne P. McCallie has held 23 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.
• Duke has hit 50.0 percent or better from the field in seven different games.
• The Blue Devils own four different student-athletes hitting over 40.0 percent or better from downtown -- Chelsea Gray (40.7), Tricia Liston (50.4), Haley Peters (48.8) and Chloe Wells (53.1).
• Duke’s 17-game winning streak in Cameron Indoor Stadium ranks sixth-best in the NCAA as far as current streaks.
• The Blue Devils have won an ACC-record 38 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 40-2 at home against ACC opponents in her six years at Duke.
• 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 treys in 25 straight games in 2000-01.
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A Look at Miami...
Miami enters Thursday’s matchup with an overall record of 18-9, after falling Feb. 24 to Georgia Tech, 68-64. The Hurricanes have recorded a 9-7 mark in conference play, but own a 6-2 record in ACC contests played in Coral Gables.
Morgan Stroman (12.9 points, 8.4 rebounds), Stefanie Yderstrom (12.2 points, 1.3 rebounds) and Shawnice Wilson (9.0 points, 7.8 rebounds) lead the way in scoring for the Hurricanes this season.
Head coach Katie Meier is in her eighth season at the helm of the program and finished the 2011-12 season with a 26-6 record, as well as a 14-2 tally in ACC play. Meier was named the 2010-11 Associated Press National Coach of the Year - sharing the award with Connecticut’s Geno Auriemma and Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer.
The Series with Miami...
Duke and Miami will meet for the 11th time in program history with the Blue Devils owning a perfect 10-0 record. The Hurricanes have hosted the Blue Devils four times, with Duke winning by an average of 8.5 points per contest. The two teams met earlier this season with Duke handing Miami its biggest loss of the season (84-43), as well as the largest margin of victory in series history (39).
Head coach Joanne P. McCallie has tallied a 6-1 all-time record against the Hurricanes, and has not lost to Miami since Dec. 28, 1997.
Blue Devils Versus Miami...
In three career games, Haley Peters has averaged 12.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals against the Hurricanes. She has notched double-figure scoring in all three contests, while pulling down eight boards in the last game. Elizabeth Williams owns averages of 15.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, 2.5 steals and 1.5 assists in two contests.
Freshman Alexis Jones turned in a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in her only meeting versus Miami earlier this year.
Gray to Miss Rest of Season with Injury...
Head coach Joanne P. McCallie announced on Tuesday junior point guard Chelsea Gray will miss the rest of the 2012-13 campaign due to a right knee cap dislocation that requires surgery to repair, following a MRI on Monday, Feb. 18. No time table for her return has been set.
A native of Manteca, Calif., Gray suffered the injury at the 8:01 mark of the first half on Sunday, Feb. 17 against Wake Forest. She had started 59 straight games for the Blue Devils, including all 25 contests this season.
Gray, an All-America selection as a sophomore, was averaging 13.1 points, 5.6 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 3.7 steals prior to the injury. She was leading the ACC in assists and steals, while ranking in the top 10 nationally as well. The 5-11 guard was having one of the best all-around seasons in Duke history and was presented with a souvenir ball prior to Sunday’s game for reaching the 1,000-point plateau against Maryland on Feb. 11. She became the 10th-quickest player in Blue Devil history to reach 1,000 points in only 90 games.
Blue Devils to Face Alum...
Duke will battle former Blue Devil All-America Katie Meier for the 10th time as a head coach on Thursday. Meier, who is in her eighth year as Miami’s head coach, also faced the Blue Devils on Nov. 29, 2001, when she was at the helm of Charlotte, and the last eight years as the Hurricanes’ coach. In the contest versus Charlotte, Duke won 64-39 in Charlotte, N.C.
Meier, who ranks fifth on Duke’s all-time scoring list with 1,761 points, was inducted into the 2002 Hall of Honor. She was the 1986 ACC Rookie of the Year and Basketball Yearbook Freshman All-America. She was a letterwinner in 1986, ‘87, ‘89 and ‘90 for the Blue Devils.
Duke Claims ACC Regular Season Title...
For the fourth straight year, Duke claimed the ACC regular season title on Sunday with its victory at No. 8 Maryland.
Duke tied an ACC record with its 16th league victory and equaled the best start in ACC history. Only three other teams in league history has reached the 16-win mark -- Duke in 2002-03 & 2001-02 and Virginia in 1994-95.
The Blue Devils claimed the outright ACC crown for the second straight year.
In the history of the ACC, Duke leads the league with 12 regular season titles with Virginia (11), Maryland (5), N.C. State (5), UNC (4), Florida State (2), Miami (1) and Clemson (1) owning the other championships.
Duke has actually won 12 out of the last 16 ACC regular season titles.
Best ACC Starts in League History
16-0 - Duke (2002-03, 2001-02, 2012-13), 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)
Jones Named Top Rookie...
Freshman Alexis Jones was selected the ACC Rookie of the Week on Monday by a vote of the Blue Ribbon Panel, after nearly registering a triple-double at No. 8 Maryland on Sunday with 15 points, nine assists and eight rebounds.
The honor for Jones marks the second time this season she has been named the ACC Rookie of the Week as the 5-8 guard received honors on Nov. 26 as well.
Jones averaged 10.5 points, 6.5 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals this past week as she helped lead Duke to wins against two ranked opponents. Jones took over the point guard slot for junior All-America Chelsea Gray this week following a knee injury sidelined Gray for the remainder of the season.
In one of the biggest stages of her young career on Sunday in front of over 15,000 fans at Maryland, Jones posted a career-high 15 points, dished a career-high nine assists and pulled down eight rebounds in a career-high 36 minutes. Jones nine assists ranks as the tied for sixth-highest single-game total by a freshman at Duke.
Against 19th-ranked Florida State, Jones posted six points, four assists and three steals.
Defense, Defense, Defense...
Duke’s 50.6 scoring defense is currently the best in ACC history with the next lowest of 51.4 by the Blue Devils in 2007. It also currently ranks seventh nationally.
Top Five Lowest Scoring Defense in ACC History
50.6 Duke (2012-13)
51.4 Duke (2006-07)
54.0 Duke (2002-03)
54.1 Virginia (2011-12)
54.4 Duke (2009-10)