What Alabama at Duke
Date Sunday, November 17, 2013
Time 2:00 PM
Location Durham, N.C.
Venue Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Where to Watch Blue Devil Network www.GoDuke.com
Radio Blue Devil IMG - WDNC AM 620
Steve Barnes (PXP), Morgan Patrick (Color)
Live Stats www.GoDuke.com
Series Record Alabama leads 1-0
Last Meeting 3-18-95 (4OT), UA 121, DU 120
Setting the Scene...
Second-ranked Duke (2-0) will play its second of three straight home contests on Sunday, Nov. 17 as the Blue Devils will host Alabama (0-2) at 2:00 p.m., in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The game will be aired live on the Blue Devil Network. 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.
Sunday’s game will feature a Toy Drive. Toys and teddy bears donated by fans will receive a $4 ticket to the game. All toys and teddy bears donated will benefit the Duke Children’s Hospital.
Duke is in the middle of a three-game homestand with the Blue Devils hosting Alabama (Nov. 17) and Vanderbilt (Nov. 21) the next two games. It will mark the only two or three-game homestand until the month of February for Duke.
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes...
• With one more victory, Duke will feature its 400th career win in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devils currently hold a 399-111 mark over the span of 38 years.
• Tricia Liston needs 24 more three-pointers made to move into a tie for 24th on the ACC career treys made list. Her 45.0 three-point percentage is the highest in league history.
• The Blue Devils have won 123 straight home contests against unranked opponents in Cameron.
• Duke owns a 39-2 record against non-conference opponents at home in Cameron Indoor Stadium dating back to the 2008-09 campaign.
• The Duke senior class has scored 123 out of the 193 points scored so far through two contests. That equals to 63.7 percent.
• The Blue Devils posted their first victory over a top 10 team in a season opener on the road in school history.
• All five Blue Devil starters scored double-figures against USC Upstate and Duke finished with a total of six double-digit scorers.
• 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 return 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 that are 6-0 or taller also ties for the most in Blue Devil history (1998-99, 2000-01, 2005-06).
• The Blue Devils have notched a 27-3 record in the month of November the last five years. Duke has won 27 straight home games in the month of November with the last loss coming to South Carolina on Nov. 25, 2001 (87-81, OT).
• Duke features a 39-game home winning streak against ACC opponents in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
• Duke has won 24 straight games when scoring 80 or more points, dating back to the 2008-09 campaign.
• The Blue Devils have seven players and three staff associated with the team that 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 Alabama...
Alabama enters Sunday’s contest with a 0-2 record under the direction of first year head coach Kristi Curry. The Tide have been led on the year by Daisha Simmons (14.5 points, 7.0 rebounds), Shafontaye Myers (13.0 points, 5.5 rebounds) and Nikki Hegstetter (10.0 points, 2.5 rebounds).
Sunday’s game will mark Alabama’s third straight road contest to open the season.
Duke Versus the SEC...
Duke owns an all-time record of 29-14 against teams from the Southeastern Conference -- Alabama (0-1), Arkansas (2-1), Auburn (4-0), Florida (2-1), Georgia (3-0), Kentucky (3-1), LSU (3-2), Mississippi State (1-0), South Carolina (1-1), Tennessee (6-5) and Vanderbilt (4-2). McCallie owns an all-time mark of 13-15 against Southeastern Conference members, including a 2-2 mark versus Alabama.
What Happened in Last Meeting?...
On March 18, 1995, Duke and Alabama played a four-overtime game in the second round of the NCAA Tournament that featured the Tide holding the slight edge, 121-120.
The game still ranks as one of the best college basketball contests of all time.
The Crimson Tide finally prevailed against the Blue Devils in a game that lasted two hours, 46 minutes. It included four extra periods, meaning the teams played essentially a game and a half to determine the outcome.
The marathon established 10 NCAA Tournament records and set the two programs on courses that took them in two different directions over the next decade.
Back on March 18, 1995, Alabama was the No. 4 seed with the home-court advantage in Coleman Coliseum. Duke arrived as the No. 5 seed, with the winner moving on to face top-seeded UConn. The 1,966 people who showed up for the contest could never have imagined what was about to take place.
Alabama senior All-American Niesa Johnson would be the star of the night. Twice she saved the Tide with clutch shots, and ultimately Johnson nailed the game-winning free throws in the fourth overtime to seal the deal. Johnson ended up with a triple-double on the night -- and, remarkably, she did so by playing nearly 30 minutes with four personal fouls. She never picked up her fifth.
Johnson’s heroics began late in regulation with the Blue Devils leading 81-78. A charging foul on Duke’s Kira Orr gave ‘Bama the ball with 19 seconds to play and a chance to tie the score. After a timeout, Johnson hit an unbelievable, off-balance, 24-foot 3-pointer to send the game into its first overtime.
Duke held a late two-point lead in the first extra period when Johnson struck again. Orr was called for a controversial foul trying to deny Johnson the ball with just two seconds on the clock. Johnson hit both free throws to tie the game and send it into a second overtime.
That extra session ended with Johnson missing a chance to win the game when her 15-foot jump shot was off the mark.
Neither side could finish the game in the third overtime, but there was still plenty of drama. Duke grabbed the advantage, going up by five, 102-97. Alabama battled back to tie the score at 106. In a scuffle for a loose ball, Duke’s Kristina Meiman suffered a broken nose. The senior would not return and her career came to an end.
But the game didn’t, and by the time the fourth overtime began, fatigue was setting in. A game that started at 7 p.m. was now pushing past 9:30, with the score tied at 108.
Alabama built a seven-point lead with less than a minute to go, but Duke made a comeback to make things close. Kira Orr nailed a 3-pointer to make it a two-point game with nine seconds to play. Then the Blue Devils quickly fouled Johnson.
Johnson knocked down both free throws to give Alabama a four-point lead. That was just enough as Ali Day drilled a 3-pointer at the buzzer … leaving Duke one point short. The game ended at 9:46 p.m. The final score: Alabama 121, Duke 120.
Along with Johnson’s triple-double, three other players each scored more than 30 points in the game. Duke’s Day led all scorers with 37 points. Blue Devils guard Jennifer Scanlon played all 60 minutes, never leaving the court.
The two teams waged an all-out assault on the NCAA Tournament record book. The game established records for most overtimes, most points, most field-goal attempts (Alabama took 114 shots), most 3-point attempts (Alabama’s 52) and most rebounds (Duke’s 67). Alabama and Duke combined to score 79 points in the overtime periods alone. (written by Beth Mowins).
In Thursday’s win over USC Upstate, senior Haley Peters was all over the glass pulling down a career-high 20 rebounds.
The 20 boards were the third-highest single game total in school history matching Alana Beard’s mark of 20 from the ACC Tournament on March 10, 2003.
Peters moved into 21st place on Duke’s all-time rebounding list with 616 career boards and needs 121 more rebounds to edge into a tie for 10th in the Blue Devil career charts.
She has now totaled 12 career double-doubles and 16 contests with 10 or more rebounds, after leading Duke in rebounding a year ago.
Blue Devils Remember Jim Sabistan...
Duke will be wearing a patch with JS on its jersey for the entire season as the Blue Devils remember a very special member of the Duke family, Jim Sabistan.
Sabistan passed away earlier this fall and was a big supporter of the Blue Devils.
Gray Makes Impressive Return...
Playing in her first regular season contest since suffering a dislocated kneecap on Feb. 17, 2013, senior Chelsea Gray was impressive posting a game-high 22 points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals in 31 minutes.
Gray hit 7-of-12 field goals in her homecoming contest in Berkeley, Calif., as Duke downed ninth-ranked California, 70-58. The 5-11 point guard also notched two charges taken on the night.
For her efforts, Gray was named the ACC Player of the Week. It marked the fourth time in her career that she has earned ACC Player of the Week.
Gray backed up her season opener with 14 points, eight assists, six steals and five rebounds in 24 minutes versus USC Upstate.
In two games, Gray is hitting 65.0 percent from the field and 57.1 percent from downtown.
Henson Returns to Action...
After missing almost two years with a knee injury, redshirt freshman Amber Henson made her return to the court at No. 9 California.
The Tampa, Fla., product saw action in 11 minutes, had four rebounds, two points and hit 1-of-3 field goals. Henson played 13 minutes versus USC Upstate and had four points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal.
A three-time Parade All-America, McDonald’s All-America and WBCA All-America, Henson arrived at Duke with a knee injury and had her first surgery in January of 2012. She scored over 2,000 points in high school and was ranked a top-10 recruit.
Gray Moving Up Assist List...
Two games into the 2013-14 campaign, senior Chelsea Gray has already moved up two spots on Duke’s all-time assist list. She currently ranks seventh with 436 dishes and needs nine more to move into a tie for sixth. The school record is 579 by Lindsey Harding.
Gray needs 143 assists to move into a tie with Harding. With 28 regular season games remaining, she would need to average 5.1 assists a game to tie the record.
Duke Record Book
1. 579 Lindsey Harding, 2003-07
2. 533 Hilary Howard, 1996-99
3. 509 Alana Beard, 2001-04
4. 496 Wanisha Smith, 2005-08
5. 449 Jasmine Thomas, 2008-11
6. 445 Kira Orr, 1994-97
7. 436 Chelsea Gray, 2011-present
Charting the Record Book...
Duke came close to many school records on Thursday against USC Upstate. The Blue Devils scored 123 points, which is the second-most in school history, won by 83 points (3rd largest margin of victory), pulled down 63 boards (T5th most), scored 60 first half points (T8th most in first half) and reached 100 points for the fifth time under Coach P.
Jackson Big Off the Bench...
Senior Richa Jackson came off the bench at No. 9 California and gave the Blue Devils a big spark posting 13 points, four rebounds and one steal in 25 minutes.
She hit 6-of-7 field goals and her only three-point attempt for the Blue Devils. Jackson is only five points away from reaching 500 for her career.
Since Elizabeth Williams stepped on the court in a Blue Devil uniform, she has blocked at least one shot in all 71 of her games. The streak is an ACC record and is the longest current ledger in the nation.
She became the first ACC player to notch 200 blocks in her first two years. Williams owns 227 in only 71 games.
Dating back to high school, Williams has blocked a shot in 90 straight games as she closed her H.S. career with blocks in 19 consecutive contests.