Game Information What……………………………….Duke at Georgia Tech Date……………………………….Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 Time……………………………….2:00 PM Location…………………………..Atlanta, Ga. Venue…………………………….McCamish Pavilion (8,600) Where to Watch…………………ESPN3 …………………………………….Mike DeGeorge (PXP), Kurt Hoyt (Color) Radio……………………………. Blue Devil IMG - WDNC AM 620 ……………………………………Steve Barnes (PXP), Morgan Patrick (Color) Live Stats………………………..www.GoDuke.com Series Record…………………. Duke leads 57-7 (won 35 straight) Last Meeting……………………Dec. 6, 2012 - DU 85, GT 52
Setting the Scene... For the second straight year, third-ranked Duke will open ACC action against Georgia Tech as the Blue Devils (13-1) will travel to Atlanta, Ga., to face the Yellow Jackets (10-3) on Sunday, Jan. 5 at 2:00 p.m., at McCamish Pavilion. The contest will be aired live on ESPN3 with Mike DeGeorge (PXP) and Kurt Hoyt (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. Duke features a 35-game winning streak against Georgia Tech entering the contest. Sunday’s game will mark the first time Duke has played at Georgia Tech’s McCamish Pavilion since Feb. 19, 2010 due to the construction taking place in 2012.
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes... • Duke will head on the road for the next two contests to open ACC action as the Blue Devils will travel to Georgia Tech (Jan. 5) and Syracuse (Jan. 9). It will mark the first time since the 1988-89 campaign Duke will feature two road games to open ACC action. The Blue Devils also opened on the road in 1986-87. • The Blue Devils have posted three wins on the road against ranked opponents for the first time since the 2006-07 campaign when Duke won four. • Duke hit a season-high 62.1 percent of its field goals in the first half against Old Dominion on Jan. 2. • Freshman Oderah Chidom came off the bench to score 13 points and grab two rebounds in 11 minutes against Old Dominion. She hit 6-of-7 field goals. • Duke blocked a season-high 12 shots at Kentucky as five different Blue Devils swatted at least one shot. The Blue Devils have totaled 10 or more blocks in three games this year. • Senior Chelsea Gray is hitting a career-best 51.3 percent of her field goals. Her previous high was 45.8 percent as a sophomore. • Freshman Kendall McCravey-Cooper blocked a career-high five shots in only six minutes of action at fifth-ranked Kentucky. She tallied four of those blocks in the first half. • Duke has scored 80 or more points in nine of 14 contests. • Over the last three contests, the Blue Devils have hit only 15-of-56 three-pointers (26.8%). • Duke features four different players who have led the Blue Devils in scoring over the last six contests -- Alexis Jones, Haley Peters, Tricia Liston (3) and Chelsea Gray. All five starters have led Duke in scoring at least one time this season. • Duke has won 32 straight games when scoring 80 or more points, dating back to the 2008-09 campaign. • Duke is averaging 43.3 points in the paint as well as scoring 24.9 points off its opponents turnovers on the year. • Tricia Liston has notched six games this season with 20 or more points and 19 over her career. • Senior Chelsea Gray has taken 14 charges this season and 49 over her career, which is third on Duke’s all-time list. She needs one charge to move into a tie for second on Duke’s all-time charts along with Alana Beard (50). Gray has taken at least one charge in all but four games (Old Dominion, Kentucky, USC Upstate & Central Michigan). • Junior Elizabeth Williams has been saddled with first half foul trouble in six games this season. • 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 USC Upstate, Vanderbilt and Purdue. • The Blue Devils notched their 16th sellout in school history for the Connecticut contest. It was the eighth sellout since Coach P arrived in Durham for the 2007-08 campaign. • 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 returned 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 who are 6-0 or taller also ties for the most in Blue Devil history (1998-99, 2000-01, 2005-06). • Duke features a 39-game home winning streak against ACC opponents in Cameron Indoor Stadium. • 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. • Follow @Duke_WBB and @CoachPDuke on Twitter to get the latest updates on Duke women's basketball. Also, "Like" Duke Women's Basketball on Facebook to get the latest video, pictures and more. DWB is on Instagram at dukewbb. Join all three now as they are free! You can win free prizes on both Twitter and Facebook, so make sure you follow closely.
Blue Devils Feature Long Break... Following the contest at fifth-ranked Kentucky, the Blue Devils featured a 10-day break from games. Coach P gave the team off from Dec. 23 until the night of Dec. 29 from practice. Duke did not have a game in-between Dec. 25-Jan. 1 for the first time since the 1981-82 campaign.
A Look at Georgia Tech... Georgia Tech enters the contest with a 10-3 record and has won eight of its last nine contests. The Yellow Jackets have been led by Kaela Davis (18.5 points, 33 treys), Tyaunna Marshall (17.2 points, 7.8 rebounds) and Sydney Wallace (10.3 points, 24 treys) on the year. On the season, Georgia Tech owns a +10.3 rebounding margin and is averaging 84.0 points a contest.
The Series With Georgia Tech... Duke and Georgia Tech will meet for the 65th time in school history, with the Blue Devils owning a 57-7 record. Duke and Georgia Tech last met on Dec. 6, 2012 with No. 4 Duke downing Georgia Tech, 85-52, at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C. Duke has won 35 consecutive matchups against the Yellow Jackets dating back to Jan. 18, 1995. The Blue Devils have won 15 straight road contests against Georgia Tech. Blue Devil Head Coach Joanne P. McCallie has tallied an 8-0 record against the Yellow Jackets in her career.
Win Streaks Against an Opponent... Duke enters Sunday with a 35-game winning streak against Georgia Tech. That streak ranks in the top five nationally for wins against another conference opponent.
1. Stanford vs. Washington St. (Pacific 10) 55 2. Liberty vs. Coastal Carolina (Big South) 40 3. Tennessee vs. Alabama (SEC) 39 Duke vs. Wake Forest (ACC) 39 5. Duke vs. Georgia Tech (ACC) 35 6. Tennessee vs. Mississippi St. (SEC) 34
What Happened in Last Meeting?... Elizabeth Williams had a career-high 25 points and added 11 rebounds to lead Duke to an 85-52 rout of Georgia Tech on Dec. 6, 2012 in the teams’ ACC opener. Chelsea Gray scored eight of her 13 points during the stretch that broke the game open, and Haley Peters added 11 points and was one of three Blue Devils with 11 rebounds. Duke never trailed and claimed its 35th straight victory over the Yellow Jackets, shooting 46.7 percent, locking down on Tyaunna Marshall’s teammates and forcing 22 turnovers. Marshall had 23 points on 10-of-18 shooting for Georgia Tech, but her teammates were a combined 12 of 59. The Yellow Jackets were just 1 of 20 from 3-point range. Dawn Maye, who entered averaging 15.4 points, finished with eight on 4-of-21 shooting for Georgia Tech, which lost its third straight - all against top-15 opponents - and fourth in five games. Liston added 13 points and sophomore Ka’lia Johnson had 11 rebounds for the Blue Devils. But it wasn’t until Gray’s personal 8-0 run midway through the second half that the Blue Devils could really breathe easy. After Marshall’s free throw with 15:07 left pulled the Yellow Jackets to 49-37, Gray followed Johnson’s air ball on a 3-point attempt with a layup, added a free throw on the next trip and - after Williams swatted away Sydney Wallace’s 3-pointer - converted a three-point play to make it 55-37 with 14 minutes to play. Williams scored 12 points during a first half in which the Blue Devils took control by shooting 50 percent and shutting down every Yellow Jacket but Marshall. At one point, Marshall was 4 of 8 but her Georgia Tech teammates combined to shoot 4 of 21. Marshall had 12 points at the half but none of her teammates had more than four in the opening 20 minutes.
Duke Players Against Georgia Tech... In two career games versus the Yellow Jackets, Elizabeth Williams has averaged 22.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, 5.5 blocks, 1.5 steals and 1.0 assists. She has hit 62.1 percent of her field goals and 81.8 percent from the charity stripe. Williams totaled 25 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks last year in 32 minutes. As a freshman, she notched 20 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks. Chelsea Gray has scored double-digits in three straight games against Georgia Tech. Overall, she has averaged 11.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.8 steals. Senior Richa Jackson is coming off notching 17 points, four assists, two steals and two assists in the last meeting against the Yellow Jackets. Senior Haley Peters totaled a double-double last year with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
On the Road in 2013-14... Duke owns a 4-0 record this season on the road with three of those wins coming against ranked opponents. On the road, Tricia Liston (19.8), Chelsea Gray (13.8), Alexis Jones (13.0), Elizabeth Williams (12.3) and Haley Peters (11.0) have led the way on the scoring column. Duke is averaging 77.8 points and hitting 47.3 percent of its field goals. The Blue Devils hold only a +0.8 rebounding advantage on the road. Liston has hit 44.0 percent from downtown.
ACC Opener... In ACC openers, Duke owns a 16-game winning streak dating back to the 1997-98 season. The last loss came in Clemson, S.C., as the Tigers won 72-61. Overall in ACC openers, Duke has totaled a 28-9 record. Duke will open ACC play on the road for only the third time since the 2003-04 campaign. The Blue Devils last traveled to Clemson in 2010 and won 67-41. Other road openers were in 2003-04 when the Blue Devils traveled to Wake Forest and won, 88-55, and Duke also opened on the road in 2007-08 at Miami (W, 84-72).
Hey, I Know You!... Duke alumna and former All-America Michele Van Gorp, who is the Director of Recruiting Operations at Duke, will return to Georgia Tech this weekend, after spending the 2012-13 campaign with the Yellow Jackets as the Director of Basketball Operations. Van Gorp is a 1999 graduate of Duke and led the Blue Devils to the NCAA Final Four during her final year.
Liston Nets 200 Treys... Tricia Liston has become just the third Blue Devil and 23rd player in ACC history to hit over 200 three-pointers over her career. She owns 202 treys over her four years to rank tied for second on Duke’s career charts along with Georgia Schweitzer. On the season, Liston is averaging 17.4 points, 5.6 points and 1.2 assists. She is hitting 47.4 percent from downtown and 55.8 percent from the field. She netted a season-high 28 points at fifth-ranked Kentucky along with six rebounds. Liston hit 10-of-19 field goals. Liston has drained three or more treys in eight contests.
Duke Record Book Three-Point Field Goals Made 1. 222 Abby Waner, 2006-09 2. 202 Georgia Schweitzer, 1998-01 202 Tricia Liston, 2011-present 4. 180 Jasmine Thomas, 2008-11 5. 175 Jessica Foley, 2003-06
Williams Breaks Out... After being held to under 10 points in three straight games, Elizabeth Williams collected 17 points, eight rebounds, three blocks and two assists in only 23 minutes at fifth-ranked Kentucky. Williams had been held to under 10 points in four straight games for the first time in her collegiate career. She had averaged 7.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.3 blocks in those contests. She fouled out at Oklahoma in 10 minutes and scored four points, while totaling nine points on 4-of-13 field goals against Connecticut. Williams played only 19 minutes versus Albany and scored nine points. Over the last two games, Williams is averaging 14.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 3.5 blocks, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steals. Williams netted her first double-double of the season against Old Dominion with 12 points and a season-high 12 rebounds.
Johnson Provides Spark... Junior Ka’lia Johnson continues to come off the bench and provide a spark for the Blue Devils this season. Against Old Dominion she totaled season highs in points and rebounds with seven and six, respectively. Johnson also added two steals in 18 minutes, while hitting 3-of-4 field goals.