#17/18 DUKE BLUE DEVILS (11-3, 0-1) AT #3/4 LOUISVILLE CARDINALS (16-0, 2-0)
Game 15 • Thursday, Jan. 4 • 7:00 PM (ET)
Louisville, Ky. • Louisville, Ky. (KFC Yum! Center)
ACC Network Extra
Radio: Blue Devil IMG Sports Network
(620 AM, 99.3 FM, 96.5 FM, GoDuke.com, TuneIn app) - Chris Edwards
TV/Video: ACC Network Extra: Matt Schumacker (PXP),
Sara White (Color), Cortnee Walton (Sideline)
The Series: Duke leads 3-2
Duke Head Coach: Joanne P. McCallie (Northwestern, ‘87)
Record: 600-222 (26)
Louisville Head Coach: Jeff Walz (Northern Kentucky, ‘95)
Record: 279-93 (11)
Setting the Scene...
After kicking off the ACC slate on the road at Miami Sunday, the Duke women’s basketball team (11-3) will look to open 2018 on a positive note as the Blue Devils travel to Louisville, Ky., for a league contest Thursday, Jan. 4 at 7 p.m.
Thursday’s contest will be aired live on ACC Network Extra with Matt Schumacker (PXP), Sara White (Color), Cortnee Walton (Sideline) calling the action. It will also be carried on the Blue Devil IMG Sports Network via 620 AM, 99.3 FM, 96.5 FM, TuneIn Radio app and www.GoDuke.com with Chris Edwards on the air beginning at 6:45 p.m.
What is Next?...
Duke will return home Sunday, Jan. 7 to host NC State at 3 p.m., live on RSN-TV from Cameron Indoor Stadium.
• Duke will be looking to avoid its first 0-2 start in the ACC since the 1992-93 campaign, which was Gail Goestenkors first season with the Blue Devils.
• After missing four straight games with knee pain, fifth-year senior Rebecca Greenwell returned to the court at Miami. She needs two three-pointers to break the Duke career record held by Tricia Liston (252). Greenwell will return to her home state of Kentucky for Thursday’s contest.
. • Redshirt sophomore Haley Gorecki enters the contest with a five-game streak of consecutive double-digit scoring games. She has averaged 16.0 points a contest during that stretch.
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes...
• The Blue Devils open the ACC with six road games over their first nine league games.
• Duke boasts a 2-3 record on the road this season as the Blue Devils head to Louisville. • With a 52.4 scoring defense, Duke ranks seventh nationally overall and fourth in power five conferences.
• Duke leads the ACC in paint defense, only allowing 17.7 points in the paint per game. The next closest team is Virginia with a 19.87 average.
• Lexie Brown has swiped 34 steals the last six games and ranks eighth nationally (1st in ACC) with a 4.1 per game average. Her 57 steals is tied for the most among power five conferences and fifth nationally overall.
• Duke blocked a season-high 12 shots against Liberty, which included a career-high six from Leaonna Odom and a season-high four for Bego Faz Davalos. Odom now ranks tied seventh in the ACC with a 1.7 per game average.
• The Blue Devils held three straight opponents to 40 points or less for the first time in school history against Winthrop, Maine and Wyoming. No other ACC team or power five conference team has accomplished it this season. Since the 1980-81 campaign, only UNC (twice), Syracuse, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest (twice) has held three consecutive opponents to 40 or few points. The ACC record is four straight by North Carolina in 2006-07.
• Senior Erin Mathias had posted only 27 points the last three games, after scoring a career-high 24 points against UNC Greensboro, but came away with 11 points against Liberty to close non-conference play.
• Duke’s duo of Lexie Brown and Rebecca Greenwell have combined to score 3,352 points over their career, which is the highest scoring duo currently in the ACC -- Myisha Hines-Allen/Asia Durr of Louisville (3,037), Jasmine Nwajei/Miranda Drummond of Syracuse (2,830) and Shakayla Thomas/Imani Wright of Florida State (2,820).
• The Blue Devils have won 21 straight games when hitting the 70-point mark.
• Rebecca Greenwell became just the 11th player in Duke history to reach the 1,600-point mark with her 19 points against Ohio State. At Miami she moved past Georgia Schweitzer and into 10th place on Duke’s all-time scoring list. Greenwell needs 42 points to move into a tie for ninth place along with Tricia Liston (1,664).
• Lexie Brown of Duke (20.4 points, 3rd; 4.3 assists, T7th) and Paris Kea of North Carolina (20.6 points, 1st; 6.5 assists, 4th) are the only two players in the ACC to rank in the top seven in both points and assists.
• Rebecca Greenwell became the first Duke player to amass 1,500 points, 600 rebounds and 200 made three-pointers at Villanova. Greenwell could also become the third guard in Blue Devil history to register 1,500 points and 700 rebounds along with Monique Currie and Alana Beard. Greenwell currently owns 1,622 points and 643 rebounds.
• Lexie Brown has played in the ACC for two different teams (2013-14 at Maryland; 2016-17 at Duke) and holds the second-best career free throw percentage in those contests (87.7). Duke’s Nicole Erickson ranks first with an 88.0 mark.
• Graduate transfer Bego Faz Davalos owns 357 career blocks and needs only two to move into a tie for 27th on the NCAA all-time blocks list.
• All 29 of Duke’s 2017-18 contests will be aired on some type of television between ESPN3, ACC Network Extra, ESPN2, RSN-TV, SEC Network and Nova Nation.
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Coach P Reaches 600 Wins...
With the win Friday against Liberty, Duke head coach Joanne P. McCallie became the 15th fastest women’s basketball coach to reach 600 wins, accomplishing this in 821 games. In terms of years it took to reach this milestone, she tied for 10th fastest, with 600 wins occurring in her 26th year of coaching.
McCallie is the 39th NCAA coach to reach the 600-win mark with a record of 600-221.
A Look at Louisville...
Louisville enters Thursday’s contest with a 16-0 overall and 2-0 league mark. The Cardinals own a 9-0 mark at home under head coach Jeff Walz.
On the year, Asia Durr (20.1 points, 48 treys), Myisha Hines-Allen (13.8 points, 9.4 rebounds), Jazmine Jones (8.7 points, 4.6 rebounds) and Sam Fuehring (8.5 points, 4.7 rebounds) have Louisville on the season.
The Series with Louisville...
Duke travels to Louisville Thursday to play the Cardinals in its second conference game of the season. The Blue Devils lead the series with a mark of 3-2, but the Cardinals hold a 1-0 record for games played in Louisville. Their last meeting in 2017 in Cameron Indoor Stadium lead to a dramatic 58-55 Blue Devil victory against the higher-ranked Cardinals.
Coach P holds a mark of 2-1 over the Louisville Cardinals.
Duke Players vs. Louisville...
In three games against the Cardinals, Rebecca Greenwell has averaged 12.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists. She has hit 6-of-13 three-pointers for a 46.2 percentage.
Lexie Brown tallied 17 points, four steals, four assists and three rebounds in 39 minutes last year against Louisville.
Thursday’s contest will mark homecoming for Duke’s Rebecca Greenwell as she will play her third collegiate game in her home state of Kentucky.
Greenwell, who is a native of Owensboro, Ky., went to Owensboro Catholic and grew up about an hour and a half away from Louisville.
She once hit 17 three-pointers in a high school game and was a McDonald’s and WBCA All-America.
In the previous two games at Kentucky and at Louisville, Greenwell scored a total of 15 points (1 at UK, 14 at Louisville) in 2015-16.
Overall, Greenwell has faced teams from her home state six times and averaged 10.2 points and 4.8 rebounds. She has hit 9-of-24 three-pointers.
Brown is Only One in NCAA...
Fifth-year senior Lexie Brown is the only active player in the NCAA with 1,500 points, 500 assists, 200 three-pointers and 250 steals over her career at Duke and Maryland.
Brown is also only 20 steals from reaching 300 and when she gets it she would join elite company.
In ACC history, only Alana Beard (Duke), Dawn Staley (Virginia) and Shenise Johnson (Miami) have totaled over 1,700 points, 500 assists and 300 steals.
Against Ranked Opponents...
Duke owns a 2-1 record this season against ranked opponents.
In those games, Lexie Brown has averaged 17.0 points, 3.7 assists, 2.3 steals and 2.0 rebounds. She tallied 19 points against Oregon State and Ohio State. In 15 games at Duke against ranked opponents, Brown has averaged 17.3 points.
Senior Erin Mathias has averaged 10.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks. In her last game, Mathias had 16 points and six rebounds at fifth-ranked South Carolina. She has hit 65.2 percent from the field.
Odom Breaks Streak...
After failing to reach the double-digit point mark over the last seven games, sophomore Leaonna Odom collected 12 points on the road at Miami.
She had averaged only 5.4 points and 6.7 rebounds the previous seven games. Odom scored double-figures in five out of the first six games.
Brown Snaps 20+ Points Mark...
After becoming the first ACC player to post 20 or more points in five straight games in 2017-18, Lexie Brown was limited to a season-low 10 points on the road at Miami.
She had averaged 25.0 points,5.2 steals, 4.4 assists and 4.4 rebounds during the five-game stretch.
In the ACC stats, Brown ranks third in scoring (20.4), first in steals (4.1), 12th in field goal percentage (53.4), second in free throw percentage (86.6) and tied seventh in assists (4.3).
Nationally, Brown ranks 28th in scoring, fifth in steals and tied 64th in field goal percentage. She was named ACC Player of the Week in back-to-back weeks to close the month of December.
Duke senior Erin Mathias has improved her scoring from a year ago from 3.9 to 9.5, which is a 5.6 points per game improvement.
In terms of senior improvement, Akela Maize of NC State leads the ACC with a 7.7 increase. Boston College’s Martina Mosetti is third (4.6) and Ama Degbeon of Florida State is fourth (3.3).
Gorecki Keeps Shining...
Since moving into the starting lineup five games ago, redshirt sophomore Haley Gorecki has emerged as one of the top scoring guards in the ACC.
In the five starts, Gorecki has averaged 16.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.2 steals.
Gorecki shined in her first start of the season and second of her collegiate career, collecting a career-high 20 points in 29 minutes against Winthrop. She hit a career-high 5-of-7 treys and 7-of-11 field goals, while tallying four assists and three rebounds.
She has drained 12-of-30 three-pointers in those five games started.