Game 14 • Sunday, Dec. 31 • 12:30 PM (ET) • RSN-TV
Miami, Fla. • Coral Gables, Fla. (Watsco Center - 7,972)
Radio: Blue Devil IMG Sports Network
(620 AM, 99.3 FM, 96.5 FM, GoDuke.com, TuneIn app) - Chris Edwards
TV/Video: RSN-TV: Jenn Hildreth (PXP), LaChina Robinson (Color)
The Series: Duke leads 14-2
Duke Head Coach: Joanne P. McCallie (Northwestern, ‘87)
Record: 600-221 (26)
Miami Head Coach: Katie Meier (Duke, ‘89)
Record: 317-200 (17)
Setting the Scene...
The 14th-ranked Duke women’s basketball team (11-2) will kick off ACC action Sunday, Dec. 31 with a 12:30 p.m., tip at Miami (10-3) in Coral Gables, Fla. The contest will be played at the Watsco Center.
Sunday’s contest will be aired live on RSN-TV with Jenn Hildreth (PXP) and LaChina Robinson (Color) 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 12:15 p.m.
Fans will be able to watch the game on RSN-TV via the following channels: Fox Sports South, Fox Sports Florida, Fox Sports Midwest, YES, NBC Sports Washington Plus, NESN Plus, AT&T Sportsnet Pittsburgh, Fox Sports Detroit Plus, Fox Sports North Plus, Fox Sports Wisconsin, Fox Sports Southwest, Fox Sports Prime Ticket, Fox Sports San Diego, AT&T Sports Las Vegas, AT&T Sportsnet Rocky Mountain and Root Sports Northwest.
What is Next?...
The Blue Devils will play their second straight away ACC contest traveling to undefeated Louisville on Thursday, Jan. 4 for a 7 p.m., game aired live on ACC Network Extra.
• With Duke’s win Friday against Liberty, Blue Devil head coach Joanne P. McCallie reached the 600-win mark over her 26-year career.
• After missing the last four games with knee pain, fifth-year senior Rebecca Greenwell is expected to return to the lineup as ACC play gets rolling. She needs two three-pointers to break the Duke career record held by Tricia Liston (252).
. • Fifth-year senior Lexie Brown has been selected ACC Player of the Week in back-to-back weeks and has averaged 25.0 points, 5.2 steals, 4.4 assists and 4.4 rebounds over the last five games. She is the only player in the ACC with five straight games with 20+ points on the season.
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes...
• One former Duke staff member and one Blue Devil alumna will sit on the opposing sidelines Sunday -- Tia Jackson (former Duke assistant) and Katie Meier (Duke alumna).
• Duke leads the ACC in paint defense, only allowing 17.1 points in the paint per game. The next closest team is Miami with a 19.85 average.
• 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 sixth in the ACC with a 1.8 per game average.
• The Blue Devils are 6-0 all-time in games played on New Year’s Eve, including 2-0 against ACC opponents (Clemson in 1984, NC State in 1993).
• 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 3,340 points over their career, which is the highest scoring duo currently in the ACC -- Myisha Hines-Allen/Asia Durr of Louisville (3,003), Jasmine Nwajei/Miranda Drummond of Syracuse (2,821) and Shakayla Thomas/Imani Wright of Florida State (2,765).
• After scoring a combined 30 points against Old Dominion and Oregon State, Leaonna Odom has gone seven straight contests without scoring double-digits. She has averaged only 5.4 points and 6.7 rebounds the last seven games.
• Lexie Brown has missed only 18 free throws out of 202 attempts over her two years at Duke.
• The Blue Devils have won 21 straight games when hitting the 70-point mark.
• A total of eight different Blue Devils have now started games, after Faith Suggs made her first start against Maine.
• After scoring four points over her first nine collegiate games, Jayda Adams has totaled 20 points over the last four contests. She hit 8-of-15 field goals and 3-of-7 treys. Adams scored a career-high eight points off the bench against Maine.
• Rebecca Greenwell has been limited to 6-of-18 field goals and 0-of-7 from three-point land over her last two games. It marked only the second time in her career she has been held without a three-pointer in back-to-back contests.
• Blue Devil fifth-year senior Rebecca Greenwell needs two three-pointers made to break Duke’s all-time treys mark of 252 held by Tricia Liston (2011-14). Greenwell owns 251 in 107 games.
• Lexie Brown has swiped 26 steals the last five games and ranks eighth nationally (1st in ACC) with a 3.8 per game average. Her 49 steals is tied for the most among power five conferences.
• On two occasions this season, Lexie Brown has nearly registered a triple-double. Against UNCG, she had 20 points, nine assists, a career-high tying eight steals and seven rebounds. At ODU, she had 28 points, eight assists and eight rebounds.
• The Blue Devils currently lead the ACC and rank 14th nationally with a 40.0 three-point field goal percentage.
• Rebecca Greenwell became just the 11th player in Duke history to reach the 1,600-point mark with her 19 points against Ohio State. She needs only two points to move into a tie for 10th place on the Duke career list along with Georgia Schweitzer (1,620).
• Lexie Brown of Duke (21.2 points, 1st; 4.5 assists, T7th) and Paris Kea of North Carolina (20.9 points, 2nd; 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 1,618 points and 637 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 (87.8). Duke’s Nicole Erickson ranks first with an 88.0 mark.
• Rebecca Greenwell’s 251 three-pointers over her career ranks tied 14th on the ACC career charts and needs two more to move into 10th.
• 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 Miami...
Miami enters the contest with a 10-3 overall record and winners of five in a row. The Hurricanes are coached by Duke alumna Katie Meier, who is in her 13th season with the Hurricanes.
On the year, Miami has been led by Mykea Gray (14.6 points, 22 treys), Erykah Davenport (10.8 points, 9.3 rebounds), Endia Banks (8.4 points, 4.6 rebounds) and Kelsey Marshall (8.0 points, 20 treys).
The Hurricanes have posted an 8-2 record at home this year.
The Series with Miami...
Duke faces Miami on the road Sunday in its first conference match-up of the 2017-18 season. The Blue Devils boast an all-time record of 14-2 against the Hurricanes and has averaged 76.0 points per game in those contests. Last year, Duke swept Miami in Durham and in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament.
The only two losses in the series to the Hurricanes have come in Coral Gables, Fla., in 2013 and 2015. In 2015, Duke had the lowest point total in the series for the Blue Devils collecting only 53 points.
Coach P owns a record of 10-3 against the Miami Hurricanes.
Blue Devils to Face Alum...
Duke will battle former Blue Devil All-America Katie Meier for the 16th time as a head coach on Sunday. Meier, who is in her 13th 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 12 years as the Hurricanes’ coach. In the contest versus Charlotte, Duke won 64-39 in Charlotte, N.C.
The Blue Devils own a 13-2 overall record against Meier on the opposing sideline.
Meier, who ranks fifth on Duke’s all-time scoring list with 1,761 points, was inducted into the Hall of Honor in 2002. She was the 1986 ACC Rookie of the Year and a Basketball Yearbook Freshman All-America. She was a letterwinner in 1986, ‘87, ‘89 and ‘90 for the Blue Devils.
In ACC openers, Duke owns a 31-10 overall record. The Blue Devils had their 18-game winning streak snapped two years ago at Syracuse that dated back to 1997-98.
Duke will open ACC play on the road for only the fifth time since the 2003-04 campaign. Overall in true road ACC openers, the Blue Devils boast an 8-7 record, but have won five out of the last six games.
Duke Players vs. Miami...
In two games last season, Lexie Brown averaged 24.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.0 steals against the Hurricanes. She tallied 28 points on 8-of-10 field goals in the first meeting in Cameron.
As a rookie, Leaonna Odom averaged 12.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals against Miami a year ago. She hit 9-of-11 field goals for an 81.8 percentage. She only scored double-digits 11 times and two were against the Hurricanes.
Rebecca Greenwell has averaged only 12.8 points and 6.8 rebounds in four meetings with Miami. She has hit 6-of-16 treys. She did have 22 points on 7-of-10 field goals in Durham last season.
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 28 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.
Stepping Up With Greenwell Out...
Over the last four games that fifth-year senior Rebecca Greenwell has been out, fifth-year senior Lexie Brown and redshirt sophomore Haley Gorecki have stepped up their games considerably.
Brown has averaged 26.3 points, 3.3 assists, 4.5 steals and 3.8 rebounds. She has hit 65.0 percent from the field and 41.2 percent from downtown.
Gorecki has averaged 16.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.5 steals.
Brown On Fire...
Duke fifth-year senior Lexie Brown has been on fire over the last five games averaging 25.0 points,5.2 steals, 4.4 assists and 4.4 rebounds. She is the only player in the ACC to register five straight games with 20+ points.
During that stretch, she has hit 65.8 percent of her field goals and 42.9 percent from three-point land.
In the ACC stats, Brown ranks first in scoring (21.2), first in steals (3.8), 10th in field goal percentage (55.4), second in free throw percentage (87.3) and tied seventh in assists (4.5).
Nationally, Brown ranks 19th in scoring, eighth in steals and tied 48th in field goal percentage. She was named ACC Player of the Week in back-to-back weeks.
Duke senior Erin Mathias has improved her scoring from a year ago from 3.9 to 9.8, which is a 5.9 points per game improvement.
In terms of senior improvement, Akela Maize of NC State leads the ACC with an 8.3 increase. Boston College’s Martina Mosetti is third (5.8) and Ama Degbeon of Florida State is fourth (3.7).
Gorecki Keeps Shining...
Making her first start of the season and second of her collegiate career, redshirt sophomore Haley Gorecki tallied a career-high 20 points in 29 minutes against Winthrop prior to exam break.
She hit a career-high 5-of-7 treys and 7-of-11 field goals, while tallying four assists and three rebounds.
In four straight starts, Gorecki has averaged 16.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.5 steals. She has hit 10-of-25 three-pointers.
On the Five-Game Winning Streak...
Since failing on the road at South Carolina Dec 3, Duke has won five straight contests and has been impressive doing so.
The Blue Devil defense has limited opponents to 42.8 points, 26.5 percent shooting and 20.6 percent from downtown. Duke has forced 20.6 turnovers a game and swiped an average of 13.2 steals.
Duke’s offense has averaged 77.2 points and hit 54.2 percent from the field.
On the Road in 2017-18...
Duke boasts a 2-2 record on the road this season with losses coming to undefeated Villanova and one-loss South Carolina.
Lexie Brown (17.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists), Rebecca Greenwell (14.5 points, 7.3 rebounds), Erin Mathias (10.0 points, 7.0 rebounds) and Leaonna Odom (8.8 points, 6.3 rebounds) have paced the Blue Devils during those games.
Duke has only averaged 66.2 points a game and hit 41.0 percent from the field on the road, but has hit 41.1 percent from downtown.
Top Scoring Backcourts...
Duke features the fourth-highest scoring backcourt in the nation among power five conferences and tied sixth overall --
Top Backcourts - Power Five Conferences
41.4 - K.Mitchell/L.Harper, Ohio State
39.7 - K.Bell/C.Wagner, Minnesota
37.4 - P.Kea/J.Cherry, North Carolina
36.0 - L. Brown/R.Greenwell, Duke
35.1 - C.Carter/D.Williams, Texas A&M
33.6 - M.Muhammad/A.Alston, Ole Miss