PITTSBURGH PANTHERS (11-19, 2-14) VS. DUKE BLUE DEVILS (14-14, 6-10)
ACC Tournament First Round
Game 29 • Wednesday, March 6 • 6:30 PM
Greensboro, N.C. • Greensboro Coliseum
Tickets: www.GoDuke.com (1-877-375-3853)
Live Stats: www.GoDuke.com
Radio: Duke Sports Network
(620 AM, 99.3 FM, 96.5 FM, www.GoDuke.com, TuneIn app)
Radio Talent: Chris Edwards (PXP), Rebecca Greenwell (Color)
TV Talent: Tom Werme (PXP), Debbie Antonelli (Color),
Kelley Deyeo (Sideline)
Duke Head Coach: Joanne P. McCallie (Northwestern, ‘87)
Record: 626-242 (27)
Pitt Head Coach: Lance White (Texas Tech, ‘96)
Record: 11-19 (1)
Setting the Scene...
No. 11 seeded Duke (14-14, 6-10 ACC) will open the ACC Tournament Wednesday, March 6 at 6:30 p.m., against Pittsburgh (11-19, 2-14) at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C.
The game will be aired live on RSN-TV with Tom Werme (PXP), Debbie Antonelli (Color) and Kelley Deyeo (Sideline) calling the game. It will also be carried on the Duke Sports Network via 620 AM, 99.3 FM, 96.5 FM, TuneIn app and www.GoDuke.com with Chris Edwards (PXP) and Rebecca Greenwell (Color) on the air beginning at 6:15 p.m. (ET).
How to Watch...
Fans can watch the Pitt vs. Duke matchup via AT&T Sportsnet Las Vegas, AT&T Pittsburgh, AT&T Sportsnet Rocky Mountain, FOX Sports Detroit Plus, FOX Sports Florida, FOX Sports Midwest Plus, FOX Sports North Plus, FOX Sports Prime Ticket, FOX Sports San Diego, FOX Sports South, FOX Sports Southwest Plus, FOX Sports Wisconsin Plus, NBC Sports Washington Plus, New England Sports Network, ROOT Sports Northwest, SportsTime Ohio.
• Only one healthy player on Duke’s roster has started an ACC Tournament contest -- Leaonna Odom. A total of five Blue Devils have seen action in limited minutes in the ACCs. Redshirt junior Haley Gorecki will make her ACC Tournament debut in 2019.
• Senior Faith Suggs played with Pitt’s Aysia Bugg (Chicago, Ill.) and against Kauai Bradley (Chicago, Ill.) growing up in the state of Illinois. Redshirt junior Haley Gorecki also played against Bradley.
• Haley Gorecki is the only player in the ACC to rank in the top 15 in all four categories (points, rebounds, steals and assists) and one of three in power five conferences to rank in the top 15 in all four categories in her conference (Bridget Carleton of Iowa State, Sabrina Ionescu of Oregon).
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes...
• The Blue Devils feature the third-longest winning streak in the ACC heading into ACC Tournament action -- Notre Dame (6), Louisville (4), Duke (3).
• The winner of the Duke/Pitt game will advance to play No. 6 seed Florida State (22-7, 10-6) Thursday, March 7 at 8 p.m.
• Duke will face the No. 14 seed in the ACC Tournament for the first time in school history.
• The No. 11 seed for the Blue Devils is the lowest since the 1993 campaign when Duke was seeded No. 9. That squad lost to Wake Forest in the first contest.
• The Blue Devils have won eight ACC Championships over the last 19 years and have advanced to the ACC title game a total of 14 times.
• Leaonna Odom owns 967 points over her career and needs 33 points to become the 34th Duke player to reach the 1,000-point mark.
• For the first time since the 2015 campaign, Duke registered three different players with double-doubles in the same game as Leaonna Odom, Haley Gorecki and Jade Williams reached the mark against UNC. Ironically, the 2015 contest was also against North Carolina with Elizabeth Williams, Ka’lia Johnson and Rebecca Greenwell notching double-doubles.
• Jayda Adams has hit 15 of her 18 three-pointers in Cameron Indoor Stadium, but only three treys outside of Durham on the season.
• Leaonna Odom has hit 50.6 percent from the floor, which ranks eighth in the ACC.
• Freshman Miela Goodchild hit 26 treys in 12 non-conference games and has sank 42 three-pointers in 16 league games.
• Haley Gorecki blocked only one shot the first 18 games of the season, but over the last nine games she has eight swats, including two at Notre Dame.
• Miela Goodchild ranks ninth nationally with a 44.2 three-point field goal percentage. She has the second-highest percentage by a freshman.
• Miela Goodchild’s 26 points against fifth-ranked Notre Dame joined only Duke’s Alana Beard as freshmen to score 26 or more points against a top-five team nationally. Beard had 27 points versus Iowa State on Dec. 30, 2000.
• Since Duke totaled 85 points in a win at North Carolina, the Blue Devils have averaged 57.5 points and hit 38.8 percent from the field in the last six games. Duke has been outrebounded by 3.0 in those games.
• Jade Williams, Onome Akinbode-James, and Leaonna Odom have combined to block 82 shots this year. Duke opponents have totaled 83 blocks.
• Over the last 11 games, Miela Goodchild has averaged 14.0 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists. She has hit 43.8 percent from downtown, including 35 treys. Goodchild scored double-digits in nine of those.
• Redshirt junior Haley Gorecki and freshman Miela Goodchild have combined to drain 122 three-pointers on the season. Their 4.4 combined three-pointers a game ranks as the third-highest in school history -- Rebecca Greenwell/Lexie Brown (4.7 in 2017-18), Greenwell/Brown (4.6 in 2016-17).
• Haley Gorecki is currently averaging 36.2 minutes per game, which is second in the ACC. Katie Meier holds the Duke record for highest per game average (36.0, 1989-90). Gorecki averaged 37.1 minutes a game in ACC play, which was third.
• Jade Williams had 15 points, eight rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocks against Pittsburgh. She is one of only three players in the ACC to notch 15-8-3-3-3 in a game in 2018-19 (Brianna Turner of Notre Dame, Emily Engstler of Syracuse).
• Miela Goodchild currently ranks third in the ACC with a 44.2 three-point field goal percentage and tied seventh with a 2.4 three-pointers per game average.
• Haley Gorecki’s 11 games with 20 or more points ranks fourth in the ACC.
• Senior Faith Suggs leads the Blue Devils with 11 charges taken on the season and 15 over her four year career. She has taken 10 charges over the last 18 games.
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The Series with Pitt..
Duke and Pitt will meet for the 11th time in school history with the Blue Devils leading the series, 10-0. It will mark the first time the two schools have faced each other in ACC Tournament action.
Coach P owns a 10-0 record versus Pitt over her career.
Blue Devils in the ACC Tournament...
Only one Blue Devil has started an ACC Tournament contest -- Leaonna Odom. She owns four career appearances and scored 29 points in those games. Senior Faith Suggs has come off the bench in six games and played 52 minutes. Both Jade Williams and Jayda Adams saw action in the tournament a year ago against NC State combining for two points.
Redshirt junior Haley Gorecki will make her first appearance in the ACC Tournament.
ACC Tournament Win Percentage...
Head coach Joanne P. McCallie owns the second-best ACC Tournament winning percentage (70.4) in her 11 appearances with the Blue Devils. She has notched a 19-8 record to go along with three titles.
ACC Tournament Winning Percentage
72.2 Gail Goestenkors, Duke (26-10)
70.4 Joanne P. McCallie, Duke (19-8)
68.0 Sylvia Hatchell, UNC (50-24)
67.3 Chris Weller, Maryland (35-17)
(Minimum of 20 games)
McCallie in Tournament Play...
In her 26 years as a head coach, Joanne P. McCallie has produced a 42-17 record in league tournament action. She totaled an 8-1 mark in the North Atlantic Conference Tournament with two titles, a 10-2 record along with two titles in the America East Tournament, a 6-6 mark with one title in the Big Ten Tournament and a 19-8 mark in the ACC Tournament to go along with titles in 2010, 2011 and 2013. With one victory in the 2019 ACC Tournament, McCallie would become just the seventh ACC coach to notch 20 ACC Tournament victories.
Duke in the ACC Tournament...
The Blue Devils own a 47-33 overall record in the ACC Tournament and have won at least one game in 22 out of the last 24 years. With the ACC Tournament moving to Greensboro in 2000, Duke’s luck in the postseason changed greatly as the Blue Devils won 17 consecutive games to claim the ACC Tournament crowns from 2000-04 before losing to North Carolina in the championship in 2005. Duke has recorded a 38-11 ledger playing at the Greensboro Coliseum. It had been nicknamed Duke’s “Home Away From Home.” The first two victories came in 1999 in the NCAA East Regional against Old Dominion and Tennessee. The victories advanced Duke to its first NCAA Final Four and National Championship game appearance. In ACC Tournament games, the Blue Devils have posted a 36-10 overall record in Greensboro.
Leading the Blue Devils...
Haley Gorecki currently leads Duke in points (17.1), rebounds (7.2) and assists (3.8). No Blue Devil in school history has led the squad in all three of those categories. Katie Meier led Duke in points, assists and tied for the lead in rebounds during the 1989-90 campaign. In ACC history, only six players have led their schools in scoring, rebounding and assists -- Lakeia Stokes, Clemson (2003-04), Kisha Ford, Georgia Tech (1993-94), Shenise Johnson, Miami (2011-12), Laine Selwyn, Pitt (2001-02; 2002-03), Amy Privette, Wake Forest (1986-87) and Bernadette McGlade, UNC (1979-80).
Akinbode-James Doing Big Things...
Over the last eight games, freshman Onome Akinbode-James has averaged 6.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 1.0 assists. She has started 11 straight games and has been a force inside for the Blue Devils. She had nine points and nine rebounds at Wake Forest and then tied a career high with 14 rebounds against Clemson, while swatting a career-high six shots. Akinbode-James owns eight blocks over the last four games. Akinbode-James’ 37 blocked shots ranks tied sixth on Duke’s freshman record list, while her 1.3 blocks per game ranks tied eighth in the ACC. In ACC play, she ranked fourth in the league with a 1.8 average. Her 62 offensive rebounds ranks 10th among Duke freshmen and her 154 rebounds ranks eighth on the Duke freshman record chart, right behind Rebecca Greenwell (157).
Duke’s defense has been impressive all season, but the Blue Devils have turned up the level over the last three games. In those contests, Duke has held opponents to 49.0 points, 32.6 percent shooting and 26.4 percent from downtown.
In ACC games only, Duke surrendered 63.4 points per contest, which ranked fourth in the ACC. In overall games, Duke’s defense only yielded 64.2 points per game. This season, three ACC teams (UNC, WFU, Miami) scored their fewest points in a conference game against Duke. This was tied with Louisville for the most games holding an opponent to a conference low in points.
In 28 overall games, the Blue Devil opponents only shot 29.6 percent from three-point land, which ranks fourth in the league. In ACC games only, Duke opponents only shot 29.0 percent from distance, which also ranked fourth among ACC teams.
Moving Up Three-Point Charts...
In 28 games, Duke freshman Miela Goodchild has drained 68 three-pointers, which ranks second on the Blue Devil freshman charts. Rebecca Greenwell holds the record in 34 games, while Goodchild has played in only 28 contests.
Goodchild set a Duke freshman record with eight three-pointers made at Notre Dame and also set a rookie record with 14 attempts. Her 68 treys ranks as the tied for ninth most in Duke history overall.
Goodchild’s 68 three-pointers ranks second among other ACC freshmen. It is also tied for ninth-most in the NCAA among freshmen.
Player 3PM Games
Dara Mabrey (VT) 72 29
Miela Goodchild (DU) 68 28
Elizabeth Balogun (GT) 64 29
Makayla Dickins (BC) 62 29
ACC Freshman Record - 3-Pointers Made
85 Kaela Davis, Georgia Tech (2013-14)
81 Gabby Cooper, Syracuse (2016-17)
80 Milan Bolden-Morris, Boston College (2017-18)
76 Aisha Shepard, Virginia Tech (2017-18)
76 Stephanie Watts, North Carolina (2015-16)
74 Kelly Hughes, Boston College (2013-14)
72 Rebecca Greenwell, Duke (2014-15)
72 Dara Mabrey, Virginia Tech (2018-19)
71 Kara Lounsbury, Georgia Tech (1988-89)
68 Miela Goodchild, Duke (2018-19)
66 Jennifer Howard, NC State (1993-94)
65 Marissa Kastanek, NC State (2009-10)
Another Milestone Approaching...
Redshirt junior Haley Gorecki is approaching another impressive milestone as she could be the third Blue Devil to register 500 points, 200 rebounds, 100 assists and 75 steals in a season. She would join only Alana Bead (2001-02, 2002-03) and Monique Currie (2004-05), which is some pretty impressive company. Gorecki owns 480 points, 201 rebounds, 107 assists and 73 steals in only 28 games.
Williams Coming on Strong...
Over the last nine games, sophomore Jade Williams has averaged 10.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.6 steals. She has hit 48.8 percent from the field in those contests. Williams has scored double-digits in six out of the last nine games. She has also drained her first two three-pointers of her career on three attempts.
She pulled down a career-high 13 rebounds against UNC in the last regular season contest to go along with 15 points for her second collegiate double-double. She hit 7-of-12 field goals.
Overall, in ACC play she picked up her play in averaging 9.4 points, after averaging 7.3 points in non-conference action. After making just 50.0 percent of her free throws in non-conference games, Williams shooting 69.7 percent from the charity stripe in ACC contests.
One of a Kind...
Duke redshirt junior Haley Gorecki is one of only three players nationally and the only power five conference player averaging over 17.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.6 steals on the season. Gorecki currently ranks fourth in the ACC in scoring (17.1), third in steals (2.6), tied 13th in rebounding (7.2), tied 13th in assists (3.8) and second in minutes played (36.2).
For the season to date, Haley Gorecki is averaging 17.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 2.6 steals per game. Only two other players have ever averaged at least 17.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 2.0 steals for an entire season:
· Alana Beard (2001-02):
19.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 4.4 apg, 3.26 spg
· Monique Currie (2004-05):
17.5 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 3.41 apg, 2.14 spg