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Duke Women run over Georgia Tech for 15th straight win

DURHAM, N.C. – The fourth-ranked Duke women’s basketball team used a stellar defensive effort on Sunday afternoon to down Georgia Tech, 60-34, to win its 15th straight game this season and 29th straight contest against the Yellow Jackets.  The Blue Devils held Georgia Tech to its second-worst single-game output in school history, while holding the Yellow Jackets to only 25.5 percent shooting.
 
Abby Waner scored 14 points, while Chante Black and Jasmine Thomas each added 10 points for the Blue Devils.
 
For a full recap, click on www.GoDuke.com

Duke Women set to host Iowa in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

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Good seats remain for a Duke-Iowa clash in Cameron Indoor Stadium -

Blue Devils Host Iowa In Big Ten/ACC Challenge On Thursday…

Coming off playing three straight contests away from Cameron Indoor Stadium, the 12th-ranked Duke women’s basketball team will return home on Thursday, Dec. 4 to host Iowa in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge at 7:00 p.m.

Fans can hear the Blue Devils live on the radio on WDNC AM 620 with Steve Barnes (PXP) and Morgan Patrick (Color) calling the action.  The contest will feature live video on ACC Select.  For more information on ACC Select, head to www.accselect.com.

Prior to the contest, senior Chante Black will be honored for becoming the 24th player in Duke history to reach the 1,000-point mark, which occurred on Nov. 16 versus Maine.  In the rankings, Duke is listed No. 12 in the Associated Press and No. 14 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Polls.

Media Info

What: Iowa at Duke ( ACC/Big Ten Challenge)

Date: December 4, 2008

Location: Durham, N.C.

Venue: Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)

Tipoff: 7:00 p.m.

Radio: WDNC AM 620

Radio Talent: Steve Barnes (PxP), Morgan Patrick (Color)

Online Audio/Video: ACC Select   www.accselect.com

Livestats: www.GoDuke.com

Noting Duke…

Over the last four games, Duke has averaged 16.8 steals a contest … the Blue Devils have forced an average of 29.5 turnovers during the last four games … so far on the season, senior Chante Black owns 14 blocked shots, which is more than Duke’s five opponents have accumulated against the Blue Devils … Black was selected to the DePaul Invitational All-Tournament team, after averaging 13.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.0 steals in two games.

A Look At Iowa…

Iowa enters the contest with a 4-3 overall record and is coming off playing three games in the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas.  The Hawkeyes defeated Texas Tech before falling to South Florida and California.  Megan Skouby (17.0 points, 4.6 rebounds), Wendy Ausdemore (11.3 points, 6.6 rebounds) and Kristi Smith (10.4 points, 2.0 rebounds) have led Iowa so far on the season.

Lisa Bluder is in her 25th year as a head coach and owns an overall record of 508-243.

The Series With Iowa…

Duke and Iowa will meet for the first time in school history.

Duke Versus The Big Ten…

The Blue Devils own an overall record of 14-8 against teams from the Big Ten Conference — Illinois (0-3), Michigan (2-0), Michigan State (2-0), Minnesota (0-1), Penn State (5-1), Purdue (4-3) and Wisconsin (1-0).

Storylines…

•  In her 17-year coaching career, Joanne P. McCallie owns an 8-6 record against Iowa.  All 14 contests were while McCallie was the head coach at Michigan State.  Coach P has won four straight and seven out of the last eight against the Hawkeyes.

•  Duke will play its next two straight contests against Big Ten opponents — Iowa and Michigan.

•  After outrebounding its opponents the first four games, Western Kentucky outrebounded Duke, 41-40.  The Blue Devils continue to hold a 14.2 rebounding advantage, which ranks seventh nationally.

•  In Duke’s first ACC/Big Ten Challenge last year, the Blue Devils fell in a heartbreaker, 86-84, at Penn State.  As a conference, the ACC won the challenge by an 8-3 ledger.  Coach P posted a 69-45 record against the Big Ten, while she was the head coach at Michigan State.

What Is Next?…

Duke will host Michigan on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2:00 p.m., as the Blue Devils are playing three straight home contests.  Following the contest with Wolverines, Duke will be off for exams until Dec. 16 versus Stanford.

ACC Select To Air Contests…

Duke’s next two home contests will be aired live on ACC Select, which provides audio and video online at www.accselect.com.  If you cannot make it to Cameron Indoor Stadium in person then head to the web site to watch the Blue Devils face Iowa (Dec. 4) and Michigan (Dec. 7).

Point Guard Shortage…

With injuries to Jasmine Thomas and Chelsea Hopkins, the Blue Devils have lost two of their top point guards to run the offense.  Thomas, who is a sophomore from Fairfax, Va., opened the season starting at the point guard slot the first four games and Hopkins, a freshman from Las Vegas, Nev., has been playing an extended amount of time at the point position off the bench.

Thomas suffered a sprained MCL of her left knee in practice on Nov. 26 and is expected to miss two weeks.  Hopkins was injured in the second half of the Western Kentucky game with a lateral meniscus injury.  She will have surgery on Thursday, Dec. 4 and a timetable on her return will be released following surgery.

With Thomas and Hopkins injured, junior Keturah Jackson started at point guard in the last game and is expected to do so again versus Iowa.

Jackson Comes Up Big…

Junior Keturah Jackson hit two of the most important free throws of her career at Western Kentucky in the last game as she nailed two with 10.1 seconds remaining.  The points gave the Blue Devils a 59-56 lead and Duke went on win by the same ledger.

So far on the season, Jackson is averaging 4.6 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 0.6 steals.  Jackson is averaging 5.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.0 steals in her two games started, while hitting 3-of-6 field goals.

Blue Devils Return Home…

In two games this season in Cameron Indoor Stadium, the Blue Devils have averaged 87.5 points, hit 42.4 percent of their field goals, pulled down 56.5 rebounds, averaged 13.5 steals, 17.5 assists and 8.0 blocked shots in victories against Oklahoma State and Maine.  Senior Chante Black has averaged 22.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 4.0 blocks, 1.5 assists and hit 70.4 percent of her field goals.

In three games on the road, Duke has averaged only 67.7 points, hit 38.0 percent from the field, 26.5 percent from downtown, averaged 45.3 rebounds, 10.7 assists, 5.0 blocked shots and 15.0 steals, while posting a 2-1 record.

ESPNU Reporter…

Blue Devil senior Abby Waner was the sideline reporter for the recent North Carolina at Duke football game on ESPNU this past Saturday.  Waner has received excellent reviews for her work on the sideline so far this season as she was also the reporter for the Virginia at Duke game on Sept. 27 and the Miami and Duke contest on Nov. 18.

Waner also serves as a features host for David Cutcliffe’s Duke Football Show.

Tough Defense…

The Duke defense has been stellar to open the season as the Blue Devils are holding opponents to 30.4 percent shooting, which ranks second in the ACC and sixth nationally.

Since Coach P arrived at Duke, it’s defense has held 13 opponents to under 30.0 percent shooting and 30 opponents to under 40.0 percent shooting out of 40 games.

In The NCAA Stats…

The NCAA has released its first set of national statistics with the Blue Devils ranking in the top 20 of six categories — sixth in field goal percentage defense (30.4), seventh in rebounding margin (14.2), sixth in steals per game (14.4), 14th in scoring margin (23.6), 18th in scoring defense (52.0) and 14th in blocked shots (6.2).

Senior Chante Black is 17th in blocks per game (2.8), Abby Waner is 52nd in steals per game (2.8), Chelsea Hopkins is 59th in steals (2.8) and Jasmine Thomas is 21st in assist/turnover ratio (2.83).

Both Iowa and Michigan are two of the top free throw shooting teams in the nation as they rank 17th (76.9) and 22nd (76.7), respectively.

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(corrected*) BDN previews the Duke Women and talks Friday’s home opener with #14 Oklahoma State

[private]Joanne P. McCallie had an aura of confidence when she addressed the media on Wednesday.  It was clear that the second year coach was more relaxed and at ease after having a year under her belt.  Just last year, McCallie replaced another popular coach in Gail Goestenkors.

That transition wasn’t always easy.  She had to gain the confidence of players she didn’t recruit and

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fend off a lot of early negativity from some of the media who were faithful to the former regime.  “You have to remember, we lost Lindsey Harding and Allison Bales,” quipped McCallie.  You know what?  She has a point there in that these were two super players and were the team leaders.

The Blue Devils still managed a 25-10 record, 10-4 in the ACC which was good for third place.   A lot of that success was due to the stellar play of Chante Black, a 6-5 paint eating front court player.  Black is but one part of many story line in the coming season.  In fact, there are many to watch as the season develops.

The Off Season- McCallie said that here team worked really hard over the summer with all of the players sticking around.  They lifted weights and played pick ups in the new practice facility.  “We are more together than at this time last year,” said McCallie.  The team and staff had to adjust to one another last season, not to mention take a already scheduled trip to Russia which made for some tired legs early on.  Many of the players stated they felt as if their play wasn’t up to Duke Basketball standards last season.  There seems to be a little bit of a chip on their shoulder going into the season.

The Seniors- Black will step into her senior season and she wants to go out on top.  She is joined by Careem Gay who has started 45 games over the last two years.  Then there is perennial crowd favorite, Abby Waner.  This talented trio will be the main focus point in that their leadership should carry the Blue Devils farther into the NCAA Tournament and maybe even the Final Four.

There will be no shortage of emotion when Black, Gay and Waner play there last game against North Carolina in Cameron on March 1st.  You better go ahead and get your tickets now for that one in that the Blue Devils have sold around 4800 season tickets to date.

The Juniors- The junior class is also providing leadership.  Joy Cheek is poised for a banner season and Coach McCallie has already tapped her as a captain for next season.  Kenturah Jackson and Bridgette Mitchell will look to take on a  bigger role as well.

The Sophomores-The sophomore class is intriguing as well.  Jasmine Thomas has a nice skill set as does Karima  Christmas.  Add watching the development of these two youngsters as yet another story line.  “Jazz will assume the role of PG for us and we expect some natural progresion from her freshman to sophomore year,”

The Freshman- The freshman class of Kathleen Scheer, Shay Selby and Chelsea Hopkins look to

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make their mark as well.  Selby is the closest to being ready, but there is a steep learning curve for freshman at this time of the season and Coach McCallie will likely b ring each of them along slowly.  “None of the three are playing good defense.  Most of them are accustomed to being the star on their high school team, so they must adjust to playing all facets of the game, namely defense.  I’ve asked them to specialize in one area – do one thing good.” 

The Style- It will all start on the defensive end for these women.  That sounds familiar, huh?  Well the cornerstone of this program is tough man to man defense.  McCallie will demand all out effort in this area and those who lag will likely find themselves playing less.  The philosophyseems to be if you play good “D” the offense will come.  “We want to do what we do,” said McCallie.  On offense she feels he players will get better reads on the opposing defenses this system and that will enable them to find the open player.  “We take pride in our defense – pride in making the stop.”

The Rotation- Look for Cheek, Waner, Black and Thomas to start this season.  The first players off the bench will be Thomas, Christmas, Jackson and Mitchell.  The order will depend upon match ups.  Don’t look for a lot of minutes from the freshman.  Selby will get the first call of the three.

The Opener – #14 Okalhoma State at #8 Duke -(Friday, 7:00, tickets available) Get there early for the festivities which are geared towards a good family outing.  There will be face painters, free food, a magician and posters just to name a few of the “free” perks.  All of this starts at 5:00 in Card Gym which is adjacent to Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Oklahoma State is Coached by Kurt Budke who holds an outstanding 406-88 record in 15 years of coaching.  OSU’s last road game also came against the No. 8 team in the country as the Cowgirls won at Baylor, 72-68, to close out the regular season a year ago … Andrea Riley is nine points shy of 1,200 for her career, while Shaunte’ Smith is one shy of the 800-point plateau.  Riley is their top player

Additional Notes- McCallie will have her own radio show this season.  You can hear her today from 12 to 1:00 pm on 620 the Bull.  The show will be broadcast from Satisfactions in Brightleafe Square.

– Chante Black is on the Wooden list as the top 30 pre season college players in the nation.

– You can view the home opener on ACC.Select.com

– Chante Black is fifth in rebound avaerage and 12th in blocks on the Duke All Time list.

– Abby Waner enters the season fourth in three point field goals and fifth in steals

– Duke will play again on Sunday at 12:00 noon versus Maine.  It’s a rare time when botht he men’s and women’s team plays on the same day.  The men face Rhode Island.

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