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Blue Devils wallop Cavaliers by a score of 76-53 in their ACC Tournament opener

Abby addresses the media - BDN Photo
Abby addresses the media - BDN Photo

The Duke Blue Devils used a suffocating defense to smother Virginia from the very start of their opening round game of the ACC Tournament.  Holding the Cavaliers to just 36.4% from the field the Blue Devils recorded a surprisingly easy 76-53 win.

It certainly helped that Duke hit a season high 56% from the field, led by Abby Waner who went 4 of 6 from the three point stripe on her way yo 16 points.  Chante Black and Joy Cheek were the only other Dukies to score in double figures, tallying 12 points apiece.

Duke played 12 players in the game and had contributions  from many.  In fact just two Blue Devils failed to score in the game.  The Duke bench outscored their opponent 32-16.

While Duke was outrebounded for just the eighth time this season, they controlled the paint on the offensive end outscoring the Cavs 36-20.  Duke also boosted their all time tournament record in Greensboro to 22-4.

Waner went 6 of 9 from the field to lead Duke over Virginia - BDNP
Waner went 6 of 9 from the field to lead Duke over Virginia - BDNP

Duke now stands at 25-4 for the season and will try to avenge an overtime loss to Florida State, the second seed at 3:30 tomorrow.  Florida State comes in at 25-6 and is 13-2 against conference opponents.

All four top seeds made the semi finals and all four teams are ranked in the top twelve teams in America.  UNC will face Maryland in the days opener.  With such great competition, all fans who can make it over to Greensboro Coliseum.

Duke Women travel to Tennessee – ESPN 2 Big Monday Match up

Much like the Duke Men's team, the Duke Women are losing out the 2009 season with a very challenging schedule.  Coach P and Duke righted the ship versus Clemson after a bitter defeat to the hands of arch rival UNC.  But tonight they face dsc08898one of the traditional powers in Tennessee.  Duke will travel to Knoxville for a "Big Monday" game with the Vols, one which will be played in front of a national audience on ESPN 2.  The Duke Women will wear blue and pink uniforms to honor Kay Yow and breast cancer awareness.  Tonight's game will further prepare the Blue Devils for the upcoming post season and they have an opportunity to compete against the best.  Be sure to tune in and support the Duke Women's team as they embark on a brutal stretch run to close the season.


Game note provided by Duke Sports Information -

No. 4 Duke Travels To No. 15 Tennessee For Big Monday On ESPN2...
     In its second straight "Big Monday" game on ESPN2, the fourth-ranked Duke women's basketball team (20-3, 8-2 ACC) will travel to Knoxville, Tenn., on Monday, Feb. 16 for a 7:30 p.m., contest against 15th-ranked Tennessee (18-6, 7-3 SEC) in the Thompson-Boling Arena and Assembly Center.
     The game will be aired live on ESPN2 with Pam Ward (PXP), Carolyn Peck (Color) and Rebecca Lobo (Color) calling the action.  Fans can also hear the Blue Devils live on the radio on WDNC AM 620 with Steve Barnes (PXP) and Morgan Patrick (Color) on the air.
     Monday's game is Tennessee's "Pink Zone" game and the Blue Devils will wear blue and pink uniforms for the first time.  The Blue Devils are in a stretch where they are playing four ranked opponents in six games and three out of four road contests.  In the rankings, Duke is listed No. 4 in the Associated Press and No. 10 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Polls, while Tennessee is No. 15 and No. 18, respectively.

Media Info

What: Duke at Tennessee
Date:  February 16, 2009
Location: Knoxville, Tenn.
Venue: Thompson-Boling Arena (21,678)
Tipoff:  7:30 p.m.
Radio:  WDNC 620 AM
Radio Talent:  Steve Barnes (PXP),             Morgan Patrick (Color)
TV Talent:  Pam Ward (PXP), Carolyn Peck (Color), Rebecca Lobo (Sideline)
Livestats:  www.GoDuke.com

Noting Duke...
       Chante Black is the only player in the ACC to score double-figures in all of her team's games ... 10-of-12 Duke players have hit at least one three-pointer ... seven different Duke players have led the team in scoring on the year ... the Blue Devils have won 56 out of their last 60 home ACC regular season contests ... senior Carrem Gay leads Duke with 11 charges taken on the season and 29 for her career ... Duke holds a 840-463 points in the paint advantage on the year.

A Look At Tennessee...
     Tennessee enters the contest with an 18-6 overall and 7-3 record in the Southeastern Conference (SEC).  The Lady Vols have been led by Shekinn Stricklen (13.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, 24 treys), Angie Bjorklund (12.0 points, 2.8 rebounds, 40 treys), Glory Johnson (11.8 points, 7.7 rebounds) and Alex Fuller (7.7 points, 6.1 rebounds).
     So far this year, Tennessee has registered an 11-1 record at home with the lone loss coming against Virginia, who is also in the ACC.

The Series With Tennessee...
     Duke and Tennessee enter Monday with a 5-5 series record, but Duke has won three out of the last four meetings. The first five contests between the Blue Devils and Lady Vols were all at neutral sites prior to the two schools starting a home and home series in 2004.  This year's contest will mark an end of the regular season series for right now.
     Since the series began in 2004, the home team has won only one of the five contests, which was the Blue Devils in 2006.  Duke has notched a 2-0 record all-time in Knoxville, Tenn., winning in 2004 and 2007.
     The first five contests that were at neutral sites were --   Dec. 6, 1998, in the Disney Honda Elite Four as Tennessee won 74-60; on March 22, 1999, in the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight as Duke won 69-63; on Dec. 27, 2001, in the ACC/SEC Shootout as Tennessee won 89-68; on Nov. 24, 2002, in the Jimmy V Women's Basketball Classic as Duke won 76-55 and on Apr. 6, 2003, in the NCAA Final Four as Tennessee won 66-56 in Atlanta, Ga.
     Duke Head Coach Joanne P. McCallie owns a 1-2 overall record against Tennessee.  Last year in her first year with the Blue Devils, Coach P fell, 67-64.  In 2005, her Michigan State team lost, 83-55, in the Paradise Jam to the Lady Vols.  In her first meeting, McCallie's Michigan State team upset third-ranked Tennessee, 68-64, in the NCAA Final Four.

Blue Devils Look To Continue Streak At Thompson-Boling Arena...
       Duke has won its only two contests against Tennessee in the Thompson-Boling Arena in 2004 and 2007.  If the Blue Devils win on Monday, they will become only the third program to ever win three straight games at the Thompson-Boling Arena -- Texas (1983-84, '85-86 and '87-88) and Louisiana Tech (1981-82, '83-84 and '85-86).
     In the Blue Devils two victories at Tennessee, the margin of victory has been by a total of six points -- 59-57 in 2004 and 74-70 in 2007.  In the last game in Knoxville, Duke got off to an excellent 19-0 start and held the Lady Vols without a field goal until the 14:10 mark.  The Blue Devils held a 38-27 lead at the half and ended up winning 74-70.

Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes...
     * Both Tennessee and Duke each had two members on the 2007 U19 World Championship team that picked up a gold medal in Bratislava, Slovakia. Jasmine Thomas and Krystal Thomas from Duke and Vicki Baugh and Angie Bjorklund from Tennessee each led the squad to a perfect 9-0 mark and a gold medal.
     * The Blue Devils own an 8-3 overall record in road and neutral games this season.  Two of the losses came at Florida State and North Carolina.
     * Duke freshman Shay Selby and Tennessee freshman Glory Johnson each played on the Blue Team during the 2007 USA Basketball Developmental Festival.  The squad notched a 2-3 record as both Selby and Johnson started four games each.  Johnson averaged 11.6 points and Selby averaged 10.6.
     * Sophomore Jasmine Thomas tied a career high with six assists against Clemson in the last game and her six assists was a season high.
     * Senior Abby Waner has hit two or more three-pointers in six out of the last seven games.
     * Jasmine Thomas is averaging 12.0 points, 3.2 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 2.2 steals over the last six games.  She has registered double-digit scoring in four of the six games, including matching a career high with 22 points at Virginia.  She hit a career-high 10 field goals in the victory.
     * Joy Cheek's father, Boris, officiated his second NFL Pro Bowl in Hawaii recently.
     *  In the last game, sophomore Krystal Thomas came off the bench to register 16 points, nine rebounds and three blocks in 19 minutes.  She hit a career-high eight free throws and attempted a career-high 11.
     *  Over the last three games, Joy Cheek has averaged only 5.7 points and 4.3 rebounds, while hitting only 26.1 percent of her field goals (6-of-23).
     * Duke owns a 93-11 record in ACC regular season action since the 2001-02 campaign.
     * Duke registered a season-high 50.8 percent shooting at Virginia on Feb. 5, which marked the fourth time under Coach P the Blue Devils have shot over 50.0 percent from the field in two years (2nd this season).
     * If Chante Black keeps on her current average of 8.7 rebounds a contest, she could become only the third player in ACC history to notch over 1,300 points, 1,000 rebounds and 200 blocks.  Black currently owns 1,322 points, 916 rebounds and 243 blocks.  Only UNC's Dawn Royster and Clemson's Peggy Caple have accomplished these types of numbers.
     *  The 29.3 percent shooting at North Carolina was the second-worst field goal percentage of the season and only the second time the Blue Devils have shot under 30.0 percent this year (Hartford - 26.6).
     * Sophomore Karima Christmas is averaging 10.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.8 steals and0.8 assists in ACC action.  She has hit 55.7 percent of her field goals, which ranks second in the ACC.
     *  Since kicking off ACC play, Duke's bench players have hit 13-of-30 three-pointers for a 43.3 percentage.  Seven different Blue Devils have hit treys in those games -- Jackson, Gay, Cheek, Scheer, Selby, Mitchell and Christmas.
     * With Karima Christmas scoring 21 points against Miami on Jan. 9, Duke has now registered four different players with 20+ points in a game this season.
     *  WithDuke's win over No. 3 Stanford on Dec. 16, Coach P won her third contest against a top-five ranked team in just her second season with the Blue Devils.  McCallie has notched victories against Stanford while the head coach at Maine, Michigan State and Duke.
     *  Duke has five different players who have blocked 10 or more shots this season.

Christmas Recovering From Concussion...
     Duke sophomore KarimaChristmas suffered a concussion in the second half of the North Carolina contest on Feb. 9.  She passed her IMPACT concussion test on Friday, Feb. 13 but was not cleared for contact and did not play against Clemson.
     She is expected to return to full contact practice on Sunday, Feb. 15 and will be a game-time decision at Tennessee.
     Over the last nine games, Christmas has averaged 10.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.8 steals and hit 55.7 percent of her field goals.
     She registered 21 points against Miami, 17 at N.C. State and 18 points at Virginia during that stretch.

Waner Nets School Record...
     With her three-pointer made at the 14:24 mark of the first half against Clemson, senior Abby Waner became Duke's all-time leader in three-point field goals made.
     She now owns 204 treys breaking Georgia Schweitzer's mark of 202, who played for Duke from 1998-2001.  Waner also moved into 14th place on the ACC career three-pointers made list.

Duke Players Vs. Tennessee...
       In three games against Tennessee, senior Abby Waner has averaged 14.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists, while hit 9-of-18 three-pointers.  In one of her best performances of her career, she  scored 21 points on 5-of-5 shooting from long range in the first half in 2007 at Tennessee.  She finished with 24 points and six treys.
     Over the last two games against the Lady Vols, Chante Black has averaged 11.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals.  She has hit 11-of-17 field goals in those games for a 64.7 percentage.
     Last year as a freshman, Jasmine Thomas notched 13 points, three steals and one rebound in 30 minutes against the Lady Vols.  She hit 3-of-4 from downtown and 5-of-10 from the field.

Black lifts Duke Women past Virginia Tech 57-52

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Chante Black registered her third straight double-double in ACC action to lead fourth-ranked Duke to a 57-52 victory over Virginia Tech on Friday night in Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Va.  Black notched 13 points and 14 rebounds in 34 minutes to lead Duke.

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Blue Devil Postgame Notes
Duke at Virginia Tech *  January 16, 2009

With The Duke Victory:
*       Joanne P. McCallie continued her best start in her 17 years as a head coach at 15-1.  Her previous best start was in 2004-05 as she guided Michigan State to a 12-1 mark.
*       Extended its win streak to 13 games.
*       Won the 10th straight game against Virginia Tech.
*       Joanne P. McCallie improved to 3-1 all-time against the Hokies.
Senior Chante Black
*       Posted double-figure scoring for the 16th straight game to open the season.  Is the only player in the ACC to score 10+ points in all of her teams games this season.
*       Notched her third straight double-double in ACC action with 13 points and 14 rebounds.
*       The double-double was the seventh this season and 24th of her career.
Senior Abby Waner
*       Did not play due to a sinus infection and coughing.
*       Missed her first game of the season and only the fifth of her career.
Senior Carrem Gay
*       Came off the bench in the first half and then started the second half, after scoring five points, notching two steals and two rebounds in 10 minutes.
*       Finished the game with seven points, five rebounds, three steals and two assists.
Junior Bridgette Mitchell
*       Hit her career-best third three-pointer of the season.
*       Finished with five points and two rebounds.
Sophomore Karima Christmas
*       Made her first career start.
*       Had nine points, three rebounds, two assists, two steals and one blocked shot in 23 minutes.
*       Hit 12 out of her last 18 field goals.
Sophomore Jasmine Thomas
*       Struggled shooting from the field as she went 0-of-10 field goals.
Junior Keturah Jackson
*       Led Duke with three steals.
Freshman Kathleen Scheer
*       Hit 2-of-3 three-pointers marking the second-most three-pointers in a single game this year and a career best in ACC action.
Other Duke Notes:
*       All four three-pointers were made by the Blue Devil bench.
*       Nine different Blue Devils scored.
*       Totaled only one player in double-figure scoring for the first time this season.
*       Hit 4-of-5 free throws in the final 22 seconds of the game.
*       Had 28 turnovers which was a season high against ACC opponents.
*       Held a 23-8 advantage in bench points.
*       Outrebounded its opponent, 39-35, and has outrebounded 14 of 16 opponents this season.
*       Coach P improved to 24-3 when holding opponents to under 40.0 percent from the field (30.9).
*       Hit 45.7 percent from the field, which is the highest against an ACC opponent this season.
*       Duke will next travel to N.C. State on Monday, Jan. 19 for a 5:00 p.m., contest in Raleigh, N.C.

Duke Women shut down Michigan 60-45

[private]CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM -The Duke Women's Basketball used a suffocating defense to defeat Michigan 60-45 which pushed their record to 6-1.  The Blue Devils held the Wolverines to just 29% shooting from the field where they completely controlled the paint.  In fact, Duke outrebounded their opponent 46-22.

“This was obviously a great game for us to get better. I really appreciated the way the team came out in the second half in particular and really found each other. They took apart the defense and did a really sharp job there. I like the balanced scoring, everyone was active in attacking, and to out-rebound them by 24 was significant. We have not been dominating on the boards. It’s important for us to be dominating, to create that habit. We’re still working on getting to the free throw line and playing more physically. No, I don’t like the turnover number, but I understand the issues at hand right now and we’ll move forward and learn from those things. I thought that there was great leadership on the floor at all different points, whether it was Abby [Waner] leading and having to play a whole lot of minutes out there, or Carrem Gay who did some great things, really leading us defensively.  We had solid senior leadership in this game," stated Coach McCallie.

Duke was led in scoring by Chante Black with 13 points and had by four total players in double figures.  Black also had 6 blocks moving her to seventh place on the All Time ACC list.

“I watched film after games and I saw that there are times when I can be a little more aggressive calling for the ball. I just tried to be a little more active this game and try and get the defense to make mistakes. And my teammates did a good job looking for me and seeing that I was open," stated Gay when questioned about her being aggressive on the offensive end.

Joy Cheek and Abby Waner were the other two Dukies in double figure scoring with 12 and 11 points respectively.  Cheek had back to back three pointers in the contest while Waner tallied three total treys.

Speaking of treys, Michigan had trouble finding anything inside against the Duke defense.  A total of 30 of their 45 points came from beyond the three point stripe.

In somewhat of a statistical anomaly, Michigan made 20 steals, many due to a Duke season high 30 turnovers.

With PG's Jasmine Thomas and Chelsea Hopkins out, you could sense a need for consistency in play making.

Keturah Jackson ran the point and had four assists, but she missed the last ten minutes with a hip pointer.  While she is expected back for the Stanford game, the early season injuries on Blue Devil guards have been brutal.

The Blue Devils will now concentrate on the classroom during their exam break before facing their most formidable challenge of the young season in a home game against Stanford.   Their are still some seats available and the contest tips off on December 16th at 7:30 and will be televised by ESPN.[/private]

Duke Women go to 5-1 with an easy 71-47 win over Iowa

[private]Durham, N.C. Duke found it's shooting touch in the second half and rode a solid defensive effort to defeat Iowa 71-47 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.   The Blue Devils were led in scoring by Chante Black who tallied 18 points to go with 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals.

Black was honored before the game for becoming the 24th player in Duke history to score 1000 points or better in her career.  She has now tallied double figures in each of her first six contests and has now done so 56 times.

Joy Cheek was the only other Devil in double figures with 13 points.  Abby Waner had a tough shooting night but did manage 7 assists and 5 steals to go with her 8 points.  Duke was playing without the injured players Chelsea Hopkins and Jasmine Thomas.

Hopkins had surgery on her left knee and is expected back in four weeks or less.  Thomas has a sprained left MCL and is out for around three weeks.

Duke once again had a solid defensive effort holding the Hawkeyes to 29.4% shooting for the evening.  They also caused 24 turnovers while committing just 8.

"It was a really good game for us.  A great defensive game, a lot of people doing different things, an interesting game," said Coach McCallie.  She continued, I love the fact where we had 26 turnovers which we caused."

Duke blanket the visitors with a variety of presses which took them out of the game by the ten minute mark.

"I think their defense was a factor, especially when you get down double digits.  I think thats when you have to have the energy level and depth to come back.  It's obvious that they have good depth," stated Iowa Coach Lisa Blunder.

Duke opened 0-13 from the floor and didn't score until the 15:23 mark in the first half.

"I just think they played through it.  That was incredible intensity.  The part you have to add is that Iowa could not get their shot off.  I thought our team took care of it, especially in the second half when things were more up to speed," stated McCallie.

Duke outscored the Hawkeyes by a whopping 48-14 margin in the paint but despite that stat, they were oddly  rebounded 44-39.

The Dukies play another Big Ten team in Michigan at 2:00 on Sunday afternooin Cameron with courtside seats available.[/private]

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


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).


•  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.