GREENSBORO, N.C. – The 2016-17 Duke women’s basketball schedule was officially announced Thursday, Sept. 15 as the ACC office released the schedules for all 15 member institutions. The Blue Devils will once again play a very challenging slate as head coach Joanne P. McCallie enters her 10th year with the program.
The schedule includes matchups with eight teams that advanced to the 2016 NCAA Tournament – Notre Dame, Florida State, Syracuse, Louisville, Miami, Kentucky, South Carolina and Penn. Duke will take on two No. 1 seeds from last year’s field — Notre Dame and South Carolina – along with one squad that advanced to the NCAA Final Four – Syracuse.
The Blue Devils will be showcased live on national and regional television a total of seven times, but the number will rise over the next month as television schedules are finalized.
Duke will feature its annual Blue/White Scrimmage Sunday, Oct. 30 in Cameron Indoor Stadium, before hosting an exhibition contest against University of Charleston (WV) Nov. 6.
The Blue Devils will open the 2016-17 campaign on the road for the third straight season as Duke will play at Liberty Friday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m.
Duke will return home for three straight contests in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devils will welcome Penn Sunday, Nov. 13, Longwood on Tuesday, Nov. 15 and Grand Canyon Thursday, Nov. 17.
With Longwood and Grand Canyon making the trip to Durham, N.C., it will mark the homecoming for 2011 Duke graduate Krystal Thomas, who is an assistant coach for the Antelopes, and 2008 Blue Devil graduate Wanisha Smith, an assistant coach with the Lancers.
On Sunday, Nov. 20, Duke will travel to Nashville, Tenn., for a contest against Vanderbilt, before returning home for a single game against Old Dominion Tuesday, Nov. 22.
The Blue Devils will take Oderah Chidom, Kendall Cooper and incoming freshman Leaonna Odom back to their home state of California during the Thanksgiving holiday week. Duke will travel to Long Beach State for a game on Friday, Nov. 25 and then will face Pepperdine Sunday, Nov. 27 in Malibu, Calif.
In the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, Duke will hit the road for Piscataway, N.J., to face Rutgers Thursday, Dec. 1.
Duke will close non-conference play with four consecutive home contests in December. For the third straight year, South Carolina and Duke will meet with the game slated for Sunday, Dec. 4 in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
McCallie will coach against her daughter, Maddie, when Elon and Duke play Thursday, Dec. 8 in Durham, N.C. A senior at Elon, Maddie McCallie went to high school at Riverside, and spent two years at Miami of Ohio, before transferring to Elon.
The Blue Devils will cap the non-conference slate with Villanova prior to the Christmas holiday on Dec. 21 and, following a short break, host Kentucky Dec. 29.
The Blue Devils feature home ACC games versus Louisville (Jan. 2), North Carolina (Jan. 12), Virginia Tech (Jan. 19), Wake Forest (Jan. 29), Clemson (Feb. 2), Syracuse (Feb. 10), Pittsburgh (Feb. 12), and Miami (Feb. 19).
On the road, Duke will face Georgia Tech (Jan. 5), Florida State (Jan. 8), NC State (Jan. 15), Boston College (Jan. 22), Notre Dame (Jan. 26), Virginia (Feb. 5), Wake Forest (Feb. 16) and North Carolina (Feb. 26).
Duke once again faces some of the stiffest competition in the nation in league play when the squad takes part in the ACC Tournament. Tournament dates and locations will be announced at a later date.
All home games are played in the historic Cameron Indoor Stadium. For ticket information, contact the Duke Ticket Office at (919) 681-2583 or 1-877-375-3853. You can also purchase tickets online at www.GoDuke.com.
Duke returns three starters off its squad that totaled a 20-12 overall record a year ago, while welcoming former Maryland All-America Lexie Brown to the mix. A product of Suwanee, Ga., Brown redshirted the 2015-16 campaign after two seasons with the Terrapins.
The Blue Devil returning starters include All-ACC selection Rebecca Greenwell, Chidom and sophomore Kyra Lambert. Duke also welcomes back sophomore Crystal Primm, sophomore Haley Gorecki, sophomore Lyneé Belton, sophomore Faith Suggs and junior Erin Mathias. Cooper, a senior from Carson, Calif., returns after missing the second half of the 2015-16 season.
McCallie welcomes Odom, a McDonald’s All-America, and freshman Emily Schubert to the roster in 2016-17 as well. Junior transfer Sofia Roma will sit out the 2016-17 season, after transferring from Wagner.