Duke WBB vs. Penn Game Notes

Penn (0-0) at Duke (1-0)

Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016  •  2:00 p.m.

Durham, N.C. (Cameron Indoor Stadium – 9,314)

Radio:  Blue Devil IMG Sports Network

(620 AM, 99.3 FM, 96.5 FM, TuneIn app) – Chris Edwards

TV:  ACC Network Extra, ESPN3

Setting the Scene…

 Coming off a 98-38 victory on the road Friday at Liberty, the Duke women’s basketball team (1-0), will host Penn Sunday, Nov. 13 at 2 p.m., in the home opener at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Sunday’s contest will be aired live on the ACC Network Extra.  It will also be carried on the Blue Devil IMG Sports Network on www.GoDuke.com with Chris Edwards on the air beginning at 1:45 p.m.  It will be aired live on 620 AM, 99.3 FM, 96.5 FM, TuneIn Radio app and www.GoDuke.com.

What is Next?…

The Blue Devils will continue its homestand by facing Longwood Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. The contest will be aired live on ACC Network Extra.  Duke will welcome back 2008 alumna Wanisha Smith as she is an assistant coach with Longwood.

Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes…

  • The Blue Devils are coming off notching 98 points in the season opener, which is the most in an opener since Nov. 13, 2009 at Houston Baptist.
  • Duke features four games in seven days to open the regular season, including three straight home games against Penn, Longwood and Grand Canyon.
  • Senior Oderah Chidom led Duke in scoring in three out of the last five games of the 2015-16 season. This included her second double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds at Virginia Tech.
  • The Blue Devils feature 13 players from 10 different states on the 2016-17 roster.
  • Follow @Duke_WBB and @CoachPDuke on Twitter to get the latest updates on Duke women’s basketball.  Also, “Like”  Duke Women’s Basketball on Facebook to get the latest videos, pictures and more.  DWB is on Instagram at dukewbb. 

A Look at Penn…

Penn enters the 2016-17 season coming off posting a 24-5 overall and 13-1 mark in the Ivy League.                                    The Quakers return all five starters and 10 letterwinners off their squad that advanced to the NCAA Tournament a year ago.  As a team in 2015-16, Penn ranked No. 2 in the nation with 6.4 blocks per game, eighth in the NCAA in field goal percentage defense (.347) and eighth in the country in scoring defense (52.0 ppg).

Returning for Penn is Michelle Nwokedi (14.0 points), Sydney Stipanovich (12.8 points), Anna Ross (9.4 points), Kasey Chambers (7.8 points) and Lauren Whitlactch (7.7 points). 

The Series with Penn…

 The Blue Devils and Quakers will meet for the third time in school history.  Duke has a 2-0 record against Penn with the most recent win coming on Nov. 13, 2015.  Duke will be playing Penn on November 13 for the second consecutive year.

 Games on November 13…

The Blue Devils hold a 3-1 record in games played on Nov. 13, falling to Connecticut in 1998 and claiming victories over Houston Baptist (2009), Brigham Young (2010) and Penn (2015).

Duke Versus the Ivy League…

Duke owns a 10-0 record all-time against teams from the Ivy League — Harvard (3-0), Penn (2-0), Princeton (3-0), Yale (1-0) and Dartmouth (1-0).

Coach P has totaled a 7-0 record against teams from the Ivy League — Brown (1-0), Columbia (2-0), Dartmouth (3-0) and Penn (1-0).

Home Openers…

Coach P has posted a 9-0 mark in home openers since taking over the head coaching position at Duke in 2007-08.  Overall, the Blue Devils have won 17 straight home openers.  Duke has won 37 out of the last 38 home openers.  In school history, Duke is 37-4 in home openers.

Career Highs…

Numerous Blue Devils collected career highs on the road at Liberty to open the season —

Erin Mathias – 10 rebounds, 4 assists

Lyneé Belton – 12 points, 6 FT, 7 FTA

Rebecca Greenwell – 28 points, 10 FG, 21 FGA

Oderah Chidom – 6 blocks

Kyra Lambert – 4 steals

Faith Suggs – 4 steals

Great Defensive Effort…

Duke locked up on defense at Liberty and allowed only 3-of-23 field goals in the second half to the Flames.  In the fourth quarter, Liberty was 0-of-10 and only scored two free throws in the quarter as Duke outscored the Flames, 27-2.

For the game, the Blue Devils allowed only 38 points and in Coach P’s 10 years at Duke the Blue Devils are 32-0 when holding opponents to under 40 points.

Greenwell Opens Strong…

In her last two collegiate games, Rebecca Greenwell has notched career highs of 27 points and 28 points at North Carolina and Liberty, respectively.

Greenwell opened the 2016-17 season with a career-high 28 points, while grabbing six rebounds, tied a career high with five assists and two steals in 28 minutes.  Her 10 field goals matched a career high and her 21 field goal attempts was a new career high.

Lambert Picks up Where Left Off…

Sophomore Kyra Lambert has scored double-digits in seven collegiate games and three of those have come over her last four games.

This includes 13 points, five assists and a career-high four steals at Liberty. Lambert has hit 8-of-14 from three-point land over that four-game stretch.

Brown Ready to Suit Up in 2016-17…

After redshirting the 2015-16 campaign, junior Lexie Brown suited up for the first official time as a Blue Devil at Liberty. 

Brown registered nine points, seven rebounds, two assists and three steals in 28 minutes played. She was saddled with foul trouble early in the game. Brown hit 4-of-12 field goals.

In two years at Maryland, Brown drained 120 three-pointers, while scoring 825 points, dishing 310 assists and swiping 127 steals.  She started 66-of-70 contests and was a 2015-16 Associated Press All-America.

Brown is a 2016-17 preseason ACC Newcomer Watch list candidate as well as candidate for the Nancy Lieberman Award as the top point guard in the nation.

Approaching 1,000 Points…

Duke redshirt junior Rebecca Greenwell needs only 44 points to reach 1,000 for her short career.  She would become the 32nd player in Blue Devil history to reach the milestone. 

Depending on how long it takes Greenwell to notch 1,000 points, she could rank in the top five quickest Duke players to reach the mark.  She has only appeared in 65 games. 

Fastest Players to 1,000 Points

  1. 50   Chris Moreland
  2. 56   Alana Beard
  3. 62   Katie Meier
  4. 69   Elizabeth Williams
  5. 73   Sue Harnett

Redshirt junior Lexie Brown is the next closest Blue Devil to 1,000 points as she needs 166 points.

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