Blue Devils Head to Pitt for League Contest Thursday

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Duke Blue Devils (13-7, 4-6 ACC) at Pitt (11-10, 2-8)
Thursday, Feb. 3 • 6:00 PM
Pittsburgh, Pa. • ACC Network Extra
Petersen Events Center (12,508)

Tickets: (412) 648-7488 (
Live Stats:
Radio: Blue Devil Sports Network (WDNC 620 AM,, Varsity Network App)
Radio Talent: Chris Edwards (PXP)
TV/Video: ACC Network Extra
TV Talent: Jason Earle (PXP), Hailey Zeise (Color)

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Setting the Scene

Facing another quick turnaround, the Duke women’s basketball team (13-7, 4-6 ACC) will travel to Pittsburgh, Pa., to face Pitt (11-10, 2-8) on Thursday, Feb. 3 at 6 p.m., at the Petersen Events Center.

The game will be carried live on ACC Network Extra with Jason Earle (PXP) and Hailey Zeise (Color) calling the action. It will also be aired on the Blue Devil Sports Network via WDNC AM 620, the Varsity Network app and with Chris Edwards (PXP) on the air at 6:45 p.m.

What is Next?

Duke will play its fifth game in 11 days on Sunday, Feb. 6 as the Blue Devils host Wake Forest at 6 p.m., live on ACC Network.

A Look at Pitt

Pitt enters the contest with an 11-10 overall and 2-8 league mark. Jayla Everett (13.9 points, 31 treys) and Dayshanette Harris (10.2 points, 54 assists) have paced the Panthers so far on the season.

So far on the year, Pitt has totaled a 7-4 ledger at home, but the Panthers have lost eight out of their last 11 overall games.

The Series with Pitt

Duke and Pitt will meet for the 13th time in school history with the Blue Devils leading the series, 12-0. In games played in Pittsburgh, Pa., Duke has collected a 4-0 mark.

In the last meeting, Duke won 73-56 on February 13, 2020, in Pittsburgh.

Taylor Misses Seventh Straight Game

Celeste Taylor has missed seven games since being injured at Syracuse on Jan. 9.
In the seven games Taylor has been out, the Blue Devils have seen their offense struggle – hitting 41.5 percent from the field, 30.7 percent from downtown while averaging only 61.4 points.

The Duke defense has allowed 66.6 points in those games as well. In the first 13 games with Taylor, Duke hit 44.6 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from downtown and averaged 74.7 points. The Blue Devil defense was allowing only 59.4 points with Taylor as well.

Duke hasn’t scored more than 70 or more points during this stretch and owns a 2-5 record.
Over the last 10 games, Duke has missed at least one student-athlete in each game due to either injury or health and safety protocols.

Milestone Watch

  • Shayeann Day-Wilson has moved into eighth on Duke’s freshman three-pointers made (34) and ninth on the attempted lists (89).
  • Miela Goodchild needs three 3-pointers to move into a tie for ninth on Duke’s all-time treys list with 159, which would tie Jennifer Scanlon.
  • Jade Williams owns 108 career blocks and needs 23 rejections to move into a tie for 10th on Duke’s all-time charts along with Mistie Bass (131).

Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes

  • Duke head coach Kara Lawson missed the last three contests due to health and safety protocols.
  • With Celeste Taylor in the lineup, Duke trailed at the end of the first quarter only four of the first 13 games and lost only two of those (South Carolina and Virginia Tech). Without Taylor, the Blue Devils have trailed at the end of the first quarter in five of the seven games and lost all five of those games. Duke averaged 18.6 points in the first quarter with Taylor and 12.7 points without the Blue Devil junior.
  • Duke has lost three straight ACC contests, marking only the sixth time since 1997-98 Duke has dropped three consecutive league games. The Blue Devils last lost three straight ACC games in 2018-19. It is the first time since the 1992-93 season Duke has dropped three straight ACC games by double-digit points.
  • Duke will be looking to avoid only its third four-game losing streak against ACC regular season opponents since the 1992-93 campaign. The Blue Devils also lost four straight in the 2018-19 season.
  • The Blue Devils turned the ball over a season-low 11 times against Georgia Tech, but the Yellow Jackets had only four turnovers, which tied for the lowest in school history for a Duke opponent (NC State earlier this season).
  • Duke has dished only 16 assists over the last two contests.
  • Senior Jade Williams has hit 21-of-36 field goals for a 58.3 percentage since returning from Christmas break.
  • Miela Goodchild hit only 6-of-21 treys over the first nine games of the season, but has drained 24 the last 10 contests.
  • Since Elizabeth Balogun scored 22 and 27 points against Virginia Tech and Notre Dame, respectively, she has averaged only 7.3 points, hit 40.0 percent from the field and 23.5 percent from downtown.
  • Miela Goodchild is one of only four ACC players that have drained 22 or more 3-pointers in league action this season — Dara Mabrey (Notre Dame), Jewel Spear (WFU), Georgia Amoore (VT).
  • Senior Onome Akinbode-James has pulled down five or more rebounds in each of the last eight games.
  • In ACC games only, Miela Goodchild ranks fifth in 3-point field goal percentage (39.3) and fourth in 3-point field goals made (2.44). Onome Akinbode-James ranks 15th in rebounding (6.1) and ninth in blocks (1.4). Shayeann Day-Wilson ranks seventh in assists (3.4), 10th in free throw percentage (75.6) and 15th in scoring (12.8).
  • Miela Goodchild scored double-digits against North Carolina to reach 10+ points in a career-best six straight contests. She was limited to nine points the last two games. Goodchild had an 11-game streak of at least one 3-pointer made come to an end against Georgia Tech.
  • In both losses to Virginia Tech, the Blue Devils were without key members of the team. In the first game, Duke was without Shayeann Day-Wilson, Imani Lewis and Emma Schmidt. Then, Duke was without Lexi Gordon and Celeste Taylor in the second contest.
  • Duke features six different Blue Devils that have led the squad in scoring at least one game — Lexi Gordon (3), Miela Goodchild (3), Celeste Taylor (1), Shayeann Day-Wilson (8), Elizabeth Balogun (5) and Onome Akinbode-James (1).
  • The Blue Devils currently have four different players who have scored 20+ points in a game this season — Celeste Taylor, Lexi Gordon, Elizabeth Balogun (2) and Shayeann Day-Wilson (2).
  • In the 24 games under Kara Lawson since arriving, Duke has scored 70+ points in 14 of the 24 contests. The Blue Devils have won every game in which they have scored 70 points. The games at Miami and home versus Virginia marked the first wins without scoring 70+ points.
  • Elizabeth Balogun steps on the court in 2021-22 with Duke marking the third different ACC squad she has played for. She is the first women’s basketball player in ACC history to play for three different teams in the league (Louisville, Georgia Tech).
  • Blue Devil senior Elizabeth Balogun represented her home country of Nigeria in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. She appeared in all three contests for the Nigerians and played with former Duke standout Oderah Chidom with Nigeria.
  • Duke features three graduate students in 2021-22 that are all attending the Duke Fuqua School of Business — Amaya Finklea-Guity, Jade Williams and Lexi Gordon.
  • Kara Lawson’s playing career has her in elite company as she is one of only three NCAA Division I women’s basketball coaches to play in a NCAA Final Four, win an Olympic Gold Medal and win a WNBA Championship (Lindsay Whalen of Minnesota and Cynthia Cooper-Dyke of Texas Southern).
  • Junior transfer Jordyn Oliver will miss the 2021-22 season, after suffering an achilles injury over the summer.
  • Follow @DukeWBB and @KaraLawson20 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, while Kara Lawson is at KaraLawson.

Day-Wilson Returning to Form

Over the last two games, freshman Shayeann Day-Wilson has been even more impressive averaging 21.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 0.5 steals.
She has drained 57.1 percent from downtown and gone to the free throw line 14 times, hitting 12 of those.
Day-Wilson has collected double-digit scoring over the last eight contests as well.

Gordon Providing Scoring Lift

After notching double-digit scoring twice over an 11-game stretch, graduate student Lexi Gordon has scored 11 points in back-to-back games.

She drained 5-of-9 treys and 8-of-14 field goals in those games. Gordon has averaged 3.5 rebounds as well.

First/Second Halves

Duke features a three-game losing streak and has notched slow starts in each of the last three games. Duke has trailed at the break in all three contests — UNC (47-26), Louisville (45-27) and Georgia Tech (34-19). Overall, the Blue Devils have been outscored 110-87 in the first half in those games. Opponents have drained eight treys to Duke’s seven.

In the second half the last three games, Duke has outscored opponents 97-93. The Blue Devils have hit 45.7 percent from the field and hit 11 treys to their opponents five.

With Celeste Taylor in the lineup the first 13 games, Duke averaged 36.2 points and hit 44.5 percent from the field in the first half over the first 13 games. The Blue Devils also hit 52 treys, held opponents to 29.5 points and 31 three-pointers.

Without Taylor in the lineup the last seven contests, Duke has averaged 27.0 points, hit 39.6 percent from the field and hit 19 treys (26.8%). The Blue Devils have allowed 33.9 points and 27 treys.

Different Starting Lineups

Since ACC action started, the Blue Devils have featured six different starting lineups in 10 league games due to injuries and health and safety protocols.
Only Elizabeth Balogun has started each of the ACC games.
Duke had the same starting lineup for the first 10 games this season. Eight different players have started at least one game this season.
In comparing the ACC, Duke, Pitt, Clemson and Florida State have started six different lineups in league play.

Most Starting Lineups in ACC Play

Duke 6
Pitt 6
Clemson 6
Florida State 6
Virginia 4
Wake Forest 4

On the Road…

Duke has collected a 5-3 record on the road this season with Shayeann Day-Wilson (13.7 points) and Elizabeth Balogun (10.1 points) averaging double-digit scoring.
Miela Goodchild has hit 13-of-29 for a 44.8 percent from 3-point land over the last four road contests.
Jade Williams has hit 61.8 percent from the field in road contests this season.
Day-Wilson has scored double-digits in six of the seven games on the road. She has averaged 13.7 points, 3.6 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 0.9 steals. She has hit 14-of-33 from downtown (42.4%).

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