Wake Forest (12-10, 2-9 ACC) at Duke (14-7, 5-6)
Sunday, Feb. 6 • 6:00 PM
Durham, N.C. • ACC Network
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Tickets: www.GoDuke.com (1-877-375-3853)
Live Stats: www.GoDuke.com
Radio: Blue Devil Sports Network (WDNC 620 AM, www.GoDuke.com, Varsity Network App)
Radio Talent: Chris Edwards (PXP)
TV/Video: ACC Network
TV Talent: Mike Couzens (PXP), Debbie Antonelli (Color)
Setting the Scene…
Coming off a road victory at Pitt on Thursday, the Duke women’s basketball team (14-7, 5-6 ACC) will return home to Cameron Indoor Stadium on Sunday to open a three-game homestand. The Blue Devils will host Wake Forest (12-10, 2-9) at 6 p.m., as Duke concludes a stretch of five games over 11 days.
The game will be carried live on ACC Network with Mike Couzens (PXP) and Debbie Antonelli (Color) calling the action. It will also be aired on the Blue Devil Sports Network via WDNC AM 620, the Varsity Network app and www.GoDuke.com with Chris Edwards (PXP) on the air at 5:45 p.m.
What is Next?…
Duke continues its three-game homestand on Thursday, Feb. 10 with a matchup against Florida State at 6 p.m., live on ACC Network Extra.
A Look at Wake Forest…
Wake Forest enters the contest with a 12-10 overall and 2-9 league mark. The Demon Deacons have been led by Jewel Spear (19.0 points, 69 treys) and Elise Williams (9.2 points) on the season.
In games played on the road, Wake Forest is 3-4.
The Series with Wake Forest…
Duke and Wake Forest will face off for the 89th time in program history with Duke leading the series 68-20. In the last meeting, Wake Forest won 60-58 on January 2, 2020, in Durham. The Blue Devils are 31-8 at home in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Duke has won 22 out of the last 23 games at home in the series.
Taylor Returns to the Court…
After missing seven games with an injury, Celeste Taylor returned to the court and sparked the Blue Devils to a win at Pitt, snapping a three-game losing streak.
In the seven games Taylor was out, the Blue Devils saw their offense struggle – hitting 41.5 percent from the field, 30.7 percent from downtown while averaging only 61.4 points. The Duke defense 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.
Over the last 11 games, Duke has missed at least one student-athlete in each game due to either injury, suspension or health and safety protocols.
• Shayeann Day-Wilson has moved into a tie for seventh on Duke’s freshman three-pointers made (36) and ninth on the attempted lists (94).
• Miela Goodchild needs one 3-pointer 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 UNC, Louisville and Georgia Tech contests due to health and safety protocols. She returned at Pitt to help snap a three-game losing streak.
• Duke graduate student Jade Williams and Wake Forest sophomore Jewel Spear are both from The Colony, Texas and attended The Colony High School.
• 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 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. With Taylor back in the lineup at Pitt, Duke jumped out to a 15-4 lead in the first quarter.
• Duke is one of only four ACC teams with three players with 32 or more 3-pointers made on the season — Syracuse, Virginia Tech and Boston College.
• Against Louisville and Georgia Tech, Duke combined to dish out 16 assists. The Blue Devils bounced back at Pitt with the victory and dished 13 assists.
• 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).
• Senior Jade Williams has hit 22-of-39 field goals for a 56.4 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 26 the last 11 contests.
• Since Elizabeth Balogun scored 22 and 27 points against Virginia Tech and Notre Dame, respectively, she has averaged only 6.8 points, hit 37.9 percent from the field and 20.0 percent from downtown.
• Miela Goodchild is one of only five ACC players that have drained 24 or more 3-pointers in league action this season — Dara Mabrey (Notre Dame), Jewel Spear (WFU), Georgia Amoore (VT) and Hailey Van Lith (Louisville).
• Senior Onome Akinbode-James has pulled down five or more rebounds in each of the last nine games.
• In ACC games only, Miela Goodchild ranks sixth in 3-point field goal percentage (38.1), tied for 17 in rebounding (6.0) and tied for third in 3-point field goals made (2.40). Onome Akinbode-James ranks 13th in rebounding (6.3) and 10th in blocks (1.3). Shayeann Day-Wilson ranks fourth in assists (3.7), 10th in free throw percentage (73.8) and 15th in scoring (12.5).
• Miela Goodchild scored double-digits against North Carolina to reach 10+ points in a career-best six straight contests. She was limited to 15 points the last three 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.
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Taylor Makes Impact in Return…
Celeste Taylor is one of the best all-around players in the nation, but the junior was injured at Syracuse and missed seven straight games. During that stretch, Duke went 2-5.
Taylor made her return on Thursday at Pitt and collected seven points, six rebounds, one assist and hit her only 3-point attempt. She helped spark the Blue Devils to snap a three-game losing streak.
On the season, she is averaging 11.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 2.6 assists on the year.
Earlier this season, Taylor collected a season-high 24 points to go along with 11 rebounds, six steals and six assists versus Troy. According to Her Hoop Stats, this was the first 24/11/6/6 performance in almost two years – and only the sixth such performance since 2009-10 nationally.
It marked the eighth time over her career she has notched 20+ points and the second time this season. Taylor has collected back-to-back double-doubles as a Blue Devil and six over her career.
Duke Defense in the First Quarter…
The Blue Devils allowed four points in the first quarter at Pitt, which is tied for the lowest point total in the first quarter by a Duke opponent in school history. On the season, the Blue Devils have allowed eight or fewer points five different times. Duke has allowed an average of 12.7 points a game in the first quarter.
Duke has featured four of the top 10 lowest first quarter points by an opponent in Duke history this season — Pitt (4), Penn (5), Virginia (5) and Winthrop (6).
Day-Wilson Returning to Form…
Over the last three games, freshman Shayeann Day-Wilson has been even more impressive averaging 17.3 points, 4.0 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals.
She has drained 50.0 percent from downtown and gone to the free throw line 15 times, hitting 12 of those.
Day-Wilson has collected double-digit scoring over the last nine contests as well.
Duke scored 70 or more points in 11 out of the first 13 contests to open the season, but over the last eight games the Blue Devils have failed to reach the 70-point mark.
During the last eight games, Duke has averaged 57.0 points, hit 39.4 percent from the field and 30.4 percent from 3-point land.
Gordon Providing Scoring Lift…
After notching double-digit scoring twice over an 11-game stretch, graduate student Lexi Gordon has scored double-digits in three consecutive games.
She drained 8-of-17 treys and 12-of-24 field goals in those games. Gordon has averaged 3.7 rebounds as well.
Different Starting Lineups…
Since ACC action started, the Blue Devils have featured seven different starting lineups in 11 league games due to injuries and health and safety protocols.
No Duke player 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 and Pitt lead the league with seven lineups, while Clemson and Florida State have started six different lineups in league play.
Most Starting Lineups in ACC Play
Florida State 6
Wake Forest 4