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Dec. 3, 2011

Game Day Central - Game Notes

GAME 8: PITT (4-3) at No. 7 DUKE (5-1)
Sunday, December 4, 2011 • 2 p.m. ET • Durham, N.C.

Pitt Radio: Pitt IMG College Sports Radio Network (Scott Stiller and Jennifer Tuscano), WJAS AM 1320

Internet Radio Broadcast/Live Stats:

Coaches: Pitt: Agnus Berenato, Ninth Year at Pitt (148-109), 28th season overall (431-373); Duke: Joanne P. McCallie, Fifth Year at Duke (118-27), 20th season overall (435-175)

Series: Duke holds a 3-0 lead in head-to-head meetings. This is the first meeting in Durham at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Last Time Out for Pitt

The Panthers dropped their first road game of the season on Friday, falling 82-75 at High Point. Pitt grabbed 62 rebounds, the highest total ever under ninth year head coach coach Agnus Berenato.

Panthers Stat Leaders
Brianna Kiesel, Fr., G, 13.9 ppg, 3.9 apg, 35.9 mpg
Marquel Davis, So., G, 13.8 ppg, .481 FG%
Kyra Dunn, So., F, 8.4 rpg, 21 blocks

Last Time Out for Duke
Posted a 64-53 win over Purdue in the Big 10/ACC Challenge on Thursday, stretching the school-record home win streak at Cameron Indoor Stadium to 27 games. Haley Peters had 14 points, while Chloe Wells added 13.

Blue Devil Stats Leaders
• Elizabeth Williams, Fr., C, 11.8 ppg, 9.5 rpg
• Chloe Wells, So., G 10.7 ppg, 21 assists, 21 steals
• Chelsea Gray, So., G, 10.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg

About the Match-Up
Pitt and Duke are meeting for the fourth time in program history and the first time in Durham, N.C.

Two of the previous three meetings have come on a neutral court: Cancun, Mexico (2006) and New York City (2007). In 2007, the teams met in the first annual Maggie Dixon Classic. Maggie Dixon, the former Army head coach and sister of Pitt men's basketball coach Jamie Dixon, passed away suddenly in 2007 from a heart arrhythmia. Dixon led the Army women's team to a 20-11 season and an NCAA Tournament appearance in her first season as a head coach.

Dec. 21, 2006, Cancun, Caribbean Classic: Duke 72, Pitt 51
Dec. 8, 2007, Maggie Dixon Classic: Duke 51, Pitt 49.

When the teams met during the 2007-08 season, the Blue Devils were ranked No. 17/15 while the Panthers were receiving votes in the two polls. Pitt would finish the 2007-08 season with a 24-11 record and a trip to its first Sweet Sixteen.

The squads faced off last year in Pittsburgh with the Blue Devils posting a 93-55 victory at the Petersen Events Center. Six players played in double figures for Duke - led by 16 points by Jasmine Thomas. The game was closer than the final box score showed. pitt shot 47.6 percent from the field to Duke's 51.4 percent - but made 17 fewer field goals. Pitt got outrebounded, 40-23 as the Blue Devils scored 32 poitns off of Pitt turnovers (25).

Duke is the first ranked opponent Pitt has faced since. Georgetown last season on Feb. 23, 2011. The Hoyas were ranked No 18/19 at the time.

About Duke
The Blue Devils are ranked No. 7 in the latest Associated Press Top-25 poll. Duke is 5-1 on the season and is coming off a 64-53 victory over Purdue in its last contest on Dec. 1. The Blue Devils boast a 27-game home winning streak and have won 50 of their past 51 home games.

Six different players have registered double figure scoring for Duke this season. In six games this season, the Blue Devils have forced nearly 25 turnovers a game while creating 164 points off of those turnovers.


Pitt sophomore Kyra Dunn has ties with a pair of Blue Devils, facing Duke sophomores Chelsea Gray and Chloe' Wells on the hardcourt since she was nine years old and on through high school. Dunn is a native of Sacramento, Calif. while Gray is from Stockton and Wells hails from Colton, Calif.

Pitt freshman Loliya Briggs and Duke freshman Amber Hensen (from Tampa, Fla) have gone head-to-head since as long as Briggs can remember. Briggs played alongside Duke players Elizabeth Wililams and Ka'lia Johnson at USA Basketball hoops trials and against Wells in AAU ball.

Versus the ACC
Pitt has an all-time record of 33-63 against teams currently in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Boston College and Virginia Tech, former members of the BIG EAST, joined the league in 2005 and 2004, respectively.

Boston College 15-25
Clemson 2-4
Duke 0-3
Florida State never met
Georgia Tech 1-0
Maryland 1-7
Miami 8-16
North Carolina 1-0
Noth Carolina St. 1-1
Virginia 1-2
Va Tech 2-5

Pitt is the newest member of the Atlantic Coast Conference having accepted a bid from the league in mid-September. The exact date for the move remains uncertain as Big East bylaws require schools to give 27 months notice. The move to accept Pitt and Syracuse extends the membership of the ACC to 14 schools.

Prior to last season's showdown with Duke - Pitt had last faced a member school of the ACC during the Pitt last met an ACC school durng the 2008-09 campaign. The Panthers trounced Maryland, 86-57 on Dec. 2, 2008 at the Petersen Events Center. Shayla Scott was one of three players in double figures, scoring 13 points and adding six rebounds. Chelsea Cole and Taneisha Harrison also saw action in the game. That game was also the last time PItt defeated a top-10 team. Pitt was ranked No. 24 at the time.

Panthers Travel on Tobacco Road Continues, Face No. 7 Duke on Sunday

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