A Look At UConn-Duke

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No.  1 UCONN WOMEN vs. No. 2 DUKE
Site: Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, N.C.
Time:  7 p.m.
TV: ESPN2 (Dave O’Brien, Doris Burke and Holly Rowe)
Radio: WTIC-AM 1080, WILI-AM 1400 (Bob Joyce and Debbie Fiske)
Series history: UConn, 9-3
Last meeting: UConn, 79-49, Jan. 21, 2013, Gampel Pavilion
Streaks: UConn W16; Duke W10
UCONN (10-0)
4 Moriah Jefferson, G, 5-7, So., 11.2 ppg – Shooting 58.8 percent from the field
30 Breanna Stewart, F, 6-4, So., 17.8 – Leads team in blocked shots (31), free throw percentage (82.2)
14 Bria Hartley, G, 5-7, Sr., 15.4 – Led team with 25 points (8 of 9) against UC Davis
31 Stefanie Dolson, C, 6-5, Sr., 14.5 – Also averaging double-digits (10.0) rebounding
12 Saniya Chong, G, 5-8, Fr., 7.9 – Only eight turnovers in first 230 minutes
41 Kiah Stokes, F, 6-4, Jr., 8.2 – Missed UC Davis game with a twisted ankle
13 Brianna Banks, G, 5-9, Jr., 6.7 – Off to hot start (44 percent) from three-point range
DUKE (10-0)
1 Elizabeth Williams, C, 6-3, Jr., 7.7 ppg – Limited to 10 minutes by foul trouble at Oklahoma
32 Tricia Liston, G, 6-1, Sr., 17.0 – Great three-point shooter, led team with 23 points vs. Oklahoma
12 Chelsea Gray, G, 5-11, Sr., 18.3 – Certain WNBA first-round pick has recovered from knee injury.

33 Haley Peters, F, 6-3, Sr., 12.7 – Wears her number in honor of Larry Bird
2 Alexis Jones, G, 5-8, So., 15.3 – Consecutive 20-plus point performances before break
15 Richia Jackson, G, 6-0, Sr., 10.0 – Averaging 19.0 minutes off the bench
22 Odarah Chidom, F, 6-4, Fr., 3.0 – Plays sparingly in support of Williams
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Dominating Duke: Since losing to Duke in overtime at the 2006 Elite Eight in Bridgeport, Conn., the Huskies have won the last six games by an average of 29.3 points.
Milestone win: Duke Joanne P. McCallie won her 500th game when the Blue Devils won at Oklahoma. She has coached against UConn with three different programs –  Duke, Michigan State and Maine – in her 22-year career.
Great event: This will be the 18th time UConn plays a game involving the nation’s top 2 teams in the Associated Press’ Top 25. The Huskies are 14-3 in the previous 17,  10-1 when ranked No. 1.
Battle of the guards: Jones is likely Duke’s most creative player, especially when the offense suffers a breakdown late in the shot clock. Look for UConn to try and quell her originality.
JOHN ALTAVILLA
jaltavilla@courant.com

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