Duke Women’s Basketball 2012-13 Schedule Released

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – The 2012-13 Duke women’s basketball schedule was officially announced on Thursday as the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) office released the schedules for all 12 member institutions for women’s basketball. The Blue Devils will once again play a very challenging slate as Head Coach Joanne P. McCallie enters her sixth year with the program.

The schedule is made up of seven teams that advanced to the 2012 NCAA Tournament - Connecticut, Maryland, Georgia Tech, Miami, Michigan, California and St. John’s.  Click here to download complete schedule.

The Blue Devils will be showcased live on national and regional television a total of nine times.  Duke has six contests on ESPN networks and three games on the Regional Sports Network.

Other non-conference opponents on the 2012-13 ledger are Presbyterian, Iona, Valparaiso, Xavier, Michigan, CSU-Bakersfield and either Southern California or UC Davis.

The Blue Devils will open the season with three straight home games in Cameron Indoor Stadium against Presbyterian (Nov. 17), Iona (Nov. 18) and Valparaiso (No. 23).

Duke will next hit the road for two straight road contests at Xavier on Nov. 25 and at Michigan on Nov. 28.  The Michigan contest will be a part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The Blue Devils will return home to host California on Dec. 2 and then open ACC action on Dec. 6 at home against Georgia Tech.  Duke will next travel to New York, N.Y., to face St. John’s in the Maggie Dixon Classic, which will be played at the historic Madison Square Garden.

Following a break for exams, Duke will take Chloe Wells and Chelsea Gray back home to the state of California for the Trojan Classic, which will be hosted by Southern California.  The Blue Devils will face CSU-Bakersfield on Dec. 21 and then take on either Southern California or UC Davis on Dec. 22.

After the Christmas holiday, Duke will host Monmouth on Dec. 30 before gearing up for ACC action.

ACC play will resume on Jan. 3 with a road game at N.C. State.  The Blue Devils will feature home and home contests with North Carolina, Maryland, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Boston College and Miami.  Duke will also play on the road at Virginia (Feb. 8).

Duke will close its non-conference action on Jan. 21 at Connecticut in Storrs, Conn.  The contest will be a part of ESPN’s Big Monday and will be aired live on ESPN2 at 7:00 p.m.

The ACC Tournament will be held March 7-10 in Greensboro, N.C., as Duke once again faces some of the stiffest competition in the nation in league play. The tournament will be aired live on the regional sports network and ESPN2.

All home games are played in the historic Cameron Indoor Stadium. For ticket information, contact the Duke Ticket Office at (919) 681-2583 or 1-877-375-3853.  You can also purchase tickets online at www.GoDuke.com.

As a team, Duke returns four starters and 10 letterwinners from last year’s team that posted a 27-6 overall record, won the ACC regular season title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight.  The Blue Devils return 88.7 percent of their scoring from a year ago, including All-America selections Elizabeth Williams and Gray.

Other returning starters include Tricia Liston and Haley Peters, while Vernerey, JacksonAmber Henson, Kalia Johnson and Jenna Frush lettered in 2011-12.  Wells, who is out of Colton, Calif., returns for the Blue Devils, after missing the second semester last year.

Duke welcomes a solid recruiting class that includes McDonald’s All-America selections Sierra Moore and Alexis Jones along with center Katie Heckman.