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Ronald McDonald House Student-Athlete of the Week

l The Of ficial Online Magazine of Duke Athletics l Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011

Abby Johnston earned Ronald McDonald House Chari- ties Duke Student-Athlete of the Week honors after plac- ing first in both 1-meter and 3-meter diving events at 2011 ACC Championships. She was named ACC Most Valuable Diver after claiming both titles for the second consecutive year. Johnston took first on the one-meter with a score of 361.85, topping her own ACC-record by more than three points. She posted a ‘Zone’-qualifying mark of 429.05 on the three-meter springboard, capturing her third consecu- tive title in the event. The Duke divers return to action Fri- day, March 11 when they travel to Athens, Ga., to compete in the NCAA Zone Qualifiers.

GoDuke Weekly

Volume 2, Issue 25

Blue Devils Tangle with Temple in Top 25 Clash Duke (25-2, 12-1 ACC) hosts Temple (21-5, 11-2 A10) on Wednesday, Feb. 23 at Cam-

eron Indoor Stadium. Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m. The game is being televised by espn2 with Rece Davis (play-by-play), Bob Knight (analyst) and Jeannine Edwards (sideline) on the call.

Duke is ranked No. 1 in the AP Poll and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, while Temple

is ranked No. 24 in both polls. The Blue Devils regained the No. 1 ranking in both the Asso- ciated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls on Monday after extending their winning streak to six games with a 79-57 victory over Georgia Tech Sunday night. This week marks the 122nd week in school history that Duke has been ranked No. 1, 17

more than the next closest ACC school (North Carolina - 105). The Blue Devils have been ranked in the top five in every poll this year. Duke has won 43 of the last 46 games entering Wednesday’s game with Temple. The

Blue Devils have won 20 of their 21 contests against non-conference opponents in that span. The Blue Devils are looking for their 19th straight win in the month of February. Wednesday’s contest will be the 27th meeting between Duke and Temple with the Blue

Devils leading the all-time series 17-9, having won eight straight and 14 of the last 17 in the series.

Nolan Smith is attempting to become the first player in ACC history to lead the league

in scoring and assists. Smith is currently averaging an ACC-best 21.7 points and 5.3 as- sists per game. Seth Curry is averaging 12.5 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.0 steals over the

last six games. He is 14-of-30 (.467) from three-point range and has a 3.29:1 assist-to- turnover ratio in that span

Duke Travels to Virginia Thursday Duke is currently ranked ninth nationally with a 24-3 overall and 10-2 league mark,

after coming off a 90-40 victory over Virginia Tech on Sunday. The Blue Devils are tied for first in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) along with Miami and Florida State. Duke will next travel to Charlottesville, Va., for a contest on Thursday, Feb. 24 against Virginia and then will host North Carolina on Sunday, Feb. 27 at 5:00 p.m. The contest with UNC will mark senior day for Jasmine Thomas, Krystal Thomas and Karima Christmas. Freshman Tricia Liston posted a career-high six steals and a career-high 19 points

in 22 minutes in the Blue Devils win over Virginia Tech. She finished with four assists and four rebounds, hitting 7-of-10 from the field. Christmas scored 12 in the win, marking her second straight game scoring in dou-

ble figures.

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