DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke Blue Devils defeated the Maryland Terrapins 80-72 and in the process remain atop the ACC with a 7-0 record while pushing their season record to 16-2. This was quite simply a very competitive and well played game where neither team missed a free throw and there were by 19 turnovers combined.
The Blue Devils had five players in double figures with Haley Peters leading the way with 21 points, a career high on 10 of 12 shooting from the field. Some of her success was ffrom the fact that Elizabeth Williams drew a crowd every time she touched the ball. Williams, the freshman sensation, ended the game with a stat line of 15 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks and a steal.
Also in double figures for Duke were Chelsea Gray with 17 points and an eye popping 11 assists, prompting Coach McCallie to kid that she needed more rebounds in the post game press conference. Gray protected the ball well as Duke had a season low 9 turnovers. Richa Jackson added 11 points and Allison Vernerey 10 as the other double figure scorers.
The Blue Devils also won the battle of the boards over a Maryland team that was ranked 3rd in the nation in rebounding margin by a 41-30 advantage promting Coach P to say, “We read about the rebounds in the locker room – four, five, eight, five, five, three,” as she scrolled the stat sheet. She continued, “When you do things like as a team, you’re powerful.”
And Duke did show terrific balance on the offensive end with Chelsea Gray making most of the calls on splendid to the eyes offensive sets. The Blue Devils were crisp and efficient but so were the game Terrapins for most of the game. Duke went to bit of a half court trap press and that helped them to get a bit of a working margin or lead.
The Blue Devils were very effective in the paint where 46 of their 80 points were scored and they had 16 offensive boards which was impressive. “It was a great womens basketball game and it was nice to have it in Cameron,” said McCallie. She then said, “The quality of the game was the highest quality of game I’ve had since having to good fortune to coach in Cameron.”
And she wasn’t kidding for on this afternoon, Duke and Maryland gave fans more than their moneys worth in a game where the lead was exchanged 13 times. Duke will next face Clemson on the road this coming Friday before their big home game with traditional power UConn the following Monday.
Here are Coach P’s post game comments from BDN Video, followed by another video with the games high scorer, Haley Peters -