The USA Women won Gold today in Kazan, Russia at the World University Games with a 90-71 victory over host Russia in the Championship Game. Duke guard Tricia Liston averaged 8.2 points per game in 13.7 minutes of action, during the tournament. She made 42.9 percent (9-21) of her 3 point field goal attempts and was a perfect eight for eight from the free throw line.
The toughest game for the United States was a 79-78 victory over Australia in the semi-finals. Australia stormed out to a large 1st quarter lead before the United States battled back with tenacious defense to build a 17 point lead. However, Australia wasn’t finished as they mounted a furious comeback and took the lead with less than a minute to play in the game. Crystal Bradford (Central Michigan University) scored the decisive basket with 14 seconds remaining in the game.
The USA was led by Bria Hartley (Connecticut), Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (Connecticut) and Odyssey Sims (Baylor).
In preliminary round play, the USA was not challenged and easily defeating Mali (120-32), the Czech Republic (101-61) and Brazil (105-75). Liston scored 13, 14 and nine points respectively in those three games.
The quarterfinals saw the USA defeat Sweden 103-72. Liston scored 11 points in the victory.
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 –
This season’s Duke Women’s Basketball team will be one of the least experienced groups Coach McCallie has had at Duke. Despite that youth, the Sporting News have the Blue Devils ranked sixth nationally, and all other preview publications have Duke firmly in the nation’s top ten. Those expectations come from having a very talented roster and the fact that many of their freshman gained valuable experience on the court in their first year. BDN caught up to two rising sophomores, Tricia Liston [6-1 G-F] and Haley Peters [6-3 G-F] and we got their thoughts on the team and what they worked on over the summer. And, for the record, both looked improved on the court during the North Carolina Pro Am.
Hi girls! Tell me what you worked on this summer?
Tricia Liston – I worked on conditioning, footwork and agility work as well as keeping up with my fundamentals, especially ball handling. I tried to work on that a little extra.
Haley Peters – I spent a lot of time working on my ball handling, moving on the court, shooting threes and creating off the dribble.
Did Coach P tell either of you to work on any particular thing in the off season?
Tricia – Coach wanted me to work on my overall game, my shot, and defense, too. She wants me to be a little more confident in my defense. That’s about it.
Haley – She wanted me to spend some of the summer playing the two and the one in order to get more comfortable having the ball in my hands out on the floor. As a whole, the big thing we wanted to work on as a team were our free throws because they weren’t very good last year and, to get to where we want to get to, you have to be a good free throw shooter.
So, what do you two think about this season’s team? The roster is an interesting mix of talent, yet you lost some key contributors from a year ago.
Tricia – I’m excited. We have a new team this year, different from last year’s, and we have the same capabilities, maybe even more, and think that the way we all play together will be interesting to see throughout the season.
Haley – I’m excited about the coming season. We’re young but we’re really talented, and I think seniors Shay Selby and Kathleen Scheer have a great perspective in what they bring and can be leaders for our team. We’ve had a good summer so far and we’re talented, so, if we all work together, we can have a great season.
Both of you are going into your sophomore year at Duke having your freshman campaign behind you. How big is it to just have a year’s experience under your belt?
Tricia -I think it’s huge, just even in the summer I feel way more confident abut my game and our team. Just playing at the college level, it’s such a wake up call your first season in that it’s so much more different than high school in that everybody can play.
Haley – As a freshman class we experienced a lot last season, being in different situations, and got to play a lot more than most freshmen in the country. So we all have more experience and I feel much more confident that what I learned will help me step up to be a leader.
Notes – Here is the new schedule for the Duke Women’s Basketball Team. BDN is looking for someone to help cover women’s hoops in a non paying apprentice position for the coming season. Ideal candidates would be able to make it to all and or majority of the home games and local road ones as well. You must be professional and have a good knowledge of the program and be in close proximity to Duke University. If interested and or want more details, contact me at Watzone@BlueDevilNation.net
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Both Duke women’s basketball signees — Elizabeth Williams and Amber Henson — each scored double-figure points in the WBCA All-America game over the weekend in Indianapolis, Ind., at the NCAA Final Four. Williams was named MVP of the Red Team, which fell, 83-73, to the White Team. A product of Virginia Beach, Va., Williams totaled a team-high 20 points, eight rebounds, three blocks and one assist in 29 minutes. She hit 8-of-19 field goals on the night. In two All-Star games in a week, Williams scored a McDonald’s All-America game record 23 points and posted 20 points at the WBCA contest. The 6-3 center was also named MVP of the McDonald’s game. A native of Tampa, Fla., Henson hit 5-of-12 field goals as she finished with 10 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals in 20 minutes of action.