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#4 Duke Women defeat Maryland 68-65 on “Big Monday”

Duke defeated a pesky Maryland team 68-65 in a a game that was televised nationally by ESPN.  The network came in for "Big Monday" and the Blue Devils came out with a big win to go to 2-0 in the

Queen of the floor burn, Waner has 20 steals in her last four games
Queen of the floor burn, Waner has 20 steals in her last four games

ACC and 14-1 overall.

The teams opened the game trading blows which is to be expected in this rivalry.  There were 17 lead changes in the game and 15 of them were in the first twenty minutes of play.  Once Duke took the lead 21-20 on a Joy Cheek lay up, they took control to take a 40-29 lead into half time.

There were two key factors in their first half success.  One was Joy Cheek who had 11 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists.  In fact, Cheek had 9 of Dukes first twelve points and ended the game with14 points and 11 rebounds after returning to the starting lineup.

The other factor was Waner and Thomas defensive effort on Kristi Tolliver who was held scoreless. 

Thomas was four of four from the free throw stripe in the final eight seconds.
Thomas was four of four from the free throw stripe in the final eight seconds.

But Toliver and the  Terps warmed up in the second half and at the 8:38 mark, took the lead 55-54 on a Wiley-Gatewood three point shot.

Just after that play Abby Waner came back with an assist to Chante Black to take the lead back.  Waner later hit a layup which stretched the lead to 64-60, but Marisa Coleman cut it to two with a lay up of her own at the other end at the 1:00 mark.

The Duke defense played tough and Maryland couldn't find the mark as Toliver missed a long three in front of the Maryland bench with 13 ticks on the clock.  The Terps then fouled Jasmine Thomas who went to the line and calmly dropped two in to give the Devils a 66-62 advantage.

One might have thought the game was sealed, but Tolliver drained a quick three to make it a 66-65

Duke got a good efforts from multiple players
Duke got a good efforts from multiple players

Duke lead.  Tolliver immediately committed a hard foul on Thomas with two second left, but the sophomore stepped to the line and knocked down both helping the Devils to a 68-65 win.

“That was just great man-to-man defense by our team. We wanted to make sure she was contested in a multiple fashion, if possible, because you can’t get the ball out of her hands, so you have to do something to direct the shot as much as possible,” said McCallie on the play of her defense in the final seconds.

Waner added, "I pulled Jas [Jasmine Thomas] aside and told her ‘Make this free throw because trust me it matters’. There are certain things that you learn from losses and I will never take a three-point lead with a few seconds to go for granted."

Thomas had one of her better games of the season scoring 15 points and despite being one of the

A seson high 7550 cheering fans were in Cameron
A seson high 7550 cheering fans were in Cameron

teams worst free throw shooters she went 6 of 7 from the charity stripe.

Chante Black was strong in the second half and ended the game with 13 points and a career high 14 rebounds.

Abby Waner grabbed 8 rebounds, 7 on the defensive end scored 13 points and dished out 4 assists and 3 steals, both team highs.  Waner has now had a phenomenal 20 steals in her last four contests.

"The plays Abby made down the stretch were huge, fun to watch really, plus her eight rebounds were absolutely important to us," Said Coach McCallie during the post game press conference.


Duke got a lot of energy from Bridgette Mitchell off the bench.  Mitchell had 6 points and 6 rebounds.  Another key contributor was Krsytal Thomas who tallied 4 points and 4 rebounds in just seven minutes of play.

The Terps were led by Marrissa Coleman with 14 points, Lynetta Kizer who suffered with cramps 12

Tolliver hit a huge shot to pull Maryland within 1 with seconds left in the contest
Tolliverhit a huge shot to pull Maryland within 1 with seconds left in the contest

points, Toliver 12 points and Anjale Barrett with 10 points.

Duke handily out rebounded the Terps 56-39 and overcame 25.6% shooting from the field in the final half to win.  Another huge plus in the win was the Devils going 12 of 14 from the free throw stripe.

Sidebar Comments -

How big is this win for Duke?

It's plenty big.  Big win on a big Monday.  This is the best start of McCallies career and she has her most talented team ever.  Duke has adjusted to her coaching style which is aggressive physical play and good defense.  Duke proved before a

Blue Devil games are fan friendly
Blue Devil games are fan friendly

national audience that they definitely deserve their #4 ranking.

Jasmine Thomas -

This game should go a long way with concerns to her confidence.  The second year guard is becoming more consistent, but Coach P made a telling comment when she said, Jasmine played well in spots.

Senior leadership -

Chante Black showed up big when it counted and Abby was a true leader on both ends of the floor tonight.

Duke depth -

Coach P has done a good job at build her depth and there seems to be a lot of players able to step

Black had a career high 14 boards
Black had a career high 14 boards

up on a given night.  This will be especially critical come tournament time.

The Box -

                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
13 Demauria Liles...... f  3-10   0-0    0-0    5  5 10   4   6  2  2  0  1  35
25 Marissa Coleman..... f  6-14   2-3    0-0    3  2  5   0  14  3  2  0  3  31
12 Lynetta Kizer....... c  5-11   0-0    2-6    7  6 13   2  12  0  2  0  1  30
02 Sa'de Wiley-Gatewood g  3-10   3-5    0-0    0  1  1   0   9  0  1  0  1  26
20 Kristi Toliver...... g  5-16   2-9    0-0    1  3  4   3  12  6  4  2  3  38
10 Anjale Barrett......    4-6    2-3    0-0    0  4  4   1  10  4  0  0  0  25
14 Yemi Oyefuwa........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
24 Drey Mingo..........    1-3    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   1   2  0  1  0  0  14
   TEAM................                            2  2                       
   Totals..............   27-70   9-20   2-6   16 23 39  11  65 15 12  2  9 200
TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 13-37 35.1%   2nd Half: 14-33 42.4%   Game: 38.6%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  2-7  28.6%   2nd Half:  7-13 53.8%   Game: 45.0%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  1-3  33.3%   2nd Half:  1-3  33.3%   Game: 33.3%    1
HOME TEAM: #5/10 Duke 14-1 (2-0 ACC)
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
21 Joy Cheek........... f  5-16   1-5    3-4    7  4 11   3  14  2  1  1  1  27
31 Keturah Jackson..... f  0-4    0-0    0-0    1  5  6   2   0  1  1  0  2  17
11 Chante Black........ c  5-15   0-0    3-3    8  6 14   3  13  3  4  3  2  35
04 Abby Waner.......... g  4-11   2-5    0-0    1  7  8   1  10  4  3  0  3  37
05 Jasmine Thomas...... g  4-10   1-3    6-7    0  1  1   2  15  2  1  0  0  34
03 Shay Selby..........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   2
13 Karima Christmas....    2-4    0-0    0-0    1  0  1   2   4  1  1  0  0  21
15 Bridgette Mitchell..    3-9    0-0    0-0    6  0  6   2   6  0  0  0  0   9
30 Carrem Gay..........    1-2    0-0    0-0    0  3  3   0   2  1  3  0  0  11
34 Krystal Thomas......    2-5    0-0    0-0    1  3  4   0   4  0  0  2  0   7
   TEAM................                         1  1  2                       
   Totals..............   26-76   4-13  12-14  26 30 56  15  68 14 14  6  8 200
TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 16-37 43.2%   2nd Half: 10-39 25.6%   Game: 34.2%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  3-9  33.3%   2nd Half:  1-4  25.0%   Game: 30.8%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  5-5  100 %   2nd Half:  7-9  77.8%   Game: 85.7%    3
Officials: Eric Brewton, Dee Kantner, Edward Sidlasky
Technical fouls: #12/15 Maryland-None. #5/10 Duke-None.
Attendance: 7550
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
#12/15 Maryland...............   29   36  -   65
#5/10 Duke....................   40   28  -   68
Points in the paint-MARYL 28,DUKE 36. Points off turnovers-MARYL 7,DUKE 11.
2nd chance points-MARYL 11,DUKE 15. Fast break points-MARYL 6,DUKE 4.
Bench points-MARYL 12,DUKE 16. Score tied-1 time. Lead changed-17 times.
Last FG-MARYL 2nd-00:04, DUKE 2nd-01:27.
Largest lead-MARYL by 3 1st-14:08, DUKE by 13 1st-00:44.

Henderson leads Duke past Florida State 66-58

The second ranked Duke Blue Devils took out a pesky Florida State Seminole team 66-58 to remain undefeated in ACC play.  The two teams felt each other out like prized fighters in the first half, each

Henderson has put up double figure points in seven straight games
Henderson has put up double figure points in seven straight games

counter punching and posturing for the big blow.  In basketball terms that means every dribble, pass and shot was contested and getting an open look is tough when locked up in a clinch.

With the Blue Devils cold on the offensive end, they relied on their defense which held Florida State to 20.6% from the field in the first half.  They went on to take a 19-14 lead to the locker room, thanks to Gerald Henderson who had nine of the Dukies first ten points.

"I was rolling.  We were kid of stagnant and most of my points came of my defense.  When I was able to get out in transition, thats when I was my best," said Henderson of his first nine points.

Coach Krzyzewski was pleased with his teams effort and elated to win which promted him to say, “Well we won a heck of a game today. Florida State was so ready to play us and it was a clean, unbelievably physical game. The action on the boards was phenomenal. I thought we got knocked back with their height, their length, and their tremendous pursuit of the ball. Our defense won the game for us. The last 16 minutes of the first half, we had a hard time scoring against them. Obviously, 19-14, people will say, “Well, it wasn’t a pretty game.” I’ll tell you what, it was a great game. It was a great basketball game. When you have kids competing that hard – it was just tough to get shots off. “

Duke came out to play in the second half warming up on the offensive end and shooting 59% from the field.  The hot shooting allowed them to make a quick 9-0 run which put them up 28-15 which eventually became 27 point lead on a Singler three.

"The start of the second half, we executed a couple of things that got us momentum plays and we did a couple of things that got us turnovers. We got that lead, you almost get that lead too early, although I am happy we got it, don’t get me wrong," stated Krzyzewski.

The Gerald Henderson Show continued as well.  His teammates call him "G," and on this day he was indeed the "G" man scoring a career high 25 points to go with 5 rebounds and 3 steals.  Henderson has been the Blue Devils hottest player and he has now scored in double figures in seven straight contests.

“Henderson was the star for us today. I thought his physicality, his athletic ability to create some shots was huge," said Krzyzewski.

Without Henderson performance, the game could have been lost for the Noles staged a huge comeback cutting to pull withing eight.  But they would get no closer for like a punch drunk boxer their legs were weary as was the Devils. 

Krzyzewski commented, "This is our third game in six days and they were fresher than us, and obviously they didn’t give up.”

Kyle Singler chipped in with 15 points, Smith had 12 points and Scheyer added 9 points. 

This was the 275th win this decade for the Blue Devils, which is the highest total of any team out there.  This was the 1861st all time win which is the fourth highest total in college basketball.

The Devils will face yet another hostile environment on the road when they travel to Georgia Tech on Wednesday.

High School Hoops Edition #6

The holiday season is over and high schools across the nation are resuming their regular basketball

Tyler Thornton, copyright BDNP
Tyler Thornton, copyright BDNP

schedules. This edition of High School Hoops starts out in our nation's capital with Gonzaga High School and moves around the country with updates on Duke's future players and recruiting targets.

Tyler Thornton has demonstrated an ability to get to the free throw line in recent games. He has taken advantage of the opportunities by connecting on 35 of 43 attempts over his last four games. His 81.4% success rate during these four games is a 11.7% improvement over the 69.7% (23 of 33) he shot during the first nine games. As a point guard who handles the ball for major minutes, it is important for Thornton to punish opposing teams by capitalizing on scoring opportunities from the free throw line.

By comparison, marquee Duke point guards Tommy Amaker, Bobby Hurley, Steve Wojciekowski, and Quinn Snyder had career free throw percentages of 79.1%, 77.6%, 73.2%, and 70% respectively. Comparing a four game streak in high school to career performances at the collegiate level is quite a stretch but the objective is to point out that Thornton is demonstrating a skill set that could pay huge dividends at the next level.

Thornton scored 25, 20, 21, and 13 points in the four games with 44 percent of those points coming via free throws. He is averaging 16.3 points per game over the first 13 games. Gonzaga is currently 11 - 2 and riding a four game winning streak.

Moving on to Norfolk, Andre Dawkins has opened up 2009 with three solid scoring performances. On January 3, he dropped in 24 points as Atlantic Shores defeated Trinity Episcopal 93 - 43. In a 86 - 34 victory over Hampton Christian, on January 6, Dawkins scored 20 points. And on Friday night, January 9, he scored 21 points as Atlantic Shores knocked off Portsmouth Christian 86 - 51.

Out in Iowa, Harrison Barnes scored 18 points including 12 in the first quarter as Ames defeated West Des Moines Valley 89 - 31 on Tuesday evening. Barnes was 5 - 7 from the charity stripe and knocked down one three pointer in the game. Ames High School won their first seven games by an average of 30 points, on Friday night the Little Cyclones continued their dominating ways by defeating Marshalltown 69 - 40 and improving to 8 - 0. Barnes scored 22 points in the victory. Marshalltown defeated Ames in the state playoffs last year.

On to Seattle and Josh Smith who scored 16 points as Kentwood defeated Auburn 64 - 43 on Tuesday night. On Friday night, Kentwood defeated Kentlake 62 - 47. Smith exploded for 36 points in the game. Josh Smith is the leading scorer in the South Puget Sound League 4A at 24.6 points per game.

In Raleigh, Ryan Kelly scored 23 points on Wednesday evening as Ravenscroft defeated Word of God 68 - 59. John Wall had 17 points in a losing effort while future N.C. State player C.J. Leslie chipped in 20. In an overtime game, on Friday night, Forsyth Country day defeated Ravenscroft 53 - 51. Ryan Kelly scored a season low 11 points and missed a three point attempt with one second left. Ravenscroft is back in action against Cardinal Gibbons on Saturday at 8 pm.

Staying in North Carolina, Mason Plumlee had another big game recording a double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds as Christ School defeated Cannon School 82 - 60. This road victory improves Christ School's record to 19 - 0.

This edition wraps up by checking in on Brandon Knight down in Florida. On Wednesday evening he scored 36 points as Pine Crest School defeated Benjamin 88 - 69. Knight recorded eight assists and made five three point shots in the game. Knight and Pine Crest will be back in action on Saturday evening at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Classic.

Christmas leads Duke Women to a 73-58 win in their ACC opener

[private]The Duke Blue Devil Women scratched out a 73-58 victory over Miami on Saturday before a season high 7310 fans in Cameron Indoor Stadium.  It took a second half surge and a career high 21 points from Karima Christmas for the Devils to win their ACC opener and go to 13-1 on the season.

Duke jumped out to a 28-15 lead, but then went cold and Miami took advantage making a 13-0 run to tie the contest 28 a piece at the 2:32 mark of the first half.  Former Duke player and Miami coach

Abby Waner (3 steals)  and Karima Christmas (6 steals) hit the floor
Abby Waner (3 steals) and Karima Christmas (6 steals) hit the floor

Katie Meyer had her women fired up and while Duke regained the lead, a Latoya James jumper sent the teams in to the locker room where the heavily favored Blue Devils held a slim two point lead.

In the second half, Duke resorted to their trademark which is defense holding the Canes  to 31.4% from from the floor.  Of course dominating the boards to the tune of 48-27 helped their cause as well.

Pressure defense was vital to the Devils run and several steals allowed for big plays and brought the crowd alive.  Miami hung in most of the game with their pressure as well, scoring 26 points off turnovers.  The youthful Canes were led by Epihany Woodson with 16 points, but their leading scorer Shenise Johnson was held to just 3 points.

Chante Black was once again steady tallying 17 points and 12 rebounds.  Joy Cheek chipped in with 12 points and Jasmine Thomas with 9 points.

But it was indeed Karina Christmas's night where she seemed very much in the flow of the game going 7 of 10 from the field to go with 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals.  Christmas also had a career high in three point buckets with three and her six steals were also a personal best.

“I think I’m just eager to get into the game, to try and make something happen, try and feed off my teammates, and make them feed off of me. I’m just motivated when I get in the game," said Christmas after her performance.

Miami Coach Katie Meyer stated, "Karima Christmas blew our scout – we don’t have her scouted for some of the stuff she did tonight, and that makes Duke a very tough team if she’s going to shoot the ball like that.  That was not a good Christmas present."

Christmas had a career night against Miami

Abby Waner was saddled with foul trouble and played only 18 minutes.  She eventually fouled out going scoreless, but managed 4 rebounds and 5 assists and 3 steals when in the game.  In fact, she is now second in the all time Duke record book for steals with 272, where she passed Iciss Tillis.  Her first half defense also slowed down Miami's Woodson before she had to go to the bench.

Duke also continued to show off their depth in that the Devils bench outscored the Canes 41-12.  It was the fifth time in the last six games that the bench scored 40 plus points which is quite an accomplishment.

The 13-1 start is also Joanne P. McCallies best start in her 17 years as a coach. 

The Blue Devils take an 11 game winning streak into Monday evenings contest with Maryland.  When asked if she was already think about Maryland, McCallie responded,

“We start thinking about them now. All the games matter, there are 14 conference games and every one of them is of equal value. I know that there are rivalries but as coaches we do the same thing for every one."

Maryland (1-0 ACC, 13-2) has become quite the rival after several key match ups in the past few years.  Just over 7000 tickets have been sold for the game, but there are some good seats still available according to Duke SID Lindy Brown.  The game will be televised ESPN 2 with the ball being tip off at 7:30 EST.[/private]

#2 Duke travels to Florida State

[private]•  Game 15  •
[2 AP/2 Coaches] Duke (13-1, 1-0 ACC) vs. Florida State (13-2, 0-0 ACC)
Saturday, January 10, 2009  •  2:05 PM ET  •  ESPN
Donald L. Tucker Center (12,100)  •  Tallahassee, Fla.
Game Quick Facts
 TV: ESPN; Mike Patrick (play-by-play), Jay Bilas (analyst).
Radio: Duke Radio Network (flagship WDNC 620 AM in Durham); Bob Harris (play-by-play), John Roth (analyst) and Matthew Laurance (sideline).
All-time Series: Duke leads the all-time series 26-6, including an 11-5 mark at the Donald L.

Senior David McClure
Senior David McClure

Tucker Center. Duke has won six of the last eight games in the series.
Mike Krzyzewski
Overall Record: 816-268 (34th year)
Duke Record: 743-209 (29th year)
vs. Florida State: 25-5
Leonard Hamilton
Overall Record: 306-286 (20th year)
Florida State Record: 106-86 (seventh year)
Blue Devil Bits
Duke is 13-1 on the year, including a 1-0 mark in Atlantic Coast Conference play. The Blue Devils have now started the season with a 13-1 mark 17 times, including 11 times under Mike Krzyzewski.

The Blue Devils moved up three spots to second in the AP poll and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll. Duke is 107-16 all-time when ranked second in the AP poll.

The Blue Devils have won 274 games this decade, the most wins in a decade by the program. The win total is the fifth-most in any decade by a team in NCAA history.

Duke is coming off a 79-67 win over Davidson on Wednesday. Kyle Singler and Jon Scheyer each had 22 points to pace the Blue Devils.

Junior Jon Scheyer scored his 1,000th career point on a free throw with 33 seconds left to play in the win over Davidson. He is the 57th player in school history with at least 1,000 career points. Duke has the third-most 1,000-point scorers in NCAA history.

Gerald Henderson added 11 points and seven rebounds against the Wildcats. He has now scored in double figures in six consecutive games.

Junior Brian Zoubek finished with seven points, nine rebounds, one block and one steal on Wednesday. Zoubek has grabbed five or more rebounds 10 times this season, including eight of the last nine games.[/private]

Kelly leads Ravenscroft past Word of God

[private]Ravenscroft defeated Word of God on Wednesday evening 68-57 to push their record to 13-3.  Duke bound Ryan Kelly went 8 of 15 from the field to score 23 points while grabbing 7 rebounds.

Word of God slipped to 7-7, but one must consider that both of these teams play in national

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tournaments.  Hot prospect John Wall scored 17 points and N.C. State commitment C.J. Leslie garnered 20 points in the losing effort.

The game was tied at the half before Ravenscroft took the lead in the third quarter and held off a rally only to stretch the lead back out at the end of the game.

The game tipped off at the exact same time as the Davidson at Duke contest which prevented many Duke fans from attending.


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