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Duke defeats Maryland 80-72 to remain atop the ACC – Post Game Videos

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 -


BDN talks with Tricia Liston and Haley Peters about Duke Women’s Hoops

Peters and Liston during the N.C. Pro Am

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

Duke women roll past UNC for ACC Title

2011 ACC Champions - Duke Blue Devils, photo Lance King for BDNGREENSBORO – The Duke Blue Devils rolled past North Carolina to win their second consecutive ACC Tournament Championship by a score of 81-66 on Sunday afternoon in Greensboro.  Duke was led by tournament MVP Jasmine Thomas who scored 21 points and she was helped by fellow senior Karima Christmas who had 13 points and 9 boards.

But it was the second half play of true freshman Haley Peters that added a huge sprak to the Blue Devils efforts.  Peters knocked down 5 of 6 free throws and scored 14 points, second most on the team to go with 4 rebounds.

“I thought that was the greatest screen  on that play along the baseline where Jazz hit a three and she got the call,” said McCallie on a play which Thomas nailed the three and Haley was fouled, went to the line, knocked down two free throws for a 5 point play which in hindsight was a dagger.

“When you sit on the bench, sometimes it’s helpful because you can see whats going on out there and see your teams attitude.  When I came in I tried to be an energy player,” stated Peters.

Duke had their hands full with Jessica Breland who scored a game high 27 points to go with her 7 rebounds. “I thought we had done a good job on Breland  until I saw here stat line,” said McCallie in praise of her play.

Duke had a big lift from the players off their bench, mainly due to the aformentioned Peters where they outscored the Tar Heels 28-12.  The Blue Devils also won the battle of the boards holding a 38-27 edge.

Once again, McCallie utilized here deep bench where 11 Blue Devils got minutes.  This seemed to be a strategic move for the Tar Heels wore down a bit during the stretch run.

“I;m very, very proud of our team, our seniors and the leadership exhibited out there throughout this tournament, said McCallie.  She continued, “We’re very excited  to represent Duke and be able to be together and have so much fun.”

Karima Christmas joined Jasmine Thomas on the first team all tournament team while Chelsea Gray was named to the second team.  Had the votes not been taken early, you would have likely seen Haley Peters name as well.

Duke won their seventh tournament title, all since the year 2000.  Duke now holds a 5-3 advantage when playing North Carolina for the title.  The Blue Devils have also played in 10 of the last 12 finals, a testament to the programs strength.

The win pushed the Blue Devils record to 29-3 on the season and they were rated as the second best team in the RPI rating before the game. Duke must now wait two weeks for the NCAA selection show to learn of their next opponent and that game will be played in Cameron Indoor Stadium where Duke hosts a first round regional.

Official Box Score    Quotes from Coach P and Players