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Toliver and Terps Top Duke, 77-59
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Duke Knocks Out Deacs, 83-50
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Toliver and Terps Top Duke, 77-59
By Rob Clough
February 22, 2009

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Player-by-Player Stats & Commentary


Editor's Note: The initial box score provided by Maryland transposed the minutes played by Carrem Gay and Joy Cheek. We have corrected that error in our stats below.



Chante Black

 
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Chante had 13 very quiet points. Outside of the very beginning of the game, one never felt Chante trying to take control of the game at either end. She helped contain Lynetta Kizer but was otherwise not much of a factor on defense and didn't score any real key baskets. She did at least shoot a high percentage and took care of the ball. Generally, she was efficient, but Duke needed dominant from its star player. Maryland did a nice job keeping the ball out of her hands and making sure she was kept off the offensive boards.



Carrem Gay

 
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Carrem was deadly from the field in this game, which makes the fact that she received so little playing time somewhat perplexing. She was never in significant foul trouble and did a decent job defensively. On the other hand, she wasn't getting tough rebounds and I'm guessing that coach McCallie wanted someone, anyone, to come in and get boards. It was a tough tradeoff, given that Gay was scoring so effectively.



Bridgette Mitchell

 
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Bridgette was one of Duke's few effective rebounders in this game, but she was hamstrung by foul trouble. She also used her quickness well to deflect some shots and in general looks quite comfortable as a starter. She needs to be just a bit more cautious when getting physical so as to stay on the floor. Her basket at the end of the first seemed to have given Duke some momentum, but the team obviously did not capitalize on this.



Abby Waner

 
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Abby has had games where she doesn't shoot well or turns the ball over a lot, but I've rarely seen her drift mentally. This was such a game. In the second half, she seemed to just check out on the floor, missing shots and turning the ball over. Defensively, she simply didn't have the intensity I'm accustomed to seeing, even when she struggles with a quicker opponent. Abby's time is starting to run short in her career, and she can't afford to have many more performances like this one.



Jasmine Thomas

 
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This was one of the most frustrating games of Jasmine's career. She couldn't hit anything and kept firing away, to the tune of 1-15 from the floor. One could see her getting into a duel with Toliver, and that was bad news for her. She did keep her turnovers under control and created well, but she simply settled too often and too soon on the jumper instead of taking Toliver off the dribble and attacking the basket.



Keturah Jackson

 
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KJ was one of the most focused, dialed-in Devils in this game. In addition to being one of the few reasonably effective defenders for Duke, KJ was nailing shots, grabbing rebounds and distributing hte ball. She also stayed out of foul trouble. Without her and Gay, the Devils would have been blown out by 30+ points.



Joy Cheek

 
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Joy had some nice early moments, hitting a jumper and sliding to the basket for scores, but she struggled with fouls and couldn't get a lot of consistent, consecutive minutes. This is a player who could really help out Duke given her offensive skills, but she needs to regain her confidence and scratch out a consistent role.



Karima Christmas

 
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Karima really had no impact in this game. She was her usual aggressive self on the boards with 3 offensive rebounds, but she couldn't convert anything, fouled a lot and turned the ball over. I am glad that she was given a chance, because she's someone who's been a spark in a number of games, but I'm not sure she's 100% just yet.



Krystal Thomas

 
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Coach McCallie went small for most of the game to match up better with Maryland's perimeter scorers, so this meant Krystal spent a lot of time on the sidelines. It would have been interesting to have seen Duke go to a twin towers set so as to shore up the interior and create different spacing on offense.



Chelsea Hopkins

 
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Given the way that Jasmine struggled, I'm a little surprised we didn't see a bit more from Chelsea to try to slow down Toliver, even just as a change of pace. I imagine coach McCallie was reluctant to throw a freshman into this kind of atmosphere.



Kathleen Scheer

 
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Kathleen grabbed the final rebound but otherwise saw no significant action.



Shay Selby

 
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Coming off the ankle injury Shay just got a last-minute bit of playing time.





Toliver and Terps Top Duke, 77-59
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Duke Knocks Out Deacs, 83-50
The Nutshell

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