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Previewing Duke at UNC
 
Tar Heels Smash Devils, 64-54
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Tar Heels Smash Devils, 64-54
By Orin Day
February 28, 2010

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UNC's Waltiea Rolls blocks Allison Vernerey's shot. Carolina had 11 blocked shots, contributing to Duke's woeful 26% shooting percentage
Karima Christmas led Duke with 14 points including two from this first half layup.

North Carolina overcame the disqualification of three post players and 30 turnovers for a resounding Senior Day victory over Duke, 64-54, in the newly dedicated Carmichael Arena. Duke outrebounded the Heels 45-43 with a remarkable 25 offensive boards, but converted only several of them into points. Woeful Blue Devil shooting totals of 13-24 from the line and 3-22 from long range were keys to Duke's demise. "Shooting the basketball is a wonderful thing but you've got to show patience and poise to do it, and we did not," said Duke Head Coach Joanne P. McCallie. Still, the turning point of the game came after the ejection of Carolina's Cierra Robertson-Warren with Duke up 42-39. Jasmine Thomas went to the line for two free throws, was handed the ball by official Edward Sidlasky, and made the first. But inexplicably the shot was waved off from midcourt by Maj Forsberg. Rattled, Thomas missed both free throws. "It was not a composure game," said McCallie. On the ensuing Duke possession, Karima Christmas was fouled on a three point shot in front of the Duke bench, but missed all three of those. When Keturah Jackson was fouled on the ensuing rebound and missed the front end of her 1+1, it became obvious that it wasn't Duke's day. Cetera DeGraffenreid repeatedly turned Duke over and led a Tar Heel parade to the free throw line, scoring 15 of her game high 22 points from the stripe. Robertson-Warren had four blocks in her eight minutes of play, and Waltiea Rolle had six before fouling out with 4:20 to play. But even with those two out, as well as Chay Shegog, Duke couldn't get the ball inside to mount an effective comeback, not even making a field goal in the final 6:02. "I was really proud of these kids for being tough," said UNC Head Coach Sylvia Hatchell. "We put kids in that hadn't played much all year and it was a great team effort. When you work hard you can believe and there are great things ahead for this group. Our heart and hustle made up for it tonight." The Blue Devils finish tied for the regular season ACC title with Florida State, winning the #1 seed by virtue of their win over the Noles in Cameron. But with the Heels lurking in Thursday's 8/9 game, Duke can't go to Greensboro with any complacence. "We didn't come ready," said Joy Cheek. "We got punched and we didn't punch back. We've got to have a different mindset coming into the ACC Tournament." McCallie continued, "Now it's just get ready for next and go from there. I think the matchups are fantastic for our team because we had trouble with Maryland, Kiser had her way, and today UNC's posts had there way. I can't think of a better opportunity for us to get better. Things don't always break your way and you've got to keep coming back around. That's the nature of the game."



Previewing Duke at UNC
 
Tar Heels Smash Devils, 64-54
Team Box

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