DWHoops - We cover Duke Women's Basketball - Delivering Images & Insight Since 2006 Join DWHoops DWHoops Member Login About DWHoops DWHoops Site Archives DWHoops Twitter DWHoops on Facebook DWHoops Feed Latest Photo Galleries 2014 Duke Schedule


Follow our league coverage at ACC Women's Basketball Digest

Devils Crush Carson-Newman, 121-65
The Nutshell
 
Devils Crush Carson-Newman, 121-65
Photo Gallery
Devils Crush Carson-Newman, 121-65
By Rob Clough
November 7, 2010

  NUTSHELL     RECAP     PHOTOS     PLAYERS  

Game Recap


DWHoops Photos by Orin Day
Kathleen Scheer rips down the first of a game high ten boards
Kathleen Scheer rips down the first of a game high ten boards
Duke's swarming defense envelops Shannon Depew
Duke's swarming defense envelops Shannon Depew
Liston fends off a defender while driving
Liston fends off a defender while driving
Jasmine Thomas scores again
Jasmine Thomas scores again

For the most part, Duke took a step forward in their 121-65 win over Division II Carson-Newman. In particular, the freshmen were much more aggressive and relaxed in this game than the prior exhibition game against Wingate. The Devils did a great job in pressuring the ball (33 C-N turnovers), dominating the boards (+34) and moving the ball (30 assists for 51 field goals). The Devils started the game on a 20-0 run that set the tone for what was to follow, catching C-N off guard with their overall intensity. As the game went on, Duke's defense made a number of recurring errors and their offense got sloppy at times. Of course, coach McCallie was trying a number of different combinations on offense and defense, as this is the time of year to do it. The other caveat to consider is that C-N, while a proud program that played in Div II's NCAA tournament last season, is trying to replace two key starters from last year and didn't field a player taller than 6-0. Duke had clear sight lines and passing lanes, and that obviously won't be the case against elite opponents.

The main two problems that Duke had were an excess of fouls and sloppy execution on closing out on shooters. Duke committed an astonishing 26 fouls that led to 24 free throws for Carson-Newman. Considering that they only hit 7 two-point field goals, this was a huge part of why the Devils gave up 65 points. Duke put the Eagles into the bonus at the 10:29 mark of the first half and at the 13:10 mark in the second half. Coach McCallie said that some of these fouls were fouls of aggression as the team tried to make plays, but a number of them were simply unnecessary. Certainly, putting a team that was unlikely to score on you easily to the foul line is counterproductive, but this game will yield plenty of teaching points for film study this week.

While the fouls can be somewhat excused, not closing out on shooters is a sure sign of a team that's not yet communicating well on defense. The perimeter-oriented Eagles sank 11 of 20 shots from three, and nearly every attempt was a clean one. Most egregiously, they repeatedly lost track of C-N's best two shooters in Katlin Moore and Mandy Mendenhall and left them wide open on simple ball reversals. As a result, the Eagles had 16 assists on their 18 field goals and that perimeter duo nailed 7 of their 13 threes. This game really pointed to the fact that Duke does not yet have a consistent perimeter stopper, and this will be a crucial area to address as the season proceeds. For now, Karima Christmas is auditioning in this role, though I think she's best suited to play inside.

Duke started its three seniors along with Kathleen Scheer and Shay Selby. This will likely be Duke's starting lineup until Chelsea Gray is ready to step into the starting point guard role (or someone else steps up and seizes it). Duke's knockout 20-0 run to start the game was triggered by sticky defense and great rebounding. Unlike their first game against Wingate, the Devils weren't settling for pull-up threes. They attacked the basket relentlessly and K.Thomas was instrumental in this pursuit, given the way she set screens in the post that allowed her teammates to drive around her. Another welcome change from last week is that six different Duke players scored during the run. Jasmine Thomas was the lynchpin of the run, scoring 8 points on threes, in transition from the foul line and off a pull-up jumper. Frosh Haley Peters and Chloe Wells shook off poor shooting performances from last week by making immediate contributions. Peters had an offensive rebound that she fed to K.Thomas for a score and then hit a short turnaround jumper. Wells scored on a drive and then filled the lane for a score after a J.Thomas steal.

Carson-Newman coach Dean Walsh said that his team's focus was off to begin the game thanks to a disruption in their routine, having to arrive an hour earlier than expected. He was disappointed in their lack of competitiveness to start the game, but was pleased with the way they adjusted. Indeed, his team didn't seem intimidated by Duke, they were just sloppy. When Lundyn Howard finally hit a three, the Eagles suddenly perked up and played Duke even for the next six minutes. They never could slow Duke down )the Devils shot 53% in the first half and 63% in the second), but their five treys in the first half prevented Duke from blowing it wide open. With the Devils leading 36-18 at the 7:01 mark, they went on a 12-0 run to turn the game into a laugher. The run was led entirely by the frosh, who scored all 12 points, with 5 apiece by Wells and Tricia Liston. It wasn't a coincidence that C-N's offensive flowering came at the expense of Duke's frosh, but they certainly gave as good as they got. The Devils were unable to expand the lead past 30 with the reserves in the game.

After Moore started the second half with a three, the Devils responded with 10 straight points, including threes by Scheer & Christmas along with fast break baskets by J.Thomas and Selby. That made it 72-32 just two minutes into the half. After another Eagle three, Duke broke off a 12-0 run fueled by multiple steals and drives. For the the rest of the game, the two teams played fairly even, as C-N outscored Duke 31-30 until the Devils scored the last 7 points of the game. Duke's offense stats were absurd, as they held a 68-8 edge in points in the paint, a 28-5 advantage in second chance points, and a whopping 30-2 margin in fast break points. The Devils did have a 43-15 edge in points off turnovers, with that 15 being more than they would have liked to have given up. All told, this game gave young players a chance to gain confidence and work with their older counterparts. It gave us more data points regarding the evolution of Shay Selby and Kathleen Scheer. We got to see some interesting combinations, like a small team featuring Scheer and Peters as bigs, a big team with K.Thomas and Allison Vernerey, and various sets featuring Christmas in the post and handling the ball. Next, we'll get to see how ready the team is against its real schedule of Divison I opponents.



Devils Crush Carson-Newman, 121-65
The Nutshell
 
Devils Crush Carson-Newman, 121-65
Photo Gallery

DWHoops.com is an independent media organization covering ACC & Duke Women's Basketball since 2006.
We support but are not affiliated with Duke University Athletics or The Atlantic Coast Conference.

Website Content Copyright 2007-2014 DWHOOPS.COM (Orin A. Day, Durham, NC, USA.) All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy and Terms