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Duke Crushes Clemson, 92-37
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Duke Crushes Clemson, 92-37
By Rob Clough
January 26, 2011

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Game Recap


Duke's pasting of Clemson was a good old-fashioned respite game. It's that conference blowout where everyone gets to play and everyone gets to score. The outcome of the game is typically settled within minutes, and the rest is just trying to stay focused and keep the ball moving. Clemson is a program that's in the rebuilding process under new coach Itoro Coleman, but they have won two ACC road games and have played some good teams fairly close. With their experience, size and shooting, this should have been a much more competitive game.

Instead, Duke began the game on an 18-2 run and followed that up with a mind-bending 24-0 run. At a certain point, Duke could do nothing wrong and Clemson could do nothing right. I'm certain that coach McCallie didn't want the first half to ever end, considering that Duke shot 60%, held Clemson to 18%, and posted a whopping 59 points. On the other hand, Coleman was undoubtedly delighted to see the clock run down to zero in the first half, giving her a chance to regroup with her team. As a result, the Tigers kept the second half margin respectable (33-25), while Duke cooled off considerably (just 37% from the floor).

Still, the final stats are staggering. Clemson's 37 points vs 36 turnovers was the biggest one, but chew on some of these: 23 Duke steals, 12 threes from Duke, a 15-2 edge in second chance points, 45 points from the bench, a 39-12 edge in points off turnovers and all eleven players got at least eleven minutes of playing time. One of the better things about this game was Duke's passing. 2/3 of its field goals came off of assists. Jasmine Thomas and Chelsea Gray combined for 12 assists but 8 different players had at least 1 dish. Part of that was lackadaisical Clemson defense, but Duke's players saw lanes and exploited them ruthlessly. Duke was free and easy on offense but never relented in their defensive pressure.

The Devils also found a variety of ways to score. They made sure to find Krystal Thomas, who is doing a better job of making herself available and finishing. Thomas scored on a hook and a post up during Duke's opening 18-2 run, had a steal that triggered a break and dished to Jaz for a three. Jasmine attacked off the dribble and Karima Christmas hit a jumper and stuck back a miss. There was a brief dropoff when some subs came into the game, which was not surprising because that starting unit, which featured Kathleen Scheer instead of Haley Peters, was playing some of Duke's best basketball of the year. Once the subs got into the rhythm of the game, they led the ridiculous 24-0 run, one that saw 6 different players score. Duke stopped its full court press in the second half but continued to attack the ball aggressively on defense in their sets. That intensity and focus showed that this team learned a lesson from Sunday's game against NC State; we'll see how it's applied in the future.



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