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Seniors Outlast Carolina, 66-58
Game Recap
 
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Seniors Outlast Carolina, 66-58
By Rob Clough
February 28, 2011

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Duke Starters

Krystal Thomas

 
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Once again, UNC was trying to dictate the terms of Krystal's play by doubling her every time she got the ball. Krystal tried to fight through this, even scoring on a hook in the second half, but it didn't help that she was just 1-6 from the foul line. Otherwise, her final stats might have been similar to recent games (theoretically 8 points, 13 rebounds). Of course, she never stopped fighting on the boards and defended the rim fiercely whenever an opponent got near. UNC center Chay Shegog had 14 points, but some of these were on short jumpers. More importantly, she only scored 4 points in the second half as Krystal redoubled her efforts at both ends. The last Duke player to lead the league in rebounding was Tracy Christopher in 1989, an impressive feat for Krystal to have achieved. She'll need to keep it up for Duke to go far in either the ACC or NCAA tournament.


Allison Vernerey

 
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Something about powder blue brings out the best in Alli these days, because she attacked the Heels with a great deal of ferocity. She scored on an early hook shot and found J.Thomas for a three. Later, she took her time at the foul line and nailed 3 out of 4 to boost a small Duke lead. She scored the last field goal of the first half and the first of the second. Foul trouble slowed her down a bit, but it didn't stop her from flying after rebounds and blocking shots. This was a solid all-around performance for a player who's looking more and more comfortable as a starter.


Karima Christmas

 
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Considering the circumstances and the kind of plays she made, this was Karima's best game of the year. When she hit a three about five minutes into the game, she seemed to get a surge of confidence and she stayed in the ever-desired "attack mode" for the rest of the game. When she's playing like that, she's hard for any opponent to handle. She scored in transition, hit 2 free throws after driving to the basket, and then found Selby for a three and Vernerey inside. Being able to add both scoring and playmaking to the mix made her an especially tough cover. Throw in her defense on Italee Lucas and you had a truly special performance. Her second half was just as good, as she drained 2 more threes, knocked down a crucial foul shot and got the ball to Vernerey and Peters. She helped take a lot of pressure at both ends away from Jasmine, allowing her to take over when she really needed to.


Tricia Liston

 
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This was a solid game for Tricia. While her footspeed was such that she sometimes had trouble with UNC's quick, penetrating guards, she proved she could put up some points and make connecting plays. She scored on a drive, in transition and drained a huge three in the second half. She also found Jasmine for a big three and Vernerey rolling to the basket for an easy score. Liston also blocked a shot and scrapped for a rebound. She only played 16 minutes for defensive purposes as well as to allow another ballhandler in the game to help Jasmine, but she made her minutes count.


Jasmine Thomas

 
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After a rough first half in which she missed 8 of 10 shots (including several layup attempts that were blocked or bumped), Jasmine didn't get mad. She got focused. Dealing with swarming pressure throughout the game and a variety of defenders, Jasmine cleaned up her act with the ball (just 2 turnovers in the second half after 4 in the first), she found different ways to score (mostly pull-up jumpers mixed in with a drive) and she kept the ball moving. Her teammates sometimes had trouble getting her at least a touch on every possession, but Jaz always made sure to find her teammates when appropriate. That included 2 nice finds in the second half for Selby and Christmas on the perimeter. Best of all, Jasmine outplayed her four-year nemesis Cetera DeGraffenreid, holding her to 2 points (and kept her away from the foul line).



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Off the Duke Bench (in order of entry)

Haley Peters

 
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The first half was entirely unremarkable for Haley. She missed a couple of shots, hustled for a couple of boards and picked up 2 fouls. Against a quick, physical opponent like UNC, I wasn't expecting her to have a big impact, simply because they force you to react so quickly. Well, a season's worth of having to react quickly started to sink in all at once as she became an impact player in the second half. With UNC gearing up on Duke's center with constant double-teams, Haley had chances to score if she reacted quickly. And react quickly she did. The shots she made got increasingly difficult, going from layup to hook to reverse. All three shots came when Duke was trying to separate itself from the Heels, and she kept them at arm's length by scoring and constantly hustling after the ball. Haley also took a charge in addition to all of her other work.


Chelsea Gray

 
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Chelsea had a rough return, missing 3 shots in just five minutes and committing a turnover that led to a UNC score. She simply needs to concentrate on getting healthy, staying in shape, and working on getting her timing back. The team will need her to be at her best when Duke gets to the NCAA tournament.


Kathleen Scheer

 
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Leener was a step slow at times in this game, helping to result in 3 first half fouls and 4 for the game. She did at least provide eight minutes of relief for the frontcourt players, but it was disappointing that she wasn't able to do more.


Chloe Wells

 
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Chloe was in the right place at the right time to end the first half by grabbing a rebound and hitting a foul shot. She didn't play more simply because she pounded the ball a bit too much against the Heels instead of moving it around.


Shay Selby

 
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Shay was at her gunslinging best in this game. Coach McCallie praised her for the way she brought some "attitude" on the floor, even trading some streetball moves with the UNC players. While the three she hit in the first half was important, her long jumpers in the second half were even more crucial. One of them broke a 38-all tie, giving Duke the lead for good. The other was part of a 14-2 run that broke the game open for Duke and gave them the margin they needed to hang on. Shay also made some nice connecting passes, including a pass to Christmas for a trey. She did have 3 turnovers, but the one at the end of the game wasn't really her fault (someone should have called a time-out when she was running ahead of the game and started running out of room). She fought hard, scrapped for the ball and made an impact.




Seniors Outlast Carolina, 66-58
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