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ACC QF: #1 Devils Thump #9 Wake, 79-50
By Rob Clough
March 4, 2011

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Duke Starters

Krystal Thomas

 
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Krystal was unusually passive on offense, scoring only an a Jackson feed. She also found Jackson for a basket when she was double-teamed in the post. She didn't do a great job of jumping out on Garcia, who mostly got any shot she wanted. Krystal will need to play with far greater intensity when Duke faces Georgia Tech and huge center Sasha Goodlett.


Allison Vernerey

 
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This was the usual high-energy effort from Alli, but the results didn't quite pan out for her as well as she would have liked. She was just 2-6 from the foul line and 1-4 from the floor as she couldn't get shots to drop. Vernerey did stay aggressive throughout the game and didn't concede baskets to Wake's Brittany Waters, and that wound up being very important.


Karima Christmas

 
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Karima started off the game in attack mode, going to the line for 4 foul shots. She then picked up a couple of quick fouls and sat for much of the half. In the second half, she had a stickback during Duke's clinching 10-0 run. Richa Jackson actually did a lot of the usual sort of thing Rima does in a typical game, but Christmas will be badly needed to slow down Georgia Tech's Alex Montgomery.


Jasmine Thomas

 
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Jasmine had early assists to Peters and Selby for jump shots and drained a three of her own before she went down with her injury. When she returned, she finished in transition with great ease and knocked down another three as though nothing had happened. She took it easy in the second half, sitting out most of the time.


Shay Selby

 
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Shay did a great job of keeping everyone positive and focused when Jasmine went down with her injury. She hit a couple of big early threes to knock Wake back a bit, scored in transition and set up a play for Wells in the corner. Selby mostly rested in the second half after she found Vernerey inside for a score.



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Off the Duke Bench (in order of entry)

Haley Peters

 
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Haley was her usual hard-working self, hitting 2 jumpers, scoring on a couple of posts and also getting a basket in transition. She was sloppy with the ball at times but was also scrappy, getting to a number of loose balls and rebounds. She also found Selby for a big three.


Tricia Liston

 
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Tricia didn't show too many negative effects from slicing open her finger, though she did come off the bench instead of starting, as she had the past couple of games. She was aggressive on the boards, came up with some loose balls and finished a drive during Duke's big first-half run. She hit a long try in the second half.


Chloe Wells

 
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Chloe played quite well in this game, especially when she was paired with Selby. She worked a two-woman game with Selby when Shay drove and tossed the ball to Chloe in the corner, turning around to set a solid screen. Wells drained the wide-open three. Chloe found Liston driving to the basket and later found Jackson & Scheer for scores. She pulled up from beyond the NBA three point line and drained that shot and later scored on a drive. She still took a dubious shot or two and pounded the ball a bit much for my taste, but didn't make any mistakes, played scrappy defense and was an offensive weapon.


Chelsea Gray

 
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Chelsea looked much better in this game than she did against UNC, gettinganice workout with fourteen minutes of play without putting too much stress on her ankle injury. Duke welcomed her play back with welcome arms, given that she can do things no other Devil can. She found Haley Peters inside posting up and tossed a nifty look-away pass to Richa Jackson. She sank a 17' jumper late in the first half when Duke had gone three minutes without a field goal. In the second half, she sank those huge back-to-back treys to put the game away. She was rusty at times with a couple of careless turnovers but otherwise had a strong impact on the game.


Richa Jackson

 
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Richa had her career high with 15 points. She had a knack for scoring at crucial junctures. She had 4 points (on a cut and a jumper) during Duke's 15-0 run in the first half. When Wake pulled within 12 points in the second half, she had 4 points and an assist to beat back that run. She also hit 3 foul shots and had a turnaround jumper in the lane. Richa also went after rebounds and provided a physical, aggressive presence for Duke when they needed someone to step up.


Kathleen Scheer

 
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Leener moved the ball around nicely, finding Peters for a layup and Gray on one of her back-breaking threes, and sank a 15' jumper. This was her usual high-energy, mistake-free games.




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