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#2 Duke Outlasts #10 Marist, 71-66
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#2 Duke Outlasts #10 Marist, 71-66
By Rob Clough
March 21, 2011

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Player Stats and Analysis




Duke Starters

Krystal Thomas

 
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After a forgettable first half at both ends, Krystal proved she was ready to help her team survive and advance. She scored four minutes into the half by finishing a pass from J.Thomas. She had a stickback to draw Duke within 2 after finding Jasmine for a three. She had back-to-back baskets to make it 57-54 after Duke fell behind by 7 points. Most importantly, the 56% free throw shooter knocked down two pressure packed foul shots with 28 seconds left to give Duke a two possession lead.


Allison Vernerey

 
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Alli really struggled in this game. She pushed all of her shots a little too hard, missed the front end of a one-and-one and then missed both halves of an intentional foul. Those latter 2 shots could have salted the game away a little early. There was no lack of effort on her part; indeed, she was trying just a bit too hard. I was baffled as to why she was even on the floor at a time when Marist was going to foul Duke's worst free throw shooter, especially given that she had played so few minutes up to that point. I'm guessing it was a defensive move (since Alli had had some success at closing out on shooters), but it would have made more sense to go small in that scenario with great foul shooters. That would have been the right time to bring in Scheer, for example.


Karima Christmas

 
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Karima scored Duke's first points of the game and 4 of their first 9 thanks to a couple of free throws and a spinning layup. Then she picked up her second foul and sat on the bench for the rest of the first half. She began the second half by finishing a lob and broke a Duke drought by getting a stickback on Duke's 4th crack at the basket. Her final basket of the game was a steal & layup that cut Marist's lead to 53-50. That didn't mean she stopped contributing in this game, however. She had a dish to K.Thomas for a score, blocked a shot and came up with 4 more rebounds and 2 more steals. She was at the top of Duke's matchup zone, and it was her mobility, strength and size that made it so effective in the second half. Marist had to go around and behind her to score as their penetration was neutralized.


Jasmine Thomas

 
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Jasmine struggled to finish shots for most of the game but managed to play through it. Marist's strategy was to force Duke to finish layups rather than foul, and it was a wise move. When Jasmine missed a layup and her own stickback attempt, it was clear that this was going to be one of those games. She did quickly bounce back to drop in a three point bomb but was silent for another ten minutes. She exploded once again with a drive, a steal & runout and a driving floater to pull Duke within 23-19. She scored the last of her 12 first half points with another three that made it 25-22. Jaz became more of a distributor in the second half as she found Christmas and K.Thomas inside for baskets. That said, she hit another big three to cut the lead to 43-39 and scored a big bucket in transition to push Duke's lead up to 63-60 and fire up the crowd. In some ways, her most important moment as a leader came when she yelled at Chelsea Gray to shoot an open three. Gray sank that shot and promptly went on to carry the team to victory down the stretch. This was very much a passing of the torch moment, a transition that one hopes will continue in Philadelphia.


Shay Selby

 
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Shay had a quietly solid game. She scored early on a pretty spin move and then early in the second half in transition. She missed her jump shots as well as the front end of a one-and-one at the end of the first half. However, she came up with a key offensive rebound and assist to Scheer to break a long Duke scoring drought at the end of the half.



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Off the Duke Bench (in order of entry)

Haley Peters

 
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Other than her 4 turnovers, this was a brilliant, clutch performance by Peters. Every single shot she hit (and she was 4-5) was crucial for Duke. She hit 2 shots during Duke's long scoring drought in the first half that prevented thanings from getting really out of hand. She hit a jumper during Duke's first big push in the second half and drained 2 free throws during a second push. She hit a huge shot with Duke trailing by 4 with under five minutes left; had she missed that shot or turned the ball over, it probably would have been over for Duke. Then she finished up the game by making 2 game-clinching free throws. Throw in 5 rebounds and pretty solid defense, and you have a high-impact game off the bench.


Chelsea Gray

 
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The Closer once again proved how cool she is under pressure after having almost no impact on the game for 30 minutes of game time. Indeed, she shot 2 airballs and turned the ball over twice in a very casual manner in the first half. However, when she hit a three with ten minutes to go to draw Duke within 48-46 with time running down on the shot clock and nowhere else to go, it seemed to flick a switch in her inner competitor. After Marist scored 5 straight points, she scored on a drive. She fed K.Thomas inside to cut the lead to 57-54. With Duke down 4 with under three minutes to go, she pulled up from way behind the line and splashed in a three that had her buzzing around the floor with delight. She followed that up with a steal and 2 free throws. Another steal and transition bucket put Duke up 65-60 with about 1:30 to go, forcing Marist into scramble mode. Chelsea hit 1 of 2 foul shots to make it 69-66 with 14 seconds left; one more shot would have sealed the game up, but she still did well to lead Duke to that point. This game was a great example of how absurdly talented she is and yet how far she has yet to go to become a consistently great player.


Richa Jackson

 
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I thought Richa added a nice spark toward the end of the first half as she stuck back a miss to cut Marist's lead to 5. She looked a bit lost on defense at times, but I would have liked to have seen her get a little more run in the absence of Christmas.


Tricia Liston

 
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Tricia was obviously very nervous in this game. She missed 2 free throws and rushed her only field goal attempt of the game. She did come up with 3 rebounds but also traveled trying to set up near the basket. Tricia is a gamer and is the sort of player who will be able to come back and contribute given her next opportunity. The key for her is to have a little fun and stay loose.


Chloe Wells

 
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Chloe had an assist to Jaz for three but didn't have much of an impact otherwise. Marist had her well scouted, knowing to stay in front of her.


Kathleen Scheer

 
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Leener hustled like crazy to get four rebounds and scored a key basket late in the first half. That said, she was sometimes caught in the wrong place at the wrong time on defense and didn't give Duke any kind of advantage on the floor against Marist. This was through no fault of her own. She was asked to be one of Duke's main post players with both Krystal & Allison on the bench, and it simply didn't work. Mercifully, that experiment mostly ended in the second half.




#2 Duke Outlasts #10 Marist, 71-66
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