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#2 Duke Holds Off #3 DePaul, 70-63
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#2 Duke Holds Off #3 DePaul, 70-63
By Rob Clough
March 27, 2011



It wasn't very pretty in the second half, but a deep Duke team withstood a late rally by DePaul to make it to their second straight Elite Eight and a rematch with UConn. On a day when Duke got no offense from its post players, it was the perimeter trio of Chelsea Gray, Jasmine Thomas and Karima Christmas that carried the day. When those three were in the game, DePaul simply couldn't match up with Duke, and the Devils built up a fifteen point lead in the first half. When one or two of them went to the bench, as it happened early in the second half, the Devils struggled on offense. Fortunately, the Blue Demons weren't able to get many easy points (Duke held a 40-20 edge in points in the paint) and Duke did a great job of getting to the foul line with 21-29 shooting. Gray & Thomas combined for 12-12 shooting from the line. Duke did a much better job of dealing with a team that liked to run motion and spread the floor than they did against Marist. Duke forced 19 turnovers, committed just 13 of their own and were +9 on the boards. When Duke wins the hustle battle and gets to the foul line, it's tough to beat them. We'll see if they have the toughness to get angry at how they badly they were beaten at UConn earlier this season, rather than simply being intimidated by facing the defending champs.

Top Performers:

  • DUKE Karima Christmas: 23 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals
  • DUKE Jasmine Thomas: 19 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists
  • DEP Deirdre Naughton: 17 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists

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#2 Duke Holds Off #3 DePaul, 70-63
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