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Devils Prey on Seahawks, 107-45
Game Recap
 
Previewing Duke at Temple
Devils Prey on Seahawks, 107-45
By Rob Clough
December 20, 2011

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Duke Starters (from post to point)

Elizabeth Williams

 
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This was a workmanlike game for Liz, who came into the contest having hit her last eleven field goals. She made her first but pushed her next attempt to end that streak at 12 shots--second best in Duke history behind Sheana Mosch's 17 consecutive field goals. She scored on pin-point passes from Gray and lobs in from the high post from Vernerey, missing a couple of easy shots but mostly wreaking havoc on an overwhelmed UNC-W frontcourt. Seahawk coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke explained that her guards did a poor job of pressuring the ball, allowing Duke to get any shot they wanted. With no resistance from the perimeter, Duke had all day to get the ball inside and the poor UNC-W posts had no chance of contending with Duke's frontcourt. This game was interesting for Elizabeth because in addition to co-leading the team with 6 rebounds and blocking a trio of shots, she had 5 assists. Many of those were to Vernerey, but she also found Liston & Gray cutting to the basket as well.


Haley Peters

 
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Haley sat much of the first half due to foul trouble and had a field goal at the first half buzzer waved off because it came after time expired. She made up for that with 7 points in the second half, including a three, a bank shot, and a short jumper. Haley also found Scheer and Vernerey inside and dug in for 4 steals. This wasn't a vintage Peters performance, but she still hustled and got some results in the second half.


Richa Jackson

 
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If Richa had played more minutes, she would have put up some much bigger numbers. She played excellent pressure defense, leading the charge that shut down UNC-W's leading scorer Alisha Andrews (just 9 points and 13 turnovers). She's one of Duke's best finishers, especially in transition, as 3 of her 4 field goals came off turnovers and transition play. The other was a deadly turnaround jumper with a high arc on her shot. With 5 boards and 4 steals, she proved that she could do the dirty work as well as put the ball in the hoop.


Chloe Wells

 
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This was a mixed bag for Chloe, as she had trouble finishing off the dribble in traffic and flubbed a couple of transition opportunities. On the other hand, her passing was excellent and her ball-hawking was tremendous, as she dished out 7 assists and got a game-high 5 steals. She kept at it in the second half, scoring on two cuts, following her own shot, and splashing in a three. In the first half, she had 3 consecutive assists (including 2 in a row to Vernerey) and her aggressiveness kept Duke moving in transition. Overall, she did a nice job of disrupting UNC-W's offense and keeping their defense off-balance. If her performance wasn't always consistent, she never stopped attacking.


Chelsea Gray

 
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Chelsea was amazing in this game, showing us a number of tricks with the ball. Her body control and ability to alter her approach to the basket in mid-air are amazing. On one drive, she avoided the block by doing a windmill pump fake and bringing the ball low, then laying it in. Her next shot, a three, came when UNC-W went on a run; she gets an incredible amount of arc on her shot. On her next attempt, she posted up her opponent and finished with her left hand. On Duke's next possession, she redirected a Wells pass in transition with a touch pass to a wide-open Liston. Her last shot of the half was a cut on a pass from Wells; Gray had assists to Williams and Vernerey as well in the half. In the second half, she had a stickback, a spectacular steal & runout, and whipped a pinpoint pass to Wells on a cut. She had 10 assists in all to go with her rebounds and steals, and I still felt like she could have shot the ball more. Coach Cooper-Dyke said of her, "She's just so dynamic, patient, strong and as a fellow two-guard, I'm very impressed with her on both ends of the floor. Penetrating and getting to the basket or hitting the deep three pointer."



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Off the Duke Bench (in order of entry)

Allison Vernerey

 
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Alli used her size and quickness to dominate a flustered Seahawk club. She made her first 8 shots and the only attempt she missed the whole game came on a great-looking drive where she just barely missed. Otherwise, she scored mostly with her left hand on passes from the high post from Williams. Her passes into Williams were a devastating weapon for Duke, as UNC-W seemed powerless to stop them. Alli even hit 2 free throws with a slightly unorthodox but effective form. All told, she wound up with her career high 22 in an aggressive but efficient manner. I'd love to see that kind of aggressiveness against better opponents, especially since I think the high-low could work against a variety of foes.


Tricia Liston

 
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Tricia had a huge game, as her size was nightmarish for UNC-W to deal with. She alternated between driving to the basket, posting up smaller opponents and firing away from the perimeter. The Seahawks were baffled as to how to deal with her, especially given her ability to handle the ball. She came off the bench and immediately dropped in a three. She took over during Duke's late first half push, dishing assists to Vernerey, Jackson (after her steal) and again to Vernerey from the high post. Liston also finished in transition, drained another three and got a stickback. In the second half, she scored on a cut, a drive, and scored in transition. She grabbed 6 rebounds and wound up tallying 3 assists and 3 steals on her way to a solid overall game.


Ka'lia Johnson

 
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This was a solid showing for Johnson, who played what was probably her best all-around game to date. She had a nifty hesitation move off the dribble that got two defenders out of position, allowing her to drive to the basket for a score. KJ also scored in transition and found Frush & Liston for threes. She missed a couple of jump shots but otherwise looked much more comfortable in this game than she has in the past.


Amber Henson

 
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Amber looked a little wobbly after some contact early in the game, and never managed to get comfortable. She did have one beautiful drive from the high post (see our photo gallery starting here) but missed the layup -- still, it showed off her tremendous potential and versatility.


Kathleen Scheer

 
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Leener had her usual lunchbucket, no-ego game. She dug out 5 boards, scrapped for loose balls and scored on a drive and a post-up. I'm always impressed by how ready to play she always seems to be, and how efficient she is.


Jenna Frush

 
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This was a big night for Jenna, as she scored her first career points (a beautiful-looking three pointer from the left wing) and played a career-high three minutes. I was most impressed by her defense and attitude. She was all over her opponent, applying constant pressure and helping to force a turnover. Morever, when she scored that basket, she didn't celebrate--she simply acknowledged fellow EJAK member Ka'lia Johnson for supplying the assist. On the bench, you could see her frosh classmates Williams & Henson jump with joy when she drained that shot.




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