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Duke Escapes the Tar Heels, 69-63
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Duke Escapes the Tar Heels, 69-63
By Rob Clough
February 26, 2012

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Duke Starters (from post to point)

Elizabeth Williams

 
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Even in what I considered to be one of her worst games of the season, Liz still delivered 13 points, 9 boards and a handful of great defensive plays. The Heels were clever with their traps, allowing what seemed to be daylight for a pass, only to go for the deflection rather than the outright steal. One-on-one, UNC had no one who could stop her, but she was stymied by a lot of help-side defense. She hit some tough shots, including a 15' jumper and several shots while being bumped, in the first half; but her three was a bad decision that she probably wouldn't do again. She was much less of a presence in the second half, getting just a single field goal on a stickback. The Heels did a great job of bodying her up and taking away her vision to make the right pass, and Liz was a little slow to make decisions. She was also just 1-4 from the foul line. This was a learning experience for Liz, and one that will prove quite valuable for the ACC tournament.


Haley Peters

 
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If Duke ever gives out an award for toughness, they should perhaps consider naming it after Haley Peters. After having her mouth bloodied by Shegog as well as taking a lot of additional punishment from the UNC senior, Haley just kept coming. In the first half, she alertly cut to the basket on a broken play and scored on a feed by Gray. She finished on another drive to the basket and hit 2 free throws before Shegog introduced her elbow to Haley's upper lip. Twenty stitches later, Haley came back in the second half and made some crucial plays. She hit a free throw to put Duke up by 13 with under ten minutes to go. After UNC had pulled within 6, she sank a step-back jumper to put Duke up by 8. When Vernerey missed the second of two free throws with under thirty seconds to go, she got the offensive board and passed it to Gray. She was tagged for a couple of offensive fouls, but I liked her overall aggressiveness and loved her rebounding.


Kathleen Scheer

 
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Leener scored on a cut and came up with a couple of nice defensive plays in the first half. She was much less effective in the second half as the Heels forced her to make some bad decisions.


Shay Selby

 
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Shay was hitting some high-difficult shots in this game, playing solid defense and getting the ball inside. About the only thing she did wrong was leave Brittany Rountree a couple of times. She sank a tough three, a difficult 17' jumper and scored on a drive. She also found Williams inside and Vernerey after Shay grabbed an offensive board. Selby came up with steals and simply hustled without getting too out of control. She's often played well against UNC and this game was no different for a player who goes out being a part of a team that won three straight regular season crowns.


Chelsea Gray

 
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Chelsea seemed uncomfortable for long stretches during this game. She opened the game with assists to Scheer and Peters but didn't score until the 6:19 mark of the half when she had a steal & layup. She followed that up with a 15' jumper and a spectacular pass to Liston for a three point play. It was a caretaker kind of half for her, one where she and her teammates focused on getting the ball inside and to cutters. In the second half, she hit another long jumper and then a spectacular steal & layup plus the foul. That was her last field goal of the game and it came with 16 minutes left to play. UNC would not let her beat them as they forced her into a number of turnovers, but Gray got to the line and hit 2 big foul shots with three minutes to go, then iced the game with a free throw with twenty seconds left. Her 7 steals were a career high, and her 7 assists moved her past Kira Orr for the Duke single-season record. She'll need to be much sharper in the ACC tournament and cut back on turnovers; I expect her to be a bit more rested and ready to go.



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Off the Duke Bench (in order of entry)

Tricia Liston

 
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Duke needed a big game from Tricia, and they got it. It wasn't just that she was hitting jump shots; indeed, she was just 1-5 from three. Instead, she was active all over the floor. She got to the foul line 5 times, she got the ball inside to Williams twice, and she was driving to the basket the whole game and finishing strong. Tricia was also active on the defensive end as she was deflecting passes and going after the ball. That overall toughness allowed her to lead the team in scoring.


Allison Vernerey

 
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Alli came up big on offense for the second straight game, and Duke really needed her contributions. She scored 6 straight points for Duke when Williams sat down, including a pretty reverse layup and a hook shot. It was her offensive rebound that led to Liston later scoring on a drive. In the second half, she scored just twice, but the second basket was huge, as it blunted what was otherwise a 12-1 UNC run. She did miss a bunch of free throws, but she had to be out on the floor because of her tremendous defense. Indeed, it was her block that essentially salted the game away in the final seconds. If Duke can get double-digit scoring out of her from now on, they'll have a chance to do some interesting things this March.


Ka'lia Johnson

 
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Ka'lia was overexcited when she came into the game, missing a corner three and another shot--and she wasn't close. I still think she can help Duke this year, but she has to focus on moving the ball and defense above all else.




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