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Previewing Monmouth at Duke
Duke Drubs Monmouth, 73-32
Duke Drubs Monmouth, 73-32
By Rob Clough
December 30, 2012



Duke set a team record by holding Monmouth to an astonishing 3 points in the first half in what was otherwise a sloppy, forgettable game. The Hawks were just 1-25 from the field in the half (4%, another Duke record) and 1-4 from the foul line. Holding the Hawks to 3 points tied an NCAA record held by Georgia Tech, amongst others. The Devils shot just 32% and missed at least a dozen layups. Starting forwards Haley Peters and Elizabeth Williams combined to go 1-11 in the first half. Fortunately, the Devils never stopped swarming and contesting on defense (10 steals and 17 turnovers forced) and paid close attention to the boards (+12 in the half and +27 for the game). Both were special considerations for Duke after mediocre showings in both areas in USC's tournament before Christmas. The Hawks had just 4 offensive rebounds in the first half and 6 for the game, which speaks to how well Duke blocked out.

Monmouth was playing without leading scorer Alysha Womack, who was hurt a couple of games ago against Delaware. She was a game-time decision, but Monmouth coach Jenny Palmateer opted to give her a little more time to recover. Her team did not react well without her; indeed, Palmateer conceded that they were intimidated in the first half. Once they settled down and realized that Womack was not there to save them, they were able to do some things against Duke's defense, shooting 41% in the second half and scoring a respectable 29 points. Duke's depth and toughness took its toll on the Hawks, especially Richa Jackson with her first real playing time of the season. It took took about fifteen minutes for Duke to gain total control of the game. While Monmouth was suffocated on their offensive end, the Devils missed a ton of shots and committed silly turnovers until a run earned 23-3 lead with five minutes to go in the half. It didn't take long for Duke to go up by 30 in the second half, and they slowly extended that bulge from there. This was a nice wake-up call of a game, "just what the doctor ordered" as coach McCallie put it, as the Devils faced a scrappy, well-coached team and ironed out some kinks. The long ACC season now awaits, as DWHoops Photos will return with the January 3rd clash at NC State.

Top Performers:

  1. Tricia Liston, Duke. 15 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals. Tricia had 7 of Duke's first 15 points during the agonizing first half and then warmed up and hit a couple of bombs in the second.

  2. Chelsea Gray, Duke. 13 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals. This was far from Chelsea's best game, but she still proved to be a difference-maker and a tough cover for Monmouth.

  3. Chevannah Paalvast, Monmouth. 15 points, 6 rebounds. After scoring just 1 point in the first half, Paalvast anchored her team's never-say-die attitude by hitting some tough shots and making plays.

Duke Blue Devils Team Box Score


Monmouth Team Box Score


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Previewing Monmouth at Duke
Duke Drubs Monmouth, 73-32

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