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Devils Etch Limestone, 100-33
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Duke Thrashes Armstrong St, 100-45
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Duke Thrashes Armstrong St, 100-45
By Rob Clough
November 2, 2014


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Duke's young team encountered another equally inexperienced Division II squad in Armstrong State, and while Duke won 100-45, one could see a number of areas where Duke will need to improve. Armstrong lost most of their players from last year's Sweet Sixteen squad, and the first ten minutes of the game reflected just how jittery this new group was. Duke bludgeoned them with an opening 36-4 run, as the Pirates simply couldn't hit shots. Elizabeth Williams had 12 points in the run and Rebecca Greenwell had 12 as well, while Kendall Cooper came off the bench to score 6. Duke's inside-outside balance was tremendous, and they turned a couple of turnovers into fast break scores. On the rare occasions where Duke missed, they scooped up offensive rebounds for stickbacks three times. The scoring also included a weird incident. A foul was called on Armstrong's # 34, Alexia Somerset. As I looked to the scorecard to mark the foul, I noticed that her name wasn't there. Turns out her name wasn't given to the scorer's table either, so her participation in the game resulted in a technical foul. The Pirates (rightly) looked like a bunch that had never played together.

Then Shermika Harris hit a three, and Armstrong's competitive switch went off after being tossed around for ten minutes. They snapped off a 7-2 run as Duke took their foot off the gas and looked a little disorganized with some younger players. Armstrong discovered that if you can turn the corner on Duke's guards and go baseline, then there's a great chance to score, dish or get fouled. They didn't convert as well as they could have, hitting just 5-10 from the line, though Duke only went 9-14 themselves. Of note, when Duke got the ball to Williams or Ka'lia Johnson made decisions, the Devils tended to score. Johnson stopped the run with a dish to Sierra Calhoun for three and then scored on a drive right up the gut. Williams scored on a spin move and then dished to Lynee' Belton for a score. Still, the Devils had breakdowns and dumb fouls in the last minute of the half, which made the score 54-23.

Johnson drove twice to get great looks for Greenwell, who splashed in a couple of threes to get Duke back on track in the second half. Still, Armstrong kept up and was only behind 20-14 in the half before Duke went on a 24-3 run to put the game in the ridiculous stratosphere. Duke dialed in and played much better team ball at both ends. They did a much better job at getting in good defensive stances, rotating over to the open shooter and applying pressure. On offense, there was better communication and a more concerted attempt at getting the ball inside instead of one-on-one attempts at the hoop.

It was definitely a concern to see Armstrong get so many open looks from long range. This was exclusively a result of poor rotations and a lack of communication. When Armstrong threw on a full court press and generally made the game go faster, they forced Duke into a number of turnovers. The Pirates scored 18 points on those turnovers, compared to just 17 points off of Armstrong's 15 turnovers. Calhoun and Greenwell and particular had trouble with the press, which is not surprising since both are ballhandlers-in-training. Quick wings and penetrating guards are going to give Duke problems unless players step up the way that Belton did: she took two charges. Greenwell took the first charge of her entire life. Duke's going to need more of that, and from more players, in order to become a good defensive team that can stop elite players. Top Performers:



  1. Elizabeth Williams, Duke. 23 points, 18 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 blocks. Liz took forceful advantage of her superior quickness and size against an overmatched Armstrong team. She looked like she wanted to dominate at both ends.

  2. Rebecca Greenwell, Duke. 31 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists. Becca got good looks at the basket from long range, was aggressive in attacking the basket and went hard after the ball.

  3. Shermika Harris, Armstrong State. 21 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists. The speedy guard had to hoist up a lot of shots, but she didn't back down against Duke's defense.


Duke Blue Devils Team Box Score

PTSFGFG %3FG3FG %FTFT%AO-D-REBBLKSTLTOPF
TOT10038-7352.16-1931.618-2572.02317-51-681192125

Armstrong St. (Exh) Team Box Score

PTSFGFG %3FG3FG %FTFT%AO-D-REBBLKSTLTOPF
TOT4517-7522.73-1816.78-2236.4916-21-37071521


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Devils Etch Limestone, 100-33
Analysis
 
Duke Thrashes Armstrong St, 100-45
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