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Duke Thrashes Armstrong St, 100-45
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Duke Rolls Alabama, 90-40
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Duke Rolls Alabama, 90-40
By Orin Day
November 16, 2014


NOSH Nutshell: No Trouble for Devils in Tuscaloosa


Duke used its superior size and strength to dominate an overmatched Alabama team in the season opener for both teams, rolling to a 90-40 victory in Tuscaloosa. While the Blue Devils had many post weapons that the Tide couldn't counter, the clear star of stars was a completely healthy and active Elizabeth Williams who truly exhibited All-American form on both ends of the court. Williams and the tandem of starter Amber Henson and sixth woman Oderah Chidom owned the paint, outscoring Alabama's entire team for the contest despite just playing a combined 64 minutes. But Williams wasn't alone in the health department, as Rebecca Greenwell made her college debut with a bang - a line of 17 points, 10 rebounds, and seven steals placed her near triple-double territory. Early foul trouble for Ka'lia Johnson put the ball in Greenwell's hands more often, and she responded admirably.

Duke came out on the floor of Foster Auditorium with a take no prisoners attitude, running out to a 6-0 and then 22-2 lead. Duke's first 15 points came either in the paint or from the free throw line, until Sierra Calhoun stroked a three pointer. On possessions where Duke's press didn't result in a turnover, the Blue Devil posts were swatting Alabama's shots. When the dust cleared on the first half, Duke held a 30-4 advantage on points in the paint, with only one of the Crimson Tide hoops coming from their half court set. Duke outrebounded Alabama 23-8, had 12 steals, and blocked six shots. The only low spots for Duke were foul trouble (Henson and Ka'lia Johnson with two each) and a combined 13 turnovers. Seven of Alabama's 15 points came off those turnovers, with Duke's post defense preventing it from being any worse.

The Blue Devils didn't let up in the second half, cleaning up some of the turnover problems while continuing to dominate the glass. Any hopes of Alabama making it close were dashed by Duke holding a 24-1 rebounding advantage on the Tide's offensive glass, and if Duke had managed more than just 1-8 from three point range the final margin might have been greater than 50 points. In the end, it was a good start for a Duke team with many new key parts which they'll seek to build on Thursday at Old Dominion.

Top Performers:



  1. Elizabeth Williams, Duke. 17 points, 12 rebounds, 6 blocks, 2 assists, 2 steals. A healthy Williams is a sight to see, and her assists were just as impressive as her rejections. Plays like those will be key in energizing the Cameron crowd and her teammates this season.

  2. Rebecca Greenwell, Duke. 17 points, 10 rebounds, 7 steals, 3 assists. In her first college game, Greenwell played like a veteran, well demonstrating her versatility and fitness of her knees (32 minutes). When her three point shot wasn't falling, she got to the line, and was always the first to 50-50 balls.

  3. Oderah Chidom, Duke. 17 points, 7-9 FG, 5 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals. Chidom came off the bench to spell Amber Henson early, and rattled off 10 points during Duke's coup-de-grace.

  4. Hannah Cook, Alabama. 19 points, 2 steals. This freshman was the only bright spot for Alabama. If she represents the type of player that Kristy Curry can bring to Tuscaloosa, the fortunes of that program are bound to change for the better.

    Duke Blue Devils Team Box Score

    PTSFGFG %3FG3FG %FTFT%AO-D-REBBLKSTLTOPF
    TOT11940-8746.06-2524.033-4868.82426-57-8315232630

    Alabama Team Box Score

    PTSFGFG %3FG3FG %FTFT%AO-D-REBBLKSTLTOPF
    TOT4014-5525.53-2213.69-1656.385-17-22492325


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Duke Thrashes Armstrong St, 100-45
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Duke Rolls Alabama, 90-40
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