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Huskers Hold Off Duke, 60-54
The Nutshell
 
Preview: #1 South Carolina at #9 Duke
Huskers Hold Off Duke, 60-54
By Rob Clough
December 3, 2014


Analysis and Stats (JS)



In memory of Jim Sabiston

Why Nebraska Won: They stayed just close enough on the boards to prevent Duke from completely dominating the paint, and they hit enough perimeter shots to stay just ahead of the Blue Devils.

Why Duke Lost: Duke wasn't able to press its advantages effectively enough, nor could they come up with key stops when needed down the stretch.

The Game Turned When...: Duke pulled within two with about five minutes left and twice got stops. The first time, Johnson missed a layup. The second time, Stevens missed a shot. Duke forced yet another miss after that, but Erin Mathias fouled and sent Nebraska to the line. That four point lead would stand up.

X-Factor: Ball movement. Nebraska didn't shoot well (38%), but they had assists on 16 of their 21 field goals. That speaks to Duke's problems with disrupting a disciplined, patterned offense.

Areas For Improvement: Adjustments. Every team lacking size and/or elite speed is going to make KJ take jump shots. Unless she either improves or Duke figures out another solution to this problem, the Devils will have trouble against ranked opponents.

Ramifications: Duke absorbed another painful road lesson and has to go back home knowing that they could have won either game if they had corrected a few things. Williams should be ready to play on Sunday vs South Carolina, and Duke will need every ounce of her talent to compete against the #1 team in the country.

Duke Starters (from post to point)

Oderah Chidom

 
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Azurá Stevens

 
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Sierra Calhoun

 
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Rebecca Greenwell

 
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Ka'lia Johnson

 
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Off the Duke Bench (in order of entry)

Amber Henson

 
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Kendall Cooper

 
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Erin Mathias

 
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Lyneé Belton

 
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Mercedes Riggs

 
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Huskers Hold Off Duke, 60-54
The Nutshell
 
Preview: #1 South Carolina at #9 Duke

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