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UConn Continues Duke Mastery, 83-52
The Nutshell
 
Preview: NC A&T at Duke
UConn Continues Duke Mastery, 83-52
By Rob Clough
December 29, 2014


Analysis and Stats (JS)



In memory of Jim Sabiston

Why UConn Won: The Huskies dominated in any number of categories, but their 17-2 edge in fast break points (many of them coming in the first half) signaled that they simply did a better job of getting easy baskets than Duke.

Why Duke Lost: There are any number of reasons why Duke lost, from losing UConn's shooters in the second half to turning the ball over 22 times, but I'll pick rebounding as the biggest factor. Duke was not only outrebounded for the first time all year, they gave up an unthinkable 13 offensive rebounds to the Huskies, a team that shot over 50% in the game.

The Game Turned When...: Moriah Jefferson hit back-to-back threes to start the second half, giving UConn a double-digit lead they would never relinquish.

X-Factor: Kiah Stokes. While the beefy center didn't do much in terms of offense, she bodied up Williams and blocked 4 shots. She gave her team just enough physicality to shut Duke down in the post.

Areas For Improvement: UConn always exposes bad spacing, poor shot selection and one-on-one play. Duke was actually OK with regard to the latter (11 assists on 17 field goals), but the spacing and shot selection weren't great. The fact that the team and coaches could only get Rebecca Greenwell a grand total of two field goal attempts points to UConn's mastery of Duke's offense.

Ramifications: The Devils essentially need to forget this loss. Dwelling on it could be a confidence-killer for a young team. Certainly, Duke needs to play hard for forty minutes against all opponents, but they simply need to go back to basics and use their considerable team strengths against upcoming opponents.

Duke Starters (from post to point)

Elizabeth Williams

 
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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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Oderah Chidom

 
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Kendall Cooper

 
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Mercedes Riggs

 
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UConn Continues Duke Mastery, 83-52
The Nutshell
 
Preview: NC A&T at Duke

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