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Duke Pummels NC A&T, 87-36
The Nutshell
 
Preview: Wake Forest at Duke
Duke Pummels NC A&T, 87-36
By Rob Clough
January 9, 2015


Analysis and Stats (JS)



In memory of Jim Sabiston

Why Duke Won: Duke dominated the paint (46-10 in paint points) against a big team and turned 21 turnovers into 33 points. Sometimes, it's simple.

Why NC A&T Lost: They were made to play a chuck-and-duck style, which did not play to their strengths as a team.

The Game Turned When...: Duke went on a 14-0 run midway through the first half to turn a competitive game into a blowout.

X-Factor: Oderah Chidom. She's really thriving in her role off the bench, giving Duke scoring and rebounding bunch as a true change-of-pace player.

Areas For Improvement: Duke gave up a lot of good, open looks from three to NC A&T. they did a better job in the second half of breaking through screens to get to shooters, but a flurry of long-range jumpers allowed the Aggies to briefly stay in the game late in the first half.

Ramifications: This was a nice tune-up game for the ACC season against a potential #16 seed in the NCAA tournament.

Duke Starters (from post to point)

Elizabeth Williams

 
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I loved this game from Liz, who regularly fought off triple-teams to deliver smart passes, time and again. Her first was to Cooper inside, but she mixed it up with dishes to shooters like Johnson as well as posts like Chidom. Those two work the high-low game quite nicely, with Liz in the high post and Oderah in the low post. Williams was more aggressive in looking for her own shot in the second half, scoring on post-ups and stickbacks. However, she continued to dish out assist over assist until the game got out of control and she took a seat.


Kendall Cooper

 
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Coach McCallie noted that she gave Kendall the starting nod because she liked what she saw out of her on defense against UConn. In an otherwise forgettable game, Cooper made enough of an impact and effort to earn a promotion, just a few weeks after she barely saw any time off the bench. Lineups are fluid for McCallie's team, based very much on consistent effort but also recent effort. Cooper had a great first half, hitting free throws, scoring on a pass from Williams, blocking shots and finding Greenwell for a three. Her second half was marred by some turnovers, but she still got rebounds and picked off a couple of passes. All she really needs to do is rebound and defend. Anything else is gravy for Duke.


Azurá Stevens

 
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Stevens was a nightmare matchup for A&T; their players didn't know how to deal with a huge post player who was as mobile as she was. She had a steal and smooth layup for Duke's first points. Then she hit a bank shot on an inbound pass, found Calhoun for a jumper, got a stickback, another steal and layup, and then 2 foul shots. She finished the half with a three point play and another stickback, scoring almost as many points by herself (15) as A&T had as a team (20). She missed several layups in the second half (unusual for her) but rebounded and defended quite nicely.


Sierra Calhoun

 
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Sierra had a relatively quiet game, finding Greenwell for a fast break, hitting a short jump shot, nailing 2 foul shots and sinking a trey early in the second half. It was a sadly ordinary game, considering it was her finale at Duke. She has amazing potential as a player and plays the game with verve and desire; she will be greatly missed and we wish her well.


Rebecca Greenwell

 
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Rebecca picked her shots well. She scored on a fast break, hit a wide-open short jumper and nailed a three late in the half. She was otherwise sort of lying in the weeds. Greenwell darted up to strike in the second half, starting with a three and a dish to Williams for a score. Later in the half, she scored in transition, hit a three, and then had a steal that led to a Johnson three point play. That was followed by another trey and a fast break basket, ending her night with a surprising team-leading 20 points.



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Off the Duke Bench (in order of entry)

Ka'lia Johnson

 
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McCallie noted that she still continues Ka'lia to be a starter even if she didn't start in this game. She made an impact as a defender and took smart shots, like a wide-open three on a relocation pass from Williams. She attacked the basket hard in the second half, twice earning three point play opportunities and several foul shot attempts. She also hit Greenwell for a three and played solid overall defense. She responded to coming off the bench by simply playing not just harder, but smarter.


Amber Henson

 
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Amber got just a few minutes, as I'm guessing this was a time to save her knees given the short turnaround time to the Wake Forest game.


Oderah Chidom

 
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In the first half, she had a couple of nice finishes on passes from Williams. She also had a perfect touch pass out to Greenwell for a wide-open 15' jumper. In the second half, she had a three point play and then followed that up with those three consecutive assists. She continued to attack the basket as she got great passes from Mathias and created open shots for Greenwell and Frush. She only had 2 fouls and 1 turnover, making this one of her most efficient games.


Mercedes Riggs

 
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Other than a steal, this wasn't an impact game for Riggs, who had real trouble with A&T's press at times.


Erin Mathias

 
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Erin didn't score, but she impacted the game in other ways. She grabbed rebounds, played defense and had two nice passes into Chidom for scores. This was a mature game for her.


Jenna Frush

 
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Jenna got some extended run and looked comfortable doing it, nailing a three on a perfect relocation pass from Chidom.




Duke Pummels NC A&T, 87-36
The Nutshell
 
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