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Devils Dominate Deacs, 70-53
The Nutshell
Preview: Clemson at Duke
Devils Dominate Deacs, 70-53
By J.P. Mundy
February 5, 2015

Analysis and Stats (JS)

In memory of Jim Sabiston

Why Duke Won: Coach P will probably lament the 15 turnovers, but in the end it was Wake Forest's inability to hold the ball that gave the Blue Devils an easy win.

Why Wake Forest Lost: Did I mention that the Deacs turned the ball over a lot? That's a habit for them, and their record reflects that.

The Game Turned When...: Two straight Mykia Jones threes trimmed a 16-point lead to 10 with 9:28 remaining in the game. Greenwell answered seconds later, followed by a Stevens layup, and it was all over.

X-Factor: Duke attempted 12 more shots than the Deacs Thursday night, a result of the strong defense and 11 second chance points.

Areas For Improvement: The younger Blue Devils need to continue to value the basketball, and their run through the ACC should go smoothly until it's time to head to Greensboro. Wake Forest needs a point guard. One. Coach Jen Hoover needs to pick somebody and groom them. That team is loaded with sophomores, so she has time- but she needs to develop that talent.

Ramifications: Duke has now won four straight games, and sit at 8-2 in the conference. Wake Forest is going nowhere fast, sitting at 10-14 and 1-9 (!) in the conference. Hoo, boy.

Did Not Want - "Wake's Shooters Hitting More than Ten Threes": Wake was a respectable 7-13 from downtown, but on a night where Duke uncharacteristically protected the basketball, 23 Deacon turnovers nullified that threat.

DWHoops thanks JP Mundy for his special coverage tonight. He'll be joining us here and at the Digest for coverage of the 2015 ACC Tournament. Follow him on Twitter via @JP_Mundy

Duke Starters (from post to point)

Elizabeth Williams


Oderah Chidom


Azurá Stevens


Rebecca Greenwell


Ka'lia Johnson


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Off the Duke Bench (in order of entry)

Kendall Cooper


Amber Henson


Mercedes Riggs


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Jenna Frush


Devils Dominate Deacs, 70-53
The Nutshell
Preview: Clemson at Duke

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