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2015 NCAA Preview - Spokane Regional
 
NCAA: Maryland Knocks Out Duke, 65-55
Analysis
NCAA: Maryland Knocks Out Duke, 65-55
By Rob Clough
March 28, 2015


The Nutshell: Final Four Bound Terps Too Much for Devils


SPOKANE ARENA -- Duke's injury-plagued but fascinating season ended at the hands of old foe Maryland. The Devils were close for much of the game, but they could never quite match Maryland's perimeter game. Indeed, Duke even took the lead six minutes into the game with a score by Elizabeth Williams, but the Terps' Laurin Mincy countered with a trey. Later in the half, Williams got Duke within a single point, only to be countered once again by a Mincy trey. With three minutes to go, Williams scored again, only to be countered a third time by Mincy. After Maryland went up by 9, four straight foul shots from Ka'lia Johnson and Williams brought Duke to within five. Duke actually got a stop, but the Terps grabbed the offensive rebound and Mincy was fouled taking a three. That was the story of much of the game: Duke pounding the ball inside and getting a score, only to be trumped by a Maryland long-range shot.

In the second half, the Terps kept Duke at arm's length. Ka'lia Johnson and Azurá Stevens prevented the Terps from running away with the game, as KJ scored on a drive and hit a couple of foul shots. A three point play by Stevens brought Duke within 37-32, but Shatori Walker-Kimbrough nailed yet another three. The Devils kept coming, and a trey by Rebecca Greenwell and a score by Williams made it 42-41. Duke turned the Terps over, but Amber Henson missed and Walker-Kimbrough scored again. Greenwell missed a trey and Maryland's Brene Moseley hit a three, and a Williams turnover led to another Terp score. That 7-0 run gave the Terps a working margin that they'd keep the rest of the game. Back-to-back treys by Walker-Kimbrough and Moseley pushed a six point lead up to 12, and that was pretty much it for Duke's season.

Top Performers

  1. Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, Maryland: 24 points, 3 rebounds. Walker-Kimbrough bombed Duke in the second half and hit several critical threes.

  2. Laurin Mincy, Maryland: 15 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists. Mincy scored all of her points in the first half to give Maryland its substantial lead.

  3. Elizabeth Williams, Duke: 18 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists. Liz was able to get good position and finished well.


Duke Blue Devils Team Box Score

PTSFGFG %3FG3FG %FTFT%AO-D-REBBLKSTLTOPF
1st239-2536.01-616.74-4100.032-12-140467
2nd3212-2548.02-366.76-6100.054-6-101488
TOT5521-5042.03-933.310-10100.086-18-24181415

Maryland Team Box Score

PTSFGFG %3FG3FG %FTFT%AO-D-REBBLKSTLTOPF
TOT6523-5244.28-1942.111-1384.61711-22-33241310
1st3110-2540.04-1040.07-7100.073-13-160163
2nd3413-2748.14-944.44-666.7108-9-172377


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2015 NCAA Preview - Spokane Regional
 
NCAA: Maryland Knocks Out Duke, 65-55
Analysis

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