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NCAA: Maryland Knocks Out Duke, 65-55
The Nutshell
 
2015 Blue White Scrimmage Recap
NCAA: Maryland Knocks Out Duke, 65-55
By Rob Clough
March 28, 2015


Analysis and Stats (JS)



In memory of Jim Sabiston

Why Maryland Won: The Terps pressed their advantages in the backcourt, as either Mincy or Walker-Kimbrough was able to get loose at any given time. Most importantly, they had 17 assists on their 23 field goals, indicating an ability to make connecting plays against Duke's zone.

Why Duke Lost: As I noted in the preview, the team that controlled the boards would win the game. Duke was -9 on the boards and only had six offensive rebounds the entire game. That simply wasn't enough to generate points against a Terp team that rebounds from all positions. Duke only got rebounding from Williams.

The Game Turned When...: .The Terps went on a 7-0 run after Duke pulled to within 42-41 with thirteen minutes left. Duke never got closer than five the rest of the way, and did not attempt to extend the game by fouling Maryland until the final minute, when it was far too late.

X-Factor: Brene Moseley. The guard came off the bench for 8 points, including a big trey when the Terps were only up by three in the second half.

Areas For Improvement: The Devils didn't use their size well enough to control the boards, although they did dominate points in the paint 34-20. They didn't get enough extra shots and turned the ball over just enough to give the Terps an advantage.

Ramifications: Maryland went on to defeat Tennessee and reach the Final Four, where their reward is UConn. They become the eighth team to achieve multiple Final Four appearances since Duke's last Final Four appearance (2006). Duke's season ended at the spot one would have expected for their seeding.

Duke Starters (from post to point)

Elizabeth Williams

 
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Liz was able to score fairly easily against the Terps, but not so easily that they were forced to double team her much. Maryland's Brionna Jones was a tough cover and gave Maryland just enough scoring balance that Liz was occupied at all times. There's no question that Liz was one of Duke's greatest players, even if her postseasons didn't go the way she wanted.


Azurá Stevens

 
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While Stevens was able to score, she struggled against the smaller and fast Terp guards and wasn't able to take advantage of them on the other end. This is a game where Duke desperately needed more skilled guards (which led to Riggs actually getting six minutes) in order to take advantage of what Azurá could provide them. While locking up Greenwell was crucial for the Terps, limiting Stevens' output was just as important.


Amber Henson

 
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Amber had just a single bucket in a game where more scoring from her was badly needed. She and Maryland's Malina Howard essentially cancelled each other out as stretch fours, with neither making much of an impact. The problem is that Duke needed Henson more than Maryland needed Howard.


Rebecca Greenwell

 
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Becca was keyed in on from the very beginning by the Terps. She only hit a single trey, though that shot cut the lead to three in the second half as part of a 5-0 run that got Duke to within a single point. She only got seven shots, which is a tribute to the way Maryland was keeping someone on her at all times.


Ka'lia Johnson

 
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KJ had a heroic effort in her final game, as she repeatedly attacked the basket, played excellent defense (she held Maryland point guard Lexie Brown to a single point) and even hit some jump shots.



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Off the Duke Bench (in order of entry)

Kendall Cooper

 
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Kendall had a score late in the first half that brought Duke to within 2 points. Duke could have used more offense out of her, but she was also in foul trouble at times.


Mercedes Riggs

 
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Mercedes was put in to match up a bit with Maryland's guards. Her foul on Laurin Mincy taking a three was a killer at the end of the first half.




NCAA: Maryland Knocks Out Duke, 65-55
The Nutshell
 
2015 Blue White Scrimmage Recap

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