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Duke Mauls Pitt Panthers, 93-55
Player Stats
Devils Survive Charlotte, 61-55
The Nutshell
Previewing Duke at Charlotte
By Rob Clough
November 25, 2010

Four Game Trip Continues Close to Home

Charlotte -- Sunday, November 27, 5:00 PM, Halton Arena

2010 Snapshot: 18-14, 9-5 Atlantic Ten, WNIT Second Round

Last Meeting: 11/23/09 (Cameron Indoor Stadium) Duke Leaders Down Charlotte, 57-44.

Current Records: Duke 5-0; Charlotte 3-1

Significant Losses: The 49ers lost guard Aysha Jones, who averaged 10 ppg, 4 rpg and 29% from three. They also graduated forward Ashley Spriggs, who put up 10 ppg and 6 rpg. The other departed starter is forward Erin Floyd, who posted 8 ppg and 5 rpg.

Who's Coming Back: Charlotte returns three significant guards and one forward. That includes leading scorer Shannon McCallum, a wing who averaged 14 ppg, 3apg, 3 spg, 1 bpg and 7 rpg along with 28% shooting from three. Also returning is playmaker Kendria Holmes, who put up 9 ppg, 3 rpg and 3 apg. 6-3 forward Jennifer Hailey put up 5.5 ppg and 5 rpg, while reserve guard Jaquaria Forney averaged 3 ppg and 3 rpg. 6-4 center Amanda Dowe showed promise last year in limited minutes.

Epiphany Woodson, shown here battling Abby Waner in 2009, transferred from Miami to Charlotte after that season.
The Skinny: Charlotte's getting production from several newcomers, including a couple of transfers. Epiphany Woodson, a guard transfer from Miami, is averaging 13 ppg, 5 rpg and 2 apg. Shannon McCallum's sister Paige is a wing who's a JuCo transfer and has quickly moved into the starting lineup with Woodson to put up 9 ppg, 5 rpg and 3 spg. Frosh forward Gabby Tyler is averaging 6 ppg and 3 rpg, while Dowe has moved into the starting lineup with a credible showing of 4 ppg and 5 rpg.

This is a decently athletic bunch with some size and scoring punch. S.McCallum is a do-it-all player, making an impact at both ends of the floor. Everyone else falls in around her: Woodson is a scorer who can handle the ball, Holmes is a playmaker who can score, Tyler and Dowe are big bodies who crash the boards and P.McCallum is a little more physical than her sister. To date, they've defeated a solid Hampton club that had already upset James Madison. S. McMillan had 22 points and 15 rebounds in that game.

Karima Christmas will draw the initial assignment of guarding her, and she'll need to do it without fouling (one of McCallum's favorite ways to score). Coach McCallie rarely sticks to having just one player check a team's best scorer, instead rotating a number of different match-ups to keep that player off-balance. Thus, while Karima will start on her, you'll likely see Chelsea Gray, Haley Peters and possibly even Richa Jackson take turns on shutting her down. McCallum will try to do too much sometimes and cough up the ball, and the Devils have to work to make this happen.

Shutting down S.McCallum is important because Charlotte doesn't have a lot of shooters. They're currently hitting just 23% from long range, with S.McCallum's 36% the best mark on the team. She was held to 8 in last year's loss to Duke but is a much more confident player now. This game will be held as part of a double-header with the Charlotte men's team, which could mean a more active crowd than usual. The Niners were a sticky defensive team a year ago, and this game will be a good measure of how fluid Duke is as a team now. When Florida beat them in the second round of the preseaon WNIT, they did it by forcing turnovers, scoring off those turnovers and getting lots of second-chance points. These are things that Duke does well, so expect Duke to concentrate on hustle and disruptive defense.

  • S. McCallum stuffing the stat sheet.

Duke Mauls Pitt Panthers, 93-55
Player Stats
Devils Survive Charlotte, 61-55
The Nutshell

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