Blue Devils cruise past Shaw, 138-32, in exhibition

Posted October 30, 2012

— Junior Tricia Liston scored 36 points as the third-ranked Duke women’s basketball team cruised past Shaw, 138-32, on Tuesday evening in Cameron Indoor Stadium. On a night when Duke’s stifling defense tallied 30 takeaways from the Bears, the Blue Devils were able to capitalize scoring 41 points off turnovers.

“Happy to see a nice, intense 40 minutes,” said Head Coach Joanne P. McCallie. “I know it is an exhibition and I know that we had outmanned them, but we are still getting the rebounds and doing the things that you need to do as a team. Once you create those habits in an exhibition, you can duplicate them in a game.”

Duke cracked open the game from the opening whistle when senior Allison Vernerey put away a layup just five seconds into the game. The Blue Devils pressured the Lady Bears causing four turnovers in the opening three minutes and continued the onslaught, scoring 30 unanswered points in the opening 10 minutes of play. Duke Logo More Duke Stories

Shaw struggled with the aggressive Duke defense in the first half giving up 14 first half turnovers leading to 21 Blue Devils points. Liston, a native of River Forest, Ill., went eight of nine from the field in the first half including hitting five of six from beyond the three-point arc. Junior Haley Peters tallied a double-double in the first half with 11 points and 10 rebounds and junior Chelsea Gray dished out seven assists as Duke pressed on to earn a 72-18 lead at the halftime break.

According to Peters, the Blue Devils were focused on rebounding and defense entering the game.
“We watched the film of our Blue/White scrimmage and we talked about that,” said Peters. “We wanted to correct things we didn’t like from that film. Defense and rebounding were two of those things. Being more physical and dictating the tempo, pushing the ball, not walking the ball up the floor, I think we did a better job of that tonight. Just generally communicating, talking more with each other.”

Duke opened the second half with a 17-8 run behind a trio of three pointers from Liston to put the Blue Devils up, 89-26. Liston continued her hot shooting in the second half and finished the game 13-of-15 from the floor and hitting seven of eight from long distance for 36 points.

“We were pushing it a lot in transition,” said Liston. “There were times when it would swing all the way around the perimeter and I had a wide open shot. I think my teammates were looking for me and finding me in good spots. A couple of times, I had a trail three which coach was talking about, me playing the four, so that had me coming up from behind and getting good looks from there.”

The Blue Devils continued to use their length to an advantage on the glass, out-rebounding the Lady Bears, 30-11, in the second half to give them a 72-26 edge in the game. With this rebounding edge, Duke was able to earn 34 second-chance points in the game.

Four Blue Devils finished the game with double-doubles including Liston who finished with 36 points and 12 rebounds, Vernerey (15 points, 11 rebounds), Gray (20 points, 10 assists) and Peters (15 points, 18 rebounds).

“If you never get 18 rebounds like Haley did, then you have no idea what it is like to pull down 18 rebounds,” said McCallie. “By having those experiences whether it is Tricia having 36 points, whether it is Tricia rebounds or Haley points, you just get used to productivity and I think that is very important. Again, it is an exhibition, pretty strong 40 minutes, some good things on film for us as well, and we’ll get ready for Sunday.”

On the game, the Blue Devils shot 57% from the floor and 57.9% from beyond the arc.

The No. 3 Blue Devils will next take the court on Nov. 4 against Queens in Cameron Indoor Stadium at 2:00 p.m. The match-up will be Duke’s final exhibition before beginning the regular season on Nov. 17 against Presbyterian.


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  • Dudeanonymous Nov 1, 2012

    903 Rogue is exactly right. The women's team has quite a few injuries on the bench, so they had to keep at least 2 starters in the rotation for the entire game. So there is nothing "inappropriate" about it. It is what it is.

  • Me again Oct 31, 2012

    they should implement a mercy rule in women's basketball.

  • 903 mens national championships Oct 31, 2012

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    Read what I said:

    Duke coaching staff probably needs to run their regular rotation at full speed in these exhibitions because they don't get many other opportunities to do so in the preseason. This is a rare opportunity for the regular rotation to face competition that simulates what they are gonna see during the regular season. That's why they needed to play the first string and sit the second.

    And if you looked at the stats from the blue/white game on sunday, you'd see that they only have 8 players available, so the blue/white game was the duke women against their male scout team. They don't even have a full second string to put in. They currently have 5 starters and 3 on the bench.

  • itsnotmeiswear Oct 31, 2012

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    The second string of Duke's women's team has got to be a lot better than Shaw's starters so your reasoning holds no water whatsoever. I can understand going hard for a half, but then you should have your deep bench playing plus the manager with further restrictions on how soon they could shoot in the shot clock or after so many passes(10). The risk of injury and the lack of sportsmanship far outweighs any potential benefit.

  • avidreader Oct 31, 2012

    But it builds character and makes the losing team so much better!!! /s

  • still heelman1973 Oct 31, 2012


  • 903 mens national championships Oct 31, 2012

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    The Duke coaching staff probably needs to run their regular rotation at full speed in these exhibitions because they don't get many other opportunities to do so in the preseason. As it is, they have to scrimmage against Duke undergrad men with the requirement that they played varsity high school somewhere. At a small private school with the high academic standards Duke has, it is hard for them to even find enough Duke guys that fit that requirement. Alot harder than it would be at a larger school and especially ones with low academic requirements.

  • Toddler10-21 Oct 31, 2012

    Cantbtaught have thought that the majority of Shaw women basketball team were seniors last year? Division 1, and Division 2. There is a big diffrence. Believe me Duke has there azz whippings coming! Remember Duke men only beat Shaw men by 14 last year. Also I wonder if Duke women played Shaw women last year? Probably not because they knew they were good.

  • same ole story Oct 31, 2012

    I would hand in a resignation if a team of mine took a beating this bad!!!!! It goes to show how different these divisions are. So if you are a national champ in a division, and play the next higher bracket division, get totslly embarassed by that team by 106 points, does that championship mean anything???? NO!!!

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again01 Oct 31, 2012

    I wish media outlets would do more to distinguish between men's and women's sports. I saw the headline and assumed it was the men.

    I wish they'd do something on those sports scores "tickers", like at the bottom of the ESPN screen, too. I know on the far left it says "WBB" for "Women's Basketball". But when you see the score, you don't know until you look to the far left to see if it was men or women. It's annoying. They should have the background be pink for women, and blue for men or something. Then you wouldn't have to scan to the left to see the "MBB" or "WBB".

    And WRAL should do the same with the titles of their articles. Why not write "Lady Blue Devils cruise past Shaw 138-32, in exhibition"?





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