Full Version: WBB Game 5: #16 Duke (2-1) vs ODU (0-4)
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Duke. Currently they are ranked number 16 in the nation. Early in the season I'm not a big fan of the rankings. It's almost impossible to see every team and to judge where they should be ranked. But this is a talented team with a lot of firepower from last season. Last year they lost to Oregon in the Sweet 16 after losing to ND in the ACC Championship game.

(Also for those playing at home, NC State was just ranked in the top 25 as of today at #23)

The Blue Devils are 2-1 on the season with a RPI of 194.
@ Grand Canyon W 74-61 Record: 0-4 RPI: 278
Vs High Point W 77-50 Record: 0-2 RPI: 343
@ Villanova L 55-64 Record: 3-0 RPI: 15
vs ODU Record: 0-4 RPI: 316

Duke Starting Five
#04 Lexie Brown G 5'9" RSr 17.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.7 apg, 4.0 tpg, 2,7 spg, 44.4 FG%, 20.0 3P%, 95.0 FT%, 32.7 mpg
#05 Leaonna Odom F 6'2" So 14.8 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 0.7 apg, 3.3 tpg, 64.3 FG%, 75.0 FT%, 30.0 mpg
#21 Rebecca Greenwell G 6'1" RSr 12.7 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.0 spg, 42.9 FG%, 42.9 3P%, 1.000 FT%, 35.0 mpg
#35 Erin Mathias F/C 6'4" Sr 9.3 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.0 apg 1.3 tpg, 1.0 spg, 46.2 FG%, 66.7 3P%, 26.7 mpg
#12 Mikayla Boykin G 5'9" Fr 5.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.3 apg, 3.0 tpg, 1.7 spg, 28.6 FG%, 33.3 3P%, 50.0 FT%, 30.0 mpg
Top Bench
#25 Jade Williams F/C 6'5'" C 2.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.0 tpg, 28.6 FG%, 50.0 FT%, 11.0 mpg
#21 Bego Faz Davalos C 6'3" RdSr 2.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.3 tpg, 50.0 FG%, 0.00 FT%, 10.7 mpg

Duke has two redshirt seniors in Greenwell and Brown who might be one of the strongest backcourts in the country. Both have over 1,000 points in there career and are noted 3 point specialist. Last season Greenwell was a 1st team All ACC selection, Brown was a 3rd team. (Brown was a transfer from Maryland where she was a All ACC selection as well) Greenwell has been phrased for her defense, Brown has been on the All ACC Defensive team..both with Duke and Maryland.

Duke's entire roster is loaded with height. They have three players shorter than 6'0". They let most of there starters play though. But they have talent off the bench. For example, Bego Faz Davalos transfered from Fresno State where she was a two time Mountwain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year.

Inside the Numbers
Ast/TO ratio: Duke: 0.8, ODU: 0.7

Out of 346 D-I schools, ODU is currently ranked 337th in FT shooting. Yes it's an area of concern, but we have to work on our shooting and rebounding. If you saw NC Stae, one basket made our entire offensive output for the 10 minutes of play. After NC State, Coach McCray was concerned how we allowed 13 offensive boards to NC State. Enter Duke. They average 17.3 offensive boards a game, they have taller players, and they are more athletic than NC State. (hope NC State fans aren't reading this.... :-)

Our three point shooters, Kelly Loftus and Victoria Morris are really fun to watch. Neither spends a lot of time setting up the shot. It's almost a catch and quick release. I don't know if this series with Duke goes any further. I would love to play them in a couple of years down the road when we are ready. Coach Joanne McCallie seems to like the Ted though. So...maybe....
I have to say, although the Lady Monarchs were undermanned, undersized, and outmatched, they played very hard for 40 minutes. That is a sea change for this team. Duke was very big and more athletic, but our Ladies fought as hard as they could. It would be very easy to give in and hang their heads, but they continue to play with energy and determination. That has to be coaching. I hope Nikki can keep them fighting through the season. Victoria Morris is going to be very good.
I agree Lucky Lion. :-)

I have to admit that I gave a thank you to Timmons when she made her two of three free throws at the end of the game (with 0.01 seconds left on the clock) No they didn't matter in the overall outcome of the game. But up to that point, Duke's two All American's guards had actually scored more points together than ODU's entire team. (50-49) In the fourth quarter, ODU out rebounded Duke 14-12. (despite being shorter at every position) Most teams are not going to shot 8-for-10 from the 3 point line in the second half. Duke just got hot beyond the arc in the second half. Give them credit for making the shots....
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