Duke women win big in final exhibition game

The Duke women’s basketball team had their final exhibition tune up on Sunday before the regular season begins next Sunday in California and they went out with a bang. The Blue Devils never trailed in beating Coker College, 102-50. They led 57-25 at the half and gave up exactly 25 points in each half.

They dominated every aspect of the game. The Blue Devils forced 24 turnovers and had 18 steals. They scored 36 points off those turnovers. They also had 36 fast break points. Duke shot 60.9% from the field and made 3-of-9 three pointers. Coker College made just 14-of-57 shots (24.6%) and only connected on 3-of-21 shots from beyond the arc.

It took Coker College about four minutes to score their first basket and committed 13 turnovers in the first half.

Elizabeth Williams versus Wake Forest in 2013 (screen shot via ESPN3.com).

Elizabeth Williams versus Wake Forest in 2013 (screen shot via ESPN3.com).

The inside game was just too much for Coker College. The Blue Devils out-rebounded them 53-32. They blocked 15 shots. They scored 74 points in the paint and had 20 second chance points.

Elizabeth Williams led the way, as she finished with a double-double: 29 points and ten rebounds. She made 14-of-15 shots and blocked five shots. She got the Duke scoring started just five seconds into the game and scored ten points over the game’s first eight minutes (in which Duke led 25-4).

On the negative side, Williams only made 1-of-7 free throws.

The free throw shooting continues to be a glaring negative in the preseason, as Duke only made 15-of-28.

Tricia Liston scored 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting. She made 2-of-4 three pointers and was a perfect 2-for-2 from the free throw line. She finished with seven assists to just one turnover. She also hauled in seven rebounds (three offensive) and had five steals. Chelsea Gray only scored six points (3-of-6 shooting), but dished out 12 assists to just two turnovers. She also had five steals.

Haley Peters had a solid game, as she scored 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting. She also hauled in seven rebounds and had three steals. However, she only played 16 minutes due to foul trouble.

However, the Duke bench came up big in her absence. Freshman Oderah Chidom made 5-of-7 shots and 7-of-10 free throws to finish with 17 points. She also hauled in five rebounds. Fellow freshman Kendall McCravey-Cooper scored six points and hauled in seven rebounds (four offensive). She also blocked four shots. On the negative side, these two also committed four fouls.

Ka’lia Johnson played 21 minutes off the bench and scored nine points on 4-of-7 shooting. She also hauled in six rebounds (three offensive) and had two steals.

 

For Coker College, Jessica Cohen led them in scoring with 15 points on just 4-of-11 shooting. She did however make 7-of-9 free throws.

 

Next up for the Blue Devils is their trip to face number nine Cal on Sunday at 6pm ET to open the regular season. It is a homecoming for seniors Gray and Chloe Wells.

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