On Wednesday night, the Duke women’s basketball team was back on the court in their first exhibition game of the season. The Blue Devils won 122-77 over visiting Glenville State. They broke out to a 13-0 lead and never looked back.
At the half, the Blue Devils led 68-35 and just about everyone played (even Jenna Frush, who scored two points).
Overall, Duke shot 60.5% from the field (49-of 81) and made 6-of-10 three pointers. The free throw line was still an issue, as they only made 18-of-27. Freshman Kendall McCravey-Cooper only made 1-of-4, while Alexis Jones and Richa Jackson only made 1-of-3 each.
The Blue Devils out-rebounded Glenville State, 52-43. They had 34 assists compared to 22 turnovers (which was an Achilles heel last season). They did however, force 30 turnovers and had 23 steals. The Blue Devils held them to 30.6% shooting (26-of-85).
Duke scored 84 of their 122 points in the paint. They had 35 points off turnovers and 28 fastbreak points.
The Duke starting five was just too much for Glenville State. All five scored in double-figures, led by Jones, who dropped in 20 points. She made 9-of-10 shots and had five steals. She had four assists, but committed two turnovers.
Chelsea Gray and Elizabeth Williams each contributed double-doubles. Gray scored 12 points and dished out 14 assists (compared to two turnovers). She also hauled in six rebounds and had four steals. Williams scored 19 points and hauled in 15 rebounds. She also had five assists (and no turnovers) and six blocks.
Haley Peters also scored 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting. She made 5-of-6 free throws. Tricia Liston chipped in 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting (3-of-6 from beyond the arc).
Despite struggling at the free throw line, Jackson scored 15 points off the bench. She went 7-of-8 from the field.
It was a tough shooting day for the freshmen, as McCravey-Cooper and Oderah Chidom combined to go 3-for-11 from the field. Despite the fact that they struggled shooting, they were beasts on the glass. McCravey-Cooper hauled in five rebounds (four on the offensive glass) and had four blocks. Chidom hauled in nine rebounds (two offensive), but committed seven turnovers. They still have some work to do.
Amber Henson was back on the floor and made a three pointer in her time on the court. She also blocked a shot, dished out an assist, and had a steal.
For Glenville State, Tiffani Huffman scored 19 points on 5-of-12 shooting while Kenyell Goodson scored 14 points (4-of-15).
The Blue Devils are back on the court for their final exhibition game on Sunday against Coker College.
*Gray and Peters were two of 30 preseason candidates for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS award. Duke is the only school with more than one candidate. The group of thirty will be dwindled down to ten by midseason. The winner will be announced during the Final Four and will be the one who best exemplifies the four c’s: character, classroom, community, and competition.