New look, same expectations.
Despite losing four starters from last year's squad, the Blue Devils were ranked No. 7 when the Preseason AP Poll was released Thursday. Duke plays Limestone tonight in its first exhibition contest and has been ranked in the preseason top-10 each of the past 15 seasons.
The Blue Devils opened the season with their annual Blue-White scrimmage Sunday and three new faces showed they were ready to step up and fill the void left by the loss of decorated players Chelsea Gray, Haley Peters, Tricia Liston and Alexis Jones.
Redshirt freshman Rebecca Greenwell made her debut with 18 points—all of which came on 3-pointers—freshman Azura Stevens had 16 points and transfer point guard Mercedes Riggs added 13 points and two steals.
The trio and a host of other talented underclassmen will look to rally around three-time All-American center Elizabeth Williams and fellow senior Ka'lia Johnson when the regular season starts Nov. 16 at Alabama.
Duke's talent will be put to the test early and often, as the Blue Devils are slated to take on seven top-15 squads this season and nine top-25 teams in total.