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Blue Devils Squeak Past Western Kentucky

Last Friday, Duke suffered its worst loss in years when it was upset by unranked Hartford on a neutral court.

This time around, the No. 12 Blue Devils avoided a stunner--but just barely.

Keturah Jackson made two free throws with 10 seconds left as Duke beat Western Kentucky 59-56 in Bowling Green, Kent., surviving a game that could have put a serious dent in Duke's early season.

And while the game did not register a loss on the scoreboard, the Blue Devils returned to Durham having lost two players, at least for the game.

Sophomore point guard Jasmine Thomas did not play due to a sprained MCL she sustained in practice Wednesday, and her backup, freshman Chelsea Hopkins, injured her knee midway through the game and will be further evaluated when the Blue Devils come back to campus. Senior guard Abby Waner also appeared to tweak her ankle, but she still played 36 minutes and filled up the box score with seven points, six steals, six rebounds and four assists.

Senior Chante Black posted a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Jackson led the team with 12 points on the night.


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