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The Devil's in the details: Women's basketball looks to get back on track, women's lacrosse firing away on offense

The Duke women's lacrosse team has run a high-powered offense so far this season.
The Duke women's lacrosse team has run a high-powered offense so far this season.

They say the devil is in the details. But in Durham, the Blue Devils are in the details—and numbers.


After taking three consecutive losses, Duke women’s basketball finally notched a win on the road Sunday against Clemson—overtaking the Tigers 64-61. The Blue Devils have struggled this season since they entered ACC play after suffering only one non-conference loss to No. 1 South Carolina in mid-December. With a 6-6 conference record before playing Florida State Feb. 11, the group had high hopes for what the rest of the season could contain. However, after a last-minute heartbreaker against Florida State, Duke strung along two additional defeats, including one during a trip to a Virginia team that was winless in ACC play at the time. The triumph against Clemson was marked by a last-second sequence during which sophomore guard Vanessa de Jesus stole the ball and drained a shot at the charity stripe to close out the match. Now sporting a 7-9 conference record, the Blue Devils have just two more games against Boston College Thursday night and North Carolina before the ACC tournament begins. 


Duke women’s lacrosse started its season off with a bang nearly two weeks ago, delivering a 22-3 blow to Gardner-Webb Feb. 11. Entering Thursday, the Blue Devils had only remained consistent in their performance on the field, with three more wins and still no losses on the calendar. Duke faced High Point Sunday, and in their effort to extend their record to 4-0, the No. 6 Blue Devils finished the day ahead 22-13, which makes it four straight games with at least 22 goals.


No. 23 Duke baseball hosted Virginia Military Institute for a three-game set over the weekend, facing a loss and two wins to open its season. The Blue Devils began the weekend Friday with a five-run loss to the Keydets but made it up Saturday and Sunday with 9-1 and 8-7 wins to close out the weekend. In the Blue Devils' best performance against VMI Saturday, they tacked on four runs in the eighth inning thanks to solid performances by Graham Pauley, Chris Crabtree, Damon Lux and Chad Knight.


After a heartbreaking fall to the unranked visiting Jacksonville team last Sunday, Duke men’s lacrosse came alive again with a thrilling 19-10 win against No. 11 Denver. Hosting at Koskinen Stadium for the fifth straight time this season, Duke had nine scorers contributing to the numbers, with Brennan O’Neill and Dyson Williams leading the pack with four each and Nakeie Montgomery coming close with a hat trick on the afternoon. Though it is still early in the season, for the No. 7 Blue Devils to beat another ranked team after their devastating loss proves that they are still competitive in the game and a force to be reckoned with.


The Blue Devils softball team traveled to Gainesville, Fla., for the weekend to compete in the T-Mobile Tournament, in which they played against Villanova, No. 4 Florida, Florida A&M and Louisville. Head coach Marissa Young's squad went 4-1 throughout the weekend, with a lone 9-3 loss to the hosting Florida team. However, Duke amassed 13 runs against Florida A&M en route to a 13-1 victory Saturday. They continued their stride in the second game of the afternoon against Louisville, notching six more runs to total a whopping 19 on the day.

Ana Young | Assistant Blue Zone Editor

Ana Young is a Trinity sophomore and an assistant Blue Zone editor of The Chronicle’s 118th volume.


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