As the college basketball season looms, it's finally time for the Blue Zone to preview the 2022-23 Duke women's basketball roster. We previously looked at Bo Shaffer, Emma Schmidt, Jiselle Havas, Lee Volker, Imani Lewis, Emma Koabel, Vanessa de Jesus, Mia Heide, Kennedy Brown, Shay Bollin, Jordyn Oliver and Reigan Richardson. Next up is Oregon State transfer Taya Corosdale:
Year: Graduate student
Last year's stat line (Oregon State): 31.9 MPG, 7.3 PPG, 7.4 RPG
Game breakdown: Taya Corosdale’s versatility as a combo forward will make her a vital member of Duke’s lineup this year. The Oregon State transfer racked up a 43.3% field goal percentage last season with the Beavers; in tandem with her 31.5% three-point percentage on 2.4 attempts per game, Corosdale will help Duke’s offense spread the ball out by making herself an option on the inside and outside.
The Bothell, Wash., native also brings great court vision to both ends of the floor. Her 7.4 rebounds per game last season—on top of the fact that she blocked 3.2% of opponents’ field goal attempts, good for the 84th percentile, per Her Hoop Stats—highlights her ability to position herself well underneath the net. Corosdale ranked in the 87th percentile in assist-to-turnover ratio last season, sitting in the 93rd percentile the season before, per Her Hoop Stats.
“I would say I’m pretty versatile,” Corosdale said at Duke’s media day Monday. “I can play the four. I can defend multiple positions. On offense, I can go inside and outside and I can knock down a three.”
Role on the team: Corosdale will likely be the starting four for the Blue Devils this year. Averaging just under 32 minutes per game last season with the Beavers, her stamina combined with her versatility makes her someone that head coach Kara Lawson can count on to step up when Duke is struggling in certain areas, particularly shooting and rebounding. The Blue Devils have plenty of depth in their frontcourt this year, though, so she’ll be vying for playing time with Kennedy Brown—likely to be Duke’s primary center this season—and Mia Heide; so while Corosdale will likely start, she won’t see as many minutes as she did with Oregon State.
Projected stats: 23.0 MPG, 7.0 PPG, 5.8 RPG
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Leah Boyd is a Pratt senior and a social chair of The Chronicle's 118th volume. She was previously editor-in-chief for Volume 117.