Sportswrap: Basketball season begins, football keeps winning in ACC play

Duke men's basketball and women's basketball combined to go 5-0 in their first week.
Duke men's basketball and women's basketball combined to go 5-0 in their first week.

Sportswrap is your one-stop shop for everything Duke athletics, where we’ll recap how each of Duke’s sports currently in competition performed over the last week and give a brief look ahead. Here is our recap for the week of Nov. 7-Nov. 13.


One week after realizing their postseason dreams at Boston College, the Blue Devils downed their third ACC opponent in as many weeks, this time with a 24-7 win against Virginia Tech in their first outing at Wallace Wade Stadium since Oct. 15. Duke’s defense gave up next to nothing after an opening-drive hiccup, the receiving corps starred and the Blue Devils (7-3, 4-2 in the ACC) defended their home field against the Hokies for the first time since 1981. No. 15 North Carolina clinched the ACC Coastal Division with a 36-34 win Saturday against Wake Forest, but second-place Duke has two more shots to bolster its bowl-game résumé, beginning with a Saturday battle at Pittsburgh. -Jonathan Levitan

Men's basketball

The seventh-ranked Blue Devils started their season with a bang. Duke (2-0) took down Jacksonville 71-44 in its opener Monday night and defeated USC Upstate 84-38 in Friday’s matchup. The defense wrote its name into the program record books, as the 82 points it has allowed is the fewest through two games since the 1946-47 season. Freshman Kyle Filipowski has gotten off to a strong start with back-to-back double-doubles, becoming only the second Duke rookie to start his career in that fashion. ACC Preseason Rookie of the Year Dereck Lively II made his debut against the Spartans and played just under 14 minutes. The Blue Devils travel to Indianapolis Tuesday to take on No. 5 Kansas in the Champions Classic before hosting Delaware at 7 p.m. Friday. -Rachael Kaplan

Women's basketball

It was a long week for the Blue Devils, as they won their first three games in the span of six days. Monday’s 77-57 victory against North Carolina A&T and Saturday’s 60-37 road win against Davidson were not perfect, with the former featuring record-breaking personal foul numbers for Duke (3-0) and the latter challenging the Blue Devils to find an offensive rhythm in the first half. But in Thursday evening’s 111-50 win over Charleston Southern, Duke’s 62 first-half points fell just short of beating the program’s all-time record of 65. Duke will finally have a few days off before taking on Texas A&M at home Thursday at 7 p.m and closing its week Sunday at Toledo. -Leah Boyd

Women's soccer

The Blue Devils will continue their run toward the College Cup after defeating Radford at Koskinen Stadium in the first round of the NCAA tournament Saturday night. Freshman forward Kat Rader began the scoring in the game’s 26th minute, and from there, Duke hit its stride with three other goals all scored within 40 minutes of Rader’s. Sophomore forward Michelle Cooper and freshman defender Elle Piper also added to the night’s scoring to finish the contest 4-0. The Blue Devils will host No. 7-seed Texas in the second round Friday at 6:30 p.m. -Ana Young

Men's soccer

Duke’s undefeated season came to an unceremonious end Sunday with a 2-0 loss to Clemson in the ACC tournament quarterfinals. Duke played conservatively throughout the night and was unable to muster any offensive firepower against the Tigers, who were able to string together two goals in the closing 20 minutes to advance to the semifinals. On the bright side, four Blue Devils (Peter Stroud, Shakur Mohammed, Kamran Acito and Eliot Hamill) won ACC awards Wednesday. All that remains for Duke is the NCAA tournament, which the Blue Devils will enter with a high seed and sky-high expectations to make a deep run in pursuit of the program’s second national title. -Robert Miron 


Duke survived a five-set whirlwind against Boston College Friday afternoon (25-18, 21-25, 25-13, 22-25, 17-15), earning its revenge after a road loss in September. Senior middle blocker Lizzie Fleming made her first start since that last matchup against the Eagles—she was taken out late in the match due to an injury—earning six blocks for the Blue Devils (15-11, 6-9). The fifth set included five ties and four lead changes, but when tied at 15-15, sophomore middle blocker Rylie Kadel and freshman outside hitter Kerry Keefe notched a kill each to finish it off for Duke. The Blue Devils will continue their conference slate Wednesday at 6 p.m. against Wake Forest and Sunday at 1 p.m. against Miami, both in Cameron Indoor Stadium. -Boyd

Cross country

Continuing their streak of excellence, the Blue Devils raced to Louisville, Ky., to compete Friday in the NCAA Southeastern Regional Championships. Both teams—men’s and women’s—battled 32 others to earn fifth-place spots. Though the Blue Devils did not manage to secure berths to the NCAA Championships, sophomore Amina Maatoug and senior Zach Kinne both qualified individually after finishing their races in sixth and ninth place, respectively. Despite a sprained ankle midway through the muddy race, freshman Dalia Frias pushed for 36th place, finishing fourth out of true freshmen in the field. Maatoug and Kinne will run one final time Nov. 18 at NCAA Championships in Stillwater, Okla. -Sophie Levenson


After a difficult challenge in the Maryland Duels last weekend, Duke bounced back Sunday at the Battle of the Citadel with outstanding individual performances. Senior captain Jonah Nisenbaum led the way, winning the competition’s heavyweight division. He bested Gage Braun of Southeastern University 4-1 via decision in the final. Logan Agin and Drake Doolittle also both won third place in the 125-pound and 133-pound weight class, respectively. Christian Coleman, competing in the 133-pound division after starting last weekend at 141 pounds, won three matches to finish in fourth place. The Blue Devils will hope to keep the momentum rolling into Sunday’s Keystone Classic in Philadelphia. -Luke Jovanovic


Duke ended its fall season at Sunday’s Rivanna Romp in Charlottesville, Va. Despite all Varsity 8 teams placing in the top 11 and three Varsity 4 boats finishing in the top eight, Duke’s Novice 8 boat stole the show with a first-place performance that beat out second-place Virginia A by 38 seconds. The Blue Devils will return Feb. 1 for a spring scrimmage against Virginia. -Audrey Wang


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