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Duke fans in Cameron Indoor Stadium were sent to their feet many times Saturday afternoon during the Blue Devils' rout of Boston College—for different players and different plays. Sometimes, it was for freshman center Dereck Lively II, who slammed home three big dunks in the first half; other times, graduate guard Jacob Grandison got standing ovations for swishing two threes, and freshman forward Mark Mitchell celebrated after he went on an 8-0 run late in the game with two corner threes and a dunk.
Duke tipped off its conference slate Saturday afternoon against Boston College, featuring a first half in which the home team eventually pulled away. After 20 minutes in Cameron Indoor Stadium, the Blue Devils lead the Eagles 35-23.
Senior Gracie Johnson was named first team All-ACC for the 2022 season Monday afternoon, while freshman Kerry Keefe earned a spot on the ACC All-Freshman team.
For the last few seasons, Duke head coach Kara Lawson has often emphasized her main goal for offense: She wants to play fast. One of the main qualities of the 2022-23 squad she has touted is its athleticism, which lends itself to an effective transition offense.
It was expected that Duke would need some time to find its identity. With a new head coach at the helm, two star freshmen working to return after preseason injuries and a host of new faces, it takes more than just a few practices to mesh and find what works.
It was a low-scoring affair to open up No. 8 Duke’s appearance in the Phil Knight Legacy in Portland, Ore. After one half at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, the Blue Devils lead the Beavers 29-27.
Duke lost the fifth set 15-13 in its Sunday match against Miami—certainly a textbook heartbreaker. But it found another hard-to-stomach end to its regular season Wednesday afternoon, this time against an even greater foe.
A brief glance at box scores would indicate that Duke seems to be handling its schedule with relative ease—but a deeper look at some of the other stat columns shows that the Blue Devils have struggled with their offensive discipline as of late and is unproductive when not in transition. The question now for Duke, is whether its defense is enough to carry it to victory until it can remedy its offensive inconsistencies.
It took 20 shots for Duke to get on the board against Texas. And now, it has still been more than 20 years since the Longhorns last emerged victorious against the Blue Devils.
One of the main priorities of defenses taking on the Blue Devils should be to shut down “two of the best forwards in the United States,” as Radford head coach Ben Sohrabi described Duke forwards freshman Kat Rader and sophomore Michelle Cooper.
Monday morning was a record-breaking occasion in Cameron Indoor Stadium, as Duke surpassed its single-game foul record in its season-opening win against North Carolina A&T. But in the first half Thursday evening against Charleston Southern, Duke almost found a much better meaning of record-breaking.
With Duke's season right around the corner, five of The Chronicle's beat writers predict all things Blue Devil basketball.
Duke’s pep band welcomed fans into Cameron Indoor Stadium Saturday afternoon with an energizing rendition of “Take On Me,” the 1985 hit that reminds listeners “It’s no better to be safe than sorry.”
As the sun cracked through the last lingering clouds on a brisk October morning, spectators looked on as senior guard Celeste Taylor booked it across the court at Duke’s open practice, eventually catching her breath at the baseline after completing the three-man-weave drill. What they didn’t see was years ago, when Taylor would book it across the parking lot after dinner, determined to be the first of her family to reach the car. And while Taya Corosdale’s versatility was on display for the Blue Devil faithful, the slightly cramped atmosphere of Cameron Indoor Stadium stands in drastic contrast to the colorful coastline of San Diego, one of many stops her family made on basketball trips to make the sport something fun for her—to protect her younger self from burnout.
2021-22 record: 17-14 (10-10 in the ACC)
2021-22 record: 29-8 overall, 14-6 in the Big Ten
In “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” Lucy places a football on the ground for Charlie Brown to kick, showing him a notarized agreement that she will not pull the football out from under his feet as she usually does. And as audiences get their hopes up, Lucy again sends Charlie flailing onto his back, revealing that she did not actually sign the form.
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:
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 and Emma Koabel. Here is Vanessa de Jesus:
Normally, block parties are known for their music, dancing and outdoor festivities. But Wednesday evening, Duke volleyball hosted a different sort of block party in Cameron Indoor Stadium.