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Everyone is a little bit sluggish when they get up in the morning, but wakes up as the day goes on. For the Blue Devils, a sluggish start to the season appears to be giving way to their waking-up.
Each of Duke's past two seasons has ended the same: a tough loss in the NCAA quarterfinals, tantalizingly close to a return to the College Cup. This season is not shaping up to be more of the same.
Duke's ascension to ACC and national contention has been continuous and steady. But in the biggest game in their five-year history, the Blue Devils’ crushing loss was punctuated only by sharp swings from UCLA to Duke and back again.
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’s our recap for the week of May 16-22.
One year ago, Duke made its first ACC tournament breakthrough, upsetting Florida State to get to the conference championship game against Clemson. Facing that same stage again one season later, the Blue Devils played a thriller but came up just short.
This era of Duke baseball has been defined by early-season rust and late-season surges. But in 2022, it’s been too much rust and not enough surge.
Duke has landed another transfer.
The last time that Duke had an all-conference big, she transferred to Connecticut. Six years later, the Blue Devils got to steal away a high-quality big for themselves.
Because adding just one former Bulldog wasn't enough.
In anticipation of the second full women's basketball season under head coach Kara Lawson, the Blue Zone takes a look at the upcoming recruiting class and more:
From the moment head coach Kara Lawson joined Duke, she has surrounded herself with high-quality assistants. And Tuesday, she made sure to continue that trend.
2021 was a breakout year for Duke, as “Team Four” was the ACC champion, made the program's first NCAA tournament and missed the NCAA Super Regionals by just one run. That team likely wouldn’t have missed that stage, however, if it had scored more than two runs across its first 25 innings at the NCAA tournament.
With a record above .500 but a resume unbefitting March Madness, the Blue Devils were a shoo-in for a WNIT bid. But they didn’t even consider playing.
GREENSBORO, N.C.—Nearly two months ago, the Blue Devils headed down to Coral Gables, Fla., where a strong fourth quarter from Miela Goodchild staved off a Hurricane upset. Duke sat 38th in the NET rankings at the time, while Miami was outside the top-55.
The Blue Devils entered their fourth home invitational looking to recover from their top-five loss to Florida Feb. 18. They got two opportunities to notch a ranked win against Michigan, both times carrying momentum from early-afternoon run-rule wins.
Spring hasn’t sprung until the ballpark is baked in sunlight. And Tuesday afternoon, Duke sprang to life under near-record-high temperatures for a Feb. 22 day in Durham.
For the first time in 740 days, Duke took the field with fans lining the stadium. And while the weekend may not have had a storybook opening, the Blue Devils closed the weekend on a high note.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.—The optimism was unbridled after Duke upset No. 9 Iowa more than three months ago. Sure, the Hawkeyes were coming off of a COVID pause, but their stars had still combined for 43 points and didn’t look too out-of-place. The Cameron Crazies were as fervent as they’d been in two years.
As Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby said, all that you can do in winter is “stare out the window and wait for spring.” The calendar may still say winter, but baseball is back, and this Duke team has a lot to be excited about this season. The Blue Devils will have to replace the offense of Michael Rothenberg, Ethan Murray, Joey Loperfido and Peter Matt, but they return Chris Crabtree, RJ Schreck and Graham Pauley, the last player in that list being someone who head coach Chris Pollard praised in the team’s preseason media day. On the bump, Jack Carey has gone on to pro ball and Henry Williams will miss the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, but it is likely that Cooper Stinson will once again be the Friday starter with last year’s closer Marcus Johnson and sophomore Luke Fox likely rounding out the weekend trio. Additionally, the freshman class for this year is loaded, checking in at ninth in the national recruiting rankings. -Jake Piazza
The last time N.C. State visited Cameron Indoor Stadium was Feb. 2020, when Duke was looking for a late-season statement win. It led late in the second half, but Elissa Cunane and the Wolfpack perimeter shooting downed the Blue Devils late.