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Reigan Richardson puts the ball up during Duke's win against Wake Forest.
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Beats' picks: Can Duke women's basketball outlast North Carolina in season's first rivalry showdown?

Duke welcomes hometown rival North Carolina to Cameron Indoor Stadium Sunday afternoon for their first showdown of the season. Before the 2 p.m. tipoff, The Chronicle’s beat writers are here to offer their predictions about how the Blue Devils will fare.


From left: Camilla Emsbo, Ashlon Jackson, Taina Mair and Reigan Richardson celebrate during Duke's suffocating win against Virginia Tech.
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'You can see it': Duke women's basketball's defense-first, youth-forward game plan secures rout of Virginia Tech

It would be easy to let up defensively and get frustrated after an abysmal offensive start, but like this team has always done under head coach Kara Lawson, the offensive struggles did not affect the defensive effort. The Blue Devils roared back with a motivated performance and knocked off Virginia Tech 63-46 in a thrilling environment.