No. 13 Duke held a 9-7 lead with three minutes remaining in regulation but surrendered back-to-back tallies to No. 10 Notre Dame as the hosts took the game into overtime, where Fighting Irish attacker Rachel Sexton capitalized on a costly Duke turnover and beat Blue Devil goalkeeper Kelsey Duryea to give her team a 10-9 win.
The Chronicle’s Cassie Calvert spoke with new WNBA commissioner Lisa Borders about her perspective on the league and memories of Duke. Their conversation has been condensed for clarity.
No. 4 Syracuse held off a late Blue Devil comeback, beating No. 13 Duke 14-12 in Syracuse, N.Y.,and handing the visitors their first loss in five games and first conference defeat of the season.
After hitting the road during spring break for a successful trip to the Northeast, the Blue Devils return home looking to extend their longest winning streak of the season and remain perfect in ACC play.
When the Blue Devils dropped a surprising one-goal contest to Elon Feb. 25, they rebounded by doubling up then-No. 16 Pennsylvania a few days later, notching their first win of the season against a ranked opponent. After another one-goal loss at home, Duke will try to do the same thing again come Saturday afternoon.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons (11-19, 2-16 in the ACC) Head Coach: Danny Manning Leading Scorer: Devin Thomas (15.7 PPG) Season Recap: After a promising 9-3 start to the regular season that included an upset of Indiana in Maui, it seemed Wake Forest was destined to improve on last year's 5-13 conference ledger.
After suffering a humbling loss to Elon Thursday evening, the Blue Devils regrouped with a big win Sunday to get back on track with their first win of the year against a ranked opponent and first victory since Feb. 12.
Learning comes from experience—as the cliché goes—and the young Blue Devils were reminded Saturday night that some lessons come more difficultly than others.