Garrett Spooner


Reigan Richardson drives with the ball during Duke's loss to UConn.

Duke women's basketball fell short against UConn. But that shouldn't detract from a promising, gritty season

Much like Saturday night against a star-studded UConn team, Duke pushed through injuries, roster construction uncertainty and a tough early season schedule. Nothing was handed to the Blue Devils all year. Truly, Lawson’s squad deserved all that came its way, including the first Sweet 16 appearance under her leadership.

Reigan Richardson plays defense against Ohio State.

Beats' picks: Can No. 7-seed Duke women's basketball continue run, upset Bueckers and UConn in Sweet 16?

No. 7-seed Duke, fresh off a second-round upset of No. 2-seed Ohio State, make the trip to Portland, Ore., Saturday evening for a date with No. 3-seed UConn. The Chronicle's beat writers are here with their predictions about whether the Blue Devils can continue their remarkable run and advance to the Elite Eight.

Senior center Kennedy Brown battles with Richmond's defenders in the post.

Beats' picks: Will No. 7-seed Duke women's basketball keep marching, take down Ohio State to advance to Sweet 16?

No. 7-seed Duke continues its NCAA tournament quest Sunday afternoon in Columbus, Ohio against No. 2-seed Ohio State. The Chronicle’s beat writers offer their predictions about whether the Blue Devils can spring the upset and book their spot in the Sweet 16.

Reigan Richardson drives to the basket during Duke's regular-season finale at North Carolina.

Beats' picks: Will Duke women's basketball take rematch against Richmond to open NCAA tournament?

No. 7-seed Duke takes the floor against Richmond for the second time this season Friday to open its NCAA tournament journey. The Chronicle’s beat writers are here with their predictions about whether the Blue Devils can make the second round.

Oluchi Okananwa goes up for a putback in the first half against N.C. State.

No. 7-seed Duke women's basketball falls to No. 2-seed NC State in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament

In a true back-and-forth contest, the seventh-seeded Blue Devils fell to No. 2-seed N.C. State 54-51 in a raucous ACC tournament quarterfinal contest. For the Wolfpack, Aziaha James led the way with 16 points and eight rebounds in a 39-minute performance. On the other side of the ball, Oluchi Okananwa led Duke with a 12-point, 11-rebound double-double. 

Mark Mitchell (left) drives to the rim supported by Kyle Filipowski (right) against Wake Forest.

Tested by Wake Forest's physicality and needing 'winning plays,' No. 9 Duke men's basketball steps up to the plate

In the ACC, there are few things that matter more than physicality, toughness and what head coach Jon Scheyer called “winning plays.” In the Blue Devils’ impressive performance Monday night, they proved the rule to be true as they overpowered the Demon Deacons on both ends of the floor, despite being comparatively undersized.

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