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  Duke Escapes NC State, 67-57
Devils Bear Down in Final Six Minutes for Win
January 3, 2013

 
By Rob Clough & Orin Day

The toughness of Duke's Haley Peters (left, shown driving on NC State's Markeshia Gatling) was elemental in Duke's 67-57 victory in Raleigh.
The toughness of Duke's Haley Peters (left, shown driving on NC State's Markeshia Gatling) was elemental in Duke's 67-57 victory in Raleigh.
DWHoops photo by Orin Day

Duke retained its unbeaten status in a 15-round heavyweight fight against a plucky NC State squad. State was happy to get physical with Duke, clogging the lane to prevent easy penetration, especially from the baseline where Duke loves to attack. NC State's size let them guard Elizabeth Williams one-one-one for much of the game. They tried to get Duke to shoot contested jumpers or contested drives, and Duke shots simply did not want to go down for much of the game. The Devils turned the ball over 9 times in the first half and put the Pack on the foul line 12 times, where State converted 9-12. A tough-as-nails showing by Haley Peters (10 points, 7 rebounds in the first half) and some all-America plays by Chelsea Gray rescued Duke from a 3 point deficit in the first half. While State was hampered by Markeisha Gatling's early foul trouble (she only played five first half minutes) their bench stepped up with 15 big points.

Indeed, there was a definite sense that State was throwing everything they had at Duke just to stay competitive. The Pack missed some easy shots but also faced some ferocious defense from Duke. The Devils blocked 7 shots and had 10 steals. To their credit, NC State didn't go away when Duke seemed ready to take over the game. They rallied from an early 19-10 deficit to actually take a 26-23 lead thanks to unselfishness with the ball, free throws and a tip-in. It didn't hurt that when the Pack needed points the most, they got them from some unlikely sources. For example, post player Kiana Evans, who had never taken a single three in 46 career games, smoothly drained an open trey in the first half during the run and then hit another one in the second half. Forward Kody Burke, shooting just 18% from distance, sank 2 of her 3 attempts from long range. Those low-percentage shots that happened to go in kept Duke from taking a double digit lead until the final four minutes.

Early in the second half, when the score was knotted at 32, Duke went on a 6-0 run keyed by Chelsea Gray. She scored on a very difficult drive in traffic and found Williams for a rare basket. Liz handed the ball off to Haley for a baseline jumper. The next ten minutes of the game saw Duke build up a small lead, only to be met by another difficult three by Evans. With about six minutes to go, Alexis Jones drove, drew in the defense and passed back to Peters for a hard-earned three. After that, Chelsea Gray drove into the teeth of the defense to draw fouls while Barrett and Evans missed a pair of layups. That gave Duke their first double-digit lead at 57-47. The Pack never quit, Kastanek and Burke both his treys, and they managed to cut the lead to 61-57 with 47 seconds left after a Peters turnover, but Jones hit a couple of cold-blooded foul shots to ice the game. The Pack missed a couple of foul shots after that and did not score again as the Devils closed it out at the foul line. It wasn't a pretty win for Duke, but meetings between the Pack and Devils in Reynolds are rarely aesthetically pleasing.

Top Performers:

  1. Chelsea Gray, Duke. 20 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals. Gray took over with about ten minutes to go, turning a 1 point game into an 11 point bulge thanks to some tough shots and foul shooting.

  2. Haley Peters, Duke. 18 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, 2 steals. This was a fine all-around game from the hardest-working player in the ACC that included a killer stickback and three late in the game.

  3. Kody Burke, NC State. 15 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks. The springy forward played nice post defense and hit some big three point shots to keep State in the game.

Game Analysis

Why Duke Won: The Devils capitalized on their hustle plays, especially in the second half. For the game, Duke had more points off turnovers (17-7) and second-chance points (13-6); those numbers were 9-3 and 7-2 in the second half. Those extra chances were key when Duke had the ball and started eating up clock.

Why NC State Lost: The Wolfpack Women simply couldn't stop everyone on Duke and in particular had no answer for Chelsea Gray, who was able to get by State's guards more-or-less at will. The Pack also didn't hit the very few easy shots they got, as many of their points came off high degree-of-difficulty shots.

The Game Turned When...: Duke turned a 50-47 lead into a 61-50 bulge, thanks to 6-6 foul shooting from Gray and a huge three from Haley Peters. The Pack missed two chippies during this late stretch as the Devils finally got a little bit of distance.

X-Factor: Alexis Jones. After a terrible first half, she knocked down several important shots and was 3-4 from the foul line in a critical situation down the stretch. State made a point of getting the ball out of Chelsea Gray's hands and Jones made them pay.

Areas For Improvement: Duke needs more scoring out of its bench; Duke's reserves were outscored 21-4 in this game. They did grab 11 rebounds, however. The Devils had periods where one or two buckets from its reserves could have turned the game around earlier. This is a work in progress, as Chloe Wells and Richa Jackson slowly work their way back into the rotation.

Ramifications: Duke picks up its first ACC road win in a building it doesn't like very much, in a game where a lot of shots didn't fall. NC State is now 0-2 in the ACC with UNC coming up next week; they desperately need a signature win.


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Link to this Photo National Anthem  - NCSU Players: Mascot Ms. Wuf
National Anthem
 
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Link to this Photo Chelsea Gray passes out of trouble  - Duke Tags: #12 Chelsea Gray
Chelsea Gray passes out of trouble
 
Duke Tags: #12 Chelsea Gray
Link to this Photo Barrett takes it to the hoop, a tough 1-8 shooting night  - NCSU Players: #12 Krystal Barrett
Barrett takes it to the hoop, a tough 1-8 shooting night
 
NCSU Tags: #12 Krystal Barrett

Link to this Photo Peters with the rejection  - Duke Tags: #33 Haley Peters - NCSU Players: #12 Krystal Barrett
Peters with the rejection
 
Duke Tags: #33 Haley Peters
 
NCSU Tags: #12 Krystal Barrett
Link to this Photo High intensity in the low post  - Duke Tags: #33 Haley Peters - NCSU Players: #44 Kody Burke
High intensity in the low post
 
Duke Tags: #33 Haley Peters
 
NCSU Tags: #44 Kody Burke

Link to this Photo Kastanek recovered from a scoreless night at Miami, bouncing back to score 12 tonight  - Duke Tags: #12 Chelsea Gray - NCSU Players: #23 Marissa Kastanek
Kastanek recovered from a scoreless night at Miami, bouncing back to score 12 tonight
 
Duke Tags: #12 Chelsea Gray
 
NCSU Tags: #23 Marissa Kastanek
Link to this Photo Le'Nique Brown made only one field goal, but was a near perfect 7-8 from the stripe  - NCSU Players: #2 Le'Nique Brown
Le'Nique Brown made only one field goal, but was a near perfect 7-8 from the stripe
 
NCSU Tags: #2 Le'Nique Brown
Link to this Photo Kiana Evans eyes the basket as Elizabeth Williams menaces from behind  - Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams  - NCSU Players: #52 Kiana Evans
Kiana Evans eyes the basket as Elizabeth Williams menaces from behind
 
Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams
 
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Link to this Photo Chelsea Gray drives and scores  - Duke Tags: #12 Chelsea Gray
Chelsea Gray drives and scores
 
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Link to this Photo Daniel drew the foul but was empty at the stripe  - Duke Tags: #14 Ka'lia Johnson - NCSU Players: #41 Lakeesa Daniel
Daniel drew the foul but was empty at the stripe
 
Duke Tags: #14 Ka'lia Johnson
 
NCSU Tags: #41 Lakeesa Daniel
Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - NCSU Players:  NCSU Fans
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Link to this Photo Coach Harper trying to get an explanation of Gatling's second foul from Joe Cunningham  - NCSU Players: Head Coach Kellie Harper
Coach Harper trying to get an explanation of Gatling's second foul from Joe Cunningham
 
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Link to this Photo Good D from Vernerey on Burke  - Duke Tags: #43 Allison Vernerey - NCSU Players: #44 Kody Burke
Good D from Vernerey on Burke
 
Duke Tags: #43 Allison Vernerey
 
NCSU Tags: #44 Kody Burke

Link to this Photo Rejection by Elizabeth Williams - all ball  - Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams  - NCSU Players: #52 Kiana Evans
Rejection by Elizabeth Williams - all ball
 
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Link to this Photo Battle off the blocks  - Duke Tags: #33 Haley Peters - NCSU Players: #44 Kody Burke
Battle off the blocks
 
Duke Tags: #33 Haley Peters
 
NCSU Tags: #44 Kody Burke
Link to this Photo Rejection by Kody Burke (all ball)  - Duke Tags: #32 Tricia Liston - NCSU Players: #44 Kody Burke
Rejection by Kody Burke (all ball)
 
Duke Tags: #32 Tricia Liston
 
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Link to this Photo Lightning strikes the first time as Kiana Evans drains a three point basket  - NCSU Players: #52 Kiana Evans
Lightning strikes the first time as Kiana Evans drains a three point basket
 
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Link to this Photo Burke cuts Duke's once nine point lead to just one, 23-22  - NCSU Players: #44 Kody Burke
Burke cuts Duke's once nine point lead to just one, 23-22
 
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Link to this Photo Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie calls a play  - Duke Tags: Joanne P. McCallie
Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie calls a play
 
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Link to this Photo The official scorer clearly missed this blocked shot  - Duke Tags: #12 Chelsea Gray - NCSU Players: #44 Kody Burke
The official scorer clearly missed this blocked shot
 
Duke Tags: #12 Chelsea Gray
 
NCSU Tags: #44 Kody Burke
Link to this Photo This Haley Peters layup with 3:28 left in the first put Duke back in front for good  - Duke Tags: #33 Haley Peters
This Haley Peters layup with 3:28 left in the first put Duke back in front for good
 
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Link to this Photo Kastanek directs the Pack offense  - NCSU Players: #23 Marissa Kastanek
Kastanek directs the Pack offense
 
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Link to this Photo Williams posts up Burke  - Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams  - NCSU Players: #44 Kody Burke
Williams posts up Burke
 
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Link to this Photo Elizabeth Williams on the stripe  - Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams
Elizabeth Williams on the stripe
 
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Link to this Photo Evans jumper for the lead is no good  - Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams  - NCSU Players: #52 Kiana Evans
Evans jumper for the lead is no good
 
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Link to this Photo Peters rejects Barrett  - Duke Tags: #33 Haley Peters - NCSU Players: #12 Krystal Barrett
Peters rejects Barrett
 
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Link to this Photo Held ball  - Duke Tags: #33 Haley Peters - NCSU Players: #10 Ashley Eli
Held ball
 
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Link to this Photo Tense moments on the NC State bench as Duke takes a seven point lead  - NCSU Players: Head Coach Kellie Harper, #23 Marissa Kastanek, #30 Kaley Moser
Tense moments on the NC State bench as Duke takes a seven point lead
 
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Link to this Photo Gatling did not get her fourth foul here because Brown had already fouled Peters  - Duke Tags: #33 Haley Peters - NCSU Players: #34 Markeisha Gatling
Gatling did not get her fourth foul here because Brown had already fouled Peters
 
Duke Tags: #33 Haley Peters
 
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Link to this Photo Face cloaked in shadow, Alexis Jones answers Kiana Evans second three with one of her own, Duke up 43-36.  - Duke Tags: #2 Alexis Jones
Face cloaked in shadow, Alexis Jones answers Kiana Evans second three with one of her own, Duke up 43-36.
 
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Link to this Photo Marissa Kastanek  - NCSU Players: #23 Marissa Kastanek
Marissa Kastanek
 
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Link to this Photo Kody Burke hits a three to cut it to 43-39
Kody Burke hits a three to cut it to 43-39
Link to this Photo Good defense by Kody Burke forces Vernerey to shoot with her off hand, resulting in a missed layup  - Duke Tags: #43 Allison Vernerey
Good defense by Kody Burke forces Vernerey to shoot with her off hand, resulting in a missed layup
 
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Link to this Photo Gray dribbles after one of her six defensive boards ended a State possession  - Duke Tags: #12 Chelsea Gray
Gray dribbles after one of her six defensive boards ended a State possession
 
Duke Tags: #12 Chelsea Gray
Link to this Photo Gray gets past the State defense but is unable to convert a circus shot  - Duke Tags: #12 Chelsea Gray - NCSU Players: #23 Marissa Kastanek, #44 Kody Burke
Gray gets past the State defense but is unable to convert a circus shot
 
Duke Tags: #12 Chelsea Gray
 
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Link to this Photo Eli rebounds a Duke miss, still a tight contest, 45-42 Duke with 8:03 to play  - NCSU Players: #10 Ashley Eli
Eli rebounds a Duke miss, still a tight contest, 45-42 Duke with 8:03 to play
 
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Link to this Photo Chelsea Gray drives on Gatling  - Duke Tags: #12 Chelsea Gray - NCSU Players: #34 Markeisha Gatling
Chelsea Gray drives on Gatling
 
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NCSU Tags: #34 Markeisha Gatling
Link to this Photo Gray draws Gatling's fourth foul, must have been the right hand or the body before, as the block looks clean  - Duke Tags: #12 Chelsea Gray - NCSU Players: #34 Markeisha Gatling
Gray draws Gatling's fourth foul, must have been the right hand or the body before, as the block looks clean
 
Duke Tags: #12 Chelsea Gray
 
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Link to this Photo Gray made both for a three point Duke lead  - Duke Tags: #12 Chelsea Gray
Gray made both for a three point Duke lead
 
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Link to this Photo Williams draws the foul, State's third in a row  - Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams  - NCSU Players: #44 Kody Burke
Williams draws the foul, State's third in a row
 
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NCSU Tags: #44 Kody Burke
Link to this Photo Haley Peters open three hurt the Pack's hopes, doubling Duke's lead  - Duke Tags: #33 Haley Peters - NCSU Players: #44 Kody Burke
Haley Peters open three hurt the Pack's hopes, doubling Duke's lead
 
Duke Tags: #33 Haley Peters
 
NCSU Tags: #44 Kody Burke

Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - Duke Tags: #2 Alexis Jones - NCSU Players: #23 Marissa Kastanek
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Duke Tags: #2 Alexis Jones
 
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Link to this Photo Smothering Duke defense as State tries to mount a comeback  - Duke Tags: #2 Alexis Jones - NCSU Players: #23 Marissa Kastanek
Smothering Duke defense as State tries to mount a comeback
 
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NCSU Tags: #23 Marissa Kastanek
Link to this Photo State chose to put freshman Alexis Jones on the line, she was 3-4 on free throws in the final minute  - Duke Tags: #2 Alexis Jones
State chose to put freshman Alexis Jones on the line, she was 3-4 on free throws in the final minute
 
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Link to this Photo This Kastanek three would have cut the deficit to three under a minute, but it didn't fall  - NCSU Players: #23 Marissa Kastanek
This Kastanek three would have cut the deficit to three under a minute, but it didn't fall
 
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Link to this Photo Harper settles her team after Barrett missed two free throws with 30 seconds left  - NCSU Players: Head Coach Kellie Harper
Harper settles her team after Barrett missed two free throws with 30 seconds left
 
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Link to this Photo Jones makes it a three possession game with under 30 seconds remaining  - Duke Tags: #2 Alexis Jones
Jones makes it a three possession game with under 30 seconds remaining
 
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Link to this Photo It was a grueling game with not a lot of rest for Duke's frontcourt  - Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams
It was a grueling game with not a lot of rest for Duke's frontcourt
 
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Link to this Photo Ballgame - Duke 67, NC State 57.  Duke is a perfect 12-0, 2-0 ACC, NCSU 8-6, 0-2 ACC.
Ballgame - Duke 67, NC State 57. Duke is a perfect 12-0, 2-0 ACC, NCSU 8-6, 0-2 ACC.

Link to this Photo Post game press conference  - Duke Tags: #33 Haley Peters, Joanne P. McCallie
Post game press conference
 
Duke Tags: #33 Haley Peters, Joanne P. McCallie
Link to this Photo Post game press conference  - Duke Tags: #12 Chelsea Gray
Post game press conference
 
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Link to this Photo Post game press conference  - NCSU Players: Head Coach Kellie Harper
Post game press conference
 
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