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  Duke Dominates UNC, 84-63
1st Place Devils Deny Hatchell Win #900
February 4, 2013

 
By Rob Clough, Photos by Orin Day

Chelsea Gray whips a behind the back pass during a 34-5 Duke first half run.
Chelsea Gray whips a behind the back pass during a 34-5 Duke first half run.
DWHoops photo by Orin Day

In a game that got out of control while late-arriving fans were still settling in their seats, Duke played their best half of the year and whipped UNC by 21 points. There were a few early sequences that told you all you needed to know about the game for both teams. Down 11-4, the Heels got five cracks at the basket and could not score, with Elizabeth Williams blocking 6-6 center Waltiea Rolle and grabbing the rebound at the end of the sequence. On the next possession for Duke, Alexis Jones hit a contested three as the shot clock ran down. In terms of hustle and 50-50 plays, Duke was getting all of them.

UNC's game plan was ill-equipped to stop Duke's shooting. When the Heels brought a double-team on either Elizabeth Williams or Haley Peters, Duke passed to the open shooter on the weak-side perimeter. Chloe Wells and Tricia Liston combined for nine three-pointers thanks to the repetition of this play. Having three quick guards who could handle the ball was more than UNC was capable of dealing with, and on the other end, Wells disrupted Tierra Ruffin-Pratt. Duke allowed Ruffin-Pratt, Krista Gross, and Danielle Butts to take all the jump shots they wanted (4-19 from the floor combined) and kept them away from the basket. The Devils committed 22 fouls, and free throws allowed UNC to get back in the game a bit. However, the Heels 21-6 run early in the second half was only good enough to get them back within 18 points. Duke quickly blunted that comeback with five straight points from Liston and quickly snuffed out several other mini-runs by the Heels. But as poor as UNC's offense was in this game, they still scored 63 points, a mark that's helped them beat many other clubs this season. Their real problem was on defense, where they were a step slow almost the entire game.

Top Performers:

  1. Chloe Wells, Duke. 18 points, 3 steals. Her career high in points and threes proved to be a one-woman fire extinguisher whenever UNC got hot.

  2. Elizabeth Williams, Duke. 13 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks. She got Rolle center to back down after blocking her shot a couple of times and got more tough rebounds than I can remember in a number of games.

  3. Tierra Ruffin-Pratt, UNC. 18 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 steals, 11 turnovers. The relentless captain of the Heels didn't have an efficient game (3-14 from the field), but her defense and willingness to put her body on the line brought her team a little closer in the second half.

Game Analysis

Why Duke Won: Duke used excellent spacing on offense and crisp passing from the post to generate an avalanche of three point baskets. Defensively, they closely guarded high-percentage plays and let the Heels take low-percentage shots.

Why UNC Lost: The Heels were a disaster in the half court at both ends of the floor. On offense, they didn't have a real plan B when simply feeding the post didn't work because of Duke's sharp defensive rotations and shotblocking. On defense, they didn't rotate over to the open shooter the entire game. Only a great concentration on transition baskets by generating turnovers helped the Heels make a mini-run in the second half.

The Game Turned When...: It's tough to pinpoint a turning point during a rout, but I'd say it came with about twelve minutes left in the game. The Heels had cut a 33-point lead to 18 and had a lot of momentum. Chelsea Gray drove and dished to Tricia Liston in the corner for a wide-open three that splashed in. UNC's Waltiea Rolle then turned the ball over, and Liston scored on a spinning layup. That put Duke up by 23 and the lead never dipped below 19 again.

X-Factor: Richa Jackson. When Gray & Jones were on the bench and Duke needed another scorer, she stepped up both inside and out.

Areas For Improvement: Duke got very sloppy with the ball in the second half and gave UNC all sorts of chances to get easy buckets. They also made things hard on themselves by fouling them so much. The Heels must present better spacing on offense and better communication on defense; this game exposed that they've been relying on superior size and athleticism in their wins without the fundamentals to back them up.

Ramifications: Duke won its second straight game against a top six ACC foe and went to 10-0 in the ACC. If they win a road trap game against Virginia and take care of business at home against a formidable Maryland club, it will be tough to catch them. The Heels will need help if they want to stay in the ACC regular season race for first place.

DWHoops Photos by Orin Day

56 free photos are published below; 26 more are available only to Digest members. A gallery with a Duke focus is available at DWHoops.com.
Link to this Photo It's a UNC Women's Basketball tradition to honor a military veteran with ties to Chapel Hill every game.  Today was no exception, with this Marine who earned a battlefield commission and a bronze star in WWII, then a second bronze star in Korea.  - UNC Players:  UNC Fans
It's a UNC Women's Basketball tradition to honor a military veteran with ties to Chapel Hill every game. Today was no exception, with this Marine who earned a battlefield commission and a bronze star in WWII, then a second bronze star in Korea.
 
UNC Tags: UNC Fans
Link to this Photo Ruffin-Pratt during Carolina warmups  - UNC Players: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
Ruffin-Pratt during Carolina warmups
 
UNC Tags: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt

Link to this Photo Coach McCallie ready for the challenge  - Duke Tags: Joanne P. McCallie
Coach McCallie ready for the challenge
 
Duke Tags: Joanne P. McCallie
Link to this Photo Pregame handshakes  - Duke Tags: Joanne P. McCallie  - UNC Players: Head Coach Sylvia Hatchell, Assistant Coach Andrew Calder
Pregame handshakes
 
Duke Tags: Joanne P. McCallie
 
UNC Tags: Head Coach Sylvia Hatchell, Assistant Coach Andrew Calder
Link to this Photo Williams and Rolle jump center, Duke gets the ball  - Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams  - UNC Players: #32 Waltiea Rolle
Williams and Rolle jump center, Duke gets the ball
 
Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams
 
UNC Tags: #32 Waltiea Rolle

Link to this Photo Rolle scored UNC's first four points. By the time another Tar Heel player scored, Duke has 19.  - Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams  - UNC Players: #32 Waltiea Rolle
Rolle scored UNC's first four points. By the time another Tar Heel player scored, Duke has 19.
 
Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams
 
UNC Tags: #32 Waltiea Rolle
Link to this Photo Chelsea Gray goes behind the back to Elizabeth Williams, Duke would take an 11-4 lead  - Duke Tags: #12 Chelsea Gray - UNC Players: #32 Waltiea Rolle
Chelsea Gray goes behind the back to Elizabeth Williams, Duke would take an 11-4 lead
 
Duke Tags: #12 Chelsea Gray
 
UNC Tags: #32 Waltiea Rolle
Link to this Photo Battle for a rebound  - Duke Tags: #33 Haley Peters - UNC Players: #34 Xylina McDaniel
Battle for a rebound
 
Duke Tags: #33 Haley Peters
 
UNC Tags: #34 Xylina McDaniel

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Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UNC Players:  UNC Cheerleaders
ACCWBBDigest Photo
 
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Link to this Photo Rolle rebound  - Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams  - UNC Players: #32 Waltiea Rolle
Rolle rebound
 
Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams
 
UNC Tags: #32 Waltiea Rolle
Link to this Photo Carolina still stuck on 4 points  - Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams  - UNC Players: #32 Waltiea Rolle
Carolina still stuck on 4 points
 
Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams
 
UNC Tags: #32 Waltiea Rolle

Link to this Photo Elizabeth Williams rejects Xylina McDaniel  - Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams  - UNC Players: #34 Xylina McDaniel
Elizabeth Williams rejects Xylina McDaniel
 
Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams
 
UNC Tags: #34 Xylina McDaniel
Link to this Photo Chelsea Gray draws a charge  - Duke Tags: #12 Chelsea Gray - UNC Players: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
Chelsea Gray draws a charge
 
Duke Tags: #12 Chelsea Gray
 
UNC Tags: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UNC Players: #34 Xylina McDaniel
ACCWBBDigest Photo
 
UNC Tags: #34 Xylina McDaniel

Link to this Photo Gray and McDaniel tangle, the result was a double technical which counted as personal fouls for both players.  It was Gray's second foul, so she took a seat.  - Duke Tags: #12 Chelsea Gray - UNC Players: #34 Xylina McDaniel
Gray and McDaniel tangle, the result was a double technical which counted as personal fouls for both players. It was Gray's second foul, so she took a seat.
 
Duke Tags: #12 Chelsea Gray
 
UNC Tags: #34 Xylina McDaniel
Link to this Photo Xylina makes her case to Billy Smith  - UNC Players: #34 Xylina McDaniel
Xylina makes her case to Billy Smith
 
UNC Tags: #34 Xylina McDaniel
Link to this Photo Chelsea probably not satisfied with Ed Sidlasky's explanation  - Duke Tags: #12 Chelsea Gray
Chelsea probably not satisfied with Ed Sidlasky's explanation
 
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Link to this Photo Haley puts Duke up 28-6  - Duke Tags: #33 Haley Peters - UNC Players: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
Haley puts Duke up 28-6
 
Duke Tags: #33 Haley Peters
 
UNC Tags: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - Duke Tags: #15 Richa Jackson - UNC Players: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
ACCWBBDigest Photo
 
Duke Tags: #15 Richa Jackson
 
UNC Tags: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt

Link to this Photo TRP midair  - UNC Players: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
TRP midair
 
UNC Tags: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
Link to this Photo Wells alone behind the arc translated into her 4-5 three point shooting in the first half.  This make put Duke up a ridiculous 36-7.  - Duke Tags: #4 Chloe Wells
Wells alone behind the arc translated into her 4-5 three point shooting in the first half. This make put Duke up a ridiculous 36-7.
 
Duke Tags: #4 Chloe Wells
Link to this Photo Elizabeth Williams draws a charge from Xylina McDaniel - back to back offensive fouls would send her to the bench with three  - Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams  - UNC Players: #34 Xylina McDaniel
Elizabeth Williams draws a charge from Xylina McDaniel - back to back offensive fouls would send her to the bench with three
 
Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams
 
UNC Tags: #34 Xylina McDaniel

Link to this Photo Rolle's and-one at the 6:16 mark finally got the Heels to ten points  - UNC Players: #32 Waltiea Rolle
Rolle's and-one at the 6:16 mark finally got the Heels to ten points
 
UNC Tags: #32 Waltiea Rolle
Link to this Photo Carolina still playing super tight as Ruffin-Pratt can't connect  - UNC Players: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
Carolina still playing super tight as Ruffin-Pratt can't connect
 
UNC Tags: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
Link to this Photo Peters just in time to force a Rolle miss  - Duke Tags: #33 Haley Peters - UNC Players: #32 Waltiea Rolle
Peters just in time to force a Rolle miss
 
Duke Tags: #33 Haley Peters
 
UNC Tags: #32 Waltiea Rolle

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Link to this Photo Buckland on the line  - UNC Players: #3 Megan Buckland
Buckland on the line
 
UNC Tags: #3 Megan Buckland
Link to this Photo Gross misses at the first half buzzer, Duke leads 50-19.  - Duke Tags: #43 Allison Vernerey - UNC Players: #21 Krista Gross
Gross misses at the first half buzzer, Duke leads 50-19.
 
Duke Tags: #43 Allison Vernerey
 
UNC Tags: #21 Krista Gross
Link to this Photo Xylina McDaniel  - UNC Players: #34 Xylina McDaniel
Xylina McDaniel
 
UNC Tags: #34 Xylina McDaniel

Link to this Photo Tricia Liston wide open as UNC wasn't rotating to get the open shooter  - Duke Tags: #32 Tricia Liston
Tricia Liston wide open as UNC wasn't rotating to get the open shooter
 
Duke Tags: #32 Tricia Liston
Link to this Photo A huge rejection by Rolle energized the team and the crowd during a 15-2 Tar Heel run  - UNC Players: #32 Waltiea Rolle
A huge rejection by Rolle energized the team and the crowd during a 15-2 Tar Heel run
 
UNC Tags: #32 Waltiea Rolle
Link to this Photo Wells fouls McDaniel in transition, her free throws close the gap to 54-29  - Duke Tags: #4 Chloe Wells - UNC Players: #34 Xylina McDaniel
Wells fouls McDaniel in transition, her free throws close the gap to 54-29
 
Duke Tags: #4 Chloe Wells
 
UNC Tags: #34 Xylina McDaniel

Link to this Photo A Liston trey stops the Heels 15-2 run, Duke leads by 23  - Duke Tags: #32 Tricia Liston
A Liston trey stops the Heels 15-2 run, Duke leads by 23
 
Duke Tags: #32 Tricia Liston
Link to this Photo A Rountree deuce cuts Duke's lead to 18 and the Blue Devils call a time out  - UNC Players: #11 Brittany Rountree
A Rountree deuce cuts Duke's lead to 18 and the Blue Devils call a time out
 
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Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UNC Players:  UNC Cheerleaders
ACCWBBDigest Photo
 
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Link to this Photo Williams shoots over Rolle  - Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams  - UNC Players: #32 Waltiea Rolle
Williams shoots over Rolle
 
Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams
 
UNC Tags: #32 Waltiea Rolle

Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - Duke Tags: #32 Tricia Liston - UNC Players: #34 Xylina McDaniel
ACCWBBDigest Photo
 
Duke Tags: #32 Tricia Liston
 
UNC Tags: #34 Xylina McDaniel
Link to this Photo Five straight from Liston derailed a Carolina surge  - Duke Tags: #32 Tricia Liston
Five straight from Liston derailed a Carolina surge
 
Duke Tags: #32 Tricia Liston
Link to this Photo Rolle travels  - UNC Players: #32 Waltiea Rolle
Rolle travels
 
UNC Tags: #32 Waltiea Rolle

Link to this Photo McDaniel blocks a Gray shot  - Duke Tags: #12 Chelsea Gray - UNC Players: #34 Xylina McDaniel
McDaniel blocks a Gray shot
 
Duke Tags: #12 Chelsea Gray
 
UNC Tags: #34 Xylina McDaniel
Link to this Photo Buckland recoils from Peters space-making move  - Duke Tags: #33 Haley Peters - UNC Players: #3 Megan Buckland
Buckland recoils from Peters space-making move
 
Duke Tags: #33 Haley Peters
 
UNC Tags: #3 Megan Buckland
Link to this Photo Williams draws a foul from Buckland  - Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams  - UNC Players: #3 Megan Buckland
Williams draws a foul from Buckland
 
Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams
 
UNC Tags: #3 Megan Buckland

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Link to this Photo The story of today's game in one photo  - Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams  - UNC Players: #32 Waltiea Rolle
The story of today's game in one photo
 
Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams
 
UNC Tags: #32 Waltiea Rolle
Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UNC Players:  UNC Fans
ACCWBBDigest Photo
 
UNC Tags: UNC Fans

Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UNC Players: #3 Megan Buckland
ACCWBBDigest Photo
 
UNC Tags: #3 Megan Buckland
Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - Duke Tags: Joanne P. McCallie
ACCWBBDigest Photo
 
Duke Tags: Joanne P. McCallie

Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - Duke Tags: #12 Chelsea Gray - UNC Players: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
ACCWBBDigest Photo
 
Duke Tags: #12 Chelsea Gray
 
UNC Tags: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
Link to this Photo Jenna Frush makes a late cameo appearance
Jenna Frush makes a late cameo appearance

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Link to this Photo Erika Johnson also got into the game late  - UNC Players: #31 Erika Johnson
Erika Johnson also got into the game late
 
UNC Tags: #31 Erika Johnson
Link to this Photo Ballgame - Duke 84, UNC 63
Ballgame - Duke 84, UNC 63

Link to this Photo Elizabeth Williams' impressive line included 13 points, 11 boards, two blocks, and only one foul in 33 minutes  - Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams
Elizabeth Williams' impressive line included 13 points, 11 boards, two blocks, and only one foul in 33 minutes
 
Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams
Link to this Photo Carolina players about to leave the floor
Carolina players about to leave the floor

Link to this Photo A happy Joanne P. McCallie in the press room after Duke's dominant 84-63 win over UNC  - Duke Tags: Joanne P. McCallie
A happy Joanne P. McCallie in the press room after Duke's dominant 84-63 win over UNC
 
Duke Tags: Joanne P. McCallie
Link to this Photo Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored 18, she's been in double figures 13 of her last 14 games.  However her 11 turnovers were a season high.  - UNC Players: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored 18, she's been in double figures 13 of her last 14 games. However her 11 turnovers were a season high.
 
UNC Tags: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
Link to this Photo 10 of Waltiea Rolle's 17 points came in the second half.  Her two blocked shots were momentum changers, as were her four fouls.  - UNC Players: #32 Waltiea Rolle
10 of Waltiea Rolle's 17 points came in the second half. Her two blocked shots were momentum changers, as were her four fouls.
 
UNC Tags: #32 Waltiea Rolle

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Link to this Photo Coach Hatchell takes a question from DWHoops Rob Clough comparing UNC's record this season to last season  - UNC Players: Head Coach Sylvia Hatchell
Coach Hatchell takes a question from DWHoops Rob Clough comparing UNC's record this season to last season
 
UNC Tags: Head Coach Sylvia Hatchell
Link to this Photo Coach Hatchell said that while her current team doesn't match up to Duke in the three point shooting department that help was on the way next season.  - UNC Players: Head Coach Sylvia Hatchell
Coach Hatchell said that while her current team doesn't match up to Duke in the three point shooting department that help was on the way next season.
 
UNC Tags: Head Coach Sylvia Hatchell


 

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