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  ACC Quarterfinal: #2 Duke 82, #7 Georgia Tech 52
Devils Second Half Obliterates Jackets
March 7, 2014

 
By Rob Clough, Photos by Orin Day

Senior Haley Peters notched a double-double, shooting 8-12 from the field as #2 seed Duke defeated seventh seed Georgia Tech 82-52.
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Duke (26-5) beat Georgia Tech (20-11) in the ACC quarterfinals 82-52, in a game that revealed wanting to beat an opponent and believing you can beat an opponent. Duke's streak against the Jackets reached 37 games, dating back to 1994, and was their first victory against a team with a winning record since the season-ending injury to Alexis Jones. Duke had a bit of rust early in the game but still managed to either lead or stay close for most of the first half. Tech's superfrosh Kaela Davis carried her team in the first half with thirteen points, including a trio of treys. Duke sent a stream of new players to guard her after that, and Elizabeth Williams even blocked one of her corner threes.

The game was neck-and-neck until about the five minute mark of the first half, but Duke had squandered some opportunities to open up a lead. The Devils missed eight of their first fifteen foul shots and bricked some chippies inside. Once Duke slowed down Davis, the Jackets struggled to get anything going, and their defense started generating offense. Duke guard Tricia Liston scored on a two-on-one after center Elizabeth Williams swatted away a shot by Aaliyah Whiteside. Whiteside was a player who really needed to step up after Sydney Wallace got hurt, and she didn't deliver much in terms of offense in this game. Duke pushed their lead to 30-24 before Davis drove and hit a short jumper. Late in the half, Williams scored on a stickback and rebounded a miss by Tech star Ty Marshall. That set up a play late in the half where Liston found Ka'lia Johnson on the wing for a wide-open three, and the junior nailed the shot to give Duke a nine point lead and a great deal of momentum.

In the second half, the Devils scored after a steal by Richa Jackson (to Williams, who ran the floor well all day) and a short jumper by Haley Peters (from Williams). Duke continued to outwork the Jackets, getting points at the foul line, in transition and from second-chance opportunities. Five minutes into the half, Duke had pushed the lead to twenty on a nifty pass from Williams to Jackson. The Jackets got as close as seventeen with thirteen minutes left, but Duke did a good job negotiating Tech's pressure and pushed the lead over twenty again for good with about twelve minutes left. From there, it was all about getting rest for stars Williams and Liston, and the subs did a good job of maintaining focus. The Devils shot an efficient 53% vs a painful 24% for the Jackets, who simply didn't have the array of options that Duke had. Duke did a good job of limiting Tech's role players while not letting their stars go wild.

Top Performers

  1. Haley Peters, Duke. 19 points, 10 rebounds. Peters, who has been up and down this season, looked aggressive and confident at both ends, especially in the second half when she had sixteen of her nineteen points.

  2. Elizabeth Williams, Duke. 15 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 blocks. Don't let the low rebound total fool you--Williams worked hard at both ends the entire game. Her shotblocking was game-changing, as she intimidated many of Tech's players away from the basket.

  3. Ty Marshall, Georgia Tech. 17 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals. Marshall did her best to keep Tech in the game as she was able to get to the line in the second half (5-5) and generate a couple of turnovers.

Game Analysis

Why Duke Won: The Devils were patient with the ball, made good decisions when Tech pressured them, and perfectly executed their defensive game plan. Jamming Tech's shooters and funnelling them into the post where Duke's plethora of shot blockers awaited them was something the Jackets were never able to solve.

Why Georgia Tech Lost: Tech badly missed starting guard Sydney Wallace, less for her playmaking and more for her shot making. As a result, forty of Tech's shots were taken by Marshall and Davis, an imbalance that became even more pronounced given that the rest of the team was just 6-32 from the floor. The fact that their bigs quickly got into foul trouble also threw that balance out of whack.

The Game Turned When...: Ka'lia Johnson hit a buzzer-beating three at the end of the first half and the Blue Devils scored the first two baskets of the second half. That 7-0 run gave Duke a thirteen point cushion against a Jacket team that had to work extremely hard to manufacture points. Tech never came closer than eleven points after that.

X-Factor: Ka'lia Johnson. Making her first start of the year, Johnson was a glue player who had any number of big plays at both ends. Her three at the end of the first half was a huge confidence-booster for Duke. She also generated several turnovers with her ball pressure, which was key because she was the only Duke player who was actively pressuring the ball.

Key Stat: Duke's 13 - 1 advantage in blocked shots. The Jackets' bigs constant foul trouble hampered their post defense and sent a number of players scrambling out of position. Meanwhile, Duke's interior defense put too much pressure on their perimeter players to pick up the slack.

Areas for Improvement: There were points where Duke gave up too many offensive rebounds, as Tech had 22 and scored 18 second-chance points. Duke was also careless at times with the ball, though they tightened that up in the second half. Tech simply didn't have anyone other than Davis or Marshall who stepped into a scoring role, and part of that was due to not getting tough going to the hoop until it was too late.

Ramifications: Duke's victory strengthens their case for a #2 seed in the NCAA tournament, a case that could be made ironclad if they march on to the tournament final. As for the Jackets, they did their job by beating Virginia. They are certain to be an NCAA tournament team and will likely be somewhere between an 8 to 10 seed.

They Said It: "Every time I get the opportunity, I want to make a difference and do what I can for my team." -- Ka'lia Johnson, on suddenly getting much more playing time now than earlier in the season.

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