The No. 8 Duke women's basketball team opened its season Friday night with a 77-68 victory over No. 14 Oklahoma State. But the bigger victory came in containing the Cowgirls' star point guard Andrea Riley.
By no means did the Blue Devils stop Riley. The Associated Press preseason All-America finished with a game-high 29 points, scoring 20 of them in the first half. Yet the Devils took her best punch. Knees buckling, they held on to curtail her scoring in the second half and late in the game.
Riley, who averaged 23 points, 4.1 assists and 3.6 rebounds last season, shot just 3 for 16 from the field in the second half and was 2 for 11 from 3-point range.
The Devils mixed man-to-man defense and a matchup zone in the second half to disrupt the 5-foot-5 guard.
Inside this post listen to Duke's Keturah Jackson and Riley describe the tug-a-war.