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Duke women earn No. 2 seed in NCAA tournament

With seeds determined, an opponent selected and a travel site chosen, Duke women’s basketball coach Joanne P. McCallie pushed aside all of the uncertainties on Monday night and begin the business of preparing for an NCAA tournament championship.

“Let’s go,” she said. “Let’s get after it. Let’s celebrate who we are. Let’s be a great team.”

The sixth-ranked Blue Devils (24-5) earned a No. 2 seed in the Fresno Regional and head to Nashville, Tenn., to face No. 15 seed Samford in the first round on Sunday. They earned their 18th consecutive trip to the tournament and must go win on the road at Vanderbilt’s Memorial Gymnasium.

Meanwhile, North Carolina and N.C. State were not chosen by the NCAA tournament selection committee for the field of 64 teams. Neither will have a chance to make a run to this season’s Final Four in Denver on April 1-3.

McCallie says Devils 'approaching dangerous'

Following a 77-66 victory over Virginia in its ACC opener, Duke women's basketball coach Joanne P. McCallie said the No. 7 Blue Devils are "approaching dangerous."

McCallie, in her fifth season, said the Devils (10-2, 1-0 ACC) faced stiff non-conference competition to open the season and their schedule has prepared the young team for conference play. With four freshmen and five sophomores who receive the majority of playing time, the Devils are building toward the consistency that would make them a dangerous team later in the season.

Their schedule has helped.

"This team's been to Provo," McCallie said. "This team's been to Philly. This team's been to Lexington. This team has been absolutely everywhere, and I think they should have great comfort in playing with each other and knowing that they have done what most have not done."

Devils win, will face coach's old team

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Joanne P. McCallie was booed when she was introduced before her top-seeded Duke Blue Devils played Austin Peay.

Fans of the school McCallie left behind didn't have much to jeer the rest of the afternoon because Duke was dominant in an 83-42 win over the Lady Govs in the first round.

The NCAA sent Coach P to Michigan State, where she coached from 2000-07, and set up a possible second-round matchup with her former employer. Now, Duke (27-5) will play the ninth-seeded Spartans (21-10) Tuesday night on their home court.

McCallie on Yow

Joanne P. McCallie and Duke forward Joy Cheek spoke to the media before today's Duke men's game.

Here's what McCallie said about the passing of N.C. State coach Kay Yow:

“She has been such a warrior in terms of her fight
and her struggle. Part of me is really feeling great for her to be
going home to a better place for her now. It’s hard to describe the feeling. It’s hard to put into words. I’ve never seen a woman or known a woman to share her story so eloquently under such incredible conditions. The courage that she showed, a lot of people are afraid to share their story. And Kay was never afraid."

Duke looks for intensity in exhibition

Duke's women's basketball team hosts Anderson University on Thursday night in its final preseason exhibition game before its season-opener against Oklahoma State on on Nov. 14.

The Blue Devils, ranked No. 8 in The Associated Press women's basketball top 25 preseason poll, return four starters from a team that finished last season with a record of 25-10. 

This week Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie, heading in to her second season, sat down to discuss what she expects from this experienced and deep Duke team as players and coaches prepare for the season-opener against No. 14 Oklahoma State.

Listen to McCallie talk about what's important at this early stage and what she would like to see in the final exhibition game.

 

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McCallie talks about what's important for her team early in the season
McCallie talks about what approach her team should take in exhibition games
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