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Duke women rout Maine 98-31

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DURHAM - No. 8 Duke dominated Maine on Sunday, stretching its largest lead to 67 points just seconds into the second half. 

The Blue Devils (2-0) outrebounded the Black Bears (0-1) and maintained their intensity throughout, avoiding any lull in aggressiveness on offense or defense.

Duke senior Chante Black scored a game-high 16 points, though the Devils had three players score in double-figures. Junior Joy Cheek added 10 points, while sophomore Krystal Thomas added 10 points and 13 rebounds.

With a jump shot at 16:12 of the first half, Black became the 24th Duke player to reach 1,000 points in her career. She now has 1,015.

Black also collected four blocks and passed Maryland's Laura Harper on the ACC career blocks list with 200. 

Sunday's victory follows a 77-68 triumph over No. 14 Oklahoma State on Friday.

"It's been a very productive weekend for us in a lot of ways," Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie said. "It's been a very productive home weekend for us in terms of being challenged and growing as a team. That's really the most important thing right."  

The Devils return four starters from last season and have one of the deepest teams in the country. McCallie, starting her second season with the program, said her team maintained intensity against Maine despite their obvious advantage at every position.

McCallie said her team has a chance to be special this season if they understand that level of success comes from within.

"To be a special team is just so hard in this day and age," she said. "It takes so much mental focus to get that done. ... Your motivation can not come from your opponent or the score, it's got to come from something inside." 

McCallie said her team became a deeper team after their two weekend games. Against Maine, reserve players such as junior Keturah Jackson, sophomore Karima Christmas, freshmen Chelsea Hopkins, Shay Shelby and Thomas received significant playing time.

 Duke's bench outscored Maine 49-20. 

 The Devils also collected 56 rebounds, following a total of 57 against Oklahoma State.  

 

Duke Notes: 

Point guard Jasmine Thomas had five assists in 17 minutes. The 5-9 guard appears more comfortable directing traffic in the offense. 

 Senior guard Abby Waner scored nine points and was 2 of 5 from 3-point range. She is now tied with Vicki Kraphol on Duke's all-time 3-pointers made list. She is also now tied for 25th on the ACC career list.

Waner, who shot 22 percent from 3-point range last season, is now 4 of 14 from that distance this season. 

 

 

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Edward joined the News & Observer staff in 2004. He is a graduate of American University and Johns Hopkins University. He covers Wake Forest football and women's college basketball for the N&O. Edward is a native of Washington, D.C. He can be reached at 829-4781 or edward.robinson@newsobserver.com.
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