2:44 2nd Half: Duke 86, Clemson 35
4:20 2nd Half: Duke 84, Clemson 32
7:18 2nd Half: Duke 82, Clemson 27
10:30 2nd Half: Duke 78, Clemson 24
12:33 2nd Half: Duke 68, Clemson 22
Duke has resumed its press, though it is only of the 3/4-court variety. Clemson hits its first 3-pointer of the game with about 13:45 left in the game. Clemson is proving that isn’t as bad as its showing in the later part of the first half. But it’s definitely too little, too late, as Duke is still putting in solid effort and running the floor.
15:49 2nd Half: Duke 63, Clemson 16
Duke hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down, although they did allow Clemson more points in the first three minutes of the second half than they did for the last eight-plus minutes of the first half. And head coach Joanne P. McCallie has called off the press this half. Honestly, I don’t know why that didn’t happen earlier.
Halftime: Duke 59, Clemson 12
Here are some stats to summarize the half:
- Assists—Duke: 16 on 23 made FG, Clemson: 1 on 5 made FG
- Scoring distribution—All 11 players on Duke’s roster have scored as a result of Scheer’s buzzer-beating 3 to end the half. 2 Clemson players have scored.
- Duke has forced 19 turnovers and has 27 points off those turnovers. Clemson has forced 8 turnovers but has not converted those into any points.
- Clemson is 0-8 from beyond the arc. Duke is 8-15.
Halftime: Duke 59, Clemson 12
2:54 1st Half: Duke 50, Clemson 10
Duke is really running away with this game right now. They’ve just hit a couple transition buckets, including an and-one situation coming up for freshman Richa Jackson. Clemson just can’t seem to catch a break.
7:01 1st Half: Duke 39, Clemson 10
8:07 1st Half: Duke 35, Clemson 10
Coming out of the under-12 timeout, some good ball movement allows Chelsea Gray to set up Haley Peters for a pretty midrange jumper from the baseline. A couple of possessions later, Gray knocks down a 3. On the ensuing possession, Selby steals the ball and hits freshman Tricia Liston with an awesome behind the back pass. While Liston can’t convert the layup, she’s able to force a jump ball once Clemson takes possession. Not to be outdone in the hustle department, Selby dives out of bounds for a loose ball, falling into the crowd and destroying my colleague’s computer in the process. It may be a blowout, but the Blue Devils are determined not to let up.
11:46 1st Half: Duke 23, Clemson 7
Duke has gone into a press off of made baskets and Clemson looks unsure of how to handle the Blue Devils’ superior athletic ability. Shay Selby already has six points off a couple of made 3′s and the great ball movement continues from Duke. The Tigers are still showing effort and are rewarded with a couple of layups. But Duke keeps on bringing the pressure, controlling the boards and shooting well inside and outside the arc. It’s a blowout, but if the N.C. State game showed anything, it’s that no lead is safe.
14:46 1st Half: Duke 11, Clemson 2
Duke is taking clear control of this game and Clemson is forced to call a timeout as the Tigers now trail by nine. The last two scores have both been wide open looks for the Blue Devils, coming as a result of good passing..
15:46 1st Half: Duke 7, Clemson 2
And we’re underway here in Durham as the Blue Devils have ripped off seven straight following the opening basket by the Tigers. Jasmine Thomas just hit a 3, something she wasn’t able to do in the first half against N.C. State
We’re here in Cameron Indoor Stadium awaiting the tip-off between the No. 3 Duke Blue Devils (19-0, 5-0 in the ACC) and the Clemson Tigers (9-12, 2-4). Duke will look to build off the momentum it had in the second half of the N.C. State game while Clemson looks to rebound from a string of disappointing losses. Duke should be a heavy favorite for this game.