Duke Coach Joanne P. McCallie On The Game

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Here is a portion of what Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie had to say after the Blue Devils were outscored 47-19 in the second half to lose to UConn, 79-49.

The Blue Devils have lost six straight to UConn by an average of 29.6

“This is exactly how we’ve been playing all year. It was consistent and more of the same. We’ve played some great 20 minute ball but we’ve been pretty much non-existent for 40 minute ball. Give credit to Connecticut. They really played really well in the second half, Kelly Faris in particular. There were some great lessons to learn from.”

Can you explain what happened?

“It’s unfortunate. We were soft a little bit in the sense that we missed some shots. We didn’t have any rebounding on the floor. Forty-four to 25 will get you beat real quick. We had some missed shots and a classic case of not getting back on defense, their (UConn) transition got them going. Initially in the second half, we slept walked through that episode and they made layups. When that happens anything is possible. They are a great offensive team. They are very steady with their shooting across the board and obviously we weren’t. That fueled their development and they played very well and we didn’t respond.”

On the play of Kelly Faris:

“She’s really a special player. When you look at that stat line, 12 rebounds, we don’t have anybody that gets 12 rebounds. Twelve rebounds, six assists, 18 points, two steals – she plays like a senior. She plays with good experience and is a great example to a lot of young kids that you don’t have to have awesome size in order to get the job done. A lot of kids probably wonder if they can play at this level. I think she is 5-foot-11, maybe 5-foot-10, but the reality is that she gets the job done. She hustles and she plays very, very hard and she plays unaffected. I thought she was just great for her team tonight.”

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29 thoughts on “Duke Coach Joanne P. McCallie On The Game

      1. Master Mind

        McCallie–is a sore loser. She hates to lose.
        But this was a very gracious comment. Her assessment of Kelly Faris is exceptionally the highest compliment Kelly could receive.

        Bot Kelly and McCallie are sore losers and hate to lose–that’s why they play so hard.

  1. Slvrhwk

    UConn has two first team all-americans. KML is the best pure shooter in the country but Kelly Faris is the best all around player. She’s already shut down most of the sportswriters pre season wannabees. Kelly and her evil twin ( McBride ) both deserve a lot more recognition from the suits and the other Big Least coaches.
    Not a typo.

      1. bogey29free

        When Kelly can shut down Kayla McBride or Skylar Diggins like she does these lesser players,then you can say she is the best period.She is always very good in games that are not that important,Kayla McBride ate her up two weeks ago,went by her like she wasn’t there.
        She had a great game last night,it doesn’t make her clearly one of the best.

        1. TexasBogger

          Agree. The ND onus has to be put to bed both for the team AND Kelly to call the season a success.

        2. Newgirl2

          bogey29free, Kelly knows that and she will make the necessary adjustments in the next game.

    1. SBB

      I agree, no one gives more of themselves than Kelly. Reminds me of Jen who would leave everything on the floor…….

  2. Coach Pee

    Is there anyone on this board who still does not think Muffet McGraw is one of the top 2 coaches in WCBB?

    1. Master Mind

      Geno has said that a big part of being a great coach is recruiting Talent. Tara Van Der Ver, Mulkey, Geno, Muffet McGraw have recruited talent this year and in the past.
      To me what makes a great coach is what he/she does with the borderline talent but hardnosed players.
      In that regard Geno wins hands down.

    2. BigHuskyFan

      I have my hand up Coach Pee. Until Muffet can get more than 1 NCAA title on her resume, (earned back in ’01) than NO she’s NOT one of the best two coaches in the WCBB. Muffett got out-coached in the women’s title game two years ago against Texas A & M. I have the sense that the BEST coach in WCBB, that would be Geno, will have her number come the re-match at Notre Dame and again should the teams meet in either the Big East Tournament and/or the NCAA’s.

      1. FREDDYKOOL

        AND WHEN NOTRE DAME BEATS UCONN AGAIN, YOUR EXCUSE WILL BE WHAT? LET ME GUESS? INJURIES? REFS? MUFFET DEFEATED GENO 3 TIMES IN THE FINAL FOUR WHEN THE TALENT WAS EVEN. IF MUFFET WAS NOT A BETTER COACH ALL 3 TIMES THAN YOUR GENO CHOKED ALL 3 TIMES.

  3. Big Jim

    Ah, refer back to my prediction about how this game would go. Remember I said to come back to me on Tuesday.

    Well, was there a comeback —- nada, none :)

    To help out, here are my predictions and how things turned out:

    Final Score Prediction:
    Prediction…UCONN 78 Duke 53
    Actual…….UCONN 79 Duke 49

    Prediction as to where the Duke points would come from:

    Player..Predicted..Actual
    Williams….12……11
    Jones……..6……14
    Grey………7…….2
    Jackson……3…….2
    Liston…….5…….2
    Peters……13……11
    Rest………7…….7

    Jones (as a freshman) was my only real miss.

    How close to perfect can one get :)

    1. bogey29free

      wow big jim,you’re a real Nostradamus…how could you possibly predict that the Uconn girls would blow Duke out..because obviously it has never happened before…Let’s see,the margin of victory for Uconn over the last 6 games was 29.6 or something like that.What’s your next big prediction,that Obama will win the 2012 presidential election?

    2. Newgirl2

      Big Jim, I thought of you all day today. You were very close to perfection and I love your knowledge of the game. Good job!!

      1. FREDDYKOOL

        OH GOOD OBAMA ALMIGHTY. CRAIGS LIST ADULT ADS HAS HIT THE UCONN CHAT ROOM.

    1. Coach D

      Big Jim– Good prediction. Now forget those lessor games.
      How about a prediction on the last two big games of the regular season: Baylor Notre Dame

  4. Fairfield County Fan

    Big Jim – so now I guess you want a big contract extension – right?

  5. Don DiGiulian

    How could Duke wear those ugly black uniforms? Didn’t their coach know the Newtown killer wore all black. Really insensitive.

  6. Big Jim

    To bogey29free: Agh, you’re just jealous

    To Cliff: My wife makes me smile

    To Coach D: Thanks! Coach. I will definitely predict both games, the day before each game. Here is one early prediction – Notre Dame goes down by 31.

    To Fairfield County Fan: :)

    To Tom: And your point is?

    To Don DiGiulian: You should be ashamed

  7. Husky Dave

    McCallie is one of those coaches who gets top recruits, probably because Duke is such an excellent school academically. She does well enough against cupcakes, but doesn’t seem able to adjust well during games involving top teams. Allowing UConn open looks from the perimeter and bringing the ball up court into its offense so slowly made it impossible for the Blue Devils to compete once they got behind. McCallie’s downside is her inability to coach once the ball is tipped (not to mention that she’s wedded to a coaching philosophy that doesn’t always work). How she keeps claiming benefits from blow outs like this one is a bit spooky.

  8. FREDDYKOOL

    IT WAS DUKE. WAKE UP. IT WAS NOT NOTRE DAME. IT WAS NOT BAYLOR. IT WAS DUKE. REMEMBER ALL THE EXCITEMENT WHEN UCONN DESTROYED STAMFERD? WHAT HAPPENED? KELLY AND UCONN CHOKED AT THE END AGAINST NOTRE DAME. AGAIN. UNTIL KELLY AND THIS TEAM OF HIGH SCHOOL ALL AMERICANS CAN DEFEAT NOTRE DAME TWICE IN A ROW, KELLY AND COMPANY ARE NOT THE GREATEST EVER.

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