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.”