No. 6 Duke Handles Austin Peay In NCAA Opener
March 22, 2009
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, as Duke dominated 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.
Chante Black led the Blue Devils' balanced offense with 14 points.
Emily Pollock scored 13 and Nicole Jamen had 10 for the 16th-seeded Lady Govs (17-16)
The Blue Devils took command for good with an 11-0 run, giving them a 23-6 lead midway through the first half. They scored nine of the last 11 points in the first half to take a 40-19 lead.
After the Blue Devils scored the first four points of the second half, Austin Peay coach Carrie Daniels called timeout even though she couldn't have had any solutions to slow down the other team on the court.
Duke only added to its lead the rest of the way, refusing to be content with a big lead, and was ahead by as much as 44.
With 8 minutes left and a 33-point lead, Shay Selby raced down the court to catch Pollock on a breakaway and blocked her shot.
Reserves Joy Cheek scored 12 for the Blue Devils and Krystal Thomas scored 10, helping their bench outscore Austin Peay's 38-13.
Duke's size helped the national power outscore the Ohio Valley Conference tournament champion 40-14 in the lane.
The Blue Devils have never lost a first-round game in the NCAA tournament and Austin Peay fell to 0-6.
It seemed over early.
In the first half, Duke got scoring from 10 players - none of whom had more than eight points - and the 11th player scored in the first half. Senior guard Abby Waner was not healthy enough to play and is listed as day to day.
The Lady Govs' leading scorer at halftime had just seven points as the team combined to make less than one-fourth of its shots.