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Bob Sutton | Times News | December 9, 2016

Duke's McCallie prevails over daughter as Elon came to Cameron

  Duke head coach Joanne McCallie coached against her daughter (Maddie) when Duke met Elon on Thursday.

DURHAM -- Awkward at the outset, it ended with a hug and a kiss from her mother in the postgame greetings.

That was the fallout for Elon senior guard Maddie McCallie in Thursday night's game against No. 21 Duke, which is coached by her mother, Joanne P. McCallie.

"At first it was a little strange," Maddie McCallie said. "But as we got warmed up and the game started, it kind of felt like just another game."

Because of Duke's 68-61 victory, the Elon player said she didn't know if there was a best moment, though she said she enjoyed the atmosphere at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

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Lexie Brown scored 25 points as the Blue Devils (10-1) won their sixth game in a row.

"The way our offense was running, I was getting some open shots," Brown said.

Maddie McCallie is a reserve guard. The player's father and aunt (the coach's sister) wore white shirts with Elon and Duke lettering, specially made for the occasion.

Maddie McCallie missed her first four shots in sporadic playing time before hitting a 3-pointer with 2:58 remaining. She played a total of eight minutes, mostly in the first half.

Coach McCallie said it was a neat storyline for women's basketball but not a distraction as she prepared her team. It was the third time in recorded Division I history that a daughter played against a team coached by her mother.

"We're a basketball family," the coach said. "I'm proud of her. I'm sure she didn't play the way she wanted."

Freshman center Ra'Shika White had 19 points for Elon (4-4), which lost its third game in a row -- all against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents.

Elon scoring leader Shaylen Burnett picked up two fouls in a matter of seconds and fouled out with 5:16 to play.

The Phoenix matched Duke's 39 rebounds and each side committed 17 turnovers. Duke started to take control with a seven-point spurt for a 27-16 second-quarter lead as Elon went more than six minutes without scoring.

"We weren't just hitting shots," Elon coach Charlotte Smith said. "We went through a stretch where we couldn't score."

The Phoenix was within 29-23 at halftime, though Duke's point total was a first-half season low. Elon played without senior forward Jenifer Rhodes, a starter who was out with an ankle injury.

This article is written by Bob Sutton from Times-News, Burlington, N.C. and was legally licensed via the Tribune Content Agency through the NewsCred publisher network.

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