Glad to be back
Back in Duke’s lineup after a pair of self-inflicted problems – one off the court, one on – junior guard Chloe Wells is more than ready to contribute.
She did so Sunday as the No. 4 Blue Devils continued their domination of the ACC women’s basketball.
Wells scored 13 points and didn’t commit a turnover as Duke topped Boston College 80-56 at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
A part-time starter as a freshman and early in her sophomore seasons, Wells was suspended from school for the spring 2012 semester for a violation of academic policies.
Working out on her own to stay in shape, Wells worked so hard she suffered stress fractures in both legs last summer. That caused her to sit out Duke’s first five games this season.
She finally earned her first start last week at Clemson. On Sunday, her 10 points in the first half were key as Duke built a 16-point lead at intermission.
“I’m just grateful that I’m back and have the opportunity again,” Wells said. “Everyday I’m just going hard whether it’s on the court or off the court just trying to get everybody together. It’s really great for me.”
Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie said Wells’ play at Connecticut last Monday night, when the Huskies routed Duke 79-49, earned her the chance to start. Wells scored six points and had one assist against Connecticut.
“I always look to reward people that are going after it,” McCallie said. “It’s a long season and there’s an opportunity for everybody but you’ve got to fight and you’ve got to be consistent and Chloe’s been doing that. She’s a fighter in practice, really aggressive.”
Duke’s offense didn’t start well on Sunday as the Blue Devils (18-1, 8-0 in ACC) turned the ball over seven times in the game’s first six minutes. Boston College (8-11, 2-6) trailed 14-11.
But Wells, who made all five of her field-goal attempts, sank a 3-pointer with 12:28 to play that got Duke going. The Blue Devils took off on a 16-5 run to open a 30-17 lead.
Duke made eight of 10 3-pointers in the first half, including a 4-for-4 performance from Tricia Liston.
“Tricia Liston was on fire in the first half,” Boston College coach Erik Johnson said. “She is one of the best shooters in the nation.”
Haley Peters, a junior for Duke just like Wells and Liston, led the Blue Devils with 15 points and 13 rebounds.
“I’m just trying to rebound more and more consistently this year,” Peters said. “It is really important for our team and so that is my primary focus. I know I am going to get into spots to score with (Elizabeth Williams) and Chelsea (Gray) and everyone on our team that can pass so well. So really the rebounding is the most important to me.”
Duke managed a healthy 47-28 rebounding advantage. The Blue Devils also had 20 assists on their 30 made field goals. Williams led the team in assists (five) as she kicked the ball out of the post to open jump shooters.
“We’ve got to get the ball inside because of the players we have,” McCallie said. “But then you saw somebody like Elizabeth get the ball back out…We benefit from E’s passing.”
In addition to her 13 points on a perfect shooting day, Wells contributed three assists and had three steals in a season-high 30 minutes of play.
Wells said sitting out the last half of last season and the early part of this season was “tough.” But she’s slowly getting into game shape again.
“I’m playing hard but I get tired,” she said. “So I’m trying to get my stamina back up.”
No. 4 DUKE 80, BOSTON COLLEGE 56
Percentages: FG .304, FT .842.
3-Point Goals: 6-24, .250 (Shields 3-7, Doherty 2-4, Boudreau 1-10, Zenevitch 0-1, Holt 0-2).
Team Rebounds: 2.
Blocked Shots: 3 (Zenevitch 2, Coulombe).
Turnovers: 15 (Holt 4, Boudreau 3, Doherty 3, Brown 2, Zenevitch, Coulombe, Ruffin).
Steals: 7 (Boudreau 2, Holt, Coulombe, Zenevitch, Shields, Doherty).
Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .469, FT .588.
3-Point Goals: 10-20, .500 (Liston 4-6, Wells 3-3, Frush 1-1, Jones 1-2, Peters 1-3, Jackson 0-1, Johnson 0-1, Gray 0-3).
Team Rebounds: 2.
Blocked Shots: 5 (Wells, Jackson, Jones, Williams, Liston).
Turnovers: 17 (Peters 5, Jones 3, Gray 2, Moore, Jackson, Vernerey, Liston).
Steals: 11 (Gray 4, Wells 3, Williams, Jackson, Peters, Vernerey).
Technical Fouls: None.
Officials_Kathleen Lynch, Carla Fountain, Kevin Dillard.