Senior guard Tricia Liston, the nation’s No. 1 3-point shooter at 50 percent, is No. 10 Duke’s lone player on the Wooden Award ballot, which was released Thursday. She also joined Williams on the all-ACC team that was compiled earlier this week.
Jeff Faris, a former Duke safety who has been a graduate assistant for the last two seasons, is Duke’s new wide receivers coach, Cutcliffe said Thursday.
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski supervised Blue Devil practice as usual Thursday even though he was examined at Duke University Hospital less than 24 hours earlier after suffering bouts of dizziness.
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski experienced dizziness during a timeout early in the second half of Wednesday night’s game at Wake Forest and did not conduct a his usual post-game press conference.
DUKE WATCHES LEAD EVAPORATE DOWN STRETCH IN 10-POINT LOSS
Tyler Cavanaugh scored a career-high 20 points and Wake Forest pulled away to upset No. 4 Duke 82-72 on Wednesday night.
Travis McKie added 19 points in his final scheduled home game for the Demon Deacons (16-14, 6-11 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Coming off a home loss to sub-.500 Boston College, they shot 46 percent from the field and overcame their largest deficit of the game by scoring 17 straight points and holding Duke without a field goal for 5 critical minutes down the stretch.
Codi Miller-McIntyre had 13 points to help Wake Forest claim its first win over Duke since 2009 and its biggest win since an upset of No. 2 Miami last February.
Guards Kayla McBride and Jewell Loyd represent the unbeaten Fighting Irish (29-0) on the first team. Duke had center Elizabeth Williams and guard Tricia Liston. They were joined by North Carolina guard Diamond DeShields, N.C. State’s Markeisha Gatling, Wake Forest’s Dearica Hamby, Georgia Tech’s Tyaunna Marshall, Florida State’s Natasha Howard and Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas.
The Blue Devils haven’t played since beating last-place Virginia Tech 66-48 on Feb. 25 at Cameron Indoor Stadium. They return to action at Wake Forest Wednesday, March 5 (7 p.m., ESPN2).
None of the top teams will be playing in Wednesday’s opening round which pits No. 13 seed Clemson vs. No. 12 Virginia Tech (1 p.m., Fox Sports Carolinas), No. 15 Boston College vs. No. No. 10 Virginia (3:30 p.m., FSC) and No. 14 Pittsburgh vs. No. 11 Wake Forest (6:30 p.m., FSC). UNC opens play Thursday, Duke has a double-bye and opens on Friday.
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Despite not playing for an ACC regular-season championship, rivals Duke and UNC seek good vibes entering the postseason as both have endured rocky seasons.
While the Blue team, comprised of first and third-team players, beat the White team, made up of mostly second-teamers, 24-14 at Wallace Wade Stadium, there were plenty of encouraging signs to carry the team into the offseason.
Reigning ACC Coastal Division champion Duke to host free, public spring game at Wallace Wade Stadium at noon, Saturday, March 1.
ACC Indoor Track Championships ... men's and women's tennis ... basketball ... women's lacrosse.
WITH ITS TWO POINT GUARDS DOWN FOR SEASON, NO. 7 DUKE GOES TALL, RIPS WAKE
Duke doesn’t have any more point guards. What the seventh-ranked Blue Devils do have are three tall seniors — and the formula to beat Wake Forest every time they play.
Duke pulled away for its 40th straight win over the Demon Deacons on Thursday night, beating them 71-56.
And each of the Blue Devils’ three active seniors came up big in their final regular-season game at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Haley Peters scored a season-high 22 points, Richa Jackson added 15 and Tricia Liston scored 10 with a critical 3-pointer late.
“I think it says a tremendous amount,” Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie said. “They’ve all grown.”
This wasn’t their Cameron farewell, though — they’ll be back in a few weeks for the NCAA tournament subregional that Duke is hosting.
Playing its first full game without injured point guard Alexis Jones, Duke (25-4, 12-3) locked up the No. 2 seed for next week’s Atlantic Coast Conference tournament and avoided its first losing streak since 2007-08.