Monday, January 23, 2006

Bonus Women's Recap! Duke 75, Tennessee 53

A few numbers from the big blowout in Cameron tonight. Duke's defense did a fantastic job, holding Tennessee to a 79.4 efficiency rating (where 100 equals 1 point per possession). The offense also executed well, turning in a 112.4 rating. For those of you scoring at home, that's an efficency margin of 33, which means that every 3 possessions, Duke picked up a point on Tennessee (1/3 more points per possession than their opponents). Duke also did a fine job on the offensive glass, pulling in 46.1% of their own misses. And, as has apparently been their forte this year, they had a rather nice assisted basket ratio - 19 of 30 made baskets, or 63.3%. The margin in shooting percentage is exactly what you'd expect from the difference in efficiency - Tennessee was held to just a 47.5% True Shooting Percentage, while Duke's TSP was 60.8%. Depth proved to be the difference in this game - the Blue Devil bench contributed 30 points on a ridiculous 78.9% TSP, while Tennessee's could only contribute 9. And of course, very conspicuous was the total lack of production from Shanna Zolman - 0 points on 0-7 shooting and 2 turnovers in 28 minutes of play. Candace Parker, despite playing well (she is definitely worth the hype), couldn't make up for the team's leading scorer deciding not to show up in its biggest game so far this season. Props to the lady Devils tonight - just a fantastic team performance. Here's to them keeping it up against the Tarheelettes this weekend.

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