The Duke Blue Devils were ranked 8th in the NCAA Division 1 standings posted February 28.
The Blue Devils will be entering the semifinals of the ACC Tournament with an overall record of 27-3 and an ACC Conference record of 12-2. The number one seeded Blue Devils will be in the semifinals for the 17th straight appearance.
This is the second year in a row Duke has won the ACC regular season title and 10th time in school history. They received the number one seed into the ACC Tournament with a victory over North Carolina. Duke has had several close games throughout the season, showing that they can handle the pressure.
They will take on Georgia Tech for a chance at the ACC Championship game. This is the second straight year these two teams have met in the semifinals. Head Coach Joanne McCallie leads the Blue Devils, but on the court it’s ruled by Jasmine Thomas, and partners in crime Krystal Thomas and Karima Christmas.
About The Team
Head Coach and 2010 ACC Coach of the Year Joanne McCallie leads the Duke Blue Devils. This is her fourth season as head coach and in that time she has led Duke to their sixth ACC Championship and ninth regular season ACC Title in school history.
She has also had a number one seed in 2009, an Elite Eight appearance in 2010, and an ACC regular season and tournament titles in 2010. Duke has also won 17 straight opening round games in the ACC Tournament and has advanced to the semifinals every year since 1995.
Senior Jasmine Thomas was selected to receive the Kay Yow Scholar Athlete of the year award. She is currently averaging 14.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 2.5 steals. Not only does she have stand out stats, but she is the fourth player in the programs history to register more than 1,600 points, 400 rebounds, 400 assists, 200 steals, and 50 blocked shots in her career.
Honorable mentions senior Karima Christmas is 29 points shy of reaching 1,000 career points and Krystal Thomas has 741 career rebounds, making her ninth on Duke’s all-time rebounding list. Krystal Thomas was also named to the All-ACC Third Team.
The 11 active players on Duke’s roster combined to have a 3.28 GPA. In addition to this Duke uses its lower classmen as effective off the bench weapons. In the game against Wake Forest, five freshman combined for 49 points.
About the School
Duke University is located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. There are approximately 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students who attend. With 10 different schools to choose from or rigorous graduate studies programs, rest assured you will not only have a great experience at Duke but also a great education.
Duke University has always emphasized a great education coupled with a great athletic program. This cannot be more evident than with the average GPA on the women’s basketball team.