The Duke Blue Devils’ women’s basketball team overcame a 13-point halftime deficit, outscoring Oklahoma State 47-25 in the second half to knock off the Cowboys and secure a spot in the Sweet-Sixteen of the 2013 NCAA Women’s Tournament.
Despite being a heavy favorite heading into the game, it appeared to be almost certain that Duke was facing a premature end to their season after slumping to a 34-21 halftime deficit. The second half, however, was an entirely different story.
The Cowboys played about as crappy as the Blue Devils could’ve hoped, turning the ball over left and right and managing to hit just two of their final fourteen shots. Duke, meanwhile, played about as non-crappy as possible, with Elizabeth Williams (16 points), Haley Peters (15 points), Tricia Liston (13 points) and Chloe Wells (13 points) all reaching double-figures in the half.
As a team, Duke shot 15-35 from the field and 14-18 from the free-throw line in the second half, a vast improvement over a 9-30 first-half performance from the field (and a 1-2 performance from the line).
The Blue Devils continue to impress without star point guard Chelsea Gray, who was lost to a knee injury during a February 17th against Wake Forest. Since the loss of Gray, the Blue Devils have gone 8-1, including a 5-0 mark against top-25 teams.
By no means has it been the prettiest of tourney runs so far for Duke, as they didn’t look particularly impressive against the Hampton Pirates in their opening-game. However, this team has a hell of a lot of fight in them. I’m sure playing at home helped out a lot, but it is difficult to come from behind in games of this magnitude, especially when you find yourselves down by as much as fifteen. If anything, this game proved to the Blue Devils themselves that they are capable of playing from behind.
This team is capable of making a deep run, and they match up very well with their next opponent, the 25-8 Nebraska Cornhuskers. If that isn’t reason enough to smile, well, here you go.
Go, Blue Devils.