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Jan 5, 2017

Turbulent times seemed to be following Duke Basketball, and we are not discussing Grayson Allen’s habitual tripping problem.

Transfers, in-house investigations, and disappointing finishes clouded the women’s program, and rumors floating around of unhappiness with Coach Joanne P. McCallie’s performance.

Welcome to January, 2017 and the Duke Blue Devils are sitting at number 13 in the AP poll and 15 in the USA Today Coaches’ poll, with a 12-1 record heading into a two game road trip of Georgia Tech tonight and 6/8 Florida State this weekend.

Departures from the program took 47 percent of last year’s scoring with them, and wiped away a lot of the optimism coming from the eligibility of ex-Maryland guard Lexie Brown. With the rise of some other ACC programs, the Blue Devils were picked in the coaches’ pre-season poll to finish sixth in the conference.

What has happened, though, is a synergy between Brown and returning Rebecca Greenwell, herself a pre-season selection for all of the major national individual awards.

The duo is the third-highest scoring backcourt combination in the country, averaging 36.6 points per game.  Both play approximately 33 minutes per game. Greenwell scores 19 per game, Brown 17.6. They are also within ten assists of each other on the season, and three turnovers. Brown gets the steals (3.0 per game); Greenwell gets the rebounds (6.6 per game).

Together, they thrive.

It is a pleasure to welcome Rebecca Greenwell to the Dishin & Swishin podcast to talk about the Duke women’s basketball season, highlighted by wins over South Carolina, Kentucky, and Louisville in impressive fashion.

Greenwell has one of the smoothest three-point strokes out there, and is on track to shatter Duke school records in several categories, and she is only a redshirt Junior.

Topics discussed include:

  • When did the players start to believe this team could be this successful?
  • Louisville’s inbound-a-rooskie play and the last laugh with the win
  • Difficult ACC schedule coming up and how the conference has changed over her time at Duke
  • Playing with Lexie Brown, and their on court cohesion
  • Three point shooting, practicing, and breaking records

Congratulations to Duke on the great start to their season! It will be fun watching how the ACC plays out and I am sure we will have future podcasts on that very topic!

Enjoy the podcast!

 

Photo courtesy of Duke women's basketball