DEAUVILLE, France – After touring the Normandy region on Friday, the Duke women’s basketball team hit the hardwood on Friday evening in Deauville, France and dropped an 88-79 decision to Mondeville at Pom’s Gym.
Leading all scorers was junior Tricia Liston as she posted 22 points as she hit 8-of-18 field goals on the night. Chelsea Gray had a solid all-around game with 16 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and one steal.
Duke got off to a hot start in the first half as the Blue Devils hit 50.0 percent of their field goals and trailed by only by one point, 46-45, at the end of the first stanza. As a team, Duke outrebounded Mondeville, 22-17, in the first 20 minutes. Liston had 11 points in the first half to lead the way for the Blue Devils. During the middle of the second quarter, Duke went on a 10-0 run to take a 41-40 lead and led 43-42 with 1:34 remaining in the second period, which ended up being the Blue Devils’ last lead of the game.
The Blue Devils cooled off in the second half and hit only 40.0 percent of their field goals. After a Gray field goal at the 7:53 mark of the fourth quarter, the Blue Devils cut the lead to three, 65-62, but Mondeville went on a 16-4 run to go ahead by 15. Duke made a run at the end to cut the lead to 81-75 and went on to fall by nine.
Duke finished the contest with 21 turnovers and hit 44.8 percent from the field. Haley Peters and Ka’lia Johnson each added nine points on the night.
The Blue Devils will next travel to Vernerey’s hometown of Mulhouse, France on Saturday and will play their final contest of the DWB European Tour on Sunday, Aug. 19 at 4:00 p.m., at CJS Geispolsheim. The entire travel party will visit Vernerey’s house for dinner after arriving.
Recap of Friday’s Touring –
Duke checked out of its hotel on Friday morning and headed to the Normandy region. On the way, the Blue Devils stopped in the town of Bayeux and grabbed some lunch. They picked up a tour guide and went to see the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial. Duke then headed to Omaha Beach where the largest military landing in history took place in Normandy on June 6, 1944.
While at Omaha Beach, the Blue Devils met up with some members of the Italian Navy and pose for photos with them. Duke then drove an hour to Deauville and checked in its beautiful Hotel du Golf Barriere.
The Blue Devils only had a couple of hours in the hotel before heading to the game against Mondeville.