DURHAM, N.C. – Head Coach Joanne P. McCallie led the Duke women’s basketball team through a 40-minute Blue/White Scrimmage Sunday afternoon in Cameron Indoor Stadium with the White squad registering a 61-50 victory. All 12 players switched teams during the four 10-minute quarters.
Junior forward Carrem Gay recorded a double-double with 14 points and 14 total rebounds, including nine defensive boards, while also swiping six steals and a pair of assists. Classmate Chante Black led all scorers with 16 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field, while freshman guard Jasmine Thomas contributed a solid overall performance with nine points, six assists, six rebounds and three steals in her debut as a Blue Devil.
The White squad overcame an early eight-point deficit and battled back to within two at 28-26 before the end of the first half. The Blue team opened the second half with an 8-2 run to go ahead 36-28, but a three-pointer from Brittany Mitch opened a 9-0 run that gave the White squad its first lead of the game at 37-26. The Blue Devils would exchange leads four times for the remainder of the third quarter before the White team gained a 47-44 advantage heading into the final period.
Cheek opened the fourth period with a two-point jumper that was quickly followed by a three-pointer from Gay to begin an 8-2 run for the White squad. A pair of free throws by Bridgette Mitchell broke the White team’s scoring run and put the Blue team back within six points, but Wanisha Smith matched Mitchell with a pair of free throws to reclaim an eight-point advantage. Smith connected on her next shot as well, a jumper from beyond the arc, to push the White team’s lead to double digits.
Mitchell responded for the Blue squad with a mid-range jumper to run the score to 57-48, but Thomas came up with a steal and converted it into a fast break layup to negate Mitchell’s field goal. Krystal Thomas hit the final shot of the game for the Blue squad with 1:22 left, but it did little to spark a comeback as Gay connected on a jump shot to seal the White team’s victory.
Krystal Thomas, a freshmen from Orlando, Fla., totaled four blocks in the first period and finished with six points, seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and four blocks.
Duke will feature one more exhibition contest on Thursday, Nov. 8 against EA Sports at 7:00 p.m., before traveling to Denver, Colo., on Sunday, Nov. 11 to open the regular season. The trip to Colorado will mark the homecoming for Abby and Emily Waner, who are from Highlands Ranch, Colo.