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Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
McCallie, Blue Devils Hold First Practice Wednesday
Thursday 08/01/2012  -  Duke Sports Information
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DURHAM, N.C. – In preparation for the DWB European Tour from Aug. 13-22, the Duke women’s basketball team tipped off practice on Wednesday afternoon in the Michael W. Krzyzewski Center.  The Blue Devils practiced for almost two hours with post/guard workouts, running offensive sets, drills and much more. 

For the tour, the Blue Devils will take senior Allison Vernerey home to France, play three exhibition contests and close the trip in Italy.  Duke will arrive in Paris, France on Tuesday, Aug. 14 and will spend three nights in Paris.  The Blue Devils will then head to the Normandy region for one night and then to Mulhouse, France, where Vernerey is from for two nights.  The team will eat dinner one night at Vernerey’s house and get to see where she is from. 

“In terms of the trip itself, I just think it is going to be a great experience,” said Vernerey.  “Just getting to know other things – we are at Duke and we know really well what we do, but I think it is also good to open up to other things.  [It will be good] for the team to get together and get to know each other.”

To close the tour, Duke will travel to Cernobbio, Italy for the final two days before heading home on Aug. 22. 

“Well, it (the DWB European Tour) fulfills a promise we made to Allison Vernerey when we recruited her that we would really like to take her home,” said Duke head coach Joanne P. McCallie.  “That is exactly what we are doing.  She is a senior for us and it just seems like the greatest thing to do.  To be in France with somebody who understands the language and the culture and can share that with us.”

Duke will feature a roster of 13 student-athletes on the trip to France and Italy with only eight expecting to play due to injuries.  Seeing action on the tour will be Vernerey, Chelsea Gray, Haley Peters, Tricia Liston, Ka’lia Johnson and Jenna Frush along with freshmen Alexis Jones and Sierra Moore.   The five injured Duke players include Chloe Wells (leg), Richa Jackson (knee), Elizabeth Williams (leg), Amber Henson (knee), Katie Heckman (questionable - knee).

Duke is coming off posting a 27-6 overall record in 2011-12, advanced to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight and won the ACC regular season title with a 15-1 record.

Vernerey, who will be the lone senior on the 2012-13 Blue Devil roster, is from Alsace, France and attended the Mulhouse school. She was the captain of the U-16 and U-18 French National Teams. At Duke, Vernerey has played in 105 games, averaged 6.0 points and 4.0 rebounds. She was named a Capital One Academic All-District III selection as a junior.

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