Let me start by writing that I think State lost Myisha for the year. In a battle for the ball, a Duke player fell on her leg bending her knee inwardly. She was in tears as she was carried of the court and was seen crying out "my knee", "my knee". I hope State has not lost her because despite her poor play against Duke for the first half, she is very valuable for the team.
When the score reached 59-35 in favor of Duke, I was ready to write that State rolled over for Duke-except for Kody Burke who had 30 on 11-16 from the field. If one looks at the final stats, it is clear that Duke did not play lights out-State just played awful for thirty minutes.
I was going to add this:
However, State roared back to cut the lead to 4 with just over two minutes left, and Miah Spencer had a drive to the basket with an opportunity to cut the lead to 2, but was mugged (I admitt that I am a homer and what looked like a foul to me might not have been) with no foul called. That is life. Miah scored 14 points, but had 7 turnovers some of the type she rarely makes.
Le'Nique Brown played poorly. Krystal Barrett played poorly. Myisha-Goodwin Coleman played poorly for more than the first half. Brown shot 0-12 from the floor and constantly made bad decisions in passing the ball blowing at least two fast break opportunities. Barrett shot 0-5 from the floor and twice ran past three point shooters allowing them to reset and make baskets-one at the first half buzzer. Coleman shot 3-8 (2-6 from the arc) for the game, making her three baskets in the last portion of the game.
I cannot count how many three point shots by State fell short of the basket. No iron.
State had 15 turnovers as did Duke. State shot 11-30 from the arc to 9-23 for Duke. State shot 35% to Duke's 44%. Duke shot 20 free throws to State's 10, but that was due to State fouling at the end of the game. As one can see, Duke did not really play that well; State just played that poorly.
Coach Moore in his post game comments used the phrase "did not compete" and the term "intimidated" in describing how State played the first 30 minutes. "Intimidated" is in agreement with my emoticons above.
Coach also said that he sat some starters because they were not competing. As a matter of fact, in State's comeback, walk-on Ashley Williams, little used Breezy Williams and back-up point guard Miah Spencer played in place of starters Nique Brown, Krystal Barrett and Myisha Goodwin-Coleman (due to injury).