Sportswrap: Duke men’s basketball scores two wins, women’s tennis starts season

Sportswrap is your one-stop shop for all things Duke athletics, where we summarize how each of Duke’s sports currently in competition performed over the past week and provide a brief look ahead. Here’s our recap for the week of January 10-16.

Men’s Basketball

Two words: bounced back. No. 8 Duke took a few wins over rivals in the state this week, beating Wake Forest and NC State. In the 76-64 win against the Demon Deacons, the insertion of AJ Griffin into the starting grid sparked both sides – Griffin showed a talent for shooting and a solid perimeter defense. Then, in Saturday’s 88-73 capture against the Wolfpack, Mark Williams’ 19 points, 11 plates and eight rejections were the story. Plus, Paolo Banchero averaged 22.5 at 56% for the week, showing how many different ways the Blue Devils are (14-2, 4-1 in the ACC). can beat you. Will Recent Trends Continue Against the State of Florida Tuesday Night? -Max Rego

women’s basketball

This was a week that Duke women’s basketball fans will probably want to forget. Despite a 74-65 win against Syracuse last Sunday, the 16th-ranked Blue Devils (11-4, 2-3) left two straight games in double digits in their 65-54 and 84-60 losses to Virginia Tech and NC State. respectively. Losing star junior Celeste Taylor to an undisclosed shoulder injury to Syracuse certainly didn’t help, and head coach Kara Lawson is hoping for a rebound this Tuesday as her team travels to Coral Gables, Florida for a date with Miami. -Andrew Long

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Duke fencing opened its season Sunday at the Penn State Duals in State College, Pa. The No. 10 men’s group finished the day with a 3-1 lei, beating Haverford 20-7, No. 5 Penn State 16-11 and No. 7 Penn 16-11, falling to No. 2 Columbia 17-10. The No. 12 women’s group defeated only Haverford, impressive 26-1, but fell to No. 2 Columbia 18-9, No. 7 Penn State 14-13, No. 8 Temple 14-13 and No. 10 Penn 15-12. The men’s saber group finished the strongest performance of Duke’s teams, taking 4-0 on the day. The Blue Devils return to Pennsylvania this weekend for their next game at the Philadelphia Invitational on January 22. -Ana Young

Swimming and diving

Unfortunately, the second meeting after the winter break for Duke swimming and diving marked their second straight loss as both men and women fell to NC State in Raleigh. However, given that both Wolfpack teams are in the top five in the country and are unbeaten, the result can hardly come as a surprise, and strong individual performance from Blue Devils. Duke took the full top four of the women’s one-meter dives, and sophomore Sarah Foley took a 4:08.97 in the women’s 400 IM, setting her second school record of the season. Look for the Blue Devils to bounce back against North Carolina at home on January 28. -Babu Chatterjee

women’s tennis

The Blue Devils started their season this weekend in Ann Arbor at the Michigan Invitational. Duke started the weekend Friday playing singles against No. 10 Ohio State, taking four wins. That afternoon, the team dropped three doubles matches against Notre Dame. The next day, however, the Devils retaliated with seven straight singles wins against the Fighting Irish. The new Blue Devil combination of graduate student Kelly Chen and freshman Emma Jackson was able to win a doubles match against host Michigan, while the other two pairs lost their respective matches. On Sunday, Duke took two doubles wins and the invite against Michigan concluded with ranked singles wins by junior Chloe Beck and senior Georgia Drummy. – Campbell Lawson

Track and field

Duke Athletics returned from a long vacation break at the Virginia Tech Invitational in Blacksburg, Virginia. The Blue Devils impressed with 16 top-five placings and sweeps in both the men’s and women’s 4x400m relay, but the story of the weekend was in no doubt as junior Kinsie Huggins broke her previous shot put record and advanced to fourth. place on Duke’s all-time list. The Blue Devils return to Blacksburg next weekend for the Hokie Invitational to start the meat of their season. -Long

wrestle

After nearly a month off the mats in the game, the Blue Devils returned to the duals league this week, hosting Thursday night at Card Gym against Appalachian State. Though they recorded some wins, Duke (6-5) fell to the Mountaineers 22-12. Staying firmly on the heavyweight side, the Blue Devils took the 174-pound brace and all of the braces above. Matt Finesilver, Vincent Baker, Kaden Russell and Jonah Niesenbaum all took triumphs and gave Duke 12 points. Josh Finesilver, who has a 21-2 record after the doubles match, fell to Jonathan Millner in the 149lb. The group will return to competition January 21 for another local game against North Carolina. -Young

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