Duke benefits from 38 turnovers, 26 percent shooting by Maine

DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie helped her current star reach a milestone. Then she gave one of her former players a lopsided loss.

Chante Black scored 16 points and reached 1,000 for her career in the eighth-ranked Blue Devils' 98-31 rout of Maine on Sunday.

Krystal Thomas had 13 points and 10 rebounds and Joy Cheek added 10 points. Duke (2-0) shot nearly 48 percent while holding Maine to 26 percent shooting in helping McCallie beat the Maine program she led to six NCAA tournaments in eight seasons from 1992-2000.

Maine had more turnovers (38) than points. Duke turned those miscues into 44 points, held a 56-17 rebounding advantage, limited the Black Bears (0-1) to one field goal over the first 12 1/2 minutes and held them to single digits until the final minute of the first half.

"To be a great team, to be a special team, is just so hard in this day and age, because it takes so much mental focus to get that done," McCallie said. "For us, it's a process of maintaining our focus and urgency. ... Your motivation cannot come from your opponent or the score. It's got to come from something inside, and I think we're getting to that point where it's got to come from within if we're going to be a special team."

That focus helped McCallie claim a one-sided victory in her first meeting with one of her former players. The Black Bears are coached by Cindy Blodgett, who was recruited to Maine in the 1990s by "Coach P."

"[McCallie's and] my relationship is far more than on the basketball court," Blodgett said.

Black became the 24th player in Duke history to reach the 1,000-point mark with her basket in the post roughly 4 minutes in. She had her way with Maine's undersized lineup.

"Coming in, [being] recruited, I was mostly a defensive threat [and] shot-blocking and rebounding were things that I was pretty excellent in," Black said. "I continue to work on defense, but offensively, I've grown a lot since freshman year. It's still a growing process."

Maine, which didn't have a player taller than 6-foot-3 on the roster, had no answers for the 6-5 Black or the 6-4 Thomas, who helped the Blue Devils outscore the Black Bears 50-14 in the paint.

"I think what this does, big picturewise, is, it exposes all of our weaknesses," Blodgett said.

Duke opened with a 14-1 run before the Black Bears managed their first field goal. Amanda Tewksbury's putback with about 13 1/2 minutes left was Maine's only basket until Jasmine Rush's layup with 7 1/2 minutes before the break.

The Blue Devils methodically increased their lead in this one. They needed just 4 1/2 minutes to take a double-figure lead for good, pushed it to 20 midway through the first half and stretched it to 30 on Bridgette Mitchell's free throw with 3:42 remaining.

Mitchell added 10 rebounds for Duke. All 12 Blue Devils played at least 12 minutes apiece.

"It's one thing to get some playing time. It's another to be extremely productive and intense during your time on the floor," McCallie said. "Without question, we became a deeper team this weekend."

In the first half, the Black Bears had more turnovers (21) than shots attempted (20).