Duke Blue Devils Women's Basketball Schedule
The Duke Blue Devils are ready to take down all of the top teams that
come to visit them this season, and it's sure to be another thrilling campaign from this elite college basketball program.
Duke is always in the running for one of the best record in the nation, and they often find themselves ranked nationally.
Duke competes as a member of the ACC, one of the best leagues in women's hoops. Last season the Blue Devils won 28 games,
but that was still only good for third place in the conference. That shows how tough the ACC can be, so the Blue Devils are
ready to play even better in 2014-15. Home games are always big, and Duke plans to send every competitor away with a loss
this season. The stands at Cameron Indoor Stadium are sure to be loaded with fans that love this team, and you can be one
Duke will have a huge contest arrive on December 7th this season when the South Carolina Gamecocks come to
town. South Carolina finished top the SEC last season, and they figure to be one of the top teams in the nation yet again
in 2014-15. The Blue Devils will need their home crowd to be strong in this game, as it could be what pushes Duke over the
top for the victory.
The biggest game of the season is set for March 1st when the rival North Carolina Tar Heels arrive.
Duke and UNC have the best rivalry in college basketball, and this is always one of the best-attended games of the season.
This is also the final home game of the season for Duke, so the stands will be packed to the brim with some of the biggest
women's hoops fans in the country.
Duke Blue Devils Women's Basketball History
The history of women's
basketball at Duke can be traced back to 1974 when it began as a club sport and was coached by Emma Jean Howard who also coached
the women's volleyball team. The following year men's and women's athletics merged at the university and that was the first
year that women's basketball was played as a varsity sport. In 1977 it became a Division I sport and Debbie Leonard came on
as the new coach while Emma Jean Howard was allowed to focus on the women's volleyball team. The Blue Devils have had some
fantastic seasons over the years, and this program is considered one of the elite in women's college basketball. The team
reaches the NCAA Tournament with regularity, and they've advanced deep into the tourney many a time. A National Title still
escapes the program, but it's only a matter of time before the Blue Devils change that. This team is ready to put up a historic
effort this season.
College basketball is an experience like no other. Featuring some of
the best student athletes in the world along with some of the most passionate fans in all of sports, the games have an atmosphere
that is unrivaled. When you set foot into Cameron Indoor Stadium for a Duke Blue Devils home basketball game this will all
be clear. As the teams set up for opening tip off the fans stand up and vociferously cheer for their alma mater and hometown
favorites. The game continues full of back and forth action, big time shots, and clutch defensive stops. Before you know it
the clock is winding down in the second half and the two sides are wrapped up in yet another tight contest. Your palms get
sweaty with each trip down the floor and each time a player from your favorite team lets loose a shot you hold your breath
until the ball tickles the twine. This continues until the final buzzer when the Blue Devils' side erupts after another big
win and their fans flow out of the arena in jubilation.
Duke Blue Devils Women's Basketball Trivia
did the Duke Blue Devils reach the National Championship Game?
The answer is 2006, when they won 31 games and were one
of the best teams in the country all season long. They would fall just short in the National Title Game, but it was still
a momentous occasions for this team.
Duke Blue Devils Women's Basketball Fans
Duke University has a strong
rivalry in all sports with nearby University of North Carolina, and the rivalry in basketball is especially intense. While
the rivalry between the Tar Heels and the Blue Devils on the men's side usually gets the most attention there is definitely
no love lost when the Duke and North Carolina women's basketball teams hit the floor against one another. Whomever Duke faces
in ACC play has some sort of rivalry as most of the schools have been members of the conference for decades.