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Duke Women Fall To Lowly Virginia

If there was a worse loss this season we can’t think of it

South Carolina v Duke
DURHAM, NC - DECEMBER 15: Head coach Kara Lawson of the Duke Blue Devils looks on during their game against the South Carolina Gamecocks in the first half at Cameron Indoor Stadium on December 15, 2021 in Durham, North Carolina.
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This is kind of harsh: Duke fell to Virginia on the road Thursday night, 67-54. It was Virginia’s first conference win of the season and just their fourth overall.

Coach Kara Lawson was fairly blunt in her assessment, saying that “[it was a disappointing evening for us. I thought Virginia played with much more energy and spirit and effort than we did and they deserved to win the game.”

She said that calmly but we’re sure that her mind went back to things that Pat Head Summitt said when her Tennessee team had disappointing games.

As we said recently, it’s good to remember that this is still a new situation. Lawson is putting her principles into place and developing habits and expectations. No one should expect that to happen overnight. It’s going to take time, as Duke fan learned in the early days of the Krzyzewski era.

Duke shot poorly - 19-56 - was out rebounded and had 19 turnovers. That was a lot to overcome. Practice should be interesting Friday.