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Sportswrap: Men’s basketball defends home court, women’s basketball falls in Tobacco Road rivalry

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Sportswrap is Duke’s one stop shop for all athletics. Here’s a recap of how each of Duke’s currently competing sports fared last week, along with a quick look at what’s to come. Recap for the week of January 16-22.

men’s basketball

During a media response last Monday, head coach John Scheer said his team needed to “take a step in the right direction” offensively in the week between games against Clemson and Miami. t. Victory against No. 17 Hurricanes on SaturdayThe Blue Devils (14-5, 5-3 in the ACC) stepped up, assisting in 19 of their 25 successful baskets. Show confidence with motion offense En route to a 68-66 win at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Now, the question is whether Duke can win the big game starting Monday’s matchup at Virginia Tech. – Max Lego

women’s basketball

The No. 13 Duke’s 11-game winning streak ended Thursday when they faced rivals No. 17 North Carolina at a packed Carmichael Arena.The Blue Devils defense kept them alive in the second half 61-56 lossbut a late offense that remained scoreless until near the end of the first quarter was not enough to overcome the 10-0 opening taken by the Tar Heels to start the game. Duke (17 wins) 2 losses, 7 wins 1) rebounded on Sunday, 62-50 win over SyracuseShayeann Day-Wilson led the Duke on both Thursday and Sunday with 24 and 16 points respectively. Duke will return to Cameron Indoors on Thursday to face Virginia Tech No. 12 at 8 p.m. -Rear Boyd

Athletics

It was an all-around successful weekend for the Blue Devils, who traveled to Blacksburg, Virginia. 2 day Hawkeye InvitationalFriday’s first day was 4 for senior Halle Bieber (60 m), sophomore Beck Wittstadt (1,000 m), graduate student Jide Akinjisola (weight throw) and sophomore Megan McGinnis (300 m). achieved two new program records. The next day, Max Forte, Lauren Herr Tolbert and the Women’s 4×400 Relay his team also won their respective events. After a typical week of rest for him, Duke will head to Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania State University, her college on Friday and Saturday. –Jonathan Levitan

wrestling

Duke struggled in his home opener at Cameron Indoors. Thursday night, the Blue Devils (3-6, 0-1) suffered his 35-4 one-sided loss to Central Michigan. Senior captain Jonah Nisenbaum was Duke’s only player to score a win with his grappler, and in his decision in the majors against Brian Caves he took an 11–3 victory.Friday night, in front of a sizeable crowd, Duke Lost 37-6 to North Carolina in ACC openerEight Blue Devil wrestlers were eliminated, but seniors Vincent Baker and Nisenbaum rounded out the day with a 3-2 win. The Blue Devils have a tough trip ahead of them with dual conventions in Appalachia on Tuesday and North Carolina on Friday. -Luke Jovanovich

fencing

The Blue Devils traveled to Philadelphia on Saturday to compete in the Philadelphia Invitational, winning eight games together. Junior Sarah Lurier led both the men’s and women’s teams with his impressive 13-1 overall record. The girls’ team also got a big contribution from her freshman Habba Stone, who took 12 wins on the day. Lurye and Stone were supported by their senior girlfriend Zsofia Walter, freshman girlfriend Skylar Knight, and junior Christina Ferrari. Meanwhile, sophomore Lucas Danul stood out with a 12-3 record in the men’s saber. Duke’s only losses were at the hands of NYU for men and No. 8 Penn for women. The Blue Devils will be back in action on Sunday at the Eric Soley Invitational in Cambridge, Massachusetts. -Mackenzie Sheehy

men’s tennis

The Blue Devils kicked off their first home game of the season with a 5-2 victory over Memphis on Friday night. Seniors Andrew Chang and Michael Heller scored doubles points for No. 20 Duke as the tandem remained undefeated for the season. Blue Devils (3-1) on Sunday Lost first game of the season, fell to No. 16 Harvard in a nail-biting 4-3 finish. However, the team followed this up with a 7-0 he sweep against North Carolina Central. Sophomore Jake Krug and his freshman Pedro Rodenas had a great weekend going undefeated in singles. Next up for the Blue Devils is a trip to Winston-Salem, North Carolina for his ITA kickoff his weekend starting Friday. – Ranjan Jindal

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