Fenwick girls basketball coach Dave Power wasn’t quite finished talking about former Friars star and current Duke senior Tricia Liston.
“I have to say one more thing,” Power said. “She could shoot the three like that in fourth grade.”
Any story about Liston almost has to start with her shooting ability. After all, she set a Duke single-season record with 80 3-pointers last year before breaking that mark this year, with 83 treys through a 66-61 win over rival North Carolina on March 8.
Liston’s father Brian was a lights-out shooter for Fenwick in the late 1970s before playing college basketball for Loyola, and the apple didn’t fall far from the tree.
“He was the first one to teach me how to do everything,” Liston said. “I practiced in my backyard and then at my older sisters’ practices. Shooting is about learning the fundamentals first, and then it’s just about repetition.”
But the River Forest native is more than just a long-range specialist.
“Without question, she’s the best shooter in the country,” Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie said. “But that’s not her total game. She had 29 points in a game this year and didn’t hit a single three. So although she’s a great shooter, you can’t box her in anymore because of the overall game that she now plays.