No. 10 Duke 83, Wake Forest 50

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Duke head coach Joanne McCallie wasn't interested in the final margin against Wake Forest. She was more interested about where the points came from. Jasmine Thomas scored 16 points to lead four players in double figures as the 10th-ranked Blue Devils raced past the cold-shooting Demon Deacons 83-50 on Wednesday night. Chante Black added 15 points, Joy Cheek 12 and Abby Waner 11 for Duke (23-4, 10-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), which led by as many as 35 points in extending its winning streak over Wake Forest to 32 straight. "Any time a team plays this well together, its the right time," said McCallie, whose Blue Devils close out the regular season on Sunday against No. 9 North Carolina. "What's important is that we repeat it over and over again. We haven't always done that. We got better, and everybody had something to say about it. ... The way everybody played, the unselfishness of the play. We're growing, and we're getting more effective in a lot of areas." Black, who also had 11 rebounds, moved into 10th place on Duke's all-time scoring list with 1,379 points, and into second in career rebounds with 950. She passed Jennifer Scanlon, who had 1,377 career points, and Iciss Tillis, who had 947 rebounds. Secily Ray had 19 points and 12 rebounds and Alex Tchangoue added 13 points and 10 boards for the Demon Deacons (18-9, 5-8), who shot just 27 percent from the field (17 of 63) and was outrebounded 48-39. The Blue Devils' defense also forced Wake Forest into 23 turnovers, and held a 34-13 edge in points off of turnovers. "If you want to stay with Duke, you've got to make shots," Demon Deacons head coach Mike Petersen said. "Their defense is very good ... and at the same time, we had some looks that would have kept us in contact, but we didn't make them. That allowed them to get away from us." Duke, which was coming off a 77-59 loss to No. 5 Maryland on Sunday, never trailed in Wednesday's game, but led just 9-8 with 13:11 left. However, the Blue Devils broke the game open with an 11-2 run, holding Wake Forest to just one field goal over the next seven minutes. Black set up Waner's 3-pointer with 6:14 left to put Duke ahead 20-10, its first double digit lead. "We kinda treated this game like payback," Thomas said. "We have to come out and work on the things that we didn't do well in the previous game. ... We're working on trying to come out as focused as we did tonight, and do that every game." Cheek hit a layup with 1:33 remaining to cap a 13-3 run and give the Blue Devils a 33-13 lead, their biggest of the half. Ahead 36-19 at the halftime break, Duke extended its lead to 35 points twice - at 73-38 on Krystal Thomas' layup with 7:40 remaining, and at 83-48 on a pair of Kathleen Scheer free throws with 22.6 seconds remaining.

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