No. 3 Duke 90, Boston College 53

Chelsea Gray couldn’t suppress her happiness after picking up

her 10th assist of the game. And she couldn’t hide it afterward

when she talked about matching Dawn Staley’s conference record with

a second career triple-double.

”I’m not surprised,” Duke coach Joanne McCallie said after

Gray scored had 18 points with 11 rebounds and 10 assists to lead

No. 3 Duke to a 90-53 victory over Boston College on Sunday.

”She’ll be getting a lot more of those, I’m sure.”

Gray had nine points, eight rebounds and seven assists in the

first half, when Duke scored 12 of the first 14 points and made it

32-5 just 11 1/2 minutes into the game. She was stuck on nine

assists until McCallie told her to ”make a nice pass” in the

final minutes – and she did, hitting Richa Jackson for an open

jumper with 56 seconds left.

That tied her with Staley, who led Virginia to three Final Fours

and a NCAA title game and also won three Olympic gold medals, as

the only players in Atlantic Coast Conference history with more

than one triple-double.

”It feels good. It’s exciting to hear that,” Gray said. ”When

it went in, I went back and tried to hide a little smile.”

Tricia Liston had 17 points, scoring 12 during a 20-0 run that

put the game away, and Jackson scored 16 for the Blue Devils (13-0,

3-0 ACC), who remain the only unbeaten team in Division I.

Top-ranked Connecticut lost to No. 5 Notre Dame on Saturday; No. 2

Baylor entered Sunday’s game against Oklahoma State with an 11-1

record.

Kristen Doherty scored 17 points and added six rebounds for BC

(6-7, 0-2). The Eagles lost their third consecutive game, including

a 76-70 loss to then-No. 23 Florida State – the only other ranked

team they have faced this season.

This one wasn’t that close.

Duke made its first six 3-point attempts and tied a school

record by making 79.3 percent of its shots in the first half to

open a 55-20 lead. BC scored the first eight points of the second

half, but never got within two dozen points.

”We didn’t back down. We went right at them, and suddenly Duke

realized, `Hey, we’ve got a basketball game on our hands,”’ BC

coach Erik Johnson said. ”Unfortunately, Duke’s so good, and

played so well in that first half that the game wasn’t really in

question by the time we got it rolling.”

Trailing by 35 at the half, Doherty hit a 3-pointer to open the

second and Nicole Boudreau drove to the basket for a layup,

prompting McCallie to call a timeout. Boudreau made a free throw,

then Tessah Holt made a pair as the Eagles continued to force

turnovers.

”I was just very mad,” McCallie said. ”I don’t think it put a

scare, two turnovers in a row is just very silly.”

BC had several more chances to cut the deficit further but

couldn’t make its shots. Gray scored on a foul line jumper with

16:25 left to play to end the Blue Devils’ scoring drought.