No. 7 Duke 61, Virginia Tech 34

Dennis Wolff got a rude welcome to ACC play on Sunday.

His roster trimmed to six scholarship players by injuries, the

first-year coach at Virginia Tech had his team fall behind by 20

early against No. 7 Duke and run out of steam trying to claw

back.

The Blue Devils won 61-34, their 16th consecutive victory in the

series.

As games wear on with such a short bench, ”What we do is we

just kind of cave a little bit and the thing gets away from us,”

Wolff said after his team fell to 6-12 overall and 2-3 in the

ACC.

Alyssa Fenyn led the Hokies with 11 points, and only four of her

teammates also scored.

Two others – Brittni Montgomery and Nia Evans – watched from the

bench in warmup suits.

Montgomery aggravated a right knee injury Thursday in a loss at

Virginia, and Evans has to play her way back after missing time

while tending to a family matter. She also has a shoulder

injury.

And, Wolff said, it could have been worse.

”In fairness to them,” he said of Duke, ”they played Florida

State on Friday night and bussed here yesterday.”

Still, the Blue Devils forced 20 turnovers leading to 22

points.

”We got sped up trying to pass and catch the ball and run

offense,”’ Wolff said.

Freshman Elizabeth Williams had 20 points, seven rebounds and

four blocks and Duke took command with a 22-2 run in the first 10

minutes.

The Blue Devils (14-2, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) gave coach

Joanne P. McCallie 50 victories in just 61 ACC games, making her

the second-fastest to the milestone. Kay Yow of North Carolina

State did it in 57 games.

Richa Jackson added 11 points for Duke, which matched its

average with 18 turnovers.

Williams, one of the nation’s top recruits, sat out the last 7

minutes of the first half with two fouls and the Hokies closed to

within 13, but the Blue Devils rebuilt their lead to 33-16 by the

break and coasted.

Duke outrebounded Virginia Tech 44-26 and limited them to 29

percent shooting.

The Blue Devils put the game away in the first 10 minutes,

outscoring the Hokies 22-2 after opening baskets for both teams.

Jackson also had eight points in the run.

The Hokies started 2 for 14 from the field with 10

turnovers.

Williams, who had a triple-double with 18 points, 16 rebounds

and an ACC-record 12 blocks at Wake Forest on Jan. 6, was having

her way inside but went to the bench after picking up her second

foul, and the Blue Devils got sloppy.

They finished the half with 10 turnovers, only one fewer than

the Hokies, who used a 9-3 run to get within 29-16 late in the

half.

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