Williams leads Duke women to rout of Valparaiso

Elizabeth Williams scored 18 points to help No. 4 Duke beat

Valparaiso 90-45 on Friday night.

Tricia Liston added 17 points and a career-high 12 rebounds for

the Blue Devils (3-0), who blew open the game with a 29-4 run

beginning midway through the first half.

Haley Peters scored 16 points for Duke. Chelsea Gray and Ka’lia

Johnson had 11 points each for the Blue Devils.

Duke outscored Valparaiso 54-10 in the lane en route to its 57th

consecutive home victory over unranked non-conference

opponents.

The Blue Devils scored at least 80 points for the third time in

as many games, the first time they have done that to open a season

since 2005.

Tabitha Gerardot scored eight points to lead the Crusaders

(2-3), who lost their third game in a row.

Valparaiso shot just 29 percent from the floor, including 8 of

30 from 3-point range.

Duke led 48-22 at halftime, pulling away on the strength of its

defense. When the Blue Devils weren’t forcing turnovers with their

full-court press, they were forcing Valparaiso to shoot long jump

shots over their matchup zone.

Duke won its first two games of the season by a combined 108

points, turning each into a laugher early. The Blue Devils needed a

few more minutes to shake Valparaiso.

The Crusaders competed from the opening tip, grabbing three

offensive rebounds on their opening possession. They ended up with

no points on that trip, missing all four shots, but they led 5-4

after four minutes.

Valparaiso trailed just 17-15 after Liz Horton made a 3-pointer

from the right corner with 11:58 to go in the half, but Duke took

over from there.

The Blue Devils scored the next 10 points, converting three

steals into layups and getting a 3-pointer by Liston during the

spurt.

Two timeouts by Valparaiso coach Tracey Dorow did little to

change the momentum.

The Crusaders made just 2 of 17 shots and committed eight

turnovers as Duke turned a two-point edge into a 27-point lead just

before halftime.