Liston leads No. 2 Duke women over Kansas

After a sluggish first half, Duke finally got going offensively

against Kansas.

The second-ranked Blue Devils had their worst offensive first

half of the season before pulling away for a 73-40 rout of the

Jayhawks on Saturday at the Paradise Jam.

”It was a great second half, we played well offensively,” Duke

coach Joanne P. McCallie said. ”The first half our defense was

good, but our offense was impatient.”

Duke led 29-20 at the half before scoring 17 of the first 21

points in the second half to blow open the game. Alexis Jones had

five points and three steals during the burst, which was capped by

Elizabeth Williams’ layup with 14:27 left that made it 46-24.

”We were in attack mode from the beginning and right away we

were scoring and distanced ourselves. We were a little more patient

on offense,” McCallie said.

Tricia Liston scored 19 points and Williams added 17 to lead

Duke (8-0). Liston earned MVP honors of the tournament.

”That’s great, but overall glad we won all three games and

played the way we wanted to,” Liston said.

Duke played the whole tournament without senior post Haley

Peters, who injured her right knee against Vanderbilt on Nov.

21.

”Missing Haley’s big for us,” Liston said. ”It gave a lot of

people opportunities to get a lot of minutes. That will help us

down the stretch.”

Freshman Oderah Chidom added seven points and 14 rebounds for

the Blue Devils.

Kansas (4-3) never got closer than 20 the rest of the way.

Keyla Morgan scored 11 points for the Jayhawks.