No. 7 Duke 77, Virginia 66
Joanne Boyle knows her return to Duke might have been tougher if
she hadn’t been through an even more emotional game earlier this
The first-year Virginia coach, who graduated from Duke in 1985
and was later a Blue Devil assistant for 10 seasons, saw her team
put up a solid effort against the No. 7 team in the nation Monday
night. But it wasn’t good enough for an upset as the Cavaliers fell
77-66 in the ACC opener for both teams.
”I had the emotional piece this year when we played Cal out in
Hawaii (losing 59-50 on Nov. 27 to the team Boyle had coached for
the previous six seasons),” Boyle said. ”It’s different walking
into a building and coaching against your former players . (but) it
was special just to be back in the building and see all the special
people here that I know. Duke is just a piece of my heart.”
Tricia Liston had 18 points to lead Duke (10-2) while fellow
sophomores Haley Peters added 13, Richa Jackson 12 and Chelsea Gray
11 with eight assists.
Ataira Franklin led Virginia (12-3) with 19 points and 12
rebounds before fouling out with 1:49 left, while Ariana Moorer
added 18 including 10-for-10 from the free-throw line.
It was Duke’s 19th straight win in the series and 31st straight
”Shooting 56 percent against an ACC opponent is pretty
outstanding,” Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie said. ”We might have
been able to put a lot more points on the board if we didn’t turn
the ball over so much. But any time you shoot that kind of
percentage against a strong team it shows a lot of ball
Duke won despite getting only eight points – all in the second
half – from leading scorer Elizabeth Williams.
”We were active in our zone and didn’t give them a lot of
touches,” Boyle said. ”We were doing a good job of getting loose
balls and tips and steals, which we didn’t necessarily convert in
The Blue Devils were up 41-37 following Franklin’s 3-pointer
with 17:40 left, but went on a 10-2 run over the next three
”I definitely think we worked hard,” Franklin said. ”We’ve
been a team that scraps and has gotten better and tougher on
defense, but we need to be a team that not only plays well in
adverse situations but doesn’t get into adverse situations.”
Duke shot 56.3 percent to 39.3 for the Cavaliers, outrebounding
them 31-30 and committing 25 turnovers to Virginia’s 21.