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

season.

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

home-court victory.

”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

movement.”

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

transition.”

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

minutes.

”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.