No. 7 Duke 77, Virginia 66

Tricia Liston has turned up her offense the last few games for

Duke.

Liston finished with 18 points and added a career-high seven

rebounds, leading four players in double figures as the No. 7 Blue

Devils blew past Virginia 77-66 on Monday night.

The contest marked the first return to Cameron Indoor Stadium of

former Duke player and assistant coach Joanne Boyle as the

Cavaliers’ head coach.

Haley Peters added 13 points, Richa Jackson 12 and Chelsea Gray

11 with eight assists for the Blue Devils (10-2), who have won 19

straight in the series.

”(Tricia) is a point-four,” Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie

said. ”She can play one, two, three of four for us. She’s a heady

passer and kind of feels the defense a little bit. . I really liked

our team’s attack. Shooting 56 percent against an ACC opponent is

pretty outstanding, and we might have been able to put a whole lot

more points on the board if we hadn’t turned the ball over so

much.”

It was Duke’s 31st straight win on its home court, 23rd straight

at home in ACC play. The Blue Devils have won 15 straight ACC

openers and 18 straight ACC home openers.

”I think we were finding people in open positions,” said the

sophomore Liston, who was 6-of-11 from the floor including 3-of-5

from 3-point range and added four assists. ”We were pushing it,

looking for the fast-break points and we were getting that. Once we

started getting in the flow, everything started clicking.”

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.

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. . I spent 20 years of my life here and all my best

friends are here. (Duke) is just a great place, I love it. I’m on

the other end coaching another team now, but I have nothing but

good things to say about Duke.”

Duke senior guard Shay Selby, who returned to the lineup after

missing five games because of a disciplinary suspension, had five

points in eight minutes.

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.

”It’s really fun when you start playing like that,” Peters

said. ”I think when you’re playing against a zone it’s easy to sit

back a little. But when we start getting stops and running a little

bit, (good) things start to happen.”

Duke shot 56.3 percent to 39.3 for the Cavaliers, outrebounding

them 31-30 and committing 25 turnovers to Virginia’s 21.