No. 7 Duke 77, Virginia 66
Tricia Liston has turned up her offense the last few games for
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
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
”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.