No. 7 Duke 97, Gardner-Webb 31

Tricia Liston is starting to find her shooting touch.

After beginning the season with back-to-back scoreless games,

the sophomore guard has now put up consecutive 20-point


Liston scored a career-high 23 points to help No. 7 Duke rout

Gardner-Webb 97-31 in the Junkanoo Jam on Friday night.

”I think I’m just more comfortable and being more aggressive on

the court,” she said. ”The first two games were obviously a

little rough for me. I had to bounce back and come out strong,

which is what I’ve been trying to do.”

”It was frustrating, definitely (going scoreless her first two

games). At the same time, shooters keep shooting. I was bound to

make one eventually. You can’t make it if you don’t shoot it. You

have to keep shooting.”

Chloe Wells added 14 points, making all five of her shots –

including three 3-pointers. Elizabeth Williams had 13 points and

Shay Selby 11 for the Blue Devils (5-0).

Duke will face fourth-ranked Notre Dame for the championship

Saturday night.

”Tricia is just a fabulous guard,” Duke coach Joanne P.

McCallie said. ”She’s a terrific shooter, but she can also play

off the bounce and rebound and do other things. I just love it when

she’s in attack mode. There were no concerns about her. She’s just

a great all-around player.:

The Blue Devils jumped all over Gardner Webb in the first half,

scoring 25 of the game’s first 31 points and never looked back.

Duke led 50-18 at the break as Liston had 12 points in the first

half. Duke shot 51 percent from the field in the first half and

tied a season high with seven 3-pointers.

Duke extended its advantage to as many as 67 points in the

second half.

”They’re like a machine,” Gardner-Webb coach Rick Reeves said.

”What we really had problems with was when they went to multiple

posts. Sometimes they had three post players, and really

technically, they had four post players at times. Their size and

their experience hurt us.”

Catrina Green scored 10 points to lead Gardner-Webb (0-5).

We’ve been pretty good the last two years. We won 50 some games

in the last two years. But this year, we’re young and trying to get

better for conference,” Reeves added. ”Their experience is

unsettling. They make you have a lot of turnovers. They like to

keep the game in chaos. They have the type of talent, they could

win the national championship. They remind me a lot of Texas