The Duke women’s basketball team won their first game in 12 days after hopefully having a successful week of exams. The Blue Devils won their first game of the Trojan Classic in California over CSU-Bakersfield, 97-63.
It was a special victory for Coach P, as she picked up her 150th career win in just her 182nd game. She is the third fastest in Division I to that mark.
It was also a special game for two guards from Cali: Chelsea Gray and Chloe Wells. Gray’s line at halftime looked like this: seven points, seven rebounds, and five assists. So much for maybe being too excited or amped up. She finished the game with 11 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists. Wells hit two 3-pointers and scored ten points.
Elizabeth Williams scored 21 points and scored at least 20 points for the second time this season. She also hauled in eight rebounds. She had another blocked shot, giving her at least one in every game so far of her collegiate career (42 straight games).
Haley Peters contributed 16 points, twelve of which came in the first half (when she made all six of her shots). Tricia Liston scored 14 points.
The Duke defense forced 27 turnovers, which led to 30 points. CSUB dropped to 2-11 on the season and have lost ten of eleven. Duke is still undefeated.
However, it was close early on, with the game tied at 15-15. Then Duke went on a 33-11 run (with a 12-0 run mixed in) to end the first half. In that opening half, the Blue Devils shot 58% compared to CSUB’s 34%. They also out-rebounded them 38-10.
The Blue Devils have a quick turnaround, as they play host USC Saturday afternoon.