The Duke women’s basketball team stayed undefeated in the ACC with a road victory over Virginia, 62-41. The Blue Devils only led 24-22 at the half, but had held the Cavaliers scoreless over the first half’s final 6:12 (UVA led 22-13).
In the first half, Duke had ten assists on 11 made baskets. They were led by Tricia Liston, as she scored nine first half points off the bench.
In the second half, Duke began to pull away with about ten minutes left (leading 36-30). UVA made just six second half shots, while Duke made 14. The Blue Devils also forced 11 second half turnovers (for a total of 21).
The Blue Devils were led by Elizabeth Williams, who scored 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting. She made 5-of-7 in the second half. She also hauled in eight rebounds, dished out four assists, and blocked three shots.
Haley Peters scored 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting (3-of-4 in the second half). She also hauled in four rebounds. After a rough first half for Chelsea Gray, she ended up scoring 14 points (4-of-7 in the second half). She also hauled in six rebounds, dished out four assists, and had two steals.
On the downside, Duke turned the ball over 15 times and were out-rebounded 37-30 (16-11 on the offensive glass). The other negative was their poor free throw shooting: they made just 7-of-14 (and Allison Vernerey only missed two).
For UVA, Ataira Franklin scored 15 points and hauled in nine rebounds. She also had five steals.
Next up for Duke, the much-anticipated matchup with Maryland on Monday night. The game will be played at Cameron Indoor Stadium and broadcast live on ESPN2 at 7pm ET. The Terps won again tonight to stay just one game behind Duke in the ACC.