The #2 Duke women’s basketball team struggled in the first half at Cameron Indoor Stadium against #16 Purdue, but blew them away in the second half to win 99-78 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
It was a back-and-forth affair in the first half, as Purdue seemed to control the game. Duke took a lead at 34-32 with 4:26 to go on back-to-back layups from Alexis Jones. However, the Boilermakers took the lead into halftime at 44-41 by shooting 48.6% from the field (18-of-37).
Both teams were scoring early on in the second half until Purdue went ice cold. Duke took the lead for good with 14:23 to go at 58-57. They ended up out-scoring the Boilermakers 58-34 in the second half. Purdue made just nine second half shots and only hauled in two offensive boards in the final half.
Meanwhile, Duke shot 55.9% from the field for the game and hauled in 46 total rebounds (11 on the offensive end). They also had 21 assists on 38 made field goals. They did however, commit 20 turnovers and only made 18-of-27 free throws.
The Blue Devils welcomed back senior forward Haley Peters, who missed the three games in the Paradise Jam with a knee injury. She was back in the starting lineup and scored 14 points and hauled in nine rebounds.
Chelsea Gray once again just missed a double-double, as she scored 16 points (6-of-10) and dished out nine assists. She committed just one first half turnover. She also hauled in five rebounds and had two steals. I mentioned Jones a little earlier in this post and she scored a season-high 22 points on 10-of-17 shooting. She hauled in seven rebounds and dished out five assists, while having three steals.
Tricia Liston had a quiet first half (just 1-of-2 from the field), but she scored 11 second half points. She also had six rebounds, though she committed four turnovers. Elizabeth Williams was in foul trouble in the first half (two fouls with 11:07 to go). However, she ended up scoring 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting and did not foul out. She also hauled in six rebounds.
Richa Jackson provided some punch off the bench, scoring seven of her 11 points in the first half.
For Purdue, Kk Houser reached the 1,000 point mark as she scored 20 points, though she only went 6-of-20 from the field. April Wilson chipped in 14 points and dished out six assists, though she committed six turnovers. Whitney Bays scored 11 points and hauled in five rebounds.
The Blue Devils now head to Norman, Oklahoma to play the #17 Sooners on Sunday afternoon.
*At the time of posting, the ACC was 1-2 on the night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, as #25 Iowa came back to beat newly ranked Syracuse (#20) and Michigan beat Virginia. NC State is blowing out Northwestern in the second half and BC and Wisconsin are one point apart. Miami and Minnesota are just tipping.