The Duke women’s basketball team enjoyed their first day playing in the Virgin Islands, as they beat Xavier, 81-54 in the Paradise Jam on Thanksgiving.
With her parents in attendance, senior Tricia Liston led the way for the Blue Devils with 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting. She made 4-of-7 three pointers. Oh and she also had five rebounds and three assists.
The Musketeers played Duke tough throughout most of the first half, despite having six freshmen on their roster. However, Duke went on a 20-9 run to head into halftime leading 40-26. Liston scored nine points during that spurt.
Xavier did a good job on the boards in the first half, hauling in 17, eight on the offensive end. In the second half, they had just seven total rebounds to finish with 24.
Neither team turned the ball over too much in the first half, with Xavier committing the most (nine). However, it was turnover city in the second half, as Duke committed 12 of their 17 (Xavier committed ten more). The Musketeers never got closer than 13 points in the second half.
Elizabeth Williams also made 9-of-14 shots, but scored 18 points. She did a better job rebounding in this game with senior Haley Peters missing her second consecutive game. Williams hauled in eight boards and also blocked four shots.
Chelsea Gray did not do a lot of scoring (just eight points), but she hauled in nine rebounds and dished out nine assists. She only committed one turnover. After scoring just five points in the first half (2-of-5 shooting), Alexis Jones finished with 15 points, as she made 4-of-5 shots in the second half.
On a positive note, Duke made 7-of-13 outside shots and 59.6% of their total shots. They had 17 assists on 34 made shots. They also hauled in 39 rebounds, 13 on the offensive glass. The Blue Devils had ten steals and ten blocked shots, with Kendall McCravey-Cooper blocking two shots off the bench.
For Xavier, Jenna Crittendon scored 16 points on 5-of-14 shooting. Shatyra Hawkes chipped in ten points and six assists.
The Blue Devils are back in action Friday afternoon at the Paradise Jam, this time playing Central Michigan, who is currently giving Kansas all it can handle. The game will once again be broadcast live on ParadiseJam.com at 1:15pm ET from the Virgin Islands.