A career night from sophomore guard Alexis Jones proved enough, as #3 Duke came back from an eight point second half deficit to win at #25 Florida State, 85-77 in overtime. It was their first overtime game since the ACC Championship versus Maryland back in 2009.
Jones, who dished out a program-tying 15 assists (tied with teammate Chelsea Gray), hit a jumper with five seconds left in the first half to give Duke the 33-32 lead going into halftime. With 29.9 seconds left in regulation, Jones once again scored to tie the game at 73-73.
Her teammates took it from there. Elizabeth Williams blocked an FSU shot with 5.8 seconds left. In overtime, the Blue Devils out-scored the Seminoles 12-4.
Williams finished with 20 points. She also hauled in seven rebounds and blocked six shots. Jones finished with a double-double, as she scored 13 points (she also had five rebounds). She only committed one turnover after halftime.
Tricia Liston, the reigning ACC Player of the Week, struggled with her shot in the first half (2-of-5 for just four points). However, she heated up in the second half and went 6-of-9 from the floor to score a team-high 25 points.
Richa Jackson recorded a double-double: 14 points and ten rebounds. Haley Peters chipped in ten points and seven rebounds.
FSU wasted a career night from Natasha Howard. She scored 28 points (14-of-21) and hauled in 21 rebounds, despite going just 3-for-8 from the floor in the first half (11-of-13 after halftime). Morgan Jones also recorded a double-double: 15 points (7-of-21) and ten rebounds. The Seminoles have now lost four in a row and most likely will drop out of the top 25. FSU dominated the glass, winning the battle 51-42 and 21-12 on the offensive glass.
The Blue Devils are back in action on Sunday when they return to Cameron Indoor Stadium to face Pitt for the first time since they joined the ACC. They also look to stay unbeaten and stay ranked third in the country.
*Liston is just one 3-pointer away from tying Abby Waner for most all-time. I think it is safe to say (barring an injury) that she will be the new record holder when the season ends.
**Duke was without senior guard Chloe Wells, who did not dress due to a bruised shin. She is expected to be back for Sunday’s game versus Pitt.