In their first game without reigning ACC Player of the Year Chelsea Gray, the Duke women’s basketball team dominated visiting Virginia, 90-55. Five Blue Devils scored in double-figures.
Richa Jackson, starting in the place of Gray, was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field in the first half. She finished 8-for-9 with 16 points. She also hauled in five rebounds, dished out three assists, and had two steals.
Tricia Liston led the way with a double-double: 21 points and 12 rebounds. She made 8 of her 12 shots. Elizabeth Williams scored 17 points, hauled in seven rebounds, dished out four assists, had three steals, and blocked six shots. Alexis Jones scored ten points and dished out six assists (compared to three turnovers).
Oderah Chidom came off the bench to score 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting. She also hauled in eight rebounds. On the negative side, she committed five turnovers and only made 3-of-9 free throws.
The lead was big enough that Jenna Frush got into the game and onto the box score (0-for-2 from the outside).
Speaking of free throw shooting, Duke was once again terrible from the charity stripe. They made just 5-of-15. Thankfully, other shots were falling (38-of-38 for 55.9% shooting from the field).
Duke out-rebounded UVA 50-36. They had 21 assists on their 38 made field goals. The Blue Devil defense forced 17 turnovers and had 13 steals. They also blocked 13 shots (Kendall McCravey-Cooper had three blocks off the bench and Amber Henson had two).
For the Cavaliers, Faith Randolph scored 13 points, as did Lexie Gerson. Gerson also had six rebounds and three assists.
The Blue Devils now travel to Blacksburg to play Virginia Tech on Sunday afternoon.
*Speaking of Henson, she is a finalist for the USBWA Most Courageous Award (she is one of two finalists). The award will be presented at the Final Four in April.
Henson missed her first two official seasons at Duke due to a nagging knee injury suffered in high school (including six knee surgeries). Considered a freshman basketball-wise, she has played in 13 games so far this season.
**Katie Heckman, who as yet to play a game in her career at Duke (she came in last season as a freshman), has decided to end her career before it even started. She will receive a medical hardship and plans to stay in Durham to finish her degree. She suffered a torn ACL in the preseason last year (she has had two arthroscopic knee surgeries).