The Duke women’s basketball team continues to roll, as they beat Syracuse for their second straight ACC road victory. The Blue Devils won 86-53 over a team that was ranked #20 last week in their giant arena (the Carrier Dome).
The game was actually close at halftime (43-34), despite the fact that Duke shot 58.1% from the field (compared to 36.1% for Syracuse) and had 15 assists on 18 made shots.
Either the Duke defense got better or Syracuse just could not buy a basket in the second half. The ‘Cuse ended up shooting just 27.9% from the field overall and only made six second half shots (6-of-32). They also took a ton of three pointers (8-of-38) and Duke usually does not guard the outside well. Duke meanwhile, made 6-of-12 three pointers.
Duke won the rebounding battle, 46-38, though they did allow 18 offensive boards. They also committed 20 turnovers, though only seven of those came in the second half. The Duke defense forced a total of 21 turnovers, 12 in the second half, and had 11 steals.
Tricia Liston once again led all scorers with 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting. She also hauled in eight rebounds and dished out three assists. Elizabeth Williams recorded her second straight double-double: 14 points and 11 rebounds. She also had four assists and four blocked shots.
Alexis Jones had one of her best games in a while, as she scored 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting. She dished out seven assists and hauled in four rebounds. She only committed two turnovers. Haley Peters may have scored ten points and hauled in seven rebounds, but she also committed seven turnovers.
It was another off night for senior guard Chelsea Gray (is her knee bothering her?). She scored just two points and only took three shots (two coming from behind the arc). She did dish out seven assists and had four steals, but also committed six turnovers.
The Duke bench came up huge at the Carrier Dome. Richa Jackson led the bench with 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting. She had three rebounds and three steals. Ka’lia Johnson was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field to score ten points. Oderah Chidom chipped in six points and four rebounds.
For Syracuse, Brianna Butler scored 14 points. Brittney Sykes, who had eight points on 4-of-8 shooting at the half, was held scoreless in the second half on 0-of-5 shooting. She also committed eight turnovers.
The Blue Devils return home for their ACC home opener on Sunday afternoon against Boston College. The Eagles were just trounced by #2 Notre Dame tonight.