In what started out as a rout actually ended in a rout, as the Duke women’s basketball team won at Clemson, 78-51. However, at halftime it was a close game (Duke up 28-23).
The Blue Devils led 11-2 out of the gate, but the Tigers went on a 12-0 run that ended at the 5:37 mark (Duke last scored at the 11:53 mark). Turnovers hurt Duke in the first half, as they committed 15 of them.
In the second half, the Blue Devils handled the ball better (just six turnovers) and continued their hot shooting (57.1% and 11 assists on 17 made shots). They continued to dominate on the glass, 44-19 (15-7 on the offensive glass).
Seniors Tricia Liston, Richa Jackson, and Haley Peters also took over in the second half. Liston scored 13 of her 15 points in the final half. She also recorded a double-double with ten rebounds. She had four turnovers, but all in the first half. Jackson scored 11 of her 13 points in the second half. She also hauled in four rebounds. Peters scored 11 of her 17 points in the second half. She also hauled in six rebounds.
Ka’lia Johnson chipped in ten points off the bench. Elizabeth Williams went 3-for-4 from the field, but only scored eight points. She did haul in nine rebounds, dish out six assists, and blocked two shots.
Free throw shooting continues to be Duke’s achilles heel. They made just 18-of-27.
For Clemson, Quinyotta Pettaway and Nikki Dixon each scored ten points. However, those two combined to make just 7-of-22 shots. As a team, the Tigers shot just 32.7% from the field (17-of-52).
Duke will look to make it two wins in a row on Big Monday, when rival North Carolina makes the short trek to Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Tarheels were upset at Georgia Tech tonight. Monday night’s game will air live at 7pm ET on ESPN2.