The Duke women’s basketball team survived a late scare at Virginia Tech on Sunday afternoon, as they held on for the 74-70 victory.
The Blue Devils seemed to be cruising along, as they led 38-23 at the half. They also had three starters already in double-figures. However, the Hokies stormed back in the second half, out-scoring Duke 47-36.
In the Hokies comeback, they were helped out by almost flawless free throw shooting: 15-of-17. They were also led by a trio of starters: Uju Ugoka, Monet Tellier, and Vanessa Panousis. Ugoka scored 19 of her game-high 29 points in the second half, while hauling in 11 rebounds. Tellier scored 11 of her 18 points in the second half, while also contributing seven rebounds and five assists. Panousis chipped in 21 points.
Duke was terrible from the free throw line, making just 12-of-25. At one point in the second half, they had made just 3-of-11 (combined among two players). But when it mattered most, the Blue Devils made some. They made 6-of-8 over the final 47 seconds. For the game Ka’lia Johnson was a perfect 4-for-4.
They also made a few big three pointers, as they made 10-of-15 overall.
However, every time the Hokies cut the deficit to five or three points, Alexis Jones seemed to have an answer. The sophomore point guard finished with 19 points, three rebounds, six assists, and two steals. On the negative side, she committed six turnovers.
Tricia Liston led the way with 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting. She hauled in six rebounds and dished out three assists. Haley Peters chipped in 11 points and eight rebounds.
For just the third time in her career (and second time this season), Elizabeth Williams fouled out. Today, it was with about 47 seconds left. She finished the game with 11 points, three rebounds, and four blocked shots.
Duke looks to stay unbeaten in the ACC when they head to Florida State on Thursday night. The Seminoles are currently ranked but are on the verge of losing three in a row.