With the largest crowd ever to see a women’s basketball game in the state of Kentucky, the Duke team beat Kentucky, 69-61. 23,706 fans mainly cheering for the number five Wildcats set the record at Rupp Arena. It was also the biggest crowd Duke has ever played in front of.
The Wildcats had actually cut the deficit to 58-55 with 6:07 left in the game before Liston drove to the basket for two straight layups (Duke led 36-24 at the half). Janee Thompson scored all 12 of her points for Kentucky in the second half.
Elizabeth Williams also broke out of her funk, scoring 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting. She also hauled in eight rebounds (four on the offensive end) and blocked three shots.
Kendall McCravey-Cooper came off the bench and only took one shot, but she blocked five shots.
The Blue Devils held Kentucky to just 33.3% shooting and 3-of-15 from three point land. The charity stripe was not kind to them either, as they made just 8-of-19. Duke blocked 12 shots.
Duke held Kentucky starters Samarie Walker and Bria Goss to just eight points each (6-of-16 total shooting). Walker did haul in 12 rebounds (six on the offensive glass) and scored all of her points in the second half. She also gave up two inches inside to Williams. The O-boards must be something Coach K will harp on the Blue Devils about because they gave up 22 of them. The Duke zone defense also forced the Wildcats to start the game 0-for-5 and 10-for-35 in the first half.
Duke will now enjoy their holiday break before returning to play Old Dominion at Cameron Indoor Stadium on January 2nd. That will be their final non-conference game before beginning ACC play at Georgia Tech on January 5th.