Unlike the men yesterday, the Duke women’s basketball team won their ACC opener (also on the road), as they won at Georgia Tech, 64-47. It actually got a little too close for comfort with about ten minutes to play. The Yellow Jackets went on a 10-0 run to cut the deficit to 49-40. They actually cut the deficit to six points before the Blue Devils pulled away.
The Duke zone has hurt the Blue Devils, as they struggled to rebound against the aggressive Yellow Jackets. Duke led 34-20 at the half, but mainly because Georgia Tech could not buy a basket (just 8-of-37). GT won the rebounding battle on the offensive glass in the first half 12-3.
Duke got a little better in the second half on the glass, but still lost the battle, 51-47 and 23-13 on the offensive glass.
Elizabeth Williams dominated the game, as she recorded her second double-double of the season: 18 points and 11 rebounds. She made 8-of-10 shots and also had four steals. Haley Peters also had a double-double (11 points and 15 rebounds), despite making just 4-of-18 shots. She did haul in six offensive boards.
Tricia Liston was quiet in the first half (just two shots), but she exploded to finish with 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting. She also hauled in five rebounds.
It was another tough game for the two Duke guards. Chelsea Gray did finish with nine assists, but she only scored nine points and committed four turnovers. She also only had two rebounds. Alexis Jones only scored four points and dished out three assists compared to five turnovers. Those two combined for nine of Duke’s 15 turnovers.
The bench for Duke was practically non-existent (six total points among five players).
GT’s top two scorers struggled mightily shooting the basketball. Tyaunna Marshall still finished with a double-double, despite making just 7-of-25 shots. She scored 18 points and hauled in 16 rebounds, ten on the offensive glass. Kaela Davis made just 2-of-14 shots for seven points.
Duke continues on the road to start ACC play as they travel to current #20 Syracuse on Thursday. The ‘Cuse lost today to NC State, who improved to 14-1 on the season.