No. 3 Duke topples Presbyterian 84-45

  • Associated Press
  • November 17, 2012 - 9:04 PM

DURHAM, N.C. - Tricia Liston and Haley Peters each scored 21 points, leading No. 3 Duke to an 84-45 rout of Presbyterian on Saturday night.

Liston had nine rebounds and four assists and was 4-for-6 from 3-point range.

Chelsea Gray added 12 points for the Blue Devils (1-0), who have appeared in the Elite Eight in each of the past three seasons.

Junior guard Karlee Taylor led Presbyterian (1-2) with a season-high 14 points.

Duke center Elizabeth Williams, who has been hampered with a stress fracture in her right leg since the Blue Devils' NCAA tournament games in March, sat out the first 10 minutes but finished with eight points and five rebounds in 11 minutes.

Freshman guard Alexis Jones started for Duke, scoring eight points with six assists.

Duke junior forward Richa Jackson (knee), junior guard Chloe Wells (leg) and redshirt freshman forward Amber Henson (knee) did not play.

The Blue Devils outshot the visitors 52.3 percent to 45.7, outrebounded them 35-21 and committed 15 turnovers to Presbyterian's 30.

Duke has won 14 straight home openers and 32 of its past 34 nonconference home games, with both losses to Connecticut. The Blue Devils are 23-5 all-time against the Big South Conference, with the most recent loss in 1977.

Duke led 40-18 at halftime behind 12 points from Peters. The Blue Devils shot 50 percent from the floor over the period, outrebounded the Blue Hose 21-10 and committed nine turnovers to the visitors' 16.

The Blue Devils scored the first seven points of the game, the last five of those on a 3-pointer from Gray followed by a short Gray jumper.

The score was 13-6 after the Blue Hose's Dria David hit the first of two free throws with 14:15 left in the half. Duke answered with 18 straight points, with seven different players scoring before Presbyterian's Shonda Burnside hit a pair of free throws at 5:19.

Duke is 71-5 at Cameron Indoor Stadium under coach Joanne P. McCallie.

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