Gray, Williams lead No. 4 Duke women past Michigan
- Associated Press
- November 28, 2012 - 8:14 PM
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Chelsea Gray and Elizabeth Williams scored 19 points each to lead No. 4 Duke to a 71-54 victory over Michigan on Wednesday night in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge.
Alexis Jones added nine points for the Blue Devils (5-0), who did not have at least three double-digit scorers for the first time this season.
Jenny Ryan tied a career high with 18 points and Kate Thompson added 10 for Michigan (5-2). Leading scorer Rachel Sheffer was held scoreless for the first 16 minutes and finished with eight points.
The Wolverines used a 15-1 run over the last 6:41 of the first half to pull within three points at the break, but Duke pulled away in the second half.
The Blue Devils took advantage of Michigan's 20 turnovers, scoring 26 points on the giveaways.
Duke turned to a baseline trap defense early which forced multiple turnovers and successfully shut down the Wovlerines' outside threat.
Michigan, ninth in the nation in 3-point shooting at 42 percent, only shot 36 percent from beyond the arc. Duke, tops in the nation at 49 percent, was 7 for 13 — led by Gray's 3-for-5 effort.
The Blue Devils had a size advantage in the post and scored 30 points in the paint. Duke was easily able to find Williams down low for a bucket and had no problem breaking down Michigan's man-to-man defense.
However, Duke barely finished with a rebounding edge — 32-31. Haley Peters had a game-high 10 boards for the Blue Devils, while Nicole Elmblad led Michigan with seven.
The Blue Devils improve to 4-0 against Michigan. They last played the Wolverines on Dec. 7, 2008, winning 60-45 at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
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