Duke women too much for California
- Associated Press
- December 2, 2012 - 3:25 PM
DURHAM, N.C. - Tricia Liston scored 22 points to help No. 4 Duke beat No. 10 California 77-63 on Sunday.
Chelsea Gray added 13 points for the Blue Devils (6-0), who built a big lead early with a 22-2 run in the first half. Elizabeth Williams had 12 points and Alexis Jones had 11 points as Duke won for the 65th time in its last 67 home games.
Brittany Boyd scored 23 of her 28 points in the second half to lead California (6-1). Layshia Clarendon added 13 points for the Golden Bears, who shot a season-worst 36 percent from the field.
California led 13-10 six minutes into the game before Duke's decisive run.
The Golden Bears cut Duke's lead to 34-24 early in the second half, but they never got closer. Gray hit a tough bank shot and two free throws as the Blue Devils responded with a 9-0 spurt.
Duke led 34-20 at the half in a matchup of teams that entered the game averaging more than 80 points per game.
Holding a 13-10 lead after a driving scoop shot by Clarendon six minutes into the game, the Golden Bears went scoreless for almost six minutes.
Duke got back-to-back baskets by Allison Vernerey, then three buckets by Jones to go ahead 22-13 with 8:30 left in the half.
The Golden Bears scored after calling timeout to stop Duke's momentum, but the Blue Devils answered with another run.
Liston scored 10 consecutive points on two 3-pointers, a driving layup and a turnaround jumper to give Duke its biggest lead of the half at 32-15 with 5:26 to play.
California managed just two field goals on 19 attempts in the final 14 minutes of the first half.
The Blue Devils' run began when Williams, their second leading scorer, went to the bench with her second foul with 13:47 left in the first half. She sat out the rest of the half as her teammates built the lead.
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