No. 4 Duke women rout Cal State Bakersfield 97-63
- Article by: BETH HARRIS
- Associated Press
- December 21, 2012 - 11:39 PM
LOS ANGELES - Elizabeth Williams had 21 points and eight rebounds in leading undefeated and fourth-ranked Duke to a 97-63 rout of Cal State Bakersfield in the Women of Troy Classic on Friday night.
The victory was coach Joanne P. McCallie's 150th in 182 games at Duke, making her the third-fastest coach in Division I history to reach the mark.
Haley Peters added 16 points and Tricia Liston had 14 for the Blue Devils (9-0), who had six players in double figures in their first game in 12 days after completing finals.
They play host Southern California on Saturday in the final day of the four-team event.
Tyonna Outland scored 16 points and Amber Williams added 12 for Bakersfield (2-11), which lost its fourth in a row and 10th in 11 games. The Roadrunners committed a season-high 27 turnovers, leading to 30 points by Duke.
Peters made all six of her shots in the first half, when she scored 12 points and had five rebounds and three assists.
The teams played to a 15-all tie in the opening 7 1/2 minutes, with the Roadrunners hitting three 3-pointers in that stretch.
From there, the rout was on.
The Blue Devils outscored the Roadrunners 33-11 the rest of the half to go up 48-27. Duke had runs of 11-0 and 13-0, getting balanced scoring from seven different players.
The Blue Devils shot 58 percent from the floor and owned a 38-10 edge in the paint while holding Bakersfield to 34 percent shooting and forcing 13 turnovers.
The Roadrunners scored the first four points of the second half to close to 17 points, the closest they came in the final 20 minutes.
Williams keyed another 11-0 run with nine points, extending Duke's lead to 59-31. The Blue Devils scored in the 90s for the first time since beating Valparaiso 90-45 on Nov. 23. They were coming off a season low in points in beating St. John's 60-42 on Dec. 9.
The game was a California homecoming for Duke juniors Chelsea Gray of Stockton and Chloe Wells of Colton. The two players had numerous family and friends on hand. Gray just missed a triple-double, finishing with 11 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Wells had 10 points.
The Roadrunners fell to 0-7 against ranked opponents since joining Division I in 2006-07. The school is playing as an independent until joining the WAC next fall.
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