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Unbeaten and No. 3 Duke beats Boston College 90-53

  • Article by: JIMMY GOLEN
  • Associated Press
  • January 6, 2013 - 1:59 PM

BOSTON - Chelsea Gray had her second career triple-double, most of it in the first half as third-ranked Duke opened a 35-point lead and coasted to a 90-53 victory over Boston College on Sunday.

Gray had 18 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for the Blue Devils (13-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who remain the only unbeaten team in Division I. Top-ranked Connecticut lost to No. 5 Notre Dame on Saturday; No. 2 Baylor entered Sunday's game against Oklahoma State with an 11-1 record.

Tricia Liston had 17 points for Duke and Richa Jackson scored 16.

Gray had nine points, eight rebounds and seven assists in the first half, when the Blue Devils scored 12 of the first 14 points and made it 32-5 with 11 1/2 minutes gone in the first half. She is the first Duke women ever to record two triple-doubles.

Liston had 12 points during a 20-0 run that put the game away.

Kristen Doherty scored 17 points and added six rebounds for BC (6-7, 0-2). The Eagles lost their third consecutive game, including a 76-70 loss to then-No. 23 Florida State — the only other ranked team they have faced this season.

This one wasn't that close.

Duke made its first six 3-point attempts and tied a school record by making 79.3 percent of its shots in the first half, and 65.5 percent for the game.

After falling behind by 27 midway through the first half, BC never got with 25 points again. But the Eagles did put a minor scare into Duke.

Trailing 55-20 at the half, Doherty hit a 3-pointer to open the second and Nicole Boudreau drove to the basket for a layup, prompting Duke coach Joanne McCallie to call a timeout. Boudreau made a free throw, then Tessah Holt made a pair as the Eagles continued to force turnovers.

BC had several mare chances to cut the deficit further but couldn't make its shots. Gray scored on a foul line jumper with 16:25 left to play to end the Blue Devils' scoring drought.

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