No. 4 Duke women rout Clemson 82-45 in ACC play

  • Article by: NOLAN HAYES
  • Associated Press
  • January 10, 2013 - 8:09 PM

DURHAM, N.C. - Elizabeth Williams scored 21 points to help No. 4 Duke beat Clemson 82-45 on Thursday night.

Tricia Liston and Haley Peters added 14 points each for the Blue Devils (14-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who never trailed en route to their 32nd consecutive home victory against league competition.

Chelsea Gray finished with eight points and a career-high 15 assists as Duke shot 58 percent from the floor. Chloe Wells added 10 points for the Blue Devils.

Duke blew open the game with a 22-0 run early in the second half. Gray scored or assisted on eight of Duke's 10 baskets during the stretch, which began with Duke ahead 36-30.

Aisha Turner scored 13 points to lead Clemson (4-11, 0-4) in its fourth consecutive loss. Nikki Dixon added 11 points for the Tigers, who shot 34 percent and committed 26 turnovers.

Clemson twice pulled within six early in the second half, but the Blue Devils answered with baskets assisted by Gray each time.

The second instance began a stretch in which the Tigers went seven minutes without scoring.

Gray, meanwhile, turned the court into her personal playground.

During one two-minute span of Duke's game-breaking spurt, Gray delivered three no-look passes to Williams that resulted in layups. The first came on a behind-the-back feed that gave the Blue Devils a 45-30 lead with 14 minutes to play.

The Blue Devils scored the game's first seven points and delivered a 12-2 flurry after Clemson closed within 10-8, but they struggled to pull away.

Duke led just 34-26 at halftime despite shooting 52 percent from the floor. Williams and Peters combined to make 11 of 15 shots, but their teammates shot a combined 3 of 12.

Gray sparked Duke's efficient effort, tallying seven assists and no turnovers in the first half.

The Tigers, who entered the game as the worst 3-point shooting team in the ACC, hung tough by making 4 of 6 3-point attempts before halftime.

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