Duke women use strong 2nd half to rout Miami 82-43

  • Article by: MIKE POTTER
  • Associated Press
  • January 31, 2013 - 7:58 PM

DURHAM, N.C. - Tricia Liston scored 17 points, Chelsea Gray added 16 and No. 5 Duke used a huge run early in the second half to rout Miami 82-43 on Thursday night.

Miami led 33-31 following a layup from Shawnice Wilson with 18:17 left before the Blue Devils scored 20 straight points coming from five different players. Williams hit two free throws with 12:14 left but that's as close as Miami got.

Alexis Jones had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Blue Devils (19-1, 9-0 ACC). Elizabeth Williams added 12 points and Haley Peters 10 to give the Blue Devils five in double figures.

Krystal Saunders scored 15 points to lead Miami (14-7, 5-5). Wilson added eight points and eight rebounds.

Duke shot 50.0 percent from the floor to Miami's 27.4, won the rebound battle 46-37 and committed 15 turnovers to the Hurricanes' 22.

The Hurricanes, coached by former Duke standout Katie Meier in her eighth season at the helm, are winless in 10 tries against the Blue Devils. The 39 points were Duke's largest victory margin in the series.

Duke has won 35 straight games against ACC opponents in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The win was Duke's third in a row since its only loss at Connecticut, while Miami has lost two straight.

The score was tied at 29 at the half. Saunders had all her points in the first half, hitting five 3-pointers.

Miami got out to an 8-0 lead, courtesy of consecutive 3-pointers from Saunders, before Peters got Duke on the board with a layup at 17:11.

The Hurricanes led nearly the entire first half, with Duke tying the score four times before Gray's 3-pointer from the left elbow put the Blue Devils up 29-27 with 1:31 left.

The Blue Devils will visit No. 11 North Carolina on Sunday. Duke will travel to Miami for a return match on Feb. 28.

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