Duke doubles up Valpo
The Associated Press November 23, 2012 11:33PM
Duke's Tricia Liston drives to the basket as Valparaiso's Jessica Carr defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Friday, Nov. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
DURHAM, N.C. — Elizabeth Williams scored 18 points to help No. 4 Duke beat Valparaiso 90-45 on Friday night.
Tricia Liston added 17 points and a career-high 12 rebounds for the Blue Devils (3-0), who blew open the game with a 29-4 run beginning midway through the first half.
Haley Peters scored 16 points for Duke. Chelsea Gray and Ka’lia Johnson had 11 points each for the Blue Devils.
Duke outscored Valparaiso 54-10 in the lane en route to its 57th consecutive home victory over unranked non-conference opponents.
The Blue Devils scored at least 80 points for the third time in as many games, the first time they have done that to open a season since 2005.
Tabitha Gerardot scored eight points to lead the Crusaders (2-3), who lost their third game in a row.
Valparaiso shot just 29 percent from the floor, including 8 of 30 from 3-point range.
Duke led 48-22 at halftime, pulling away on the strength of its defense. When the Blue Devils weren’t forcing turnovers with their full-court press, they were forcing Valparaiso to shoot long jump shots over their matchup zone.
Duke won its first two games of the season by a combined 108 points, turning each into a laugher early. The Blue Devils needed a few more minutes to shake Valparaiso.
The Crusaders competed from the opening tip, grabbing three offensive rebounds on their opening possession. They ended up with no points on that trip, missing all four shots, but they led 5-4 after four minutes.
Valparaiso trailed just 17-15 after Liz Horton made a 3-pointer from the right corner with 11:58 to go in the half, but Duke took over from there.
The Blue Devils scored the next 10 points, converting three steals into layups and getting a 3-pointer by Liston during the spurt.
Two timeouts by Valparaiso coach Tracey Dorow did little to change the momentum.
The Crusaders made just 2 of 17 shots and committed eight turnovers as Duke turned a two-point edge into a 27-point lead just before halftime.
No. 5 Notre Dame 76, No. 19 UCLA 64: At Los Angeles, Jewell Loyd had 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists, Kayla McBride scored 18 points, and No. 5 Notre Dame overcame a sub-par performance by All-American Skylar Diggins to beat No. 19.
Diggins had 12 points, six rebounds and five assists, but shot 5 of 17 and committed four turnovers.
Natalie Achonwa had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Fighting Irish (4-0), who shot 29 of 60 (48.3 percent) to UCLA’s 39 percent.
No. 14 Purdue 67, Wake Forest 53: At St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, Sam Ostarello had 15 points and 15 rebounds to help No. 14 Purdue beat Wake Forest in the Paradise Jam.