Liston powers No. 3 Duke past Virginia 90-55
No. 3 Duke 90, Virginia 55
DURHAM (AP) — Tricia Liston scored 21 points and tied her career high with 12 rebounds, leading No. 3 Duke to a 90-55 victory over Virginia 90-55 on Thursday night.
The Blue Devils had five players score in double figures in their first game since Chelsea Gray broke her right kneecap Sunday against Boston College, sidelining the senior guard for the rest of the season. Gray dislocated the same kneecap last season, keeping her out of the ACC and NCAA tournaments.
Elizabeth Williams had 17 points, seven rebounds and six blocked shots for Duke (17-1, 4-0 ACC), which beat Virginia for the 21st straight time. Richa Jackson finished with 16 points, freshman Oderah Chidom had 11 and Alexis Jones scored 10.
Faith Randolph and Lexie Gerson had 13 points apiece for Virginia (8-9, 1-3), coached by Duke alumna and former Blue Devils assistant Joanne Boyle.
Jackson started in Gray's usual spot and established herself as a factor early on, scoring the game's first four points and finishing the first half with a 360-degree layup that put the Blue Devils up 47-23.
Liston went 8 for 12 from the field, including a 4-for-6 performance from 3-point range. She also had three assists and a steal.
Duke shot 56 percent from the field, compared to 31 percent for Virginia, and the Blue Devils also outrebounded the Cavaliers 50-36.
No. 9 North Carolina 78, Clemson 55
CHAPEL HILL (AP) — Diamond DeShields scored 24 points to help No. 9 North Carolina beat Clemson 78-55 on Thursday night.
Allisha Gray added 16 points for the Tar Heels (15-3, 3-1 ACC), who shot 55 percent from the floor en route to their 10th win in 11 games.
Stephanie Mavunga had 10 points as North Carolina beat Clemson for the 20th time in the past 21 meetings.
The Tar Heels overcame an early 11-point deficit with a 25-4 run in the first half. DeShields scored 12 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, during the spurt.
North Carolina led 38-26 at halftime and then scored the first 10 points of the second half to pull away.
Nikki Dixon scored 21 points for Clemson (9-9, 1-3), which shot 39 percent from the floor. Charmaine Tay had 10 points.
No. 20 N.C. State 80, No. 17 Florida St. 57
RALIEGH (AP) — Markeisha Gatling shot 8 for 8 from the field for 20 points on Thursday night as No. 20 North Carolina State beat No. 17 Florida State 80-57.
Kody Burke scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for her 14th career double-double. Myisha Goodwin-Coleman made four 3-pointers and Lakeesa Daniel had 13 points and eight rebounds coming off the bench.
The Wolfpack (16-2, 3-1 ACC) took the lead for good in the early minutes and expanded the advantage until their largest lead of the night on the final score.
The Seminoles (14-3, 2-2) scored six straight points early in the second to close a 14-point gap down to 42-34. NC State answered with a 10-3 run and the Seminoles never got to within single digits again.
Natasha Howard had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Ivey Slaughter added 12 points and 11 rebounds for FSU.