Gray had the fourth triple-double in school history with 14 points, a school-record 13 assists and 11 rebounds in the Blue Devils’ 92-43 rout of Pitt on Sunday.
“I’m not surprised at all—she has a variety of skill sets,” Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie said of Gray. “The fourth-ever triple double, I think that’s just amazing when you think about Duke women’s basketball.
“The way I look at it is, (with) Chelsea’s ability, she can kind of do lots of things,” McCallie added. “It’s very exciting.”
Tricia Liston scored 19 points and Chloe Wells added 14 for the Blue Devils (6-1). They never trailed, placed seven players in double figures, shot 50 percent and used a pair of early runs to effectively end this one at halftime and win their 28th straight game at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
In polishing off the first triple-double at Duke since Jasmine Thomas two years ago against Marquette, Gray finished four steals shy of a quadruple-double.
“That didn’t work out as planned, I guess,” Gray said with a smile. “You can always strive for more.”
This game could have been a trap for Duke, which was coming off a victory over No. 13 Purdue in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge and plays at No. 12 Kentucky on Thursday. Instead, the Blue Devils were dominant from start to finish of an intersectional matchup that someday will be a conference game.
The ACC two months ago added Pittsburgh and Syracuse from the Big East, but it remains unclear when the Panthers and Orange will join the league. This marked the first game for either of those schools against a current ACC member since the announcement.
Duke opened the game with a 17-3 run and went up by double figures to stay just 2 1/2 minutes in. The Blue Devils pushed the margin into the 20s with a 10-1 spurt, then went up 49-22 at halftime on Liston’s fourth 3-pointer of the half with 7 seconds left.
“They got us right out of the box,” Pitt coach Agnes Berenato said. “Right from the get-go. They jumped on us, and before you knew it, it was 24-8 in a flash.”
By then, the only drama was whether Gray would join Thomas, Monique Currie and current Miami coach Katie Meier on the list of Duke players with triple-doubles.
“I came out with like 8 minutes to go and (McCallie) put me back in, and then (assistant coach Candice Jackson) told me, `Get two rebounds and something,”’ Gray said. “I was like, `OK, eight rebounds. That’s why.’ I was just going after it.”
Gray also broke the record of 12 assists shared by Thomas, Currie, Meier and Leigh Morgan.
Brianna Kiesel had 12 points to lead the young Panthers (4-4), who don’t have any juniors or seniors. They were held without a field goal during the final 8 minutes of the first half and shot 24 percent—the lowest percentage allowed by Duke this season.
Richa Jackson and Elizabeth Williams had 12 points apiece for Duke while Haley Peters and Kathleen Scheer scored 10.