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Liston helps No. 7 Duke women beat Virginia
Monday, Jan 2, 2012

DURHAM, N.C. (AP)—Tricia Liston has turned up her offense the last few games for Duke.

Liston finished with 18 points and added a career-high seven rebounds, leading four players in double figures as the No. 7 Blue Devils blew past Virginia 77-66 on Monday night.

The contest marked the first return to Cameron Indoor Stadium of former Duke player and assistant coach Joanne Boyle as the Cavaliers’ head coach.

Haley Peters added 13 points, Richa Jackson 12 and Chelsea Gray 11 with eight assists for the Blue Devils (10-2), who have won 19 straight in the series.

“(Tricia) is a point-four,” Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie said. “She can play one, two, three of four for us. She’s a heady passer and kind of feels the defense a little bit. . I really liked our team’s attack. Shooting 56 percent against an ACC opponent is pretty outstanding, and we might have been able to put a whole lot more points on the board if we hadn’t turned the ball over so much.”

It was Duke’s 31st straight win on its home court, 23rd straight at home in ACC play. The Blue Devils have won 15 straight ACC openers and 18 straight ACC home openers.

“I think we were finding people in open positions,” said the sophomore Liston, who was 6-of-11 from the floor including 3-of-5 from 3-point range and added four assists. “We were pushing it, looking for the fast-break points and we were getting that. Once we started getting in the flow, everything started clicking.”

Ataira Franklin led Virginia (12-3) with 19 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out with 1:49 left, while Ariana Moorer added 18 including 10-for-10 from the free-throw line.

Duke won despite getting only eight points—all in the second half—from leading scorer Elizabeth Williams.

“We were active in our zone and didn’t give them a lot of touches,” Boyle said. “We were doing a good job of getting loose balls and tips and steals, which we didn’t necessarily convert in transition. . I spent 20 years of my life here and all my best friends are here. (Duke) is just a great place, I love it. I’m on the other end coaching another team now, but I have nothing but good things to say about Duke.”

Duke senior guard Shay Selby, who returned to the lineup after missing five games because of a disciplinary suspension, had five points in eight minutes.

The Blue Devils were up 41-37 following Franklin’s 3-pointer with 17:40 left, but went on a 10-2 run over the next three minutes.

“It’s really fun when you start playing like that,” Peters said. “I think when you’re playing against a zone it’s easy to sit back a little. But when we start getting stops and running a little bit, (good) things start to happen.”

Duke shot 56.3 percent to 39.3 for the Cavaliers, outrebounding them 31-30 and committing 25 turnovers to Virginia’s 21.

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