DURHAM, N.C. (AP)—Playing between high-profile home games against No. 3 Connecticut and archrival No. 23 North Carolina, No. 5 Duke got an easier assignment against Wake Forest and passed it with no trouble Thursday night.
Haley Peters had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the sophomore’s first career double-double, leading four players in double figures as the Blue Devils walloped the Deacons 75-43.
Elizabeth Williams added 16 points, Chelsea Gray 12 and sophomore Richa Jackson her first career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds in Duke’s 27th straight ACC win at home. Duke (18-3, 9-0 ACC) had a 34-game home-court winning streak snapped in Monday’s 61-45 loss to Connecticut and hosts the Tar Heels Monday night.
“I liked our aggressiveness,” Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie said. “We’re getting more aggressive, which is a good thing. Rebounding-wise I really liked Richa and Haley and Elizabeth (nine rebounds). We were trying to get three double-doubles and we were practically there. That speaks to aggression and that’s really, really important to us. . It was pretty painful to watch that (Connecticut) video. It was not a very pleasant experience and I don’t think you learn them all for the next game. I think you apply some of them.”
It was Duke’s 37th straight win over the Deacons (12-10, 2-7), now tied for the second-longest active streak between a pair of conference foes. The longest is Stanford’s 52-game streak over Washington State, and the previous second-best of 40 by Tennessee against South Carolina was snapped Thursday night in Knoxville, Tenn.
Chelsea Douglas led Wake Forest with 11 points while Lakevia Boykin added 10. Secily Ray had 12 rebounds with six points.
Duke shot 43.9 percent from the floor to 25.0 for the Deacons, won the rebound battle 54-39 and committed 23 turnovers to Wake Forest’s 27.
“Master of the obvious—you can’t shoot 25 percent from the field and 50 percent from the line and get outrebounded by 15 and beat a ranked team,” Wake Forest coach Mike Petersen said. “I thought in the first half we had some pretty good looks that we didn’t make, and they forced that some. They’re long and they speed you up a little bit. We’ve got to shoot the ball better and we didn’t shoot the ball very well.”
Duke, which beat Wake Forest 76-58 on Jan. 6 in Winston-Salem, led 36-19 at halftime behind 13 points from Peters.
After a three-point play from Brooke Thomas at 18:07 left tied the score at 5-5, Duke went on a 10-2 run including seven points from Peters.
“Any time you play like you did last game offensively, I just wanted to be focused on both ends of the floor,” Peters said. “Neither half was great with turnovers because a lot of them were unforced and stupid stuff. We need to take steps forward with these things.”
Williams had three blocks, stretching her ACC freshman record with 79.
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