Sports
INDY Week's sports blog

Archives | RSS | Follow on | Add on  

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Liston sets record, Henson gets career high as Duke romps

Posted by on Sun, Jan 26, 2014 at 6:41 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Duke returns home for the first time in 10 days after surviving for a week on the road.

In their first two road games since losing Chelsea Gray for the second straight season with a knee injury, the Blue Devils had to scratch and claw for victories.

Tricia Liston drives to the hoop as Pitt’s Briana Kiesel defends. Haley Peters is at right.
  • Photo by Chris Baird
  • Tricia Liston drives to the hoop as Pitt’s Briana Kiesel defends. Haley Peters is at right.

Last Sunday the No. 3 Blue Devils held on for a 74-70 win at much-improved Virginia Tech, and then Thursday night they survived an 85-77 overtime battle with No. 24 Florida State.

Today’s opponent is Pittsburgh, making its first visit to Durham as a member of the ACC. Pitt is 1-4 in the conference under new coach Suzie McConnell-Serio, and the Blue Devils will be heavy favorites.

Duke will play for the second straight game without senior guard Chloe Wells, who is out with a bruised shin.

This one is never close, as the Blue Devils roll to a 111-67 victory, with Tricia Liston breaking Abby Waner’s school 3-point shooting record along the way.

The Blue Devils shoot 65.5 percent in the first half to Pitt’s 21.6 to lead 55-29 at the break.

Duke’s biggest lead of the game is 47 points, at 111-64 on Jenna Frush’s 3-pointer with 33 seconds left.

Liston scores 23 to lead six Blue Devils in double figures. Elizabeth Williams adds 20 points while Haley Peters chips in 16 with 12 rebounds. Amber Henson finishes with a career-high 13 points, followed by Oderah Chidom with 12 and Alexis Jones 11.

Brianna Kiesel leads Pitt with 19 points followed by 17 from Asia Logan and 12 from Loliya Briggs.

Duke shoots 59.7 percent from the floor to 30.4 for the Panthers and wins the rebound battle 50-35.

They said it …
Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie: “This was a good, strong team game for us. A lot of people stepped up and played well, and our defense got more intense in the second half, which was important. I really liked the fact that we had three turnovers in the second half. … Huge congratulations to Tricia. We’re just really, really proud.”

Elizabeth Williams handles the ball against the Panthers’ Asia Logan.
McConnell-Serio: “Duke is very, very talented. It’s pick your poison. If you try to take away an inside presence they kill you from the outside. They’re so well-balanced, they have so many weapons. It was just a tough match-up for us across the board.”

Liston: “I had people tweeting at me (about the record) and stuff like that, but I didn’t really worry about that. Once you get on the court it all goes away, you’re not really thinking about it. When I’m shooting it’s not like, ‘Oh, this is the one that is going to break the record.’ But off the court it’s a great accomplishment and something I’m very proud of.”

Henson: “This is the best I’ve ever felt playing. Obviously there are some things I can work on in terms of mechanics and movement, but as far as my (chronically injured knee) goes, it feels great. Conditioning will come, but I’ve been working on it and I think eventually that will come too.”

What does it all mean?
That Duke has its 17th straight 20-win season, and that Pitt continues its first-year ACC baptism by fire.

Stars of the game
1. Liston.
2. Williams.
3. Peters.

Play of the game

Amber Henson looks for an opening during her best game as a Blue Devil.

Liston’s 3-pointer with 13:26 left in the half that gives Duke a 20-12 lead and sets the school record with 223 made 3-pointers.

Streaks
Duke: Won 10.
Pitt: Lost 4.

All-time series
Duke leads 5-0.

Up next
Duke at Miami, Thursday, 7 p.m.
Pitt vs. Boston College, Thursday, 7 p.m.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Pin It
Duke wins 20th for 17th straight season.

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Sports

More by Mike Potter

Facebook Activity

Twitter Activity

Comments

I think I speak for Zack's family, we've not missed a game (middle/high schools,Wake Forest U, a game in

by L Jean Schilawski on Zack Schilawski of Carolina RailHawks to enter law school, possibly ending his pro soccer playing career (Sports)

Really awesome to see Petersen pushing to Get the NASL were it belongs, on top of the north american soccer …

by Iranian American on NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson discusses league expansion, playoffs, MLS, paid match streaming and other topics in advance of 2014 regular season kickoff (Sports)

© 2014 Indy Week • 201 W. Main St., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation