Women's Basketball Falls To No. 4 Duke, 80-56
Jan. 27, 2013
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Undersized inside, Boston College needed a big game from the perimeter to hang with No. 4 Duke.
The Eagles shot 30 percent from the floor, including 6 of 24 from 3-point range, in an 80-56 loss to the Blue Devils on Sunday.
"Their hands were everywhere, and they made it difficult for our penetrators to get by them," Boston College coach Erik Johnson said. "And when they did, they had hands in every passing lane, and it made it really hard for us to get our shooters open.
"I think our shooting percentage has a lot to do with that it's hard to shoot with a big ol' hand in your face, and we had to take tougher shots."
Kristen Doherty scored 14 points to lead Boston College (8-11, 2-6 Atlantic Coast Conference), which lost its fourth consecutive game.
"Duke's hands were so good," Johnson said. "They got deflections everywhere. Our drive-and-dish game, our ability to create shots for others, was clearly disrupted."
Haley Peters scored 15 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Duke (18-1, 8-0).
Chloe Wells added a season-high 13 points on 5-for-5 shooting for the Blue Devils, who won their 34th consecutive home game against ACC competition.
Chelsea Gray and Tricia Liston scored 12 points apiece for Duke. Elizabeth Williams had 10 points for the Blue Devils.
The Blue Devils shot 47 percent from the floor and finished with a 47-28 advantage in rebounds, improving their all-time record against the Eagles to 11-2.
"I thought we had two halves of great defense," Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie said. "Offensively, we were sharp in the first half, a little bit less so in the second. But overall, I loved the offensive balance and productivity."
The Blue Devils led 49-33 at halftime after shooting 56 percent from the field and making 8 of 10 3-point attempts.
Liston and Wells led the charge, each shooting 4 of 4 from the floor. All four of Liston's shots were 3-pointers, including one from the left wing that capped a 9-0 run to give Duke a 28-17 lead with 8:30 left in half.
Wells added a pair of 3-pointers before halftime, including a 25-footer from the right wing to beat the shot clock buzzer early in the game.
"It was definitely an energy booster," Wells said. "I wasn't really focused on where I was at. I just knew the shot had to go up. I had the ball, so I let it go, and it went down for me. Definitely a lift for the team."
Liston and Wells each made a 3-pointer during a 7-0 run that gave the Blue Devils a 40-24 lead late in the first half.
The Eagles stayed within striking distance with some hot 3-point shooting of their own after Duke's initial spurt.
Shields nearly duplicated the 4-for-4 effort of Liston and Wells before halftime, making three 3-pointers. Doherty also made two 3-pointers for the Eagles, who shot 5 of 11 from behind the arc in the first half.
When the 3-point shooting cooled to 1 of 13 after halftime, so did Boston College's chances of rallying against the Blue Devils.
"They make you pay for every mistake you make," Doherty said. "When you get in those huddles when you make a mistake, what we need to work on is not letting it affect our next play as much as we do."
Duke honored its 2003 team, which won the ACC championship and reached the Final Four, at halftime. It marked the first time that Gail Goestenkors, who coached the Blue Devils for 15 seasons and led them to four Final Fours before leaving to coach Texas in 2007, had returned to Duke to watch a game.