No. 4 Duke Pulls Away From WoMen's Hoops
19-1 • 9-0 ACC
14-7 • 5-5 ACC
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January 31, 2013
DURHAM, N.C. – The Universityof Miami was unable to replicate its opening half performance as fourth-rankedDuke proved to be too much for the Canes on its home court in an 82-43 Blue Devilvictory.
TheHurricanes were bolstered by 15 first-half points from junior guard KrystalSaunders as the Canes and Blue Devils were knotted at 29 at the half.
However,the second half proved to be unkind to Miami (14-7, 5-5 ACC). Saunders was heldscoreless the remainder of the game and fellow guard Stefanie Yderstrom wasunable to get on the board after sitting out much of the opening half with twofouls.
Aftertaking a 33-31 lead early in the second half, a 20-0 run by Duke (19-1, 9-0ACC) in a five-minute span gave the home team an 18 point lead they would neverrelinquish.
Fivedifferent Duke players scored in double figures, led by Tricia Liston’s 17. ChelseaGray added 16, Elizabeth Williams scored 12 and Haley Peters and Alexis Joneseach had 10. Jones also pulled down 10 rebounds for a double-double.
Saundersand Woods gave Miami an early jump on the Blue Devils in the first half.Saunders connected on a pair of threes on back-to-back possessions to giveMiami an 8-0 lead. Then, Woods scored on three-straight trips down the floorand Miami led 16-8 halfway through the period.
Saunderswould go on to hit three more treys in the first half. She led all scorers with15 points at the break with the score tied at 29. The South Broward product’sfive threes were a career best.
The Hurricaneswill return to the BankUnited Center to square off against Virginia Tech onSuper Sunday. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.