Liston’s 22 lead No. 4 Duke women past Clemson

Posted at: 01/24/2013 8:07 PM
By PETE IACOBELLI

(AP) CLEMSON, S.C. - Tricia Liston scored 22 points and No. 4 Duke bounced back from a blowout loss earlier this week, beating Clemson 60-46 on Thursday night.

The Blue Devils (17-1, 7-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their 17th straight over the Lady Tigers (5-13, 1-6), but needed a second-half rally to get it done. Duke lost 79-49 at Connecticut on Monday night and struggled much of the game to get things going against Clemson.

The Lady Tigers led 26-23 after Quinyotta Pettaway’s foul shots with 13:34 to play as Duke missed its first 11 shots of the period. But the Blue Devils took off on a 26-9 run to take control. Liston started the charge with a 3-pointer and hit two jumpers to put Duke ahead for good.

Elizabeth Williams added 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Blue Devils.

Nikki Dixon had 17 points to lead the Tigers.

Liston, a junior guard, finished a point from her career scoring best. She made four of Duke’s five 3-pointers and rescued the Blue Devils on a poor shooting night. The team finished 21 of 62, for a season low of 33.9 percent. They also committed 22 turnovers, just the second time this season the Blue Devils surpassed the 20-turnover mark.

Duke’s defense, though, helped turn the tide and forced 31 turnovers off 21 steals. Chelsea Gray had a career-high nine steals for the Blue Devils.

Duke was the last undefeated Division I team _ men or women _ until the loss to UConn. The Blue Devils were down 34-32 in the second half before the Huskies took control with a 45-17 run to the finish.

Duke was counting on a bounce back at Clemson, a team it had beaten 82-45 two weeks ago at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Instead, the bad shooting and mistakes that cost the Blue Devils in their last game surfaced again at Littlejohn Coliseum.

Duke committed 17 turnovers in the opening half _ it had just 15 all game against Connecticut _ and shot a dismal 31 percent (9 of 29) from the field. The Blue Devils were ahead 21-14 after Williams’ inside shot with 5:56 to go before the break, then did not make another field goal the rest of the period.

The Blue Devils’ starters combined for just five field goals. Alexis Jones and Chelsea Gray combined for nine of the team’s turnovers. Williams, fifth in ACC scoring, was held to five points in the opening half.

Duke’s defense kept Clemson from taking advantage, although the Lady Tigers scratched out a 8-1 run at the end to tie things at 22-all when Aisha Turner banked home a jumper at the buzzer.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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