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  #3 Duke 90, Virginia 55
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January 16, 2014

 
By Rob Clough, Photos by Orin Day

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In Duke's first contest without senior Chelsea Gray, Tricia Liston provided a game-high 21 points as the Blue Devils enjoyed their largest ever win over Virginia, 90-55.
In Duke's first contest without senior Chelsea Gray, Tricia Liston provided a game-high 21 points as the Blue Devils enjoyed their largest ever win over Virginia, 90-55.
DWHoops Photo by Orin Day

In the first game after Chelsea Gray's career-ending injury, Duke displayed the best tip-to-tip focus I've seen all year. Duke punched the Hoos in the face to begin the game with a 15-2 run built on strong inside-outside play. Elizabeth Williams punished the Hoos in the post, Duke's shooters hit open looks and Alexis Jones slithered through Virginia's defense to get looks for others. Behind super-sub Faith Randolph, the Hoos fought back using dribble penetration and mid-range jump shots. Randolph scored 13 points in the first half, but Duke solved her by pushing her out of her comfort zone and out to the three point line. Randolph was held scoreless in the second half and only took two shots.

The two coaches had different interpretations as to why Duke played so well and Virginia played so poorly. Cav coach Joanne Boyle decried her team's lack of effort, noting that they let their offense dictate their defense too often. Duke coach Joanne McCallie pointed out that Duke's pace had the Hoos on their heels. The Devils made them go a bit faster than the Hoos would have preferred, and as a result they seemed to be a step behind for most of the game. Even when Virginia came out hot in the second half, scoring 13 points in the first five minutes, they still found themselves down 22 points because they couldn't stop Duke's offense. The Hoos didn't score consecutive baskets in the second half until the four minute mark, when they were down by nearly 40 points. Duke's starters stayed in the game for the first eight minutes of the second half, having pushed the lead up to 33 points.
Duke dominated the most obvious categories, shooting 56 percent to just 31 percent for the Hoos. The Devils were +24 on the boards, got five players into double figures and crushed the Hoos in the paint 54-16. Those numbers simply reflected Duke's consistency in all aspects of the game and the ways in which Virginia struggled. Top Performers:

  1. Tricia Liston, Duke. 21 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists. Tricia punished UVA on the boards and from beyond the arc.

  2. Elizabeth Williams, Duke. 17 points, 7 rebounds, 6 blocks. Liz snuffed the Hoos out at the rim and was aggressive inside.

  3. Richa Jackson, Duke. 16 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists. Her ability to attack inside made Duke hard to guard.
Link to this Photo Virginia Pregame Huddle
Virginia Pregame Huddle
Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UVA Players: #14 Lexie Gerson
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UVA Tags: #14 Lexie Gerson

Link to this Photo Avoiding the shot block  - Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams  - UVA Players: #42 Sarah Imovbioh
Avoiding the shot block
 
Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams
 
UVA Tags: #42 Sarah Imovbioh
Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - Duke Tags: #15 Richa Jackson - UVA Players: #14 Lexie Gerson
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Duke Tags: #15 Richa Jackson
 
UVA Tags: #14 Lexie Gerson
Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams
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Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams

Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - Duke Tags: #33 Haley Peters
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Duke Tags: #33 Haley Peters
Link to this Photo Coach Boyle gets a quick time out as things are already unraveling fast  - UVA Players: Head Coach Joanne Boyle
Coach Boyle gets a quick time out as things are already unraveling fast
 
UVA Tags: Head Coach Joanne Boyle

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Link to this Photo Former club teammates locked in battle  - Duke Tags: #33 Haley Peters - UVA Players: #14 Lexie Gerson
Former club teammates locked in battle
 
Duke Tags: #33 Haley Peters
 
UVA Tags: #14 Lexie Gerson
Link to this Photo An athletic score for Elizabeth Williams  - Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams
An athletic score for Elizabeth Williams
 
Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams

Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UVA Players: #12 Breyana Mason
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UVA Tags: #12 Breyana Mason
Link to this Photo It was the third time this season that All-ACC Franklin was held to just two points.  - UVA Players: #23 Ataira Franklin
It was the third time this season that All-ACC Franklin was held to just two points.
 
UVA Tags: #23 Ataira Franklin
Link to this Photo With Chelsea Gray gone and Richa Jackson in the starting lineup, Ka'lia Johnson is now first off the bench, still playing hard  - Duke Tags: #14 Ka'lia Johnson
With Chelsea Gray gone and Richa Jackson in the starting lineup, Ka'lia Johnson is now first off the bench, still playing hard
 
Duke Tags: #14 Ka'lia Johnson

Link to this Photo Gerson would not heat up until the second half  - Duke Tags: #33 Haley Peters - UVA Players: #14 Lexie Gerson
Gerson would not heat up until the second half
 
Duke Tags: #33 Haley Peters
 
UVA Tags: #14 Lexie Gerson

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Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - Duke Tags: #32 Tricia Liston - UVA Players: #14 Lexie Gerson
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Duke Tags: #32 Tricia Liston
 
UVA Tags: #14 Lexie Gerson

Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UVA Players: #14 Lexie Gerson, #23 Ataira Franklin, #44 Sydney Umeri
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UVA Tags: #14 Lexie Gerson, #23 Ataira Franklin, #44 Sydney Umeri

Link to this Photo Jones leads a Duke runout after turning over Mason
Jones leads a Duke runout after turning over Mason
Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - Duke Tags: #22 Oderah Chidom - UVA Players: #23 Ataira Franklin
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Duke Tags: #22 Oderah Chidom
 
UVA Tags: #23 Ataira Franklin

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Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UVA Players: #44 Sydney Umeri
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UVA Tags: #44 Sydney Umeri
Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UVA Players: Head Coach Joanne Boyle
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UVA Tags: Head Coach Joanne Boyle

Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - Duke Tags: Joanne P. McCallie
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Duke Tags: Joanne P. McCallie
Link to this Photo Tricia Liston scores on a transition layup  - Duke Tags: #32 Tricia Liston
Tricia Liston scores on a transition layup
 
Duke Tags: #32 Tricia Liston

Link to this Photo Passing out of trouble  - UVA Players: #14 Lexie Gerson
Passing out of trouble
 
UVA Tags: #14 Lexie Gerson
Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UVA Players: #23 Ataira Franklin
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UVA Tags: #23 Ataira Franklin

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Link to this Photo Nobody expected Chelsea Gray would be back in her spot next to Al Brown  - Duke Tags: #12 Chelsea Gray, Al Brown
Nobody expected Chelsea Gray would be back in her spot next to Al Brown
 
Duke Tags: #12 Chelsea Gray, Al Brown

Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UVA Players: #44 Sydney Umeri
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UVA Tags: #44 Sydney Umeri
Link to this Photo Duke notched a season high 13 blocked shots, including six for Williams  - Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams  - UVA Players: #33 Raeshaun Gaffney
Duke notched a season high 13 blocked shots, including six for Williams
 
Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams
 
UVA Tags: #33 Raeshaun Gaffney

Link to this Photo Jones generally found plenty of room to operate, scoring an efficient 10 and adding six assists  - Duke Tags: #2 Alexis Jones - UVA Players: #33 Raeshaun Gaffney
Jones generally found plenty of room to operate, scoring an efficient 10 and adding six assists
 
Duke Tags: #2 Alexis Jones
 
UVA Tags: #33 Raeshaun Gaffney
Link to this Photo Faith Randolph was our Digest Surprise Player of the Week last week, notched a team high 13 in this game, then exploded for 26 in Virginia's subsequent win over FSU.  - UVA Players: #20 Faith Randolph
Faith Randolph was our Digest Surprise Player of the Week last week, notched a team high 13 in this game, then exploded for 26 in Virginia's subsequent win over FSU.
 
UVA Tags: #20 Faith Randolph

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Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UVA Players: #13 Tiffany Suarez
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UVA Tags: #13 Tiffany Suarez
Link to this Photo Richa Jackson was 8-9 from the floor in her return to the starting lineup  - Duke Tags: #15 Richa Jackson
Richa Jackson was 8-9 from the floor in her return to the starting lineup
 
Duke Tags: #15 Richa Jackson

Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UVA Players: #13 Tiffany Suarez
ACCWBBDigest Photo
 
UVA Tags: #13 Tiffany Suarez
Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UVA Players: #13 Tiffany Suarez
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UVA Tags: #13 Tiffany Suarez

Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - Duke Tags: #12 Chelsea Gray, Joanne P. McCallie
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Duke Tags: #12 Chelsea Gray, Joanne P. McCallie

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Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UVA Players: #20 Faith Randolph
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UVA Tags: #20 Faith Randolph
Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UVA Players: #42 Sarah Imovbioh
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UVA Tags: #42 Sarah Imovbioh

Link to this Photo Good times for Duke as they're rolling to a 24 point first half lead  - Duke Tags: #15 Richa Jackson, #22 Oderah Chidom
Good times for Duke as they're rolling to a 24 point first half lead
 
Duke Tags: #15 Richa Jackson, #22 Oderah Chidom
Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UVA Players: #14 Lexie Gerson
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UVA Tags: #14 Lexie Gerson

Link to this Photo Lexie Gerson did not give up in the second half  - UVA Players: #14 Lexie Gerson
Lexie Gerson did not give up in the second half
 
UVA Tags: #14 Lexie Gerson
Link to this Photo A terrible defensive lapse for Virginia as Imovbioh backed off of Liston, leaving her a wide open look in one of her favorite spots.  - Duke Tags: #32 Tricia Liston - UVA Players: #42 Sarah Imovbioh
A terrible defensive lapse for Virginia as Imovbioh backed off of Liston, leaving her a wide open look in one of her favorite spots.
 
Duke Tags: #32 Tricia Liston
 
UVA Tags: #42 Sarah Imovbioh

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Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - Duke Tags: #33 Haley Peters - UVA Players: #14 Lexie Gerson
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Duke Tags: #33 Haley Peters
 
UVA Tags: #14 Lexie Gerson
Link to this Photo A bad shooting evening for Wolfe generally is bad news for Virginia  - UVA Players: #10 Kelsey Wolfe
A bad shooting evening for Wolfe generally is bad news for Virginia
 
UVA Tags: #10 Kelsey Wolfe

Link to this Photo This time Lexie got the best of her old teammate with a stepback three - but still a 22 point game  - Duke Tags: #33 Haley Peters - UVA Players: #14 Lexie Gerson
This time Lexie got the best of her old teammate with a stepback three - but still a 22 point game
 
Duke Tags: #33 Haley Peters
 
UVA Tags: #14 Lexie Gerson
Link to this Photo Gerson scores past Williams, 66-38 Duke  - Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams  - UVA Players: #14 Lexie Gerson
Gerson scores past Williams, 66-38 Duke
 
Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams
 
UVA Tags: #14 Lexie Gerson

Link to this Photo Rebound  - Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams
Rebound
 
Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams
Link to this Photo Barnette fouls Liston from behind  - Duke Tags: #32 Tricia Liston
Barnette fouls Liston from behind
 
Duke Tags: #32 Tricia Liston
Link to this Photo The shot was good, Williams got the assist  - Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams , #32 Tricia Liston
The shot was good, Williams got the assist
 
Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams , #32 Tricia Liston

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Link to this Photo Rebound  - UVA Players: #14 Lexie Gerson
Rebound
 
UVA Tags: #14 Lexie Gerson
Link to this Photo Behind the defense  - Duke Tags: #22 Oderah Chidom - UVA Players: #14 Lexie Gerson
Behind the defense
 
Duke Tags: #22 Oderah Chidom
 
UVA Tags: #14 Lexie Gerson

Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UVA Players: #14 Lexie Gerson
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UVA Tags: #14 Lexie Gerson
Link to this Photo Wolfe finally hit a three, but far too late  - UVA Players: #10 Kelsey Wolfe
Wolfe finally hit a three, but far too late
 
UVA Tags: #10 Kelsey Wolfe

Link to this Photo Free throw fun from the Duke Pep Band  - Duke Tags: Duke Pep Band
Free throw fun from the Duke Pep Band
 
Duke Tags: Duke Pep Band

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Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - Duke Tags: #35 Jenna Frush - UVA Players: #13 Tiffany Suarez
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Duke Tags: #35 Jenna Frush
 
UVA Tags: #13 Tiffany Suarez
Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - Duke Tags: #14 Ka'lia Johnson - UVA Players: #42 Sarah Imovbioh
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Duke Tags: #14 Ka'lia Johnson
 
UVA Tags: #42 Sarah Imovbioh

Link to this Photo Ballgame - Duke 90, Virginia 55.  It was Duke's biggest ever win over Virginia, though Virginia owns wins over Duke that were much bigger.
Ballgame - Duke 90, Virginia 55. It was Duke's biggest ever win over Virginia, though Virginia owns wins over Duke that were much bigger.

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"Obviously lots to work on, but it's great to be out on the floor. I think it's where we're happiest after all the kids have been through." - McCallie on Duke's first game after Chelsea Gray's Duke career ending injury.
 
Duke Tags: Joanne P. McCallie

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Link to this Photo Responding to Rob's assertion that tonight was Duke's best game tip-to-tip, Tricia responded that,
Responding to Rob's assertion that tonight was Duke's best game tip-to-tip, Tricia responded that, "with Chelsea out it just gives you a little motivation and something else to play for, but I think it's also a sign of the team coming together."

Link to this Photo Rob made the assertion that Virginia played hard, but coach Boyle responded,
Rob made the assertion that Virginia played hard, but coach Boyle responded, "I don't think we played hard at all. We practice harder than we played here tonight."
 
UVA Tags: Head Coach Joanne Boyle
Link to this Photo Faith Randolph on the second half, where she was held scoreless after 13 first half points:
Faith Randolph on the second half, where she was held scoreless after 13 first half points: "I don't think they did anything differently. I just think that we didn't come out hard. Like coach said, our offense affected our defense and vice versa."
 
UVA Tags: #20 Faith Randolph

Link to this Photo Win or lose, Lexie Gerson is one of the best interviews in the ACC.  Rob asked her what she would do as a team leader in the face of this loss, she replied,
Win or lose, Lexie Gerson is one of the best interviews in the ACC. Rob asked her what she would do as a team leader in the face of this loss, she replied, "We need to take any good we have from this game and then we need to forget it. We need to have a short memory and then take on Florida State this Sunday and have a great game." Virginia beat #17 FSU 85-68 - a 52 point swing in a roller coaster season.
 
UVA Tags: #14 Lexie Gerson


 

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