Thursday's local interest college basketball roundup: No. 3 Duke women beat U.Va. for 21st consecutive time

Staff, wire reports

The No. 3-ranked Duke women jumped to a big early lead and rolled to a 90-55 victory Thursday against Virginia at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Tricia Liston poured in 21 points and matched her career-high with 12 rebounds.

The Blue Devils had five players score in double figures in their first game since Chelsea Gray broke her right kneecap Sunday against Boston College, sidelining the senior guard for the rest of the season. She dislocated the same kneecap last season, keeping her out of the Atlantic Coast Conference and NCAA tournaments.

Virginia Beach’s Elizabeth Williams had 17 points, seven rebounds and six blocks for Duke (17-1, 4-0), which beat Virginia for the 21st straight time. Richa Jackson finished with 16 points, freshman Oderah Chidom had 11 and Alexis Jones scored 10.

For U.Va., Faith Randolph and Lexie Gerson scored 13 apiece. Sarah Imovbioh had nine points and 12 rebounds. The Cavaliers are coached by former Duke player and assistant coach Joanne Boyle.

More ACC women

Freshman Diamond DeShields had 24 points and No. 9 North Carolina (15-3, 3-1) shot 55 percent from the field in a 78-55 home victory over Clemson (9-9, 1-3). ...

No. 20 N.C. State (16-2, 3-1) rolled past No. 17 Florida State 80-57 as Markeisha Gatling shot 8-for-8 from the field for 20 points. ...

Katie Zenevitch had 12 points and 10 rebounds as Boston College (11-7, 2-2) edged Miami 63-62, extending the Eagles' home winning streak to eight games and giving them their first victory over the Hurricanes in their last seven tries.

Miami scored the game's last five points but missed two layups in the last 10 seconds. Hurricanes freshman Adrienne Motley, a former Woodside High star, had 11 points and five assists in 35 minutes. ...

No. 2 Notre Dame (16-0, 4-0) pounded host Pittsburgh 109-66 as Kayla McBride and Jewell Loyd scored 20 points apiece for the Irish. ...

No. 6 Maryland handled Syracuse 77-62 as the host Terrapins' Alyssa Thomas had 19 points and 11 rebounds for her 14th double-double of the season.

Maryland (15-1, 3-0) received 44 points from its reserves, including a career-high 18 by freshman Brionna Jones, who added 10 rebounds for her first collegiate double-double.

The Orange (12-5, 1-3) got only nine points from leading scorer Brittney Sykes, who came in averaging 17.6 per game. ...

Georgia Tech beat Wake Forest 79-63 in Atlanta.

CAA women

Abby Redick achieved the first triple-double in Drexel history — 12 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds — as the Dragons (7-8, 2-0 Colonial Athletic Association) routed William and Mary 89-49 at Kaplan Arena.

Redick, a transfer from Virginia Tech whose older brother J.J. starred for Duke and plays for the Los Angeles Clippers, played 30 minutes. Sarah Curran paced Drexel, the reigning WNIT champ, with 22 points in 21 minutes.

Kyla Kerstetter led the Tribe (3-12, 0-3) with 19 points and Kaitlyn Mathieu had 13. ...

James Madison (12-4, 2-0 CAA) escaped host Towson’s upset bid, winning 62-57 to snap the Tigers’ four-game winning streak.

Nikki Newman converted a key basket and Kirby Burkholder sank two late free throws for JMU. Precious Hall had 21 points and Lake Taylor High alumna Toia Giggetts 14 for the Dukes.

Giggetts’ layup put JMU ahead for good, 52-51, with 4:31 left. Tanisha McTiller scored 24 for the Tigers (8-8, 2-1), who are coached by Phoebus High graduate Niki Reid Geckeler.

More women

Liberty claimed sole possession of first place in the Big South by outlasting Winthrop 77-70 in Rock Hill, S.C.

The Flames (11-6, 7-1) overcame a 15-point hole. Ashley Rininger had her fifth double-double in a row, with 20 points and 14 rebounds.

The Eagles (12-5, 6-2) suffered their first home loss, though they erased a four-point deficit in the last 14.1 seconds of regulation. ...

Ayana Avery netted 20 points as host Radford (3-15, 1-8) gained its first Big South victory, stopping Longwood 57-51.

The Lancers fell to 6-11, 3-5 despite Raven Williams' 14 points, seven steals and four assists.


Florida Atlantic (6-11, 2-1 Conference USA) beat East Carolina 78-67 in Boca Raton behind Jackson Trapp’s 23 points and Justin Raffington’s 14 rebounds and 12 points.

ECU (11-6, 0-2) got 20 points from Akeem Richmond, including six 3-pointers.

Old Dominion's is ECU's traveling partner in C-USA, so the Monarchs next will go to Florida Atlantic while the Pirates take on Florida Internatiional. ...

Julian Norfleet of Virginia Beach and Rashad Whack combined for 55 points in leading Mount St. Mary's (6-10, 2-1 Northeast Conference) to an 89-80 home victory over Wagner in Emmitsburg, Md.

Norfleet, from Landstown High, recorded 28 points and Whack -- a transfer from George Mason -- added 27 in an impressive effort by the Mount's backcourt tandem, who together averaged 36 points per game coming in.

MEAC tickets on sale

Norfolk State now has Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament tickets on sale. Tournament tickets cost $93.75 per book and are good for every game of the men’s and women’s tournaments, which run March 10-15 at Scope Arena.

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