Albany loses 80-51 at No. 2 Duke

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 19, 2013 at 9:27 pm •  Published: December 19, 2013

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Shereesha Richards carried Albany for a while. When she slowed down, so did the Great Danes.

Richards scored 20 of her 24 points in the first half of the Great Danes' 80-51 loss at No. 2 Duke on Thursday night.

Richards scored her team's first 14 points and was the primary reason Albany (8-2) led for the first part of the game.

"I wanted her to see herself play against the best players," Albany coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson said. "This young lady was fun out there to watch against their players, and she needs to know that."

Richards made 10 of 15 shots from the floor in the first half. Her teammates made 1 of 15 during that span.

"It wasn't easy because there's like two people, and they're going to come and double team," Richards said. "But I just found a way to score. If my guards pass it in to me, I've just got to find a way."

Haley Peters scored 17 points for Duke (11-1), which shot 59 percent from the floor in its first game since an 83-61 home loss to No. 1 Connecticut on Tuesday. Chelsea Gray and Richa Jackson had 12 points apiece.

Albany led 20-13 with 7:53 remaining in the first half, but Duke answered with a 15-2 run en route to a 34-26 lead at halftime.

Elizabeth Williams started the spurt with a free throw and a layup, and Tricia Liston added a bank shot and a 3-pointer to tie it at 22 with 4:56 left in the half.

"I think we just weren't focused," Gray said. "We had to pick it up defensively."

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