Clemson hangs tough in loss to No. 4 Duke women

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 24, 2013 at 10:06 pm •  Published: January 24, 2013
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They shot a season low 33.9 percent (21 of 62) and surpassed the 20-turnover mark (they had 22) for just the second time this season. Their 60 points were their third fewest of the season and well below their scoring average of better than 77 points coming in.

Liston said the players watched the film and zoned in on their mistakes against Connecticut.

"We've got to make sure we don't make them in the future," she said. "As for right now, we've put that game behind us and we're focused on the ACC."

McCallie said the trip to the Northeast was a good experience. "It's a long way away, it's a very physical game, then to have to turn around quickly and come on down to Clemson, that's part of it," the coach said. "I think this will help us mature and grow even more."

The Lady Tigers (5-13, 1-6) led 26-23 after Quinyotta Pettaway's foul shots with 13:34 to play as Duke missed its first 11 shots of the period. That's when Liston began the Blue Devils' 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 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. 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 counting on a strong 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 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 an 8-1 run at the end to tie things at 22-all when Aisha Turner banked home a jumper at the buzzer.