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Jackson paces No. 3 Duke women to easy rout of BC

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 12, 2014 at 5:47 pm •  Published: January 12, 2014

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Boston College coach Erik Johnson is eager to see how much his team will benefit from a rough week against the nation's elite.

Three days after a 42-point loss at No. 2 Notre Dame, the Eagles lost 78-57 at No. 3 Duke on Sunday.

The defeats followed a stretch in which Boston College had won seven games in a row.

"That was a pretty serious weekend for us," Johnson said. "Games like this, and weekends like this, are when you find out a lot about yourself. So what Duke really showed us is where we are and where we still need to go."

Kat Cooper scored 21 points to lead Boston College (10-7, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference). Katie Zenevitch added 10 points for the Eagles.

For Duke (16-1, 3-0), Richa Jackson scored a season-high 17 points. Haley Peters added 15 points and Alexis Jones had 10 for the Blue Devils.

Chelsea Gray battled through a bruised thigh to score 11 points for Duke, which took control with a 19-2 run early in the first half.

The Eagles scored on the first possession of the second half to cut Duke's lead to 43-32, but the Blue Devils answered with an 8-0 spurt.

Boston College shot 34 percent from the floor, including 9 of 34 from 3-point range.

"I thought the difference in this game was that they recovered so fast," Johnson said. "They were getting out to our shooters, so our percentage went down a little bit because we were rushing."

Gray, the ACC leader in assists and steals, sat out the final 7:56 of the first half and the first 59 seconds of the second half with her injury. She limped her way through the early part of the second half before heading to the bench for good with Duke ahead 54-34 with 12:17 to play.

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