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Liston, No. 3 Duke outlast Virginia Tech 74-70

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 19, 2014 at 3:00 pm •  Published: January 19, 2014
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BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie looked as though she was still trying to process what she'd seen.

The No. 3 Blue Devils surrendered almost all of a 15-point second-half lead, hit a few clutch free throws in the waning seconds and held on to beat Virginia Tech 74-70 on Sunday, and McCallie almost seemed at a loss for words.

"They're the best 0-4 ACC team I've ever seen, for sure," McCallie said the Hokies, but her gushing ended there.

"We fell asleep and they woke up," she added. "It was terrible for us. You don't give up 47 points, get outrebounded and give up shots like we did. We didn't play with the same intensity. I think we thought it was a 20-minute game today."

Tricia Liston scored 22 points, and Alexis Jones had 19. The Blue Devils (18-1, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their eighth straight, beat Virginia Tech for the 20th consecutive time and extended the Hokies' losing streak to five games.

But they sure let it get interesting.

Uju Ugoka scored 29 points, including a putback with 14.5 seconds left the pulled the Hokies within 71-68. Liston than made a pair of free throws, and after Monet Tellier hit two for the Hokies, one more by Liston finished the scoring.

While McCallie seethed over what her team didn't do, Liston gave the Hokies plenty of credit for what they did.

"We didn't execute as well as we wanted to, but they also made some big plays on the offensive end and on the defensive end," she said. "That's a good test for us, and that's something that we need to have throughout the year to keep us on our toes and able to handle the end-game situations and tight situations like we had to today."

Vanessa Panousis added 21 points and Tellier had 18 for the Hokies (10-7, 0-4), who have now lost their four ACC games by a total of 20 points. Last year against the Blue Devils, they were outscored 135-59 in a pair of blowout losses.

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