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Liston's 22 lead No. 4 Duke women past Clemson

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 24, 2013 at 9:26 pm •  Published: January 24, 2013

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Tricia Liston wasn't feeling too well at Clemson, until the Duke junior got on the floor.

Liston was under the weather and did not start for the first time this season. Foul troubles for her teammates, though, quickly got her into the game and Liston shook off her cold to score 22 points and lead the fourth-ranked Blue Devils to their 17th straight win over the Lady Tigers, 60-46, on Thursday night.

Liston led a second-half rally as Duke (17-1, 7-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) bounced back from a 79-49 loss at No. 3 Connecticut on Monday night.

Liston said the illness wasn't serious and she wasn't going to let it slow her down at Littlejohn Coliseum.

"I think I was just focused on coming in and being aggressive," Liston said. "Trying to impact and bring more energy from the bench."

Liston did that, especially in the second half when she scored 14 of her points and led a 26-9 run midway through the final period that gave Duke control for good.

Duke coach Joanne McCallie acknowledged this group took a little bit longer than others she's coached to get past what happened at Connecticut earlier in the week. The Blue Devils had been the last remaining undefeated team — men's or women's — in Division I and had hoped to make a statement against the powerhouse Huskies.

Instead, Duke fell apart in the second half, outscored 47-19 and eager to get back to playing the kind of basketball it had much of this season. There were plenty of glaring problems in this one for the Blue Devils.

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."

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