No. 10 Duke beats Ga Tech 82-52 at ACC tourney

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 7, 2014 at 10:08 pm •  Published: March 7, 2014
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GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — After stumbling a bit down the stretch, No. 10 Duke came to the right city — and faced the right opponent — to get rolling again.

The Blue Devils claimed their 37th straight victory over Georgia Tech on Friday night, an 82-52 win in the Atlantic Coast Conference quarterfinals.

Duke has made Greensboro its home-away-from-Cameron over the past few years, reaching the ACC championship game five times in coach Joanne P. McCallie's previous six tries and winning it three times — including last year.

They will face No. 13 North Carolina (24-8), the tournament's sixth seed, on Saturday in the semifinals. The Tar Heels swept the regular-season series, including a four-point win last Sunday in the finale.

The Blue Devils came here this year on a slide, having lost two of three while adjusting to season-ending injuries to their two starting guards and effectively playing without a true point guard.

"We've done just a great job as a whole, everybody just embracing the challenge of what we've gone through this year," said Haley Peters, who scored 19 points.

"Over the last few games, we've had some setbacks ... but we've always stayed with each other and stayed with what we're trying to build on," she added.

Elizabeth Williams scored 15 points and blocked five shots, and Tricia Liston added 15 along with her school-record-tying 80th 3-pointer of the season for the second-seeded Blue Devils (26-5).

They shot 53 percent, held the seventh-seeded Yellow Jackets to a season-worst 24 percent shooting and used a 29-8 run to push their lead into the 20s.

"We did that (on offense) because we were patient and we moved the ball and we got the ball in the right spots," McCallie said. "That's important to us. We've got to play this game together."

Tyaunna Marshall had 17 points on 5-of-18 shooting for Georgia Tech (20-11).

The Yellow Jackets remained winless against Duke in tournament games, lost in the league quarterfinals for the 23rd time in 29 years and have not beaten the Blue Devils since 1995.

Kaela Davis had 16 points on 6-of-22 shooting — and was 3 of 11 from 3-point range — for Georgia Tech.

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