DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke got to face an overmatched opponent for the first time this season, and the second-ranked Blue Devils wasted no time taking advantage of the opportunity.
Tricia Liston scored 20 points and Haley Peters had 17 points and a career-high 20 rebounds as Duke beat South Carolina-Upstate 123-40 on Thursday night.
Elizabeth Williams had 17 points for Duke (2-0), while Alexis Jones and Chelsea Gray added 14 each and Chloe Wells had 10 in its home opener.
"I'm happy the team played hard throughout and was focused throughout the game," said Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie, whose team opened the season with a 70-58 victory at No. 9 California on Sunday. "There was a lot of energy off the bench.
"Our first group did a good job setting the tone. And I know there was a wide margin, but I thought we were very efficient. I thought we were smart with the basketball for the most part. We went after things and improved and all that was good."
Maddie Herr had 10 points to lead Upstate (2-2).
"Obviously it was a tough game for us," Upstate coach Tammy George said. "They were who we thought they were, No. 2 in the country and the score kind of indicates that. Playing last night (a 75-69 loss at High Point) was kind of tough.
"I think it's good for our program to come play teams like this and see what the bigger side is all about. It kind of lets you know where you are and what you need to work on. It lets you know what your weaknesses are. It's tough when all their kids are bigger, faster, stronger."
Eleven players scored for Duke, which committed 17 turnovers to the Spartans' 30. The Blue Devils had 22 steals, six each from starting guards Jones and Gray.