No. 3 Duke women routed by No. 2 Irish, 88-67

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 2, 2014 at 3:51 pm •  Published: February 2, 2014
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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Because No. 3 Duke simply couldn't stop Notre Dame, some of the Blue Devils' streaks came to an abrupt end.

The second-ranked Fighting Irish shot nearly 62 percent in routing Duke 88-67 — its first home ACC loss since 2008.

"We never got the stops we need," coach Joanne P. McCallie said. "Ever."

As a result, the Blue Devils' 42-game winning streak in ACC games at Cameron Indoor Stadium is over, and so is Elizabeth Williams' ACC-record string of 91 straight games with at least one blocked shot.

ACC newcomer Notre Dame became the first league team to win there since Maryland nearly six years ago.

"You've got to think about your defense more than you think about your offense," McCallie said. "If you score 16 but the other person scores 30, it's not exactly a productive day. So we've got to learn to value defense more."

Tricia Liston scored 23 points and single-handedly prevented Duke (21-2, 8-1) from being blown out by halftime.

"From our standpoint, we didn't shoot the ball well," McCallie said. "We didn't really move the ball. Everybody tried to do a little too much on their own, and that's not a good recipe for executing and having a little bit better offense."

Kayla McBride had 23 points and 11 rebounds, Jewell Loyd scored 17 points and Lindsay Allen and Natalie Achonwa had 15 apiece.

"We're going to have some tough games like that going down the road," McBride said. "We're in a new conference, new environments. I just think it's a good challenge for us."

This one wasn't much of a challenge at all.

Notre Dame (21-0, 8-0) made it look easy in its first visit to Cameron as an ACC member: The Irish never trailed, and held Duke to a season-worst 39 percent shooting and claimed sole possession of first place.

"It's a good win for us in February," coach Muffet McGraw said. "We've got a tough stretch in front of us, and we're not the type of team that likes to rest. We're ready for Florida State (Thursday night's opponent) by the time we get off the plane."

The Blue Devils threatened to get back in the game early in the second half, pulling to 49-44 on Richa Jackson's putback with 15½ minutes left.

That's when Notre Dame got hot, scoring on six straight trips downcourt.

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