Peters leads No. 2 Duke women over Albany 80-51

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 19, 2013 at 9:09 pm •  Published: December 19, 2013

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Haley Peters and No. 2 Duke got into a bit of trouble in a tricky little game between a pair of high-profile showdowns.

Once the Blue Devils shook off a slow start, they were just too much for Albany to handle.

Peters scored 17 points to help the Blue Devils beat the Great Danes 80-51 on Thursday night.

Chelsea Gray and Richa Jackson had 12 points apiece for Duke (11-1), which shot 59 percent from the floor in its first game since an 83-61 home loss to No. 1 Connecticut on Tuesday.

The Blue Devils, who play at No. 5 Kentucky on Sunday afternoon, looked as if they were still thinking about the Huskies or looking forward to the Wildcats at the start of their game against Albany.

"I think we just weren't focused," Gray said. "We had to pick it up defensively."

Albany (8-2) led 20-13 with 7:53 remaining in the first half, but Duke answered with a 15-2 run en route to a 34-26 lead at halftime.

Elizabeth Williams started the spurt with a free throw and a layup, and Tricia Liston added a bank shot and a 3-pointer to tie it at 22 with 4:56 left in the half.

Oderah Chidom made a pair of free throws to give the Blue Devils their first lead, and Peters added two layups to extend the cushion to six.

The Great Danes cut the lead to 28-24 but never got closer.

"The team picked it up," Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie said. "They got focused and got more aggressive."

The Blue Devils opened the second half with a 17-2 spurt and scored on their first 10 possessions of the half.

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