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Virginia women lose 90-55 at No. 3 Duke

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 16, 2014 at 9:19 pm •  Published: January 16, 2014

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Virginia coach Joanne Boyle thought it was one of the Cavaliers' worst games of the season, and Faith Randolph also felt her team didn't play very well.

Awfully tough to keep pace with No. 3 Duke with that type of performance.

Randolph and Lexie Gerson had 13 points apiece, but the Cavaliers shot 31 percent from the field in a 90-55 loss at the Blue Devils on Thursday night.

"Duke is really good," said Boyle, a Duke alumna and former Blue Devil assistant coach whose team lost 79-72 against No. 2 Notre Dame on Sunday. "(But) I thought this was one of our worst performances in terms of effort. I don't think we played hard at all.

"We practice harder than we played here tonight. We came out flat and let our offense affect our defense. We got run on transition all night long and got ourselves in a hole, and against a great team it's hard to come back."

Tricia Liston scored 21 points and tied her career high with 12 rebounds, helping Duke to its biggest rout in the history of the series.

The Blue Devils had five players score in double figures in their first game since Chelsea Gray broke her right kneecap Sunday against Boston College, sidelining the senior guard for the rest of the season. Gray dislocated the same kneecap last season, keeping her out of the ACC and NCAA tournaments.

Elizabeth Williams had 17 points, seven rebounds and six blocked shots for Duke (17-1, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), which beat Virginia for the 21st straight time. Richa Jackson finished with 16 points, freshman Oderah Chidom had 11 and Alexis Jones scored 10.

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