Williams keeps Duke women unbeaten with rout
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Elizabeth Williams has been working her way back from a spring stress fracture in her lower right leg all season long.
She looked to be back in top form again the way she played Wednesday night.
The 6-foot-3 sophomore scored 20 points to lead a sluggish offensive effort, keeping No. 4 Duke unbeaten with a 58-26 rout of Virginia Tech.
The Blue Devils (16-0, 5-0 ACC), who are the only undefeated team left in Division I basketball, have won 18 straight in the series, the last eight all by double digits.
"I think Elizabeth is coming back strong," Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie said. "It's a long road, but it was great to see her the way she was. She was scoring with two people hanging on her arms, and finishing and getting to the free-throw line."
Williams, who had her fourth 20-point game of the season, finished with eight rebounds. Chelsea Gray chipped in 12 points and tied her career high with seven steals, while Haley Peters had five points to go with 10 rebounds.
Monet Tellier led the Hokies (7-10, 1-5) with 10 points. Ugu Ugoka had four points_on 2-for-13 shooting_and nine rebounds.
"Obviously we need to play better on offense if we're going to be in a game against a team as good as this," said Tech's second-year head coach Dennis Wolff, whose team had lost its previous game 74-45 to No. 10 Maryland on Sunday. "I thought for the first 12-15 minutes we competed pretty good, and it has happened to us that when it unravels it totally unravels. The turnovers that led to baskets had some of our younger kids looking shell-shocked."
Duke's next game is on Monday night at No. 3 Connecticut.