Williams leads No. 3 Duke women over Georgia Tech

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 5, 2014 at 4:46 pm •  Published: January 5, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Tech women still haven't come up with a way to handle Duke.

Although the Yellow Jackets have beaten national powers like North Carolina and Maryland over the last two seasons, they can't get over the hurdle that Duke presents. On Sunday, Georgia Tech lost its 36th straight game to the Blue Devils, 64-47 in the ACC opener for both teams.

"We've got eight sophomores and freshman and for most of them it was the first time facing Duke," Georgia Tech coach Machelle Joseph said. "As we grow and get better, the defense will get where it needs to be, the rebounding will get where it needs to be and we just need to make those shots."

Georgia Tech shot only 26 percent from the floor and lost the game, despite limiting the Blue Devils to only 39.7 percent shooting and outrebounding Duke 51-47. Georgia Tech hasn't beaten Duke since Feb. 27, 1994.

This time it was Duke center Elizabeth Williams who was the difference. The 6-foot-3 junior was 8-for-10 from the field, including 6-for-6 in the first half, with 11 rebounds. It was the second consecutive double-double for Williams and third career double-double against Tech. She also extended her streak of consecutive games with a blocked shot to 84.

"I was really excited to get started in ACC play," said Williams, who is averaging 21 points and 11 rebounds in three games against Georgia Tech.

Joseph expected Williams to present problems. "She's so agile and nimble for someone her size," Joseph said. "And she works hard on both ends of the court. There's no question she's one of the elite players in the league."

Duke also got a double-double from Haley Peters, who had 11 points and 15 rebounds. Tricia Liston added 16 points, 11 in the second half, and point guard Chelsea Gray had nine points and nine assists.

Georgia Tech (10-4) was led by Tyaunna Marshall's 18 points and season-high 15 rebounds. Marshall passed Karen Lounsbury (1989-92) moved into second place on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,744 points. She was the only Georgia Tech player in double figures.