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Georgia Tech Drops to No. 3 Duke in ACC Opener, 64-47

Jan. 05, 2014

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ATLANTA (AP) – Elizabeth Williams had 18 points and 10 rebounds to help No. 3 Duke beat Georgia Tech 64-47 on Sunday in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.

Williams was 8-for-10 from the field, including 6-for-6 in the first half, as the Blue Devils (14-1, 1-0) defeated Georgia Tech. It was the second consecutive double-double for Williams, who also extended her streak of consecutive games with a blocked shot to 84.

“I’m proud of my team’s defensive effort,” head coach MaChelle Joseph said. “I thought we did a fairly decent job against the number three team in the country. I thought that obviously if we could have made more shots, it would have been a much better effort for us on our part. I thought we competed hard. We outrebounded Duke and held them to 64 points. It’s just a matter of us being able to make plays on the offensive end.”

Tricia Liston added 11 points while Haley Peters had 15 rebounds for the Blue Devils.

Ty Marshall had 18 points and a season-high 15 rebounds for Georgia Tech (10-4, 0-1). Marshall 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.

Duke took command midway in the first half when Williams scored on a layup with 6:51 remaining to cap a 19-7 run and give the Devils a 26-14 lead. Georgia Tech shot only 21.6 percent (8 of 37) in the first half and Duke held a 34-20 lead at the break.

Georgia Tech tried to mount a comeback in the second half. The Yellow Jackets trailed by 19 points with 13:45 and outscored the Blue Devils 13-0 over the next 5:04. The Yellow Jackets cut the lead to 49-43 on a putback by Katarina Vuckovic with 9:03 left, but failed to score for four minutes, allowing Duke to quickly regain a double-digit lead.

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