Blue Devils open ACC action with win over Virginia 77-66

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Pictured above: #24 Kathleen Scheer and #33 Haley Peters during a timeout.  Scheer has one of her best games of the year.

Durham, N.C – The #7 Duke women’s basketball team kicked off ACC action tonight knocking off Virginia 77-66.  Duke has owned the Cavaliers, making tonight’s win their 19th straight and 31st straight victory in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Kathleen Scheer had one of her best performances on the season, scoring seven points, three rebounds, three assists, two blocks, and 17 minutes of playing time.  Coach McCallie said, “I thought Kathleen Scheer was very confident, played very much like a senior and did some great things.”

Sophomore Tricia Liston led Duke with 18 points and a career high seven rebounds, while the three other Sophomore standouts, Richa Jackson, Haley Peters, and Chelsea Gray all scored in double figures.  The “Sophomore 4” combined for 54 of Duke’s 77 points.

Virginia played an aggressive defense, forcing 25 turnovers.  McCallie commented on the Cavaliers aggressive defense, saying “In some respects it was very good, meaning obviously we turned the ball over too many times. But in other respects, we got a lot of great looks - the 56 percent. Again, if we had handled that ball better, not turned it over and had more possessions – we only shot the ball 48 times. Usually we’re going to shoot it a few more times than that. So I think it was one of these. In some respects, I’ve got to look at those turnovers and see what’s happening, especially [Elizabeth Williams]’ turnovers – six for a post player – because they weren’t all guard-driven. But overall, I thought our team showed great poise in finding each other. I love that the balance in scoring was pretty much five, almost six, people in double figures.”

The seventh ranked Blue Devils will travel to Wake Forest on Fri., Jan 6 for a 6:30 p.m. tipoff, the game will be televised live on RSN-TV.