12/08 18:46 CST No. 2 Duke women beat No. 17 Oklahoma 94-85
No. 2 Duke women beat No. 17 Oklahoma 94-85
By MURRAY EVANS
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Tricia Liston scored a season-high 23 points and No. 2
Duke gave coach Joanne P. McCallie her 500th career win, beating No. 17
Oklahoma 94-85 on Sunday.
Alexis Jones added 20 points and six assists and Haley Peters scored 18 points
for Duke, which is 10-0 for the third time in the last four seasons and the
seventh time in the program's history.
The Blue Devils, who are unbeaten in three games this season against ranked
foes, face No. 1 Connecticut and No. 5 Kentucky before the end of the month.
McCallie, who previously coached at Maine and Michigan State, became the 30th
active NCAA Division I coach to reach the 500-win mark. The win was her 175th
in seven seasons at Duke.
Aaryn Ellenberg scored a season-high 28 points and Morgan Hook added a
season-high 24 points for Oklahoma (6-3), which lost to a top-five team for the
second time this season. The Sooners fell in overtime to No. 5 Louisville on
Liston made only one 3-pointer in Duke's previous two games - wins against
Kansas and No. 16 Purdue - but had three before halftime and finished the game
5 of 10 from behind the arc, helping her team finish 9 of 21 (42.9 percent).
The game was the first between Duke and Oklahoma since the 2002 national
semifinals, which Oklahoma won before falling to Connecticut in the title game.
Duke was the highest-ranked nonconference foe for the Sooners since No. 1
Connecticut on Feb. 15, 2010.
Duke, the nation's fourth-best 3-point shooting team at 43.6 percent, didn't
hit a 3-pointer during the first 12 minutes of Sunday's game, allowing the
Sooners to hang close. After a basket by Hook with 9:40 left in the half, the
Sooners trailed only 18-17.
The Blue Devils then went on a 14-2 run, fueled by a pair of 3-pointers by
Liston and another by Chloe Wells. Wells' basket put Duke ahead 32-19.
Oklahoma, which committed 15 first-half turnovers and 21 in the game, came no
closer than seven points the rest of the way. The Blue Devils had an 11-0 spurt
just before halftime to extend their lead to 46-27.
The Sooners scored 11 straight points and pulled within 49-40 on a basket by
Nicole Griffin with 17:03 left. Oklahoma stayed within nine as late as the
12-minute mark, when Ellenberg scored to make it 59-50, but the Blue Devils
scored the next eight points, capped by a 3-pointer by Peters.
Oklahoma again rallied and came within seven points three times in the final
39.2 seconds, the last at 92-85 on a 3-pointer by Ellenberg with 4.1 seconds,
but came no closer as Duke went 7-of-8 from the free-throw line during that
Duke now is 18-3 all-time against Big 12 schools, having lost only to Oklahoma,
Baylor and Texas.
Gray finished with 17 points, five assists and five steals for Duke while
Sharane Campbell added 16 points and Nicole Griffin scored 15 for Oklahoma.