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Friday, December 20, 2013
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— Haley Peters scored 17 points to help No. 2 Duke beat the University at Albany, 80-51, on Thursday night.

Chelsea Gray and Richa Jackson had 12 points apiece for the Blue Devils (11-1), who shot 59 percent from the floor in their first game since an 83-61 home loss to No. 1 Connecticut on Tuesday.

Albany (8-2) led, 20-13, with 7:53 remaining in the first half, but Duke answered with a 15-2 run en route to a 34-26 lead at halftime.

“I thought the first half was great. Obviously, it was fun to watch [Shereesha Richards] and the way she played and the way we competed,” said UAlbany head coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson. “I knew in the second half what was going to happen, just in terms of coaching with Joanne [McCallie] for four years.”

Richards scored 24 points, including 20 in the first half, to lead all scorers. She shot 12-for-20 from the field and added seven rebounds.

Richards was 10-for-15 from the floor in the first half, while the rest of the Great Danes were 1-for-15.

“I just found a way to score,” said Richards. “My guards passed it in to me. I’ve just got to find a way. If not, I kick it back out and rotate the ball around. Just, hopefully, find a gap and we attack.”

The first half was a little, well, slow,” said Duke coach McCallie. “It wasn’t bad. It just wasn’t as good as I thought it could be. I thought the second half was a lot better. Credit 25 [Richards] for having 20 points at the half. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before.”

Duke came out of the locker room hot in the second half, hitting 12 of its first 13 shots, with Gray and Peters each hitting a trio, to push ahead, 60-35, with 11:51 remaining in the game.

Sarah Royals hit her first two shots to try to spur a comeback, pulling UAlbany to within 62-40. But the Blue Devils countered with an 8-0 run to go up, 70-40.

UAlbany pushed hard to the end, with Erin Coughlin adding a pair of late three-pointers, but it didn’t really make a dent in the Blue’ Devils. lead.

Royals finished with seven points, five assists and four steals. She moved into 16th all-time in assists at UAlbany with 212, passing Alison Bowe.

After missing two games with an injurry, Megan Craig had seven points, while Tammy Phillip had seven boards and a pair of steals.

UAlbany hosts Colgate on Sunday at 2 p.m. at SEFCU Arena.

UALBANY (51)

Royals 2-4 2-2 7, Richards 12-20 0-0 24, Coughlin 2-11 0-0 6, Rosario 1-3 0-0 3, Phillip 0-4 1-2 1, Tate 1-7 0-0 2, Williams 0-0 1-2 1, Craig 1-3 5-6 7. Totals 19-52 9-12 51.

DUKE (80)

Liston 2-7 0-0 5, Peters 8-12 1-2 17, Williams 4-4 1-2 9, Jones 1-5 1-2 4, Gray 6-7 0-0 12, Wells 1-1 1-2 4, Johnson 0-0 2-2 2, Jackson 5-8 2-2 12, McCravey-Cooper 2-5 1-3 5, Chidom 2-2 2-4 6, Henson 2-4 0-0 4, Frush 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 33-56 11-19 80.

Halftime—Duke, 34-26. 3-Point Goals—UAlbany 4-15 (Coughlin 2-10, Royals 1-2, Rosario 1-2, Phillip 0-1), Duke 3-11 (Wells 1-1, Jones 1-3, Liston 1-4, Henson 0-1, Frush 0-1, Gray 0-1). Rebounds—UAlbany 24 (Phillip, Richards 7), Duke 35 (Johnson 5). Assists—UAlbany 12 (Royals 5), Duke 24 (Gray 9). Total Fouls—UAlbany 19, Duke 12. A—3,604.

 
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