Lexington, KY (SportsNetwork.com) - Tricia Liston poured in 28 points to help
the second-ranked Duke Blue Devils to a 69-61 win over No. 5 Kentucky on
Elizabeth Williams scored 17 points, while Haley Peters and Alexis Jones each chipped in with nine for Duke (12-1), which has won two straight following its lone loss to UConn this past Tuesday.
Janee Thompson was the lone Wildcat (11-1) in double-figures with 12 points and Samarie Walker added eight points and a game-high 13 rebounds.
Linnae Harper tied the game at 17 with a layup midway through the first half, but Duke went on a 12-2 run.
Liston hit a layup to break the tie as the Blue Devils ran off nine straight during the run. Bria Goss made a layup for Kentucky's lone points in the sequence and the bucket halted nearly five minutes of scoreless basketball for the Wildcats. Peters capped the run with a 3-point play with 4:10 remaining in the first.
Duke scored the final seven points in the first and brought a 36-24 lead into the locker room.
Kentucky cut the deficit to seven less than three minutes into the second after a Walker jumper.
Duke responded with another string of seven straight points to extend the cushion to 47-33.
Kentucky chipped away and pulled within four, 59-55, after a pair of free throws from Thompson. Duke, however, answered with an 8-2 run that put the game away with less than four minutes left.