No. 5 Duke holds off Wake Forest

By The Sports Network
February 17, 2013 - 6:03pm

Durham, NC (Sports Network) - Tricia Liston poured in a game-high 29 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lead fifth-ranked Duke to an 81-70 win over Wake Forest on Sunday.

Haley Peters added 13 points and 12 rebounds and Elizabeth Williams chipped in with 11 points for the Blue Devils (24-1, 14-0 ACC), winners in eight straight.

Duke's star guard Chelsea Gray left the game in the first half with an apparent knee injury and did not return.

Chelsea Douglas poured in 24 points, Lakevia Boykin scored 17 and Sandra Garcia finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Demon Deacons (11-14, 4-10), losers in seven of their last eight tilts.

Boykin's 3-pointer with 3:25 left tied the game at 67-67, but Duke scored seven straight points to go up 74-67 with 1:48 remaining.

Boykin then canned another trey to make it a four-point game with 1:25 showing on the game clock, but Duke closed the game on a 7-0 run to seal the win.

Wake Forest opened the game on a 15-4 run, but the Blue Devils countered with a 17-3 burst to go up 21-18 at the midway point of the first half.

Garcia's layup tied the game at 22, but Duke outscored the Demon Deacons, 15-6 to take a 37-28 lead into the break.