Duke Defeats Lady Tigers

Alana Beard scored 25 points on 11-14 shooting and made her last 10 shots of the game to lead Duke to an 81-58 victory over Clemson at Littlejohn Coliseum Thursday night. The victory improved the seventh ranked Blue Devils to 13-3 overall and an ACC best 5-0 in the conference.

Duke has won 10 of its last 11 with the only loss coming to second ranked Tennessee.

Clemson, who had won seven of its last eight, fell to 10-5 overall, 2-2 in the ACC. It was the largest margin of defeat for the Lady Tigers in Littlejohn Coliseum since the 1989-90 season when Georgia defeated Clemson by a 75-52 score. It was Clemson's first home loss of the year after seven home victories.

Four Duke players scored in double figures. In addition to Beard's 25, Iciss Tillis had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Monique Currie also had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Wynter Whitley added 12 points and seven rebounds for Duke, who has just eight players on its active roster.

Clemson had just one player in double figures. Starting center Maggie Slosser scored 11 points on 5-8 shooting. Clemson's leading scorer Chrissy Floyd, who was coming off a career high 28 points at Virginia on Monday night, scored just eight points on Thursday, and was 2-11 from the field. Starting point guard Krystal Scott, a 12-point per game scorer, had just five points and shot 1-9 from the field. Leah Roper contributed nine points and nine rebounds off the bench for Clemson.

Duke shot 54 percent from the field for the game, including 64 percent in the second half. Clemson shot 43 percent on three-point shots, but made just 34.5 percent from the field overall. Duke doubled up the Tigers on the boards, 48-24. Clemson got just six offensive rebounds.

Clemson opened the game by hitting its first three shots from the field and took a 7-0 lead. Duke then went on a 22-0 run to take a 22-7 lead. Beard scored nine points and Whitley had six in the scoring run. Clemson missed 12 straight shots during the stretch and went 9:34 without a point and 12:41 without a field goal.

Duke had an 18-point lead in the first half at 32-14 at the 2:17 mark. Clemson cut the margin to 13 by intermission.

But, Duke scored the first eight points of the second half to take a 45-24 lead by the first media timeout of the second half. Beard continued to hit shots in the second half. She was 4-4 from the field in the second half, including 2-2 on three-point goals.

Duke's largest lead was 32 points at 8:05 mark of the game. Clemson cut the margin to 21 points with 21 with 2:15 left, but that was as close as Clemson could get over the last 13 minutes of the game.

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