Devils Blast Deacons 88-55 in ACC Opener

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Duke senior forward Iciss Tillis paced four players in double figures with a game-high 17 points as the fourth-ranked Blue Devils raced past Wake Forest, 88-55, in the ACC opener for both teams Friday night. With the victory, Duke extended its consecutive ACC winning streak to 44 games.

Tillis, who scored 15 of her 17 in the first half, went 6-for-11 from the floor. Tillis sparked the Blue Devils in the first half as Duke raced out to a 14-point lead (18-4) just eight minutes into the game.

Duke (5-1) pushed the lead to as many as 23 points in the first half, but the Deacs narrowed the deficit to 19, 42-23, at halftime. The Blue Devils connected on 55.6% (15-for-27) from the field in the opening 20 minutes.

Duke continued the assault in the second half as the lead grew to as many as 36 points (87-51). The Blue Devils picked up their 24th straight victory over Wake Forest, despite All-American Alana Beard's worst offensive game of the 2003-04 season. The senior managed only nine points - snapping a streak of 23 straight games with double figures. Beard did, however, grab six rebounds, dish out eight assists and pick up three steals.

Monique Currie ,Mistie Bass and Jessica Foley each scored 13 points for the Blue Devils as they won their 18th straight road game.

Duke finished the game at 51.8% (29-for-56) from the floor. The Blue Devils are the first opponent this season to shoot over 50% against Wake Forest. The Deacs entered the game limiting their opponents to just 32% shooting. Erin Ferrell led the Demon Deacon (3-3) attack. The junior forward scored 12 points on 5-for-7 from the field. Senior Tonia Brown and sophomore Cotelia Bond-Young each chipped in 10 points. It marked the fifth time this season that the Deacs registered at least three players in double figures.

The Demon Deacons return to action Sunday, December 14, against North Carolina A&T. Tip-off is scheduled for the Joel Coliseum at 3 p.m., while Duke returns to action the same day against Tulsa. Tip-off for the Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium is set for 1 pm. WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Duke senior forward Iciss Tillis paced four players in double figures with a game-high 17 points as the fourth-ranked Blue Devils raced past Wake Forest, 88-55, in the ACC opener for both teams Friday night. With the victory, Duke extended its consecutive ACC winning streak to 44 games.

Tillis, who scored 15 of her 17 in the first half, went 6-for-11 from the floor. Tillis sparked the Blue Devils in the first half as Duke raced out to a 14-point lead (18-4) just eight minutes into the game.

Duke (5-1) pushed the lead to as many as 23 points in the first half, but the Deacs narrowed the deficit to 19, 42-23, at halftime. The Blue Devils connected on 55.6% (15-for-27) from the field in the opening 20 minutes.

Duke continued the assault in the second half as the lead grew to as many as 36 points (87-51). The Blue Devils picked up their 24th straight victory over Wake Forest, despite All-American Alana Beard's worst offensive game of the 2003-04 season. The senior managed only nine points - snapping a streak of 23 straight games with double figures. Beard did, however, grab six rebounds, dish out eight assists and pick up three steals.

Monique Currie ,Mistie Bass and Jessica Foley each scored 13 points for the Blue Devils as they won their 18th straight road game.

Duke finished the game at 51.8% (29-for-56) from the floor. The Blue Devils are the first opponent this season to shoot over 50% against Wake Forest. The Deacs entered the game limiting their opponents to just 32% shooting. Erin Ferrell led the Demon Deacon (3-3) attack. The junior forward scored 12 points on 5-for-7 from the field. Senior Tonia Brown and sophomore Cotelia Bond-Young each chipped in 10 points. It marked the fifth time this season that the Deacs registered at least three players in double figures.

The Demon Deacons return to action Sunday, December 14, against North Carolina A&T. Tip-off is scheduled for the Joel Coliseum at 3 p.m., while Duke returns to action the same day against Tulsa. Tip-off for the Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium is set for 1 pm.


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