No. 7 Duke 83, NC State 59

Associated Press  |  Last updated January 08, 2012
Richa Jackson scored a career-high 19 points to help No. 7 Duke beat North Carolina State 83-59 on Sunday. Tricia Liston added 14 points and a career-high 11 rebounds for the Blue Devils (12-2, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who had six players score in double figures. Duke led the entire game, though the Blue Devils had some trouble putting away the Wolfpack until blowing the game open in the final minutes. Duke shot 47 percent and scored 37 points off 24 turnovers by the Wolfpack (10-6, 0-3), with Chelsea Gray adding 12 points and eight assists while leading the Blue Devils' attack. Marissa Kastanek and Bonae Holston each had 12 points for N.C. State, which pulled within six points with 7 1/2 minutes left. But Duke answered with nine straight points, then dominated the final minutes to turn the game into a rout. Duke led by 17 points in the first half and 16 midway through the second, only to see N.C. State put together runs each time to cut into the lead. The Wolfpack made its best push with 10 straight points, starting with a 3-pointer from Kody Burke followed by a stickback from Lakeesa Daniel and another 3 from Myisha Goodwin-Coleman. When Daniel took a feed from Holston and scored inside, N.C. State trailed just 60-54 with 7:31 left. But the Wolfpack got no closer. Allison Vernerey flipped in a short shot over Daniel, then scored on a short hook over Holston. Liston followed with a straightaway 3 off a feed from Gray to cap the 9-0 spurt, which pushed the lead back up to 69-54 with 4:46 to play. N.C. State never threatened again, though the frustration bubbled over for coach Kellie Harper during that stretch. Incensed by a no-call when Vernerey stripped Holston to set up Liston's 3, Harper called timeout then practically stalked referee Joseph Vaszily behind her huddled players, screaming at one point, ''Are you blind?'' The Wolfpack played without freshman Krystal Barrett, who suffered a concussion in the second half of Thursday's loss at Miami. The reserve scored all 14 of her points in the second half of that game and was averaging about eight points.
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