No. 7 Duke downs Va. Tech 90-40
Blue Devils beat Virginia Tech for the 15th consecutive time
DURHAM, N.C. -- Jasmine Thomas scored a season-high 27 points to help No. 7 Duke beat Virginia Tech 90-40 Sunday.
Thomas was 10 for 16 from the field and made all five of her 3-point attempts for the Blue Devils (24-3, 10-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who reached double figures in league wins for the 13th consecutive season.
Tricia Liston scored a career-high 19 points and Karima Christmas had 12 points as Duke picked up its 22nd consecutive home win.
Brittany Gordon scored 10 points to lead the Hokies (11-16, 1-11 ACC), who had a season-high 32 turnovers en route to their most lopsided loss of the season.
Duke led 45-19 at halftime, pulling away with a 22-0 spurt that spanned eight minutes.
Thomas made three 3-pointers during that span. She started and ended the run with 3s to give her team a 29-7 lead with eight minutes left in the half.
Virginia Tech missed all eight of its shots from the field and committed 10 of its 18 first-half turnovers during the drought.
The Hokies finally scored on a baseline jumper by Elizabeth Basham with 7:21 remaining in the half, beginning a stretch in which they produced points on five of six possessions. But Duke scored on five consecutive possessions during that time, preventing Virginia Tech from cutting into the lead.
The Blue Devils beat Virginia Tech for the 15th consecutive time, a stretch that includes 13 double-digit victories.
The outcome of this one was decided shortly after Duke lost a key player. Starting guard Chelsea Gray suffered a sprained left ankle when she fell to the floor on defense less than three minutes into the game.
With the assistance of two trainers, Gray hopped off the court on her right foot toward the Duke locker room. She returned to the bench on crutches early in the second half and did not re-enter the game.
The Blue Devils outrebounded Virginia Tech 49-24, getting eight points and a career-high 17 rebounds from Krystal Thomas.