Duke overwhelms Samford 82-47
Williams top scorer posts 11 points despite stress fracture
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tricia Liston scored 22 points and second-seeded Duke started strong and beat 15th-seeded Samford 82-47 Sunday night in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.
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Freshman Elizabeth Williams, the ACC defensive player of the year, had 11 points and three rebounds while playing despite a stress fracture in her lower right leg. She is Duke’s top scorer and rebounder.
Duke (25-5) opened the game on a 23-7 run en route to a 40-22 halftime lead. The Blue Devils made nearly 52 percent of their shots overall and were 22 of 25 from the foul line.
Chelsea Gray added 16 points while Haley Peters had 13 for Duke.
The Blue Devils outrebounded Samford 41-23. Peters led Duke with seven boards while Shay Selby and Gray each had six.
This is Duke’s 18th consecutive NCAA tournament appearance and 19th overall. The Blue Devils have a 47-18 all-time record in the tournament.
Taylor Reece led Samford (20-13) with 10 points.
Samford made just its second appearance in the NCAA tournament. The Bulldogs lost to Florida State 76-46 last year.