OT SAVES DEVILS

Jan. 23, 2014 @ 10:25 PM

Tricia Liston scored 25 points and Elizabeth Williams had 20 as No. 3 Duke needed overtime to beat No. 24 Florida State 85-77 on Thursday.

No. 3 Duke took the best punch No. 24 Florida State had on Thursday night and seemed to be in trouble midway through the second half. The Blue Devils trailed by eight and the Seminoles’ Natasha Howard was in the midst of a career-night.

Tricia Liston and Elizabeth Williams, however, wouldn’t allow Duke to suffer its second loss of the season.

Liston scored 25 points and Williams had 20 as the Blue Devils needed overtime to beat the Seminoles 85-77

“I love this team, this team fights,” Duke coach Joanne McCallie said. “For a while there I’m not sure we were totally into it but we felt we should’ve been doing better.

“But then all of sudden you could see it, this is what it is.”

The Blue Devils (19-1, 6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) used an 11-0 run to rally from a four-point deficit in regulation and score the first seven points in overtime. Alex Jones hit a step-back jumper to tie the game at 73 and force overtime.

Liston finished with four 3-pointers after scoring just four points in the first half. Williams added seven rebounds and six blocks.

The Seminoles (14-5, 2-4) wasted a career night from Howard — 28 points and 21 rebounds with five blocks. The 20-20 game was the first for a Florida State player since 2006. Morgan Jones scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Brittany Brown added 12 points in the loss points.

“She was incredible, she wouldn’t be denied,” Florida State coach Sue Semrau said. “She never cowered. I thought her character was absolutely amazing.

“They know what Tasha can do and she did it anyway. I haven’t seen a performance like that in a long time.”

Florida State seemed poised for the upset after taking a 59-51 lead with 10:55 left as Howard dominated. She was 3 for 8 from the field in the first half and went 11 for 13 after halftime. But as Howard rebounded from a rough first half, so did Liston. The Blue Devils’ leader went 6 for 9 from the field after the opening 20 minutes and scored 19 points.

Duke was outrebounded 51-42, but Florida State shot just two free throws all game. The Blue Devils shot 49.3 percent from the field and 41.7 percent from long-range.

Jones tied a Duke record with 15 assists in the school’s first overtime game since 2009.

“I think today was really great for us,” Liston said. “There was a point where we all looked at each other and said we got to get going we have to come together right now and start getting our stops and took it down on offense and momentum was there.

“This was a really good one for us because in the tournament and the ACC tournament it’s not always going to be pretty everything is not going to be going your way but it is the way that you finish the game that counts”

No. 3 DUKE 85, No. 24 FLORIDA ST. 77, OT
  FG FT Reb
DUKE Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS
Williams 39 9-20 2-5 4-7 2 5 20
Peters 43 5-9 0-1 1-7 2 2 10
Jones 43 5-11 2-2 1-5 15 2 13
Jackson 39 6-11 2-4 3-10 1 1 14
Liston 40 8-14 5-6 0-5 2 0 25
Johnson 15 1-4 1-2 1-1 0 0 3
Chidom 5 0-0 0-2 0-1 0 0 0
Henson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0
Totals 225 34-69 12-22 12-42 22 12 85

Percentages: FG .493, FT .545.

3-Point Goals: 5-12, .417 (Liston 4-7, Jones 1-3, Peters 0-1, Jackson 0-1).

Team Rebounds: 6.

Blocked Shots: 8 (Williams 6, Jones, Peters).

Turnovers: 17 (Williams 4, Jones 4, Peters 3, Jackson 2, Chidom, Johnson, Henson, Liston).

Steals: 7 (Jackson 2, Williams 2, Chidom, Jones, Liston).

Technical Fouls: None.

  FG FT Reb
FLORIDA ST. Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS
Slaughter 20 3-4 0-1 1-1 0 5 6
Howard 39 14-21 0-1 8-22 0 2 28
Jones 41 7-21 0-0 4-10 5 4 15
Delgado 43 5-10 0-0 2-5 6 2 11
Brown 36 5-19 0-0 0-1 3 1 12
James 8 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
Bingley 21 0-6 0-0 0-2 0 3 0
Coleman 17 2-5 0-0 3-4 0 1 5
Totals 225 36-86 0-2 21-51 14 19 77

Percentages: FG .419, FT .000.

3-Point Goals: 5-22, .227 (Brown 2-7, Delgado 1-1, Coleman 1-3, Jones 1-9, Bingley 0-2).

Team Rebounds: 6.

Blocked Shots: 5 (Howard 5).

Turnovers: 18 (Delgado 6, Jones 5, Howard 3, Bingley 2, Slaughter, James).

Steals: 6 (Brown 3, Slaughter, Jones, Bingley).

Technical Fouls: None.

Duke 33 40 12—85
Florida St. 32 41 4—77

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DUKE NOTEBOOK

With the Duke Victory…
•    Moved to 19-1 overall and 6-0 in ACC play on the season.
•    Won its eighth straight game against Florida State.
•    Now leads the overall series, 36-8, against the Seminoles.
•    Won its sixth straight road game against a ranked opponent.
•    Notched its ninth consecutive overall game this year.

Senior Tricia Liston
•    Notched a team-high 25 points and five rebounds.
•    Scored 21 of her 25 points in the second half and overtime.
•    Hit 8-of-14 field goals.
•    Totaled 20 or more points for the third straight game, 10th time this season and 23rd time in her career.
•    Needs one more three-pointer to tie Abby Waner’s all-time three-pointers made record at Duke (222).
•    Went over the 1,400-point mark on the night and now owns 1,513 career points.
•    Moved into 20th place on the ACC career three-pointers made list (221).
•    Hit at least one three-pointer in her ninth straight game.

Senior Haley Peters
•    Collected 10 points, seven rebounds and two assists.

Sophomore Alexis Jones
•    Tied a school record with 15 assists.
•    Totaled her third career double-double with 13 points and 15 rebounds.

Junior Elizabeth Williams
•    Notched 20 points, seven rebounds, six blocks, two steals and two assists.
•    Reached 20 points for the second time this year and 11th time in her career.
•    Fouled out for the second straight game.
•    Moved her consecutive blocks streak to 89 straight games since arriving at Duke with her six  swats on the afternoon.

Senior Richa Jackson
•    Collected her first double-double of the season and second of her career.
•    Had 14 points and 10 rebounds.
•    Started her third straight game in place of Chelsea Gray.

Other Duke Notes…
•    All five starters scored double-digits for the fourth time this season.
•    Was outrebounded, 51-42, for the second straight game and the fifth time this year.
•    Dished 22 assists on 34 baskets.
•    Blocked eight shots as a team.
•    Held Florida State to 2-of-11 field goals in overtime.
•    Won its 35th straight game when scoring 80 or more points.
•    Hit 50.0 percent or better in the first half for the fifth straight game (50.0%).
•    Played its first overtime game since March 8, 2009 against Maryland.  Lost that contest, 92-89.
•    Will next host Pittsburgh on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 2:00 p.m., in Cameron Indoor Stadium.  The game will be aired live on ESPN3.