Jackson leads No. 3 Duke

Jan. 12, 2014 @ 07:40 PM

With three starters in early foul trouble and another hobbled by a leg injury, No. 3 Duke needed a boost on the bench Sunday.

Richa Jackson, considered a substitution with starter’s talent, lived up to her reputation.

Jackson came off the bench to score a season-high 17 points helping the Blue Devils defeat Boston College 78-57 in ACC women’s basketball at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

A 6-foot senior forward, Jackson hit 8 of 13 shots while also grabbing six rebounds, handing out three assists and recording three steals for Duke (16-1, 3-0 in ACC).

“I don’t know if I consider Richa a bench (player),” Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie said. “She’s a starter on the bench. It was so great to see her come into the game and make the difference that she made. It was huge, absolutely huge.”

McCallie had to call on Jackson because starting guard Alexis Jones was called for her second foul just three minutes into the game. The situation grew worse when starting forward Tricia Liston received foul No. 2 three minutes later. A third starter, forward Haley Peters, was called for her second foul with 13:17 left in the half.

On top of that, starting point guard Chelsea Gray suffered a bruised thigh that limited her to nine first-half minutes and 16 for the game.

“Just think about what we had to do,” McCallie said. “We were playing without Lex, without Haley and without Tricia. So when have we done that in a game this year? So we had to cope, we had to cope with that and make changes and take advantage of that. I thought Richa did a great job on that. She took advantage of it, came in and did her work.”

Jackson hit 6 of 7 first half shots and had 14 points at intermission as Duke survived the turmoil to lead 43-29.

“I just wanted to bring a lot of energy,” Jackson said of her 26 minutes of play. “You know, whatever I had to do. Rebounding, defense, whatever it was. I just wanted to bring energy because it’s very rare that a lot of our starters get into foul trouble. So you just have to be ready and take advantage of your opportunity.”

Gray, still wearing a knee brace due to an injury that cut her season short last February, played a role while dealing with discomfort in her quadriceps muscle.

She left the game at the 13:17 mark of the first half and returned with 10:35 left. Over the next three minutes, she played a major role in a 9-2 Duke run that pushed its lead into double-figures at 24-8.

Gray started the surge with a slick pass to Elizabeth Williams, who sank an easy layup. Chloe Wells recorded a steal and passed to Gray, who drilled a 3-pointer.

After a Boston College basket, Gray found Oderah Chidom inside for another Duke layup.

Gray hit another jump shot and, after another Wells steal, Gray drew a foul and sank two free throws for a 16-point Duke lead with 8:20 left until halftime.

Gray left the game for the final 7:56 of the first half to receive treatment from Duke’s medical staff. She played seven minutes of the second half, finishing with 11 points, four steals and two assists.

Boston College (10-7, 1-2) suffered through a pair of extended scoring droughts which prevented it from staying close with Duke. The Eagles went 13 consecutive first-half possessions without scoring when the Blue Devils built their first double-digit lead.

In the second half, Boston College missed 10 consecutive field goal tries over a six-minute stretch.

The Eagles shot 33.9 percent for the game – hitting just 9 of 34 3-pointers for 26.5 percent – and committed 21 turnovers. Duke recorded 16 steals with its active defense.

“All the credit goes to Duke,” Boston College coach Erik Johnson said. “They defended extremely well. They are legitimately taking the ball from us. That was another wake-up call for us.”

 

 

 

No. 3 DUKE 78, BOSTON COLLEGE 57

 

FG

FT

Reb

BOSTON COLLEGE

Min

M-A

M-A

O-T

A

PF

PTS

Doherty

33

3-11

2-2

5-11

1

5

8

K Cooper

30

7-14

2-3

1-1

3

2

21

Zenevitch

32

4-9

2-2

2-5

2

4

10

Boudreau

34

3-10

0-0

2-5

3

2

8

Engeln

22

0-2

0-0

0-2

4

0

0

Coulombe

7

1-1

0-0

0-1

0

1

2

Daley

14

1-5

2-2

1-2

0

4

5

Hughes

24

1-7

0-0

0-1

2

2

3

Lesko

4

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

1

0

Totals

200

20-59

8-9

11-31

15

21

57

Percentages: FG .339, FT .889.

3-Point Goals: 9-34, .265 (K. Cooper 5-10, Boudreau 2-9, Hughes 1-5, Daley 1-5, Zenevitch 0-2, Doherty 0-3).

Team Rebounds: 3.

Blocked Shots: 3 (Zenevitch, Hughes, Engeln).

Turnovers: 21 (Engeln 5, Zenevitch 4, Daley 3, Doherty 3, Boudreau 3, Coulombe, Hughes, Lesko).

Steals: 8 (Boudreau 3, Zenevitch 2, K. Cooper 2, Engeln).

Technical Fouls: None.

 

FG

FT

Reb

DUKE

Min

M-A

M-A

O-T

A

PF

PTS

Liston

19

1-6

2-2

0-2

2

3

5

Peters

26

4-6

6-7

0-5

2

2

15

Williams

31

4-9

1-4

8-11

1

1

9

Jones

22

4-11

1-2

1-3

2

3

10

Gray

16

3-6

4-4

1-2

2

0

11

Wells

17

2-4

0-0

0-1

1

0

5

Johnson

16

1-2

2-4

3-4

0

1

4

Jackson

26

8-13

1-3

1-6

3

2

17

McCravey-Cooper

9

0-2

0-1

0-2

0

3

0

Chidom

12

1-1

0-0

1-1

0

2

2

Henson

6

0-0

0-0

0-1

0

1

0

Totals

200

28-60

17-27

16-44

13

18

78

Percentages: FG .467, FT .630.

3-Point Goals: 5-14, .357 (Gray 1-2, Liston 1-2, Peters 1-2, Wells 1-3, Jones 1-4, Jackson 0-1).

Team Rebounds: 6.

Blocked Shots: 1 (Williams).

Turnovers: 18 (Jones 2, Gray 2, Jackson 2, Liston 2, Chidom 2, Williams 2, Wells 2, Henson, Johnson, Peters).

Steals: 16 (Gray 4, Williams 3, Jackson 3, Wells 2, Peters 2, Johnson, Jones).

Technical Fouls: None.

Boston College

29

28—57

Duke

43

35—78

A_4,410.

Officials_Ed Sidlasky, Norma Jones, Angel Stanton.