NCAA Women’s Basketball: Gray, Liston Lead Duke to Victory in Berkeley

Nov 10, 2013; Berkeley, CA, USA; Duke Blue Devils guard Chelsea Gray (12) drives to the basket during the first half against the California Golden Bears at Haas Pavilion. The Duke Blue Devils defeated the California Golden Bears 58-70. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Chelsea Gray tallied 22 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals in her first official game since dislocating her knee back on February 17th, leading No. 9 Duke to a 70-58 victory over No. 9 Cal in the Blue Devils’ season opener.

Other big contributors for the Blue Devils included guards Tricia Liston (15 points and 7 rebounds) and Richa Jackson (13 points, 4 rebounds, and a steal) and forward Elizabeth Williams, who tacked on 11 rebounds, an assist, and a steal.

Duke’s defense caused problems all day for Cal, who were limited to just 32.3% (20-62) from the field and 29.4% (5-17) from beyond the arc.

It was an impressive start for a Blue Devil team with lofty expectations after falling just short of a trip to the Final Four last year; the Golden Bears themselves are coming off a season that included a 32-4 finish and a Final Four appearance.

After a barrage of three-pointers from Cal withered Duke’s early, twelve-point lead down to just one at 3:07 mark in the 1st half, the Blue Devils responded, utilizing a healthy dose of Gray, Liston, and Jackson to pull away.  When the Golden Bears pulled within nine points on a Mercedes Jefflo jumper with 7:09 remaining the game, they’d never get any closer.

Duke (1-0) returns to action on Thursday, November 14th, against USC-Upstate (2-0). The game will be the Blue Devils’ home opener. Cal (1-1) will travel to Washington, D.C., where they’ll play George Washington on Friday, November 15th.

Topics: Duke Blue Devils

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