Chloe Wells’ career game lifts Duke women past North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC, United States (4E Sports) – Chloe Wells submitted a career-high 18 points and Tricia Liston added 15 markers as No. 5 Duke scored an easy 84-63 triumph over No. 11 North Carolina Sunday at Carmichael Arena.
Wells drained 6-of-7 three-pointers and had three steals in 31 minutes for the Blue Devils, who defeated the Tar Heels for the fifth straight time and second consecutive at their home floor.
Wells became the 12th Duke player to hit six or more three-pointers in a game. The six treys are tied for the third-highest in school history, with seven as the record.
Haley Peters added 14 points and Elizabeth Williams had 13 points and 11 caroms for the Blue Devils (20-1, 10-0 ACC), who reached 20 wins for the 16th straight year and the 18th out of the last 19 years. Duke also marked the 16th straight year it has netted 10 ACC victories.
The Blue Devils also spoiled Sylvia Hatchell’s attempt to clinch her 900th career coaching victory. She was eyeing to join Pat Summitt and Jody Conradt as the only women’s basketball coaches to reach that mark.
Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored 18 points, Waltiea Rolle had 17 and Xylina Mcdaniel had 12 for the Tar Heels, who suffered their first home loss after shooting 33 percent from the field compared to the Blue Devils’ 46.2 percent clip.
The Blue Devils came out with all cylinders firing, storming to a 24-6 advantage with 12:22 left in the first half.
Duke extended their led to 50-19 at the break behind 12 points from Wells and an outstanding 55.9 percent from the field in the opening half.
North Carolina came back to life in the second half, pulling within 60-42 but Liston scored five straight points to keep the Tar Heels at bay.
Overall, the Blue Devils buried a season-high 11 three-pointers on 18 attempts for a 61.1 percent clip. They also outrebounded the Tar Heels, 45-40, and scored 24 points off 24 North Carolina turnovers.