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Duke women beat Maryland in top-10 matchup

In a showdown of top-10 women’s teams, host Duke used a strong defensive effort to beat Maryland 84-63.


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DURHAM, N.C. – There hasn’t been much “D” at Duke lately. Elizabeth Williams and the Blue Devils hope that problem has been solved.

Williams had 17 points and 11 rebounds while keying a defensive effort that helped seventh-ranked Duke beat No. 8 Maryland 84-63 on Monday night.

“I can’t remember the last time we had a full, 40-minute defensive effort” like this, Williams said.

Alexis Jones scored a season-best 22 points, including a career-high five three-pointers, for the Blue Devils (23-3 overall, 10-2 Atlantic Coast Conference). Duke shot 53 percent.

Duke avoided its first consecutive losses since 2007-08 and dodged its first three-game home slide in more than two decades.

The Blue Devils held the Terrapins to a season-worst 32 percent shooting.

Alyssa Thomas had 14 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists for Maryland (20-5, 8-4). But she missed eight of her first nine shots.

“We got hesitant with our shot,” Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. “Too many players thinking about their shot when it wasn’t falling in and, obviously, when you score 63 points on the road, you’re not going to win a lot of games.”

Report: Bright to go to Saint Mary’s

Stanford senior guard Aaron Bright, a former Bellevue High standout who had season-ending shoulder surgery, will transfer to Saint Mary’s and be eligible to play for the Gaels next season, ESPN.com reported, citing multiple sources.

Bright averaged 5.9 points in seven games this season. He averaged 9.3 points in 30 games last season.

Top 5 women

At No. 2 Notre Dame 87, Georgia Tech 72

Jewell Loyd scored 27 points, Natalie Achonwa added 21 and the Fighting Irish (25-0, 12-0 ACC) beat the Yellow Jackets (17-9, 7-6).

Georgia Tech was limited to 31 percent shooting.

Some of Notre Dame’s veteran players struggled early after being honored on senior night.

“I think next year we’re going to have senior night the first day of classes, Aug. 27,” Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said. “I feel like every year it’s the same thing with the emotion of the moment.”

Notes

• After a one-week absence, the Gonzaga men (23-4) resurfaced at No. 25 in the Associated Press media poll. The Zags are 22nd in the USA Today coaches poll, up two spots from last week.

• The Gonzaga women (23-4), who lost 62-52 at Brigham Young on Saturday, dropped from 20th to 24th in the AP women’s poll.

• Eastern Washington’s Tyler Harvey, who scored 37 points in Saturday’s 84-65 victory over Northern Arizona, was voted Big Sky Conference player of the week for the second time this season.



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