Duke women overwhelm Samford in NCAA 1st rounder



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tricia Liston scored 22 points and second-seeded Duke started strong and beat 15th-seeded Samford 82-47 Sunday night in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.

Freshman Elizabeth Williams, the ACC defensive player of the year, had 11 points and three rebounds whole playing despite a stress fracture in her lower right leg. She is Duke’s top scorer and rebounder.

Duke (25-5) opened the game on a 23-7 run en route to a 40-22 halftime lead. The Blue Devils made nearly 52 percent of their shots overall and were 22 of 25 from the foul line.

Taylor Reece led Samford (20-13) with 10 points.