BLACKSBURG, Va. — Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie looked as though she was still trying to process what she had seen.
The No. 3 Blue Devils surrendered almost all of a 15-point second-half lead, hit a few clutch free throws in the waning seconds and held on to beat Virginia Tech 74-70 on Sunday, and McCallie almost seemed at a loss for words.
“They’re the best 0-4 ACC team I’ve ever seen, for sure,” McCallie said of the Hokies, but her gushing ended there.
“We fell asleep and they woke up,” she added. “It was terrible for us. You don’t give up 47 (second-half) points, get outrebounded and give up shots like we did. We didn’t play with the same intensity. I think we thought it was a 20-minute game.”
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Tricia Liston scored 22 points, and Alexis Jones had 19. The Blue Devils (18-1, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their eighth straight, beat Virginia Tech for the 20th consecutive time and extended the Hokies’ losing streak to five games.
But they sure let it get interesting.
Uju Ugoka scored 29 points, including a putback with 14.5 seconds left the pulled the Hokies to 71-68. Liston then made a pair of free throws, and after Monet Tellier made two free throws for the Hokies, one more by Liston finished the scoring.
UConn runs streak to 25 games
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Bria Hartley scored a career-high 30 points and Breanna Stewart had 23 to lead top-ranked Connecticut to a 94-64 win over No. 23 Rutgers.
UConn (19-0, 6-0 American) has won 25 straight games, the sixth longest streak in school history.
The Huskies raced to an 18-6 lead in the game’s first five minutes. Stewart had eight of the team’s first 18 points. UConn extended the advantage to 41-20 on the 6-foot-4 sophomore’s layup with 4:58 left before Rutgers closed the half with a 9-2 burst to trail 43-29 at the half.
Rutgers (13-4, 4-2) cut it to 12 before UConn put it away behind Stewart and Hartley.
Freshman Tyler Scaife scored a season-high 22 points and Kahleah Copper had 20 for the Scarlet Knights.
Other Top 5 game
No. 5 Louisville 81, at South. Methodist 66
Antonita Slaughter had two three-pointers in a go-ahead 11-0 run for Louisville early in the second half, and the Cardinals stretched their winning streak to 11 games.
The slow-starting Cardinals (18-1, 6-0 American Athletic) went ahead to stay by scoring the 11 consecutive points in a span of only 79 seconds.
Slaughter finished with 17 points and four three-pointers, her first made shots from behind the arc in her four games since missing six games with a blood clot in her lungs. The senior guard had five three-pointers in the second game this season, and twice in her career had seven in a game.
Tia Gibbs had 20 points to lead five Cardinals in double-figure scoring.
• Chelsea Gardner scored 28 points and Natalie Knight had 18 as host Kansas upset No. 7 Baylor 76-60.
The loss ended Baylor’s 44-game winning streak in Big 12 regular-season games and was the Bears second straight loss overall after they fell to No. 1 Connecticut last week.
Odyssey Sims scored 31 points for the Bears (14-2, 4-1), but she was held to 10 points in the second half.