NORFOLK, Va. – Senior guard Ka'lia Johnson registered just the seventh triple-double in school history to guide the seventh-ranked Blue Devils to an 82-66 victory at Old Dominion Thursday evening. Duke will head back to Durham for three consecutive home contests with a 2-0 ledger for the season.
Elizabeth Williams, in her homecoming game, finished with a game-high 22 points, eight rebounds and five blocks. The Virginia Beach, Va., native has 11 blocks in her two outings this season. All five of Duke’s starters scored double-digits with redshirt freshman Rebecca Greenwell adding five assists to her stat line.
Williams helped Duke race out to a 17-11 lead with 10 points on 5-of-5 shooting. The Blue Devils expanded the lead to 24-12 on a three-pointer from Greenwell before the Monarchs rallied to cut Duke’s lead to three, 30-27, with a 15-6 run over a span of 6:38.
Duke and Old Dominion traded baskets down the stretch of the first half with the Blue Devils taking a 36-31 lead into the locker room. Williams led all scorers at the break with 14 points on a near-perfect 7-of-8 shooting performance. The Blue Devils shot 50 percent in the first 20 minutes, but had eight turnovers, which the Monarchs turned into seven points.
The second half was all Johnson, amassing 12 points, six rebounds and eight assists to pace the Blue Devils in the final 20 minutes. After Duke stretched its lead back to 12, 45-33, Johnson found the hot hand in scoring 10 of Duke’s next 14 points and assisting on one of the other two buckets in that four-minute span.
Johnson, with 16 points to her name early in the second half, was equally as good in running the Blue Devils’ offense. The senior guard assisted on four of Duke’s next seven baskets to help the Blue Devils maintain their double-digit lead.
The Monarchs cut the lead to 10 down the stretch but could not contain Duke’s multiple threats in the final minutes as the Blue Devils cruised to the 82-66 victory.
Duke shot 55 percent for the game and outscored the Monarchs 40-18 in the paint. The Blue Devils outrebounded Old Dominion 44-29.
The Blue Devils make their Cameron Indoor Stadium debut Nov. 23 against Marquette at 2 p.m.