DURHAM, N.C. – Senior Elizabeth Williams poured in 26 points and grabbed a career-best 20 rebounds as the 13th-ranked Duke women’s basketball team returned from a nine-day hiatus to top Oklahoma, 92-72 Wednesday at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
With her performance, Williams became the third Blue Devil in school history to register over 20 points and 20 rebounds in a game, joining Barb Krause (21 points, 23 rebounds – Jan. 13, 1979) and Chris Moreland (29 points, 20 rebounds – Feb. 20, 1988). In addition, Williams’ 20 boards tied a Cameron Indoor Stadium record.
Redshirt freshman Rebecca Greenwell also had a double-double, notching 11 points and 10 rebounds, while freshman Azurá Stevens added 17 points and eight rebounds.
For the contest, Duke held a 57-23 advantage on the boards and dominated the paint by a 46-22 scoring margin. The Sooners attempted 34 shots from behind the arc but were held to 38 percent shooting from deep.
The Sooners had the hot hand from long range in the opening minutes, sinking three of their first four attempts from long range. Duke responded with a strong presence in the paint to take off on a 10-0 scoring run midway through the period. Stevens contributed eight points as the Blue Devils built a nine-point lead over Oklahoma with 10:30 to go in the period.
Williams bolstered Duke’s game inside, spearheading a solid first-half rebounding effort by the home squad. The Sooners connected on a couple more treys but trailed 42-34 at the half.
The Blue Devils outrebounded Oklahoma 31-11 in the first period and shot 52 percent from the field while holding the Sooners to just 36 percent shooting. Stevens led all scorers with 14 points while Williams had a game-high 14 rebounds at the break.
The two teams maintained a high scoring pace in the second half, with Oklahoma continuing its barrage from the perimeter and Duke holding on to its rebounding advantage. Williams led the way on the boards and notched her highest points total since posting 22 at Old Dominion November 20.
Duke, with four double-figure scorers on the night, widened the gap to 20 with 7:58 remaining. Williams put an exclamation point on her night by pulling down her 20th rebound, rounding out the victory for the Blue Devils.
Rookie Sierra Calhoun added 14 points.
Gabbi Ortiz and Sharane Campbell-Olds paced the Sooners with 14 and 10 points, respectively.
Duke returns to Cameron Indoor Stadium Friday, Dec. 19 to host UMass Lowell at 6:30 p.m. That contest will be broadcast on Blue Devil Network Plus.