Tricia Liston earned the Ronald McDonald House Charities Duke Student-Athlete of the Week, after leading the fifth-ranked Blue Devil women’s basketball team three victories this past week.DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University junior
Liston came off the bench on Sunday against Wake Forest and turned in the best game of her career by scoring a career-high 29 points, after starting point guard and All-America Chelsea Gray went down with a knee injury. A product of River Forest, Ill., Liston scored nine of Duke’s final 13 points to lead the Blue Devils to the 81-70 victory over the Demon Deacons. With Duke leading 69-67 with 3:07 left, she drained her fifth three-pointer of the day to put the game out of reach.
The 6-1 guard earned the espnW National Player of the Week on Monday for her efforts.
In the contest, Liston also pulled down nine rebounds, hit a career-high 8-of-9 free throws and her five three-pointers made tied a career high. She scored 21 of her 29 points in the second half. Liston entered the week ranking third nationally in three-point field goal percentage.
Duke registered a 3-0 record on the week with other victories over seventh-ranked Maryland and a road win at Virginia Tech. Liston averaged 18.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists. She hit 8-of-13 three-pointers for a 61.5 percentage. On Monday against No. 7 Maryland, Liston scored 17 points, had six rebounds and two steals as Duke took down the Terrapins, 71-56.
Liston and the Blue Devils improved to 24-1 overall and 14-0 in the ACC to maintain a two-game lead in the league. Duke has now won an ACC-record 37 straight ACC games in historic Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The Blue Devils will next host 19th-ranked Florida State on Friday, Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m. The game will be aired live on RSN-TV.