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Elizabeth Williams had 18 points, 16 rebounds and a conference-record 12 blocks for her first triple-double.
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Elizabeth Williams had 18 points, 16 rebounds and a conference-record 12 blocks for her first triple-double.
Williams Leads No. 7 Duke Past Wake Forest 76-58
Thursday 01/06/2012  -  Associated Press
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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie expects great things from Elizabeth Williams, and the freshman center is already putting her name into the Atlantic Coast Conference record books.

Williams had 18 points, 16 rebounds and a conference-record 12 blocks for her first triple-double to lead the seventh-ranked Blue Devils to a 76-58 victory over Wake Forest on Friday night.

"We see this every day in practice, the things that she can do," McCallie said. "Her teammates feed off that, and it allows other people to do things because of the confidence in her abilities, both offensively and defensively.

"There's no limits for Elizabeth-there's nobody like her. She's going to grow in her game. ... This is a unique and exciting opportunity. The team feeds off it a great deal."

Haley Peters scored 12 points and Richa Jackson added 11 as the Blue Devils (11-2, 2-0 ACC) beat the Demon Deacons for the 36th straight time.

Duke, which won its fifth straight, had a 57-36 rebounding advantage and limited Wake Forest to 29 percent shooting from the field, helping to overcome 28 turnovers.

"I've never been in a game where my team had 16 shots blocked, and (Williams) had 12 of them," Demon Deacons coach Mike Petersen said. "She drove our field-goal percentage down all by herself. It's hard to play around her. We allowed her to stay between us and the rim, and she made some great plays."

The 6-foot-3 Williams had nine blocks in the first half and broke former Duke star Sarah Sullivan's 29-year-old ACC record by emphatically swatting down Lindsy Wright's layup attempt with 5:02 remaining in the second half.

"I thought I had a couple, but I wasn't really focused on it," Williams said. "I was just trying to get stops, get rebounds, really play hard and feed off of everyone else.

"But this just makes me want to work harder and continue to do more for the team. There's always room for improvement, and I'm still learning."

Lakevia Boykin had a career-high 25 points for Wake Forest (10-4, 0-1).

The Demon Deacons pulled to 34-30 on Secily Ray's three-point play in the opening minute after halftime. However, the Blue Devils scored the next nine points to push their lead into double figures.

Duke's biggest lead came with 7:19 remaining, when Peters hit a jumper from the free-throw line to put the Blue Devils up 66-46.

"They're seventh in the country for a reason," Petersen said. "You're not going to beat them missing layups and missing free throws. Our effort was good. We played hard enough; we just didn't play good enough."

The Demon Deacons led only once in Friday's game-7-6 on Ray's layup with 15:33 left in the first half-before Duke asserted itself, breaking the game open with a 24-4 run over the next 11 minutes.

Peters' layup with 4:50 remaining put the Blue Devils ahead 28-11, their biggest lead of the half, as Wake Forest missed 13 straight from the field.

But Boykin, who had 18 first-half points, hit three straight 3-pointers to kick off the Demon Deacons' 16-6 run to close out the half. Asia Williams hit two free throws with 0.3 seconds remaining to cut Duke's lead to 34-27 at the break.
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