NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Back in the NCAA tournament for the second straight year, Samford didn't stick around for long.
The 15th-seeded Bulldogs were overmatched in just about every phase during an 82-47 loss to second-seeded Duke in the first round.
Samford (20-13) fell behind 23-7 at the outset and Duke led 40-22 at halftime.
"We knew this would be a big challenge and they were an impressive team," Samford coach Mike Morris said.
Taylor Reece led Samford with 10 points.
"They are really big and that has a lot to do with it," she said. "They are long and so on every pass there were hands in the passing lane every single time. They are going to get some steals just because of that but I think we did the best with what we could."
Samford made just its second appearance in the NCAA tournament. The Bulldogs lost to Florida State 76-46 last season.
Morris has no doubt that Duke will be a tough test for whichever team it plays from now on.
"Well, I'm definitely impressed with Duke," she said. "I think they are good and talented. They have good players and they have a really good coaching staff."
Tricia Liston had 22 points for Duke (25-5), which moved on to face Vanderbilt on Tuesday night.
"We hadn't had a game in a while so we were really excited and ready to play today," Liston said.