Posted: Mar 22, 2014 10:52 AM
Updated: Mar 22, 2014 10:52 AM
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Tricia Liston scored 20 points and Duke routed Winthrop 87-45 on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Freshman Oderah Chidom added 17 points for the second-seeded Blue Devils (28-6).
They didn't miss a beat in their first game in nearly two weeks: They never trailed, shot 54 percent and led by double figures for the final 33 minutes in winning their 21st straight NCAA tournament opener.
In giving the 15th-seeded Eagles (24-9) their worst loss of the season by far, Duke built a 49-23 rebounding advantage and held them to 27 percent shooting 21 percent in the decisive first half to advance in the Lincoln Regional bracket.
Big South player of the year Dequesha McClanahan had 22 points to lead Winthrop in its brief first NCAA tournament appearance.