Duke had no trouble knocking off any rust from a nine-day layoff.
Allison Vernerey came off the bench to lead the way with a career-high 22 points, pacing five Blue Devils in double figures in a 107-45 romp over visiting UNC Wilmington.
Tricia Liston added 18 for the Blue Devils (8-2), also off the bench, while Elizabeth Williams added 16 points, Chelsea Gray 14 points with 10 assists and Chloe Wells 11.
“I liked the aggressive attack for two halves, everybody getting after it. I appreciated Allison’s focus and leadership,” said Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie, whose team hadn’t played since Dec. 11. “I thought she was fantastic in things we were doing with our defense, and I thought Tricia was just great as well off the bench, very focused and very attacking. … We’ve been doing a lot of things on and off the court. They’ve been focused on finals, but they certainly didn’t take it as one. I thought we were very focused.”
Abria Trice had 12 points and Tawanna Lee 11 as UNCW (5-5) gave up the most points in school history.
“We got outplayed today by a very, very good team,” UNCW coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke said. “We didn’t play well, we didn’t rebound well, we didn’t shoot well and so we lost by a lot. We got outplayed in every part of the game. Forty turnovers is unacceptable. We just never showed up.”
Duke shot 57.1 percent from the floor to the Seahawks’ 35.6 and won the rebound battle 41-24.
“It was a good night tonight,” Vernerey said. “The energy was really high, which I was able to feed off, and it really helped me keep going. It was a good group effort.”
The Blue Devils forced 40 turnovers while committing 14, tying a school record with 36 assists.
“I thought our passing was awesome,” Liston said. “The stats say that, too. But I think we were finding each other where we needed to be. We weren’t putting each other in rough spots with the ball.”
Duke’s next game is on the road Dec. 30 against Temple.