Elizabeth Williams hasn’t played in a game that counted yet, but her performance in Thursday night’s exhibition game against Pfeiffer seemed to indicate big things down the road.
Williams led the No. 8 Blue Devils with 21 points, nine rebounds and seven blocks as they had no trouble dispatching the Falcons of the Division II Carolinas Conference 112-27.
“I had a good time – I had fun,” Williams said. “I just tried to be aggressive. I wanted to hustle, play hard and sprint the floor. But I missed a lot of easy shots and was rushing them a little bit. I could have been a little bit more patient.”
Chelsea Gray added 15 points with eight assists and seven steals and Chloe Wells chipped in 15 points with five assists and five steals.
Shay Selby finished with 11 points and seven steals, while Tricia Liston and Richa Jackson came off the bench for 10 points apiece.
“We’re just very excited to get started after being up against each other so much in practice,” said Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie, whose team went 32-4 and won its second straight ACC title last season. “I feel the team really wants to play other people and see what we can do. I was pleased we put together two halves of intensity. In a game like that, it’s very easy to get distracted by the score and play to it. But we were able to do what we do for two halves.”
Freshman guard Jodie Lemons led Pfeiffer with 12 points.
Duke shot 52.7 percent to Pfeiffer’s 19.6, won the rebound battle 62-21 and forced 40 turnovers to 14 of its own. The Blue Devils had 32 steals.
“I think when everyone comes in aggressive on defense it gets our offense going,” Selby said. “It gets us excited when we get steals. I don’t think we set out and say. Guards: finish! But it’s always in the back of our mind that we want to go hard.”
Duke will host Lander in its other exhibition on Sunday before traveling to Brigham Young for its season opener on Nov. 11. The Blue Devils’ home opener is Nov. 18 at noon against Auburn.