Duke women pummel Pitt
DURHAM — Tricia Liston broke a record and helped break open a game with one shot.
It was that kind of day for Duke.
Liston scored 23 points and became Duke’s all-time leader in career 3-pointers as the No. 3 Blue Devils beat Pittsburgh 111-67 on Sunday.
Elizabeth Williams added 20 points for the Blue Devils (20-1, 7-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who shot a season-best 60 percent from the floor and never trailed.
Haley Peters had 16 points and 12 rebounds for Duke. Amber Henson added a career-high 13 points, Oderah Chidom had 12 and Alexis Jones had 11 for the Blue Devils.
“There have been games when we felt not very deep,” Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie said. “Today, we felt like the deepest team in America. Everybody was doing what they can do.”
Brianna Kiesel scored 19 points to lead the Panthers (9-11, 1-5), who shot 30 percent. Asia Logan added 17 points and Loliya Briggs had 12 points for Pittsburgh.
“Duke is very talented,” Pittsburgh coach Suzie McConnell-Serio said. “If you try to take away an inside presence, they kill you from outside. They’re just so balanced and have so many weapons. It was a tough matchup for us across the board. We were undersized, overmatched.”
Duke reached 20 wins for the 17th consecutive season, the third longest active streak in the country. The Blue Devils also extended their ACC-record home winning streak against conference foes to 42 games and posted their 130th consecutive home victory against unranked opponents.
ATLANTA — Len’Nique Brown had 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists to lead No. 23 North Carolina State to an 80-73 victory over Georgia Tech on Sunday.
Tyaunna Marshall scored to give Georgia Tech a 51-50 lead with 14:39 remaining, but Myisha Goodwin-Coleman answered with a jumper and the Wolfpack led the rest of the way. Krystal Barrett’s 3-pointer stretched NC State’s lead to 72-62 with 4:29 left.
Goodwin-Coleman and Kody Burke each scored 16 points for NC State (18-3, 5-2 ACC). Markeisha Gatling scored 14 points and Barrett added 11 points and six assists for the Wolfpack which faces No. 6 Maryland Thursday night.
Marshall had 23 points, seven assists and three steals to lead Georgia Tech (13-7, 3-4).
She is now just 64 points shy of becoming the Yellow Jackets all-time career scoring leader. Nariah Taylor added 12 points.
Pfeiffer’s men lost 96-79 at Limestone on Saturday night.
Mike Smith made four 3-pointers and scored 24 points to lead Pfeiffer (4-14, 1-8) in the Conference Carolinas game.
Jamal McNeill scored 22 for the Saints (12-6, 4-4).
• Pfeiffer’s women shot 22.4 percent and lost to Limestone 73-43 on Saturday in Gaffney, S.C.
Carter Williams scored 11 points for the Falcons.
The North Hills boys basketball team beat Challenger of Hickory 53-44.
Leonard Murdock led the Eagles with 15 points. Collin Lewis scored 13, and Chris Taylor added 12.
Lewis was 4-for-6 from 3-point range.Taylor had nine rebounds and six steals.
Garrett Beck scored eight points.
• North Hills (8-8) edged Mooresville’s Christ the King 49-47.
Murdock and Taylor scored 12 points each. Austin Patterson scored nine, and Beck added seven.
Patterson pulled down 12 rebounds. Murdock had 10 boards and blocked three shots. Murdock and Lewis had four assists each.
Salisbury’s Jack Thompson has been named PTR (Professional Tennis Registry) Member of the Year for North Carolina.
This award is presented to a PTR member who has shown dedication and diligence in promoting and supporting tennis and PTR.
A PTR International Master Professional, Thompson is head pro and co-director of the Performance Tennis Academy at the SportsCenter in Concord.
The McCanless Couples played with a Captain’s Choice format on Sunday.
The team of Ricky Honeycutt, Frank Foster and Don Goodnight won.
The team of Bryan Reynolds, Treva Honeycutt and Phyllis Myers finished second.
The team of Glenn Trexler and Mary and Gene Seaford was third.
Goodnight won closest to the pin. Trexler won longest putt.
Sacred Heart’s varsity boys beat St. John’s of Winston-Salem 29-15. Jack Fisher, Michael Childress and Will Taylor scored six points each for the Dolphins. Eric Turnbull had five rebounds.
• Sacred Heart (14-2) beat Park Ridge 48-33. Taylor scored 22 points.
Childress had 13 points and seven assists. Fisher had nine points and seven rebounds. Melvin Bonilla and Henry Holman were defensive standouts.
The North Carolina Catfish Association Tournament Series will be hosting a tournament on the waters of Lake Tillery on Feb. 1.