COLLEGE PARK, Md. Missing its best player, Duke didnt skip a beat in a surprisingly easy victory against a ranked conference foe.
Elizabeth Williams scored 16 points and the No. 5 Blue Devils shook off the absence of injured point guard Chelsea Gray to beat No. 8 Maryland 75-59 Sunday, clinching its fourth straight ACC regular-season title.
It certainly is an honor to be the regular season champion, said Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie. I think thats the hardest one to win because it says a team has gone through a season again, with injury or other things happening and really been consistent. I think thats really a special thing for our team.
Alexis Jones, Haley Peters and Tricia Liston each added 15 points for the Blue Devils (26-1, 16-0), who won their 10th straight game and completed a season sweep of the Terrapins (22-5, 13-3).
Duke improved to 6-1 against ranked opponents and more than made up for the absence of Gray.
The Blue Devils won their second straight game without Gray, the All-American who sustained a season-ending dislocated right kneecap Feb. 17 against Wake Forest. The win gave the Blue Devils a 40-39 advantage in the all-time series.
Jones, a freshman called upon to fill in for Gray, scored a career high. McCallie said Jones went to another level against the Terrapins, scoring 13 second-half points.
To have a freshman point guard come into this environment and do what she did is almost unheard of, really, McCallie said.
Tianna Hawkins had 16 points and nine rebounds for Maryland, which had won three consecutive games since a 71-56 loss at Duke on Feb. 11. Alyssa Thomas added 14 points.
Virginia Tech 71, No. 19 Florida State 52: Monet Tellier matched her season high with 24 points and Virginia Tech (9-18, 3-13 ACC) snapped a four-game losing skid with a home upset of Florida State. Morgan Toles scored 13 to lead Florida State (20-7, 10-6).
No. 2 Notre Dame 84, DePaul 56: Skylar Diggins had 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, and Notre Dame (25-1, 13-0 Big East) won its 20th straight game, beating host DePaul (18-9, 7-6).
No. 7 Penn St. 68, Michigan 57: Maggie Lucas scored 21 and host Penn State (23-3, 13-1 Big Ten) held off a late Michigan (19-8, 8-6) charge.
Louisiana State 77, No. 8 Kentucky 72: Jeanne Kenney made all five 3-pointers she tried on her way to 22 points, and LSU (17-10, 8-6 SEC) upset visiting Kentucky. Center Theresa Plaisance had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and Bianca Lutley added 15 points for LSU. Adia Mathies scored 20 for Kentucky (23-4, 11-3).
Vanderbilt 61, No. 10 Texas A&M 51: Tiffany Clarke scored 22 of her 30 points in the second half to help Vanderbilt (18-9, 8-6 SEC) upset visiting Texas A&M (21-7, 11-3).
No. 11 Tennessee 60, Arkansas 54: Meighan Simmons scored 18 and Tennessee (22-5, 13-1 SEC) rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit to win at Arkansas (17-10, 5-9).
No. 12 Louisville 55, Villanova 49: Bria Smith scored 16 and Louisville (22-6, 10-4 Big East) won at Villanova (18-8, 7-6).
No. 15 South Carolina 58, Mississippi State 43: Aleighsa Welch had 20 points with 11 rebounds to power South Carolina at home. Khadijah Sessions and Elem Ibiam scored 11 each as South Carolina (22-5, 10-4 SEC) tied a program record with its 10th conference win. Martha Alwal led Mississippi State (12-15, 4-10) with 13 points.
No. 19 Georgia 73, Mississippi 54: Jasmine Hassell had 23 points and 10 rebounds and Georgias Andy Landers earned his 900th coaching victory as the Bulldogs won at Mississippi (9-18, 2-12 SEC).
Landers has 818 wins with Georgia (23-4, 11-3) and had 82 at Roane State prior to taking over Georgias program. The NCAA does not recognize his 82 wins at Roane State, a junior college in Tennessee.