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Williams leads No. 4 Duke past Georgia Tech, 85-52
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DURHAM, N.C. — Elizabeth Williams had a career-high 25 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 4 Duke routed Georgia Tech 85-52 on Thursday night in their Atlantic Coast Conference opener.

Chelsea Gray scored eight of her 13 points during a game-breaking stretch and Haley Peters added 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Blue Devils (7-0, 1-0).

They never trailed and claimed their 35th straight victory over the Yellow Jackets (3-5, 0-1), shooting 46.7 percent, locking down on Tyaunna Marshall's teammates and forcing 22 turnovers.

Marshall had 23 points on 10-of-18 shooting for Georgia Tech, but her teammates were a combined 12 of 59.

Dawn Maye, who entered averaging 15.4 points, finished with eight on 4-of-21 shooting. The Yellow Jackets lost their third straight — all against top-15 opponents — and fourth in five games.

Tricia Liston added 13 points and freshman Ka'lia Johnson had 11 rebounds for the Blue Devils, who won their 31st straight ACC game at Cameron Indoor Stadium, a streak that dates to 2008.

But it wasn't until Gray's personal 8-0 run midway through the second half that the Blue Devils could really breathe easy.

After Marshall's free throw with 15:07 left pulled the Yellow Jackets to 49-37, Gray followed Johnson's air ball on a 3-point attempt with a layup, added a free throw on the next trip and — after Williams swatted away Sydney Wallace's 3-pointer — converted a three-point play to make it 55-37 with 14 minutes to play.

Gray's fast-break layup a few seconds later then put Duke up by 20.

That gave the Blue Devils a familiarly comfortable margin. The preseason ACC favorites won their first eight games by an average of 34.5 points and none have been decided by fewer than 14.

Williams was 10 of 14 and surpassed her previous high of 22 points set last year against South Carolina-Upstate — one of the highlights of a breakout freshman season in which she won both the ACC's defensive player and rookie of the year awards.

She scored 12 points during a first half in which the Blue Devils took control by shooting 50 percent and shutting down every Yellow Jacket but Marshall.

At one point, Marshall was 4 of 8 but her Georgia Tech teammates combined to shoot 4 of 21. Marshall had 12 points at the half but none of her teammates had more than four in the opening 20 minutes.

Senior center Allison Vernerey missed the first game of her Duke career with an injured elbow.

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