Hoops Falls at No. 13 Duke

Dec. 21, 2014

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Freshman Azura Stevens scored 17 points and No. 13 Duke beat No. 8 Kentucky 89-68 on Sunday.

Elizabeth Williams had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and freshmen Rebecca Greenwell and Sierra Calhoun had 13 points apiece for the Blue Devils (8-3).

They never trailed and shot 56 percent - including 61 percent in the first half while they built a 24-point lead - while earning their most lopsided win over a top-10 opponent since also beating No. 8 Maryland by 21 in February.

Jennifer O'Neill scored 17 points on 5-of-21 shooting and Alexis Jennings also had 17 for the Wildcats (10-2), whose six-game winning streak was snapped.

Kentucky was held to fewer than 70 points for the first time while shooting a season-low 31 percent, missing 18 of its first 22 shots and finishing just 2 of 24 from 3-point range.

Azia Bishop had 15 points for the Wildcats, who were without Bria Goss - a seven-point scorer who's out 4-6 weeks with a broken thumb. O'Neill was just 2 of 13 during a first half in which Duke built its huge lead.

Kentucky got as close as 63-52 on Bishop's layup with just under 11 minutes left. Stevens then scored seven points during the 11-4 run that followed, and her layup made it 74-56 and forced the Wildcats to take a timeout with 8:04 left.

Amber Henson had 11 points and Oderah Chidom scored 10 for the Blue Devils, who entered 0-3 against ranked opponents with those losses coming by a combined 11 points - including one in the final seconds to top-ranked South Carolina here exactly two weeks earlier.

They did their best to decide this one much sooner.

Duke broke the game with a 26-9 run keyed by Henson and Greenwell - a native Kentuckian who had 10 points in the opening half. Mercedes Riggs ended the run with a free throw that pushed the lead to 49-25 with 46.4 seconds left.