Georgia Schweitzer scored a career-high 24 points yesterday to lead four players in double figures as No. 22 Duke beat visiting Virginia, 83-62.
Peppi Browne had 15 points, Lauren Rice a season-high 14 and Sheana Mosch 13 for Duke (6-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), which has won 17 straight conference games at home.
It was Duke's second-largest margin ever against Virginia, exceeded by a 93-66 home win in 1998.
Telisha Quarles scored 17 and Schuye LaRue 12 to lead Virginia (3-3, 0-1).
Schweitzer scored 13 points in the final 8 minutes 28 seconds of the first half to help Duke take a 41-23 halftime lead.
The closest the Cavaliers could get the rest of the way was 63-52, on a baseline jumper by Chalois Lias with 8:27 to play.
Virginia missed nine of its last 11 shots from the field, and the Blue Devils sank 12 of their final 13 free throws.
LaRue had eight first-half points for Virginia, but sat out most of the final nine minutes of the half after picking up her second foul.
In her absence, Duke went on a 19-4 run that broke the game open, with Schweitzer hitting two three-pointers.
Schweitzer finished the game shooting 8 for 12, including 4 of 5 three-point attempts.
VIRGINIA TECH 78, DUQUESNE 42: Sarah Hicks scored 17 points and Chrystal Starling added 14 as the No. 25 Hokies ran away from their cold-shooting visitors.
The Hokies (5-2) led 42-20 at the half as Duquesne shot 28 percent in the first 20 minutes. Tech also outrebounded Duquesne 43-27, with Tere Williams grabbing nine, and the Hokies outscored Duquesne 27-9 on turnovers.
Williams added 10 points for Tech.
Duquesne (2-3) was led by Gina Naccarato with 11 points. Beth Friday scored 10 points and pulled down eight rebounds.
BROWN 58, HOWARD 55: The Bears started the game with a 15-2 run and held on to win the championship game of the Brown Classic in Providence.
The Bison (2-4) cut Brown's lead to two with two minutes remaining but weren't able to take the lead.
Alana Lambert and Regan Carter scored 10 points each, and Courtney Kirk had eight points and nine rebounds for the Bison.
Lambert and Mona Gail Baker (eight points, six rebounds) were named to the all-tournament team.
ST. FRANCIS (PA.) 91, GEORGE MASON 71: Jess Zinobile had 25 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assists as the Red Flash defeated the Patriots in Loretto, Pa.
Leading by six at halftime, St. Francis opened up a big lead thanks to 51 percent shooting in the second half. The Red Flash also went to the foul line 27 times, compared with 13 for the Patriots.
Jen Surlas hit only 6 of 18 field goal attempts but led George Mason with 18 points. Jill Bartley added 15 points and Chrissy Todd had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Patriots, who fell to 2-3. St. Francis broke a three-game losing streak to improve to 2-3.