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FSU women fall at Duke

Duke’s Elizabeth Williams shoots in the first half as Florida State forward Chelsea Davis defends.

Associated Press

Duke’s Elizabeth Williams shoots in the first half as Florida State forward Chelsea Davis defends.

DURHAM, N.C. — The Florida State women's team struggled to handle the energy from Duke's crowd as much as the intensity from Duke's defense.

The No. 19 Seminoles faltered under pressure in the second half of their 61-50 loss against the No. 5 Blue Devils on Friday night.

Florida State (20-6, 10-5 ACC) led 24-20 before Duke blew open the game with a 26-4 run.

"We were stupid," FSU coach Sue Semrau said. "We just got caught up in the moment. I felt like that was the crowd. We just lost our composure on a few possessions, but credit Duke. It's not like they weren't there when we were stupid. They were, definitely. But that's not who we are."

Alexa Deluzio had 16 points to lead FSU, which lost its sixth straight against Duke. Forward Natasha Howard added 15 points and 11 rebounds, her third consecutive double double for the Seminoles.

Elizabeth Williams had 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Blue Devils (25-1, 15-0), who had issues of their own. Minus Chelsea Gray, Duke came out scrapping — with its opponent, and with each other.

In their first game since the ACC leader in assists and steals sustained a season-ending knee injury, the Blue Devils' victory was punctuated by a shouting match on the bench between coach Joanne P. McCallie and forward Haley Peters.

"The kids on the floor really missed a show," McCallie said. "The kids on the bench at the time were like, 'Whoa.' But that's what it's like. These games are intense and a lot of conflict."

Duke won its 38th consecutive home game against ACC foes.

No. 6 Cal 77, Oregon 55: Layshia Clarendon scored 14 for the host Bears (24-2, 14-1 Pac-12), who won their school-record 12th straight.

No. 16 UNC 72, Virginia Tech 50: Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored 17 for the visiting Tar Heels (24-4, 12-3 ACC).

Men

St. Louis 65, No. 15 Butler 61: Mike McCall had 18 points and Kwamain Mitchell scored 10 of his 12 in the second half to help the visiting Billikens rally past the Bulldogs (22-6, 9-4 Atlantic 10). St. Louis (21-5, 10-2) defeated a top 25 opponent for the fourth time this season, a school record; two of those wins were against A-10 newcomer Butler. A 10-2 run to start the second half put the Billikens ahead to stay at 39-36.

Charlotte: Junior guard DeMario Mayfield was dismissed for violating athletic department policy, athletic director Judy Rose said.

North Carolina: Coach Roy Williams said freshman center Joel James was cleared to return from a concussion that sidelined him for three games.

George Washington: Senior guard Bryan Bynes (broken right leg) is out for the season.

FSU women fall at Duke 02/22/13 [Last modified: Saturday, February 23, 2013 12:04am]

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