NORFOLK, Va. —
Getting their leader back helped greatly.
“Sky’s the best point guard in the country and she changes the game in everything she does,” Achonwa said. “Her being off the court for 20 seconds changes the game.”
Diggins returned with about 8 minutes to go in the half and while playing passively on defense to avoid a third foul, hit three 3-pointers in a span of 2:16, cutting a nine-point deficit to 32-31 with 1:07 left.
A basket by Williams and Wells’ 3 just before the half gave Duke a 37-31 advantage.
The weekend was a homecoming for Williams, a Virginia Beach native, but Duke’s scoring leader missed several shots from in close. She finished 3 for 9 and scored 8 points, roughly half her average.
“It’s really hard. We felt like we deserved to be here but we didn’t play a full game,” Williams said.
Haley Peters added 15 points and 10 rebounds for Duke, and Richa Jackson scored 12.
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