DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Celeste Taylor scored 19 points and No. 16 Duke beat Clemson 66-56 on Thursday night for its 10th straight win.
Duke pulled away on a 16-6 run between the third and fourth quarters and led 58-44 with 5:09 to play. Elizabeth Balogun made a pair of 3-pointers and Taylor scored four points during the stretch.
Taylor was 6 of 14 from the floor and made three 3-pointers. Shayeann Day-Wilson added 12 points and Vanessa de Jesus 11 for Duke (15-1, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), which has won 10 of the last 11 in the series. Balogun finished with eight points.
The Blue Devils scored 11 points from 20 turnovers, was 9 of 24 from long range and shot 15 of 22 from the line.
Amari Robinson scored 10 of her 16 points in the second half to lead Clemson (11-7, 2-4). Ruby Whitehorn had added 12 points, and Hannah Hank had eight points to go with 11 rebounds before fouling out with 1:36 remaining.
Duke jumped out to a 17-9 first-quarter lead, never trailed and led 29-26 at the break. A 7-2 surge from Clemson knotted it at 26-all for the game’s only tie.
On Sunday, Clemson is at Pittsburgh and Duke plays at Georgia Tech.
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