Second-seeded Duke needed 13 points in the second half from freshman Chelsea Gray to rally from an 11-point deficit to a 71-66 victory over Marist on Monday night in Durham, N.C.
Gray hit a pair of free throws with 2:27 remaining, part of an 11-0 run for the Blue Devils (31-3), for the go-ahead points.
She added a 3-pointer and made a steal that led to a layup that gave Duke a 65-60 lead with 1:33 to go.
“We’ve been together a long time,” Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie said. “We’ve been in many, many close games. I think we’re very comfortable with it. ”
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Jasmine Thomas scored 17 points to lead Duke, which ended Marist’s 27-game winning streak.
Corielle Yarde scored 25 to lead the 10th-seeded Red Foxes (31-3), who threatened to snap Duke’s 16-game NCAA winning streak at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
“I thought it was one of the best performances our kids have ever had in any game,” Marist coach Brian Giorgis said.
DePaul 75, at Penn State 73: Keisha Hampton saved her best shots for the foul line.
The junior forward scored 19 of her 26 points in the second half, including two free throws with 4.9 seconds to go, to help the third-seeded Blue Devils (29-6) rally from a 14-point deficit to defeat the sixth-seeded Nittany Lions (25-10) in State College, Pa.
After Penn State’s Julia Trogele missed a 15-foot shot with 20 seconds to go, DePaul set up its last shot for leading scorer Hampton. Penn State’s Alex Bentley was whistled for a foul on Hampton’s 3-point try.
Hampton hit two of the three free throws, and Trogele misfired on a desperation 3 at the buzzer.
Trogele had 14 points and 11 rebounds in her final game in Happy Valley.