Duke was picked to win the ACC preseason women's basketball poll by both media and coaches. The Blue Devils, who return all five starters, were 33-3 last season and have advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight the last four years.
Haley Peters had 17 points and 13 rebounds -- including the go-ahead basket with 4:06 left -- to help sixth-ranked Duke beat No. 23 Florida State 72-66 in Saturday's Atlantic Coast Conference tournament semifinals.
Elizabeth Williams and Haley Peters each matched their career high with 25 points apiece as No. 5 Duke took a big early lead against overmatched Virginia Tech and cruised to its seventh straight victory, 77-33.
Haley Peters' career-high 25 points led five Blue Devils in double figures, and Duke turned in its best shooting performance of the season Tuesday night in routing Vanderbilt 96-80 to advance to the Fresno Regional semifinal.
Haley Peters had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead four players in double figures as Duke (No. 6 ESPN/USA Today, No. 5 AP) beat Wake Forest for the 37th straight time in a 75-43 victory Thursday night.