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 scored 16 points and No. 5 Duke used a 21-5 run spanning the halves to overcome a slow start and win its 20th consecutive game against Virginia.
The Blue Devils should dominate the ACC again, but after three straight losses in the Elite Eight, they'll be judged on whether they reach the Final Four.