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.
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.
Chante Black had 13 points and 14 rebounds and Duke (No. 10 ESPN/USA Today, No. 4 AP) overcame a very sloppy performance -- and a dramatic comeback attempt by Virginia Tech -- in a 57-52 victory on Friday night, the Blue Devils' 13th in a row.