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Duke Whips Winthrop In NCAA Opener

Women Cruise By 42

Mar 22, 2014; Durham, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward/center Elizabeth Williams (1) blocks the shot of Winthrop Eagles forward/center Zoe Vernon (31) in the first half of a women's college basketball game in the first round of the NCAA Tournament a
Mar 22, 2014; Durham, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward/center Elizabeth Williams (1) blocks the shot of Winthrop Eagles forward/center Zoe Vernon (31) in the first half of a women's college basketball game in the first round of the NCAA Tournament a

Duke had little trouble with Winthrop in the first round, winning 87-45. The women's game is different in many ways, and one of the main ways in which it is is that parity does not yet exist. So the opening round games, at least for the higher seeds, are really unlikely to result in upsets. Notre Dame for instance won its opener by 51. UConn opens with Prairie View; you can imagine how that one will go.

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Still, that takes nothing from the Blue Devils. Duke has just about every guard it's possible to lose and still had 21 assists. Haley Peters had six and Elizabeth Williams added four.

Duke's next opponent is DePaul on Monday. Here's more from GoDuke.com.