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Waner scores 24 as No. 5 Duke makes short work of Southern

CHICAGO -- After their first loss of the season on Friday night, Abby Waner and Duke (No. 5 ESPN/USA Today, NO. 6 AP) knew what needed to be fixed.

"We watched film last night and saw everything that we did wrong last night, which was pretty much everything," Waner said. "We need a change. We're not doing that again this year and it's on us. There's nobody else to blame but ourselves. We've got to commit to a change starting tonight."

That mindset was evident as Waner scored a season-high 24 points and Blue Devils came out strong as they topped Southern 93-52 in the consolation game of the DePaul Invitational on Saturday.

Southern guard Hannah Kador left the game in the second half with a head injury. She was carried off the floor and left the arena on a stretcher. She scored eight points in the game.

"I think she might have a concussion," Southern associate head coach Carlos Funchess said. "She wasn't losing consciousness. I think her equilibrium was kind of messed up. She had a hard time keeping her balance."

The Blue Devils (3-1) struggled through most of Friday's loss to Hartford before a late rally in the final five minutes.

On Saturday, Duke took control right away.

The Blue Devils scored the first 12 points of the game and kept cruising, leading 50-18 at halftime. Duke finished 32-for-65 from the field and added 25 free throws.

"I definitely liked the fact that we were very, very intense in the first half," Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie said.

Chante Black and Joy Cheek each scored 15 points for Duke, which used a swarming defense to harass Southern into 29 turnovers. The Blue Devils limited Southern to 15 of 53 shooting while holding a 48-33 rebounding advantage.

Tenesha Brown scored 10 points to lead the Jaguars (1-3), who struggled to break through the Blue Devils' press and lost their third straight game.

Duke finished the game on a 20-7 run.

Cheek's layup five minutes into the first half gave Duke a 12-0 lead. After Carneta Henderson hit a layup to put Southern on the board with 14:15 remaining, the Blue Devils scored 11 straight points, capped by consecutive baskets from Shay Selby to take a 23-2 lead.