DURHAM, N.C. (AP) _ Nicole Erickson scored 21 points as No. 24 Duke easily upset No. 19 Clemson 78-59 Sunday and tied the Tigers for first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Duke led from start to finish against a higher-ranked opponent for the third time this month. The Blue Devils beat Virginia and North Carolina State last week.

Michele VanGorp added 16 points for Duke (14-5, 7-2). Hilary Howard had 14 points and eight assists.

Amy Geren led Clemson (15-4, 7-2) with 14 points and Kerri Thomas had in 10.

The Blue Devils scored the game's first eight points and led 43-28 at halftime. Howard scored 10 points in a span of 3:20, putting Duke up 23-11 with her second 3-pointer.

Duke led by as many as 25 points in the second half after a 10-0 run that featured consecutive 3-pointers by Erickson and a 10-foot jumper by VanGorp with 6:33 remaining.

Erickson was 7-for-10, including 5-for-7 from 3-point range. Duke shot 31-for-61, while Clemson was 22-for-56.

The Blue Devils had a 42-29 advantage on the boards, led by Peppi Browne's nine rebounds.