CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Top-ranked Duke came within two points of setting a school record -- but not the kind one would expect from the nation's best women's basketball team.
The Blue Devils were inept against North Carolina (No. 6 ESPN/USA Today, No. 12 AP), scoring just 13 points in the first half. Duke made just 5-of-30 shots (17 percent) and went the final 6:52 without a basket to trail 26-13 at the break.
The low for a half is 11 points against Maryland in the 1981 Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Monique Currie, Duke's leading scorer, was 1-for-6 for two points. Freshman point guard Wanisha Smith was 0-for-4 with five turnovers. Jessica Foley had five points to lead the Blue Devils.
The Tar Heels weren't much better, finishing the half shooting 27 percent.