DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Mistie Williams and Wynter Whitley powered Duke inside Friday night as Penn State's post players wilted.
Williams scored 12 of her 20 points in the second half as No. 6 Duke rallied from an 12-point deficit to beat Penn State 66-58. Whitley finished with 11 points and a team-best eight rebounds for the Blue Devils (3-1), who shot 39 percent in the first half and 50 percent in the second.Jennifer Harris led Penn State (No. 23 ESPN/USA Today, No. 21 AP) with 17 points and Jess Strom finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds.Williams tied the score at 49 with 8:03 remaining. Whitley scored the go-ahead basket and Monique Currie added a 3-pointer, giving the Blue Devils a 54-49 lead.Penn State outrebounded Duke 21-9 in the first half and led 28-23 at the break.The Blue Devils then started to rally and avoided a second straight loss. They fell to Notre Dame 76-65 on Wednesday."We don't like to lose," Williams said. "Coming off a loss, that should give you enough fire to get in gear and realize we have to get better."The Lady Lions got only 13 points in a 15-minute span as they lost a 41-29 advantage with 16:29 remaining."We put ourselves in a good position to be consistent and get the job done, but when you give away 40 points in the paint and 15 points off turnovers, you don't deserve to win the game," Penn State coach Rene Portland said. "We made bad decisions offensively. Our turnovers were awful at key times. Then our defense in the post didn't help us at all."The Blue Devils surged without two key players.Junior point guard Lindsey Hardin, expected to be Duke's primary ballhandler this season, has missed all four games following an indefinite suspension for violating team rules.Chante Black, a 6-5 freshman, has missed the last two games with an ankle injury.At halftime, Duke retired the jersey number of former three-time ACC player of the year Alana Beard. The 2004 national college player of the year and ACC female athlete of the year, is now a member of the WNBA's Washington Mystics.