(16) Kansas State 51

(3-1, 0-1 away)

(10) Duke 63

(5-1, 5-0 home)

    8:30 PM ET, November 27, 2004

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    #16KSU 12 3951
    #10DUKE 16 4763

    Wildcats close within eight but can't catch up

    FREEPORT, Bahamas (AP) -- Duke coach Gail Goestenkors took Monique Currie aside before Saturday's game with Kansas State and explained that it was time to live in the present.

    "I was telling her that she was playing like last year, standing and watching and letting others set the tone," Goestenkors said after the No. 10 Blue Devils' 63-51 win over the No. 16 Wildcats. "That was fine when we had two All-Americans. But this year, she has to set the tone for us and have the attack mind-set to give the team confidence."

    Currie had plenty of that against Kansas State in the championship game of the Junkanoo Jam tournament's Freeport Division, scoring a game-high 25 points and grabbing eight rebounds.

    Duke lost Alana Beard, the No. 2 WNBA draft pick in April, and Iciss Tillis as starters from last season's Elite Eight team. And junior point guard Lindsey Harding, another starter, is currently suspended.

    But with Currie, a strong front line led by 6-foot-7 Alison Bales and 6-foot-3 Mistie Williams, and a talented freshman guard Wanisha Smith, the Blue Devils held preseason All-American Kendra Wecker to 15 points and the Wildcats to 27.9 percent from the field.

    Alison Bales added 11 points and 13 rebounds for Duke (5-1), which shot 27-for-39 from the free throw line compared to 8-of-12 for Kansas State (3-1).

    "We look to push the ball and penetrate with any game we play," said Currie. "I think that's one of our biggest strengths going to the basket and finishing or forcing them to foul us."

    Duke charged to a 12-0 lead, led 28-17 at the break, and scored the first 14 points of the second half.

    Kansas State closed within eight points in the second half, but was unable to complete the comeback.

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