6:30 PM ET, January 14, 2005
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Halfway though Duke's first game this season at No. 1, Monique Currie and the Blue Devils figured they had let Virginia hang around long enough.Duke started a 14-3 run in the first minute of the second half and extended the nation's longest winning streak to 14 games with an 87-65 win against the Cavaliers Friday night.Currie scored 23 points and Jessica Foley had 20 for the Blue Devils (16-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference). The Cavaliers (12-4, 2-1) had an eight-game winning streak end."I think they had a lot of confidence going into halftime," Currie said of Virginia, which trailed 44-40. "We just wanted to change the tide of things and not let them have as much confidence."Virginia pulled to 44-42 after Sharnee Zoll's basket in the opening minute of the second half, but 6-foot-7 Alison Bales' putback sparked a 14-3 run for the Blue Devils that made it 58-45 with 14:54 left.The Cavaliers never got close again.The Blue Devils, who moved to No. 1 this week, became the first team in ACC history to achieve the top ranking for three consecutive seasons.But Duke coach Gail Goestenkors said her team is unfazed by rankings at this point in the season."We're very comfortable with it and we understand it doesn't mean anything because we have been there before in the midseason and towards the end of the season," she said. "It's everybody's goal to be ranked No. 1 after it's all said and done."Duke didn't play like a top-ranked team early on, but used a 19-10 run in the last six minutes of the first half to take a four-point lead into the break. Six players scored during the spurt, and Foley capped it with one of her three 3-pointers."I finally made some shots," she said.Wanisha Smith scored 14 points and helped contain Brenna McGuire, the Cavaliers' top 3-point threat (0-for-3). Mistie Williams added 13 points for Duke and Bales added four points, 11 rebounds and five blocks.LaTonya Blue led Virginia with 17 points and Brandi Teamer had 16. The Cavaliers missed 16 of 17 3-point attempts."The offensive game we played was very good," Virginia coach Debbie Ryan said. "We just couldn't keep up with them in the second half."The Blue Devils arrived at University Hall leading the league in field goal percentage and field goal percentage defense, and lived up to both. Duke shot 52.5-percent overall, Virginia just 36.8 percent."The shots were falling for them. They just weren't falling for us," Blue said.Duke beat Virginia for the 10th straight time.
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