7:00 PM ET, January 19, 2005
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -- Duke's inside tandem of Mistie Williams and Alison Bales was too much for Wake Forest.Williams had a season-high 22 points after going scoreless in her previous game, and Bales added 21 to help top-ranked Duke hold off Wake Forest 99-86 Wednesday night.All five starters scored in double figures for the Blue Devils (18-1, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who shot a season-best 59 percent to win their 16th straight. Jessica Foley and Monique Currie scored 15 apiece and Wanisha Smith had 14.In an 82-59 victory over Georgia Tech on Monday night, Williams missed all six shots and failed to score for the first time this season. The 6-foot-3 forward responded by shooting 10-of-14 in this one, surpassing her previous best of 20 points against Penn State. Her career high is 23."I love having the post that we have," Williams said of her and the 6-7 Bales.Cotelia Bond-Young had 24 points and 11 assists for the Demon Deacons (12-5, 1-3)."They are really, really tall," Wake Forest coach Mike Petersen said. "They do a great job on the inside of finding one another. Sometimes we did a good job and sometimes we did not."After leading by 17 at the half, Duke took its largest lead at 61-42 on a 3-pointer by Smith with about 16½ minutes left. Wake Forest rallied within seven points on four occasions but never got any closer."We've come to the point where we welcome the challenge of getting a team's best effort," Duke coach Gail Goestenkors said. "In the long run, it will pay off because we want to be prepared for NCAA tournament time."The Blue Devils closed out the victory with efficient offense, scoring on 13 of their final 14 possessions to extend the nation's longest winning streak."This is five out of six games where we have shot at least 50 percent," Goestenkors said. "We feel like we are really coming together and I think it's a sign of a team that really works well together."Duke took control in the first half with a 19-0 run, capped by Foley's short jumper off the glass. Keila Evans finally scored for the Deacons, who went 12 consecutive possessions without a point."We lost control of the tempo which is something we need to force in order to win games," Petersen said.Reserve Jennifer Johnson had 19 points for Wake Forest.
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