1:00 PM ET, February 20, 2005
ATLANTA (AP) -- Duke likes to promote Monique Currie as a player of the year candidate. Luckily for coach Gail Goestenkors, the Blue Devils' supporting cast is pretty good, too.Jessica Foley proved that Sunday against Georgia Tech.With Currie struggling with an illness and a foot injury, Foley hit five 3-pointers and scored 19 points to help Duke (No. 4 ESPN/USA Today, No. 3 AP) beat the Yellow Jackets 73-55.Foley has thrived against Georgia Tech. She set season highs with 23 points and 10 rebounds in the Blue Devils' 82-59 win over the Yellow Jackets in January."I don't know whether it's just a coincidence," Foley said. "I felt very good and was looking for my shot."Duke (25-2, 11-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) continued its dominance against their ACC foe. Duke has a 25-game winning streak against Georgia Tech and holds a 47-7 overall lead in the series.Tech contained Currie with a triangle-and-two defense, a tactic that provided open shots for Foley and her teammates. Duke made 51.1 percent of its shots from the field, even though Currie was just 1-of-7 and finished with nine points."We know we've got other people who can score for us," Goestenkors said.Currie, who had scored in double figures in the Blue Devils' first 26 games, was averaging 17.7 points. Her off day was certainly understandable -- she's playing with two stress fractures in her left foot and missed practice this week while recovering from a cold.To play through the injury, Currie is wearing an oversized shoe that has a special shell and arch support."It's pretty big and it's pretty heavy," Goestenkors said.Duke took advantage of its size advantage, utilizing a triple-post offense with 6-foot-7 Alison Bales, 6-5 Chante Black, 6-3 Mistie Williams and 6-2 Wynter Whitley."It made it look like the land of giants out there," Tech coach MaChelle Joseph said.Bales blocked five shots and Black had nine rebounds, but Tech still outrebounded the Blue Devils 40-31."They were just much more aggressive," Goestenkors said.Stephanie Higgs led Tech (13-11, 4-8) with 17 points. Chioma Nnamaka added 12.After Tech pulled to within four points at 32-28 early in the second half, Duke took control with a 17-3 run for a 49-31 lead.Foley's last 3-pointer gave the Blue Devils a 20-point lead at 59-39 with 6:35 left."I don't know what it is, but we bring out the best in her," Joseph said of Foley.Whitley and Wanisha Smith each had 11 for Duke, which played its last road conference game.Duke has home games remaining against Miami on Thursday and North Carolina next Sunday. North Carolina beat Duke 56-51 on Jan. 24 for the Blue Devils' only conference loss.
|FG Made-Attempted||24-47 (.511)||16-58 (.276)|
|3P Made-Attempted||8-12 (.667)||3-15 (.200)|
|FT Made-Attempted||17-26 (.654)||20-27 (.741)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||19 (0/0)||20 (0/0)|