2:00 PM ET, November 20, 2005
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- Old Dominion coach Wendy Larry was interested in recruiting Abby Waner.But the talented guard went to Duke (No. 2 ESPN/USA Today, No. 1 AP) instead and scored 17 points to lead the Blue Devils to a 93-56 win on Sunday.Lindsey Harding added 16 points for Duke (2-0) and Monique Currie had 15 points and nine rebounds.Old Dominion (0-1) played without injured starters Tiffany Green (broken right foot) and Tamara Ransburg (knee injury) ."We're trying to keep our feet under us right now, and we probably didn't keep as much track of [Waner] as we should have," Larry said.Duke determined the outcome early, scoring 20 consecutive points in about six minutes to take a 26-4 lead with 11:07 remaining in the first half."We want to be a full-court pressing team, and I thought that pressured them early and led to some easy baskets for us," said Duke coach Gail Goestenkors.Old Dominion had 10 turnovers in the first 9:30 and seven more by halftime, when it trailed 47-26.Larry said it was especially difficult to adjust to Green's absence."It was who was going to step up and compete," she said. "We made an awful lot of individual and collective errors. It was a physical game that could have created havoc for either team."Duke shot 53 percent to ODU's 34 percent, and the Blue Devils scored 22 points off turnovers.T.J. Jordan led Old Dominion with 17 points, Paula Muxiri had 12 and Tish Lyons added 10.Jordan said the team did compete, "but more so later on, when we should have done it from the tip-off. You've got to play through it."Duke returns five starters from a team that went 31-5 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals last season. Led by Waner, the Blue Devils landed one of the nation's top recruiting classes."Our seniors did a great job," Goestenkors said. "They set the tone and they were great role models for our freshmen."