Blue Devils clobber Cardinals by 86 points

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Duke coach Gail Goestenkors was worried how
her second-ranked Blue Devils would play after a 12-day layoff for

Her Blue Devils quickly allayed those fears, scoring the first
23 points against visiting Ball State.

Allison Bales and Monique Currie each scored 18 points to lead
No. 2 Duke to the largest margin of victory in school history, with
a 110-24 rout of Ball State on Monday night.

"We were ready to play from the word 'go'. I was very pleased
with our start," Goestenkors said. "I was a little anxious to see
how we'd come out and if we'd be a little off our rhythm, and we
weren't. We were ready."

The Blue Devils (8-0) also held Ball State to the fewest points
ever by a Duke women's opponent. Bales added 18 rebounds and seven
blocks for Duke.

"A lot of it came off our defense," Bales said. "It was a
real team effort. It's really never one person who scores."

Ball State (6-3) missed its first 16 shots and its last 11. The
Cardinals made just nine of 71 (13 percent) from the field.

"You can't stop them," Ball State coach Tracy Roller said.
"They're just so deep. If you stop one of them, someone else gets
hot. You try to stop their inside game, and their outside game gets

"They're just in a different league than us."

The Blue Devils, whose previous biggest rout was an 82-point
victory over Elon on Nov. 21, 2003, are off to their best start
since the 2002-03 season when they won their first 20 games.

Laura Kurz added 15 points, Mistie Williams 12 and Wanisha Smith
11 for Duke.

"They're just so athletic, they go right over you," Roller
said. "Plus, we got no second-shot opportunities."

Roller said she couldn't tell her team anything that would have

"All you can do is try to keep running you stuff, take your
best shot and hope something good happens," Roller said.

Tina Bolte led Ball State with six points.

Currie was 5-for-6 in the first half and led Duke to a 57-9 lead
at halftime with her 11 points. She ended up 7-for-8 for the night.

The Cardinals averaged 17 assists a game coming into Durham but
were held to six by Duke. Five Cardinals came into the game averaging
double-figure scoring -- Julie DeMuth (12.9), Krista Stewart (12.8),
Raechelle Hampton (10.8), Tina Bolt (10.8) and Porchia Green