Blue Devils will face LSU in regional final

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Opposing defenses worry about Monique Currie's offense. But they should also be concerned with the Duke All-American's rebounding.

Currie and Mistie Williams led the Blue Devils' attack of the boards, a key in their 63-57 victory over Georgia in the Chattanooga Regional semifinal Saturday.

Second-seeded Duke (31-4) meets top-seeded LSU in the final Monday.

Currie finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds, nine on the defensive end. Mistie Williams added 14 points and 13 rebounds while Wanisha Smith and Alison Bales each had 10 points.

Duke outrebounded the Lady Bulldogs 45-32, scoring 16 points off putbacks.

"That's something we've focused on all year," Currie said. "I was in the right place at the right time most of the times."

After getting the most attention from Georgia's defense, Currie also sank four free throws in the final 26 seconds to seal the win.

"I said, 'You know Monique is our All-American. Let's go through her,'" Duke coach Gail Goestenkors said of her team's strategy in the end.

The No. 6 seed Lady Bulldogs (24-10) were trying to advance to the regional final for the 11th time by building on the momentum from their upset over third-seeded Texas in the second round. But the Blue Devils had other plans.

Duke is in the final eight for the sixth time with hopes of getting to the Final Four for the first time since 2003.

Currie, who is a junior but will graduate this spring, hasn't decided whether she will stay for her senior season. She has said how far the Blue Devils go in the tournament could determine her course.

As expected, the game was close most of the way. Neither team shot well from the floor, so rebounding missed shots was helpful. Both teams shot below 40 percent from the field for the game.

"We knew that the team that rebounded would win, and I was happy with our effort on the boards," Goestenkors said.

Duke was ahead by five with 6:21 remaining, but Georgia cut it to two twice before finally tying it at 54 on Tasha Humphrey's putback with 3:04 to go.

Jessica Foley and Williams scored around two missed free throws by the Lady Bulldogs to put Duke ahead for good.

Humphrey gave Georgia some life at the end with a 3 with 36.1 left to make it 59-57, but that was the last time the Lady Bulldogs scored. They intentionally fouled Currie to get the ball back, but she made all four free throws down the stretch.

"They shot, missed and rebounded, and that's what killed us," Georgia's Cori Chambers said.

Duke also beat Georgia in the teams' two previous meetings, both in the NCAA Tournament.

Humphrey, the Southeastern Conference freshman of the year, had 16 points and 13 rebounds. Janese Hardrick added 12 points and Chambers 10 for Georgia. The Lady Bulldogs had only five assists.

"It wasn't a game where we were ever able to generate any momentum offensively early in the game because of our turnovers and later in the game because of our inconsistency," Georgia coach Andy Landers said.