7:00 PM ET, January 5, 2006
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Monique Currie notched the second triple-double in Duke history while the second-ranked Blue Devils led Florida State by double figures almost the entire game.Still, coach Gail Goestenkors sounded more frustrated than elated Thursday night.Currie had 21 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in the Blue Devils' 87-68 win, but Goestenkors considered it a disappointing overall effort heading into a top-10 matchup with Maryland this weekend."I thought they really outhustled us for most of the game," she said.Mistie Williams added 16 points for the Blue Devils (13-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who shot 53 percent and led throughout after opening the game with a 14-2 spurt.But Duke -- which came into the game with an average victory margin of 47 points -- struggled to put away a team that had lost three of six coming in. And Goestenkors looked almost exasperated at times with her team's defense and execution against the Seminoles (9-5, 0-1).Things will get tougher for the Blue Devils, who play their next four on the road in what promises to be a demanding month. Duke starts with the sixth-ranked Terrapins on Sunday and travels to Boston College (No. 21 ESPN/USA Today; No. 19 AP) next week. The Blue Devils also have home games against top-ranked Tennessee on Jan. 23 and fifth-ranked North Carolina on Jan. 29.Currie, at least, gave Goestenkors something to feel good about heading into that stretch. She scored the game's first eight points in the opening 69 seconds, finishing with the program's first triple-double since Katie Meier had 16 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists against Manhattan in March 1987."I was trying to get the ball to somebody so they could score," Currie said of her final minutes. "You hear about other people getting triple-doubles. My teammates knocked down some shots when I gave them the ball, I made an effort on the rebounding end and got some open shots. I feel really happy about it."Currie grabbed her 10th rebound off a missed transition jumper by Shante Williams with about 5½ minutes left, then hit two free throws on the next possession to make it 75-61. She found Lindsey Harding for a 3-pointer and a 79-62 lead at the 3:48 mark for her 10th assist."You stop a player like that if you don't have [to stop] all the other players around her," Florida State coach Sue Semrau said. "She picks her moments, she lets the game come to her and she's just very seasoned."Though Florida State shot 38 percent and had 20 turnovers, Duke didn't play the type of pressure defense that Goestenkors loves and allowed the Seminoles plenty of open looks.In one first-half stretch, an angry Goestenkors yelled at Wanisha Smith as she brought the ball upcourt after Tanae Davis-Cain knocked down an open 3-pointer in front of the Duke bench. On the next play, Ganiyat Adeduntan knocked down an open jumper from the same area to make it 29-17 with 9:06 left, prompting Goestenkors to call timeout and chastise her players.The coach also seemed frustrated by her team's offensive execution during stretches, burying her head in her hands after Alison Bales' entry pass sailed straight out of bounds with about 5 minutes left.Williams said she sensed the Blue Devils were a step slower than the Seminoles."I caught myself a couple of times watching," Williams said. "When there are three people on the floor, you can go on the floor, too. It's just little things that can make a big difference in a game, especially when it's crunch time and the game is close. It needs to be a team effort and we need to pick that up."Adeduntan scored 17 points to lead Florida State.
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