Duke gets home win before tough road stretch

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

"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 5 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.