6:00 PM ET, January 14, 2006
BOSTON (AP) -- Duke just couldn't be stopped in the second half.Monique Curry scored 14 of her 20 points after halftime and the second-ranked Blue Devils shrugged off a slow start to beat No. 22 Boston College 66-52 on Saturday."Monique showed why she's the best player in the ACC and one of the best players in the nation," Duke coach Gail Goestenkors said. "She's a big-time player."The Blue Devils (16-0, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) missed 20 of their first 25 shots and finished with their lowest scoring total this season. They beat Georgia Tech 67-59 Wednesday."I guess, at times, it was frustrating because our offense wasn't going," said Currie, who went 5-for-6 from the floor after the break. "We weren't taking our time and getting good shots."Currie got untracked early in the second half, connecting on a pair of 3-pointers 3:20 apart."That's why she's a great player," BC coach Cathy Inglese said. "She comes in at the end of games and does what's necessary."Kindyll Dorsey led the Eagles (12-5, 0-3) with 20 points. She made four of nine 3-pointers. Brooke Queenan added 11 points for BC, which fell to 1-5 against Top 25 teams."We know that we can play with these teams, but every game in the ACC will be hard," BC forward Lisa Macchia said.Queenan converted a reverse layup with 16:20 to play to give the Eagles a 32-24 lead.The Blue Devils battled back, putting together a 7-0 run to take a 56-50 lead with 4:24 left. Lindsey Harding started the spurt with a basket and finished it off with a steal and a breakaway layup."Duke showed why they're the No. 2 team in the country the last five, six minutes," Inglese said. "We had a few shots that weren't falling at the end of the game."Wanish Smith scored off a drive to make it 61-52 Duke with 2:56 to play.Harding added 18 points and Mistie Williams had 11 for the Blue Devils. Currie also moved into third place in Duke's all-time scoring list.Duke shot 26 percent in the first half and trailed 22-20 at the break.
|TEAM||CONF W-L||TOTAL W-L|
|#4 North Carolina||15-1||29-1|
|#23 Virginia Tech||6-8||20-9|
|North Carolina State||7-7||19-11|
|#22 Boston College||6-8||19-11|
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