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Duke settles down to beat Virginia Tech

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Monique Currie doesn't need long to make
an impact for No. 2 Duke.

Currie overcame foul trouble and reached 20 points for the sixth
straight game as the Blue Devils defeated Virginia Tech 73-62 on
Monday night.

Currie finished with 21 points, topping her season average of
15.2 points. She was 6-for-13, grabbed six rebounds and had three
steals and two assists.

"We certainly needed her. She set the tone for us," Blue
Devils coach Gail Goestenkors said of the senior, who played just
26 minutes.

The Blue Devils (21-1, 8-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), in their
first game since losing to No. 1 North Carolina eight days ago, led
39-25 at halftime and built their lead to 20 points as they cruised
through the second half.

Mistie Williams had 13 of her 16 points in the second half for
Duke, which lost 74-70 to the Tar Heels on Jan. 29. Chante Black
added 10.

Carrie Mason led the Hokies (15-6, 2-6) with 18 points and Kirby
Copeland had 17. Mason had 10 points in the first half, then didn't
score again until the last 4 minutes when she made two 3-pointers
and a layup. By then, the outcome was decided.

"I keep shooting," said Mason, who was 4-for-4 on 3-pointers.
"I think you can't rely on it and I think you've got to get
everyone involved."

The closest the Hokies came in the second half was 50-43 when
two baskets by reserve Britney Anderson capped a 10-2 run. But Duke
answered with a 12-2 burst as Williams scored the first seven
points and Currie finished it with a three-point play.

"I think I was frustrated early on because we weren't playing
very well," Currie said. "I guess we woke up. We got things
together, got things rolling."

The lead changed four times in the first half, with Tech last
leading 19-18 with 8:19 left.

A basket and a 3-pointer by Lindsey Harding launched a 16-2 run
by the Blue Devils that the Hokies could not overcome.

"It was a long, dry stretch when they went on that run," Tech
coach Beth Dunkenberger said. "Their pressure defense really made
us extend."

Duke forced more than 20 turnovers for the 18th time in 22
games. The Hokies had 24 turnovers to 20 for the Blue Devils, who
had only six in the first half.