7:00 PM ET, February 6, 2006
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.
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Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||25-55 (.455)||19-49 (.388)|
|3P Made-Attempted||6-13 (.462)||4-8 (.500)|
|FT Made-Attempted||17-25 (.680)||20-31 (.645)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||21 (0/0)||22 (0/0)|