CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) -- With the rest of her teammates
struggling offensively, Monique Currie saved top-ranked Duke.
Currie scored a school record 43 points to lead the Blue Devils
to a 99-93 double overtime victory over Miami on Sunday.
"I needed to make sure things were under control," said
Currie, who scored 15 points in the second overtime. "If I caught
the ball I felt I could score."
And the Blue Devils (24-1, 12-1) certainly needed all of
Currie's offense. Her 3-pointer with 3:30 remaining in the second
overtime put the Blue Devils ahead for good 83-80. She also was
10-for-10 on free throws in the final 1:33 to secure the victory.
Currie set the school single-game scoring mark previously held
by Alana Beard against Virginia on Jan. 9, 2003.
"I think at times that my team looks to me to put the ball in
the basket," Currie said.
Miami took advantage of three missed free throws from Chante
Black and two from Lindsey Harding in the final 1:33 of regulation
to rally from a 68-61 deficit.
The Hurricanes had been down 73-70 with 3.6 seconds left in
regulation before Tamara James hit three free throws to tie the
game. James retrieved Katie Hayek's missed 3-pointer and was fouled
by Wanisha Smith as she attempted a 3-point shot.
"I was nervous, anybody who tells you they're not nervous, they
lie," James said of her three free throws. "They're the No.
1-ranked team in the nation with three seconds left. I was nervous
but at the same time, I'm very confident in my free throw
Harding missed a desperation shot at the buzzer and the game
went to overtime.
James led Miami with 32 points. The Hurricanes have lost four
straight conference games.
"We've watched enough tapes of them to recognize they are
scrappy," Duke coach Gail Goestenkors said of the Hurricanes.
Miami's Albrey Grimsley hit a short jumper with 31 seconds in
the first overtime to tie the game at 78.
Lindsey Harding's turnover with 11 seconds remaining gave Miami
(15-11, 5-8) one last chance to win in the first overtime, but
Chante Black blocked Renee Taylor's drive with one second left.
"When we have the ball with 10 seconds left and playing at
home, you have to win the game," Miami coach Katie Meier. "That
was our opportunity. We attacked the basket and we were aggressive
with it. It just didn't work out for us."