Marist 50

(1-1, 0-1 away)

(6) Duke 71

(2-0, 2-0 home)

    7:00 PM ET, November 17, 2006

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    MRST 22 2850
    #6DUKE 32 3971

    Duke shakes slow start, tops Marist with second-half run

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- The final score might have looked fine, but Duke coach Gail Goestenkors was less than pleased with her team's 71-50 win Friday night against Marist.

    The Blue Devils (2-0) struggled early with the Red Foxes (1-1) before pulling away in the second half.

    "I'm disappointed overall with our effort," Goestenkors said. "I just feel like we didn't have the energy and the focus that we wanted and needed."

    Sophomore Carrem Gay notched her first career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds in her second career start. Abby Waner added 14 points, and Alison Bales had 12 for the Blue Devils (No. 5 ESPN/USA Today, No. 6 AP).

    Duke used a 12-2 run to build a 20-point advantage midway through the second half to take control after leading by 10 at halftime. But Goestenkors was unhappy at times with the Blue Devils' shot selection.

    "I think we got caught up in looking to score too quickly," Goestenkors said. "We didn't have the patience that we needed on offense."

    The win was the Blue Devils' 300th at Cameron Indoor Stadium, where they have won their last 55 games against unranked opponents.

    Bales, who was 1 for 10 from the field in Duke's season opener, bounced back with a 4-of-5 shooting performance. All of her field goals came in the first half.

    The 6-foot-7 senior center also grabbed five rebounds and blocked four shots against the smaller Marist lineup.

    "We don't have anyone on campus that's 6-7," Marist coach Brian Giorgis said. "We used one of the men's assistants (to practice against), and we didn't stop him either."

    Instead of taking their chances inside against Bales, the Red Foxes opted for outside shots and finished 6-of-25 from 3-point range. Center Meg Dahlman had 12 points to lead Marist, which shot 28 percent in the game.

    Duke has held both of its opponents this season under 30 percent shooting.

    "We didn't have much movement in our offense, and that's something we pride ourselves in, having movement," Giorgis said. "That's a credit to them. They take you out of your offense with the pressure they put on you. We just kind of lost our head at times and just settled for too many threes and really didn't have much of an inside game."

    Duke shot 42.4 percent from the floor, but hit just 4 of 14 3-point attempts and turned the ball over 14 times. Duke led as many as 14 in the first half, but led just 32-22 at the break despite a 25.8-percent shooting effort from Marist.

    The Blue Devils scored the first 10 points of the game, jumping out to a 14-2 lead. But even then, Goestenkors saw problems.

    "We started off strong, but even then, our rotations were not correct," Goestenkors said. "It was kind of a false sense of security. We were not doing really what we needed to do. And our subs come in, and they usually give us a boost and add some energy and unfortunately tonight I don't feel like that happened for us."

    Duke forward Chante Black missed the game as she continues to recover from a right knee injury. Goestenkors said there was no timetable for Black's return.

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