Waner scores 18 as No. 3 Duke cruises past Dartmouth

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) -- Undefeated and third-ranked Duke raced to a 30-9 lead Friday night as Abby Waner scored 18 points in a 77-40 rout of Dartmouth in the opening round of the Blue Sky Restaurant Group Classic.

Duke (13-0) will play Boston University (8-4), a 77-74 winner over Dayton, in the tournament championship Saturday night.

Emily Waner, Lindsey Harding and Alison Bales each chipped in 12 points for the Blue Devils, with Bales adding nine rebounds and four blocks.

Koren Schram scored 18 points to lead Dartmouth (2-8).

Registering its 60th consecutive win over an unranked opponent, Duke stretched its school-record winning streak against non-conference foes to 31, tied with North Carolina for most in the nation.

"I thought this looked like a typical first game back for us from break," Duke coach Gail Goestenkors said. "We didn't really get into the flow of things like we wanted to and establish our low-post game really until the second half. But overall, I'm just pleased with the win."

With 10 points and three assists in the first half, Duke's Harding surpassed 1,000 points and 500 assists in her career. The only other Duke player to reach those milestones is Alana Beard, who did it between 2001-04.

After Schram hit the first basket of the game to give Dartmouth its only lead of the night, Duke ripped off the next eight points.

When a Schram 3-pointer made it 12-7, the Blue Devils responded with an 18-2 tear. Duke took advantage of 59.4 percent shooting, a 22-9 rebounding advantage and a 28-4 run to a 48-17 halftime lead.

In the second half, Dartmouth had an 11-2 start to trim the Blue Devils' lead to 22 points, but Duke responded with a 16-5 run to make it 66-32.

The Blue Devils limited Dartmouth to 29.2 percent shooting, the ninth time in 13 tries they've held an opponent under 30 percent. Still, Dartmouth coach Chris Wielgus was happy with the way her team performed in the second half, when Duke outscored the Big Green, 29-23.

"They were facing an enormously talented defensive team, and I was pleased that they were able to make adjustments at halftime," Wielgus said. "They were able to spread the floor a little bit more."