12:30 PM ET, January 13, 2007
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Lindsey Harding scored 16 of her 28 points in the first half, Alison Bales flirted with a triple-double and No. 3 Duke routed top-ranked Maryland 81-62 Saturday in a rematch of last season's national championship game.Bales finished with 18 points, 12 rebounds and seven blocked shots for the Blue Devils (18-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who closed the first half with a 13-4 run, didn't let up in the second and made a strong case to take over the No. 1 ranking from the Terrapins.Duke's smothering defense dominated a Maryland offense which entered with the nation's best field-goal percentage at 53.8 percent. The Terrapins were held to 37.8 percent by the Blue Devils -- who have the country's stingiest defense -- and were held 1-of-15 shooting during the final 5:49 of the first half.Duke won its sixth game against a ranked team, and for the Blue Devils, this one clearly was the most satisfying. Maryland beat Duke 78-75 in an overtime thriller in the national title game last April, a classic that included Kristi Toliver's game-tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation.This time, the Blue Devils wouldn't give Toliver another chance to break their hearts, holding her to eight points -- and just two at halftime on 0-of-8 shooting -- before she exited with 5:37 remaining after apparently injuring her ankle.Crystal Langhorne had 14 points and Shay Doron added 11 for the Terrapins (18-1, 2-1).Wanisha Smith added 15 points and Abby Waner had 11 for the Blue Devils, one of two remaining unbeatens in the country, and the other is Tobacco Road rival No. 2 North Carolina.Duke's two stars -- Harding and Bales -- led the way during its game-breaking run late in the half.Duke led 28-26 before Harding started the burst with a layup. Bales blocked three shots during the stretch and Harding closed the spurt with two free throws, making it 41-30 at the break.
|FG Made-Attempted||28-70 (.400)||33-67 (.493)|
|3P Made-Attempted||3-17 (.176)||4-17 (.235)|
|FT Made-Attempted||3-7 (.429)||11-15 (.733)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||12 (0/0)||13 (0/0)|