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Waner ties ACC record with 10 steals in Duke's rout of Utah Valley

12/19/2007 - Duke Blue Devils

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Abby Waner scored 19 points and tied an Atlantic Coast Conference record with 10 steals in Duke's 95-61 rout of Utah Valley on Tuesday night.

Reserve Carrem Gay scored a season-high 20 points, Joy Cheek scored 13 of her 15 points during the decisive first half and Chante Black also had 15 points for the Blue Devils (No. 15 ESPN/USA Today, No. 14 AP).

Duke (8-3) forced 39 turnovers, scored 49 points off those miscues and never trailed in cruising to its third straight victory.

Waner led the way during Duke's 22-4 run that opened the second half, scoring nine points and capping it with a 3-pointer from the deep left wing that made it 66-32 with about 13 minutes remaining.

Waner, who finished three assists shy of the third triple-double in school history, became the 11th player in ACC history with 10 steals, a feat most recently achieved by Miami's Maurita Reed against Wake Forest in February 2007. She surpassed the school mark of nine steals that was reached by two players, most recently Missy Anderson against Drake in 1992.

The Blue Devils' current winning streak follows an early season three-game slide that was the proud program's worst since 1997.

They got well at undermanned Utah Valley's expense, setting a season-high in scoring, leading by 37 points and meeting little resistance in their 25th straight nonconference victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Robyn Fairbanks had 17 points and 20 rebounds to lead Utah Valley (9-3). The Wolverines are in the fifth year of their six-year transition from junior college to Division I.

Wanisha Smith returned to the starting lineup for Duke and scored three points on 1-of-9 shooting after missing four games with a broken bone in her right (shooting) hand.