5:00 PM ET, March 20, 2007
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Duke's big lead nearly vanished, and physical Temple was bruising the Blue Devils, delivering just the kind of postseason gut-check that championship-level teams must overcome.The Blue Devils did, and now they're headed back to the NCAA Tournament's round of 16.Lindsey Harding had 13 of her 18 points in the first half, and top-seeded Duke withstood Temple's comeback bid, winning 62-52 on Tuesday in the second round of the Greensboro Regional."This was a great game for us to have to play -- we had to fight for what we wanted," coach Gail Goestenkors said. "It did not come easily. It was certainly not given to us. ... It was good for us to have to face that."Wanisha Smith scored 15 points and Carrem Gay added 13 points and 11 rebounds for Duke (32-1), which blew most of a big early lead, overcame leading scorer Abby Waner's foul trouble and pulled away late to beat the eighth-seeded Owls and advance to the round of 16 for the 10th straight year.Now, it's on to nearby Greensboro, where the Blue Devils will face the Michigan State-Rutgers winner in the regional semifinals.
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Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||22-56 (.393)||24-56 (.429)|
|3P Made-Attempted||0-6 (.000)||4-9 (.444)|
|FT Made-Attempted||8-9 (.889)||10-15 (.667)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||13 (0/0)||11 (0/0)|