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Cheek scores 12 in spot start in Duke victory

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Joy Cheek scored 12 points and Duke (No. 13 ESPN/USA Today, No. 12 AP) held off Western Kentucky 59-56 Friday night.

Cheek was in the starting lineup for Duke (4-1) after a knee injury earlier in the week sidelined starting point guard Jasmine Thomas.

A final 3-point attempt by WKU's Kenzie Rich as time expired fell far short of the basket.

Rich and Arnika Brown led the Lady Toppers (3-2) with 15 points each. Brown also had 13 rebounds.

The Blue Devils used a full-court press and their height advantage to force 19 turnovers in the first half, and Duke had 15 steals in the game.