PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Chante Black and the Duke Blue Devils proved to be too much for Providence.
Black scored 12 of her 17 points in the second half and Abby Waner added 13 as Duke (No. 11 ESPN/USA Today, No. 6 AP) won its ninth straight game, beating Providence 66-49 on Wednesday."She's a WNBA player for sure," Providence coach Phil Seymore said. "She's tough, she's rugged."Jasmine Thomas and Karima Christmas scored nine points apiece for the Blue Devils (11-1), who turned back a second-half surge from unranked Providence that cut the lead to one point."They made a couple big shots -- give them credit," Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie said. "We softened a little bit on defense."Duke took a 32-24 lead into the half, but Providence closed to 42-41 on a 3-pointer from freshman reserve Chandler McCabe. That was the closest the Friars (6-6) got as the Blue Devils used a 24-8 run to pull away down the stretch."We just kind of fell apart. We just have to get better going into the league playing against the teams we're going to be playing against -- like this, like a Duke -- trying to handle situations a little bit better," Seymore said.Shantee Darrian led Providence with 13 points and a season-high 15 rebounds. Chelsea Marandola added 11 for the Friars.The cold-shooting Friars connected on only 16 of 63 field goal attempts, or 25.4 percent. Providence went 5 of 16 from 3-point-range and made only 12 of 21 free-throw attempts. Providence also committed 29 turnovers."You can't miss free throws," Seymore said. "You can't have 29 turnovers. You can't win basketball games like that."Waner scored three of Duke's four 3-pointers. The Blue Devils attempted a season-low eight shots from behind the arc and were 23-for-58 from the field.Providence outrebounded Duke 50-42."I saw this team on film, and I was very concerned about their rebounding -- and they proved out," McCallie said. "They play in an excellent conference. They play a lot of good teams, so they're not afraid to bang."Duke has not lost since Nov. 21, a 53-51 loss to Hartford. The Blue Devils host Temple on Monday before starting ACC play next Friday against Miami.This was the first meeting between the teams since Dec. 6, 1987, an 87-75 Duke win.