Jan 27, 2002
By BRENT KALLESTAD
Associated Press Writer
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After what happened to the men’s team three weeks ago, Duke coach Gail Goestenkors didn’t want to take any chances Sunday at Florida State.
Fifth-ranked Duke opened with a full-court press, jumped to a 7-0 lead in the opening 50 seconds and never looked back on the way to a 102-80 victory over the Seminoles to stay unbeaten in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
“We came out like gangbusters,” Goestenkors said. “It was something we needed.
“We knew Florida State had lost several of its last games and we didn’t want them to get their confidence,” Goestenkors said. “We didn’t want them to feel comfortable.”
And the Blue Devils never did.
Duke (17-3, 9-0 ACC) led 57-38 at halftime and extended the lead to 30 points late in the game.
Duke’s men’s team came to Tallahassee ranked No. 1 on Jan. 6 and lost to Florida State 77-76.
Six players finished in double figures. Sheana Mosch led the way with 24 points, and Monique Currie added 21 as Duke won for the 14th time in 15 games and matched its average margin of victory in the league with the 22-point win.
“They’re incredible, especially for a team as young as they are,” Florida State coach Sue Semrau said. “They play so well off each other.”
The Seminoles (11-9, 2-7) lost for the seventh time in eight games and are in last place in the ACC. Duke retained a three-game lead over second-place Georgia Tech.
“They weren’t getting back on defense all the time, and I had some wide open layups,” said Mosch, who was 9-of-14 from the field.
Krista Gingrich, who was 4-of-6 from beyond the 3-point arc, added 14 points for Duke, while Michele Matyasovsky had 13.
Iciss Tillis had 12 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, and Alana Beard finished with 11. Duke shot 57.4 percent, including 50 percent from long range.
“We have a good inside-outside attack,” said Gingrich, who like Mosch came off the bench to provide Duke with a 51-20 advantage in points by reserves.
Florida State’s men took advantage of poor free throw shooting by Duke in a stunning 77-76 upset Jan. 6, but the Seminoles women’s team never had a chance.
“They caught us off-guard with the press,” Semrau said. “And then they were able to make a second run and we never really did recover from that point.”