Jan. 5, 2006
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Monique Currie had 21 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists to become the second player in school history with a triple-double, leading second-ranked Duke past Florida State 87-68 on Thursday night.
Mistie Williams added 16 points for the Blue Devils (13-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who shot 53 percent and led throughout.
Ganiyat Adeduntan scored 17 points for the Seminoles (9-5, 0-1).
Currie scored the game’s first eight points and hit a pair of 3-pointers in the opening 69 seconds. She finished with the school’s first triple-double since Katie Meier had 16 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists against Manhattan in March 1987.
The Blue Devils play their next four on the road in what promises to be a demanding month. Duke opens the stretch at No. 6 Maryland on Sunday and travels to No. 19 Boston College next week. The Blue Devils also have home games against top-ranked Tennessee on Jan. 23 and fifth-ranked North Carolina on Jan. 29.
Duke began with a 14-2 spurt to open the game. But despite building a 20-point leads in both halves, the Blue Devils had all kinds of trouble putting the game away.
The Seminoles kept scrapping against a Duke team that had made a habit of roaring to big early leads and meeting little resistance afterward en route to an average victory margin of 47 points.
Florida State shot 38 percent and hit six 3-pointers, and the Seminoles also managed 15 offensive rebounds. But they missed several opportunities to cut into the lead and make things interesting in the second half.
Duke also didn’t play the type of pressure defense that coach Gail Goestenkors loves. The Blue Devils forced 20 turnovers, but also allowed the Seminoles to get plenty of open looks.
In one first-half stretch, an angry Goestenkors yelled at Wanisha Smith as she brought the ball upcourt after Tanae Davis-Cain knocked down an open 3-pointer right in front of the Duke bench. On the next play, Adeduntan knocked down an open jumper from the same area to make it 29-17 with 9:06 left, prompting Goestenkors to call timeout.