Monique Currie had 22 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists to lead No. 3 Duke to a 66-48 victory over No. 20 Purdue yesterday in the Boilermaker Blockbuster. Wanisha Smith added 12...
INDIANAPOLIS Monique Currie had 22 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists to lead No. 3 Duke to a 66-48 victory over No. 20 Purdue yesterday in the Boilermaker Blockbuster.
Wanisha Smith added 12 points and Mistie Williams had a career-high 14 rebounds for the Blue Devils (10-1), who extended their winning streak to eight games.
Erin Lawless scored 17 points and Katie Gearlds had 16 for Purdue (6-3), which shot a season-low 28 percent from the field and went through two long scoring droughts.
After whittling a 13-point Duke lead down to two in the second half, the Boilermakers went the next 8:31 without a field goal.
Currie and the Blue Devils outscored Purdue 17-2 in that span. Currie had eight points during the run, including a three-point play off an acrobatic layup that got Duke rolling.
The Boilermakers missed 13 straight shots, spanning 9:40 from the end of the first half and beginning of the second, to squander a lead.
Duke outscored Purdue 19-0 during the drought to turn a six-point deficit into a 34-21 lead with 16 minutes left.
Other Top 25 games
No. 1 Louisiana State 66, at SW Missouri State 54
Seimone Augustus scored 19 points and the Tigers (10-0) fought off a second-half charge by the Bears (4-4) with a late 16-0 run in the Triple Crown Classic.
Louisiana State ended Southwest Missouri’s 24-game home winning streak.
Jenni Lingor had 16 points and nine rebounds and reserve Kari Koch added 14 points for the Bears.
No. 12 Texas Tech 87, Arkansas State 53
Alesha Robertson scored 21 points and Chesley Dabbs added 17 to lead the Raiders (6-1) over the Indians (4-4) in a Duel in the Desert first-round game in Las Vegas.
At No. 22 Rutgers 66, Clemson 51
The Scarlet Knights (6-2) used tenacious defense to force 24 turnovers and scored 11 of their final 13 points from the free-throw line to defeat the Tigers (5-5).
Rutgers made 16 of 22 free throws in the second half and 18 of 27 in the game.
Chelsea Newton led Rutgers with 17 points.
No. 24 Iowa 80, at Drake 69
Crystal Smith scored a career-high 33 points and Jamie Cavey added 16 points, 13 rebounds and seven blocks, leading the Hawkeyes (9-0) over the Bulldogs (5-3).
Iowa scored the first six points and never trailed.
Iowa outrebounded Drake 46-24.
No. 25 Kansas State 71, Alabama 52
Megan Mahoney scored 22 points to lead the Wildcats (6-2) over the Crimson Tide (6-2) in the Triple Crown Classic in Springfield, Mo.
Claire Coggins scored 14 points, Laurie Koehn added 13 and Twiggy McIntyre had 12 for Kansas State.
Marverly Nettles led Alabama with 17 and Natasha Gamble added 12.
Senior guard Quinn Thomas, a former standout at Kent-Meridian High School who plays for Santa Clara, scored a career-high 33 points as the Broncos lost 85-69 to host Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Thomas added five rebounds and four assists.
Thomas’ previous career high was 25 points, set in a 104-91 loss at Wisconsin on Thursday.