No. 2 Blue Devils cruise past No. 6 Terrapins, 86-68


Published: Monday, January 9, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 9, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Their bench is deep, the defense is sound, and they can rely on several players for points.
Coach Gail Goestenkors believes this might be her best team at Duke, and no one on No. 6 Maryland could dispute that assertion on Sunday.
Lindsey Harding and Chante Black each scored 19 points, and the second-ranked Blue Devils remained unbeaten by cruising to an 86-68 victory.
Duke (14-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) built a 17-point halftime lead in its 13th straight win over the Terrapins. Monique Currie scored 18 for the Blue Devils, off to the second-best start in school history.
Goestenkors has won five ACC titles and has been to the Final Four in three of the last seven years, but she can't remember having a roster with so much skill from top to bottom.
"This could be our best team ever," she said. "We've had talent before, but now we have more experienced talent, and we've certainly got more depth than we've ever had before."
Alison Bales, Duke's leading rebounder, picked up her third foul with just more than eight minutes elapsed. The 6-foot-7 center did not return until the second half and finished with seven points and four rebounds in 14 minutes.
It didn't matter, because the Blue Devils still outrebounded Maryland 27-26. In a matchup between the two highest-scoring teams in NCAA women's basketball, the difference was Duke's defense.
Maryland's leading rebounder, center Crystal Langhorne, didn't grab one errant shot off the boards. The Blue Devils forced 24 turnovers, including 14 in the decisive first half.
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