No. 2 Duke crushes No. 1 Vols


Published: Tuesday, January 24, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 24, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
DURHAM, N.C. - Pat Summitt was in unfamiliar territory. Rarely has she seen Tennessee so thoroughly outplayed, so thoroughly beaten.
"Losing's one thing," the Hall of Fame coach said. "Losing the way we lost is something quite different. It's unacceptable in this program. So we will learn from it."
Lindsey Harding had 15 points, four assists and eight steals, and four teammates joined her in scoring in double figures as No. 2 Duke routed the top-ranked Lady Vols 75-53 Monday night to deny Summitt her 901st victory.
Monique Currie had 13 points and Mistie Williams, Abby Waner and Chante Black all scored 10 for Duke (19-0), which took the lead for good midway through the first half and then pulled away.
"We knew it was going to be a battle," Blue Devils coach Gail Goestenkors said. "It was a great team effort. Five players in double figures, and everybody who came off the bench contributed something to win the game."
Candace Parker, Tennessee's dynamite freshman, had 17 points, five assists and three blocks, but she got little help. Leading scorer Shanna Zolman was held without a point, only the third time this season she has failed to reach double figures.
"Shanna's a non-factor, and the disappointing thing is that when she wasn't scoring, she wasn't doing other things," Summitt said. "That was a big disappointment, and obviously hurt us."
Six players scored for the Lady Vols (18-1), and their 53 points were a season low. They were coming off an emotional victory over in-state rival Vanderbilt that gave Summitt win No. 900, but they never had a chance in this one.
  • NO. 6 MARYLAND 68, NO. 25 VIRGINIA TECH 62:
    Kristi Toliver scored 17 points, including 10 straight for visiting Maryland down the stretch, and the sixth-ranked Terrapins beat No. 25 Virginia Tech.
    Toliver's 3-pointer broke a 54-all tie with 4:03 to play. She also hit four free throws in the final 90 seconds to help Maryland (17-2, 4-1 ACC) win its third straight. Crystal Langhorne had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Marissa Coleman added nine points and 11 rebounds.
  • ACC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: North Carolina forward Erlana Larkins scored 22 twice to lead her team in a pair of conference wins and win Atlantic Coast Conference player of the week honors.
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