Blue Devils clobber first-ranked Terps


Published: Sunday, January 14, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 14, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

DURHAM, N.C. — Lindsey Harding scored 16 of her 28 points in the first half, Alison Bales flirted with a triple-double and No. 3 Duke routed top-ranked Maryland 81-62 Saturday in a rematch of last season's national championship game.

Bales finished with 18 points, 12 rebounds and seven blocked shots for the Blue Devils (18-0, 4-0 ACC), who closed the first half with a 13-4 run, didn't let up in the second and made a strong case to take over the No. 1 ranking from the Terrapins.

Duke's smothering defense dominated a Maryland offense which entered with the nation's best field-goal percentage at 53.8 percent. The Terrapins were held to 37.8 percent by the Blue Devils.

NO. 7 CONNECTICUT 76, SYRACUSE 45

Freshman center Tina Charles had 14 points, 19 rebounds and five blocks as host Connecticut tuned up for Monday's showdown with second-ranked North Carolina.

Kalana Greene led the Huskies (14-1, 4-0 Big East) with 23 points, despite playing most of the game in foul trouble.

Vaida Sipaviciute led Syracuse (8-10, 2-3) with 12 points. Fantasia Goodwin added 11, and Cintia Johnson and freshman Nicole Michael each had 10.

NO. 19 TEXAS A&M 60, NO. 9 BAYLOR 52

Takia Starks had 12 points and 11 rebounds, and host Texas A&M beat Baylor for the Aggies' first win over a Top-10 team in five years.

Morenike Atunrase scored 13 and A'Quonesia Franklin sank three 3-pointers and added 12 for the Aggies (12-3, 2-1 Big 12), who overcame 32 percent shooting and 19 turnovers to snap a 13-game losing streak in the series.

Bernice Mosby had 19 points and 14 rebounds for Baylor (15-3, 2-2).

NO. 10 STANFORD 63, WASHINGTON ST. 55

Freshman JJ Hones scored a season-high 17 points to help visiting Stanford send Washington State to its seventh straight defeat.

Brooke Smith added 12 points and career highs of 10 assists and seven steals for Stanford (14-3, 7-0 Pac-10). Despite the absence of All-American guard Candice Wiggins due to a sprained ankle, the Cardinal improved to 43-0 all-time against Washington State.

Marisa Stotler and Amanda DuRocher led Washington State (5-13, 1-7) with 17 points.

NO. 16 MARQUETTE 76, VILLANOVA 70

Krystal Ellis scored eight of her 21 points down the stretch to help host Marquette hold off Villanova.

Christina Quaye added 14 and Jasmine McCullough 11, and Marquette (16-2, 4-1 Big East) bounced back from its 91-87 overtime loss at Pittsburgh on Tuesday night that snapped its school-record 14-game winning streak.

Stacie Witman scored 21 points and freshman reserve Maria Getty had 14 for Villanova (7-10, 1-3)

NO. 18 BOWLING GREEN 64, OHIO 55

Carin Horne scored 16 points, including a 3-pointer during a 7-0 run to open the second half, and to lead visiting Bowling Green past Ohio.

Ali Mann finished with 13 points for the Falcons (14-2, 4-0 Mid-American Conference), and Liz Honegger had 10 points and tied Horne for the team lead with seven rebounds.

Domenica Silva led Ohio (8-8, 1-3) with 10 points and eight rebounds.

NO. 21 MIDDLE TENNESSEE 78, NEW ORLEANS 50

Chrissy Givens had 17 points and 11 steals to lead visiting Middle Tennessee to its 12th straight win.

Middle Tennessee (15-3, 7-0 Sun Belt Conference) scored 51 points off 40 turnovers by New Orleans.

Jada Frazier led New Orleans (7-12, 1-6) with 17 points.

NO. 22 CALIFORNIA 72, WASHINGTON 49

Devanei Hampton scored 17 of her 25 points in the first half and visiting California took advantage of Washington's cold shooting for a victory over the Huskies.

Cal leading scorer Ashley Walker finished with 12 points for the Golden Bears (13-4 overall, 4-3 Pac-10), who swept both Washington State and Washington on the road for the first time in school history.

Cameo Hicks led Washington (12-7, 5-3) with 12.

NO. 23 TEXAS 68, COLORADO 49

Carla Cortijo had 11 points and seven assists to lift host Texas over Colorado.

Cortijo and Erneisha Bailey had 15 points apiece to pace the Longhorns (13-4, 2-1) early, and the Big 12's leading scorer, Tiffany Jackson, found her groove late, scoring 15 of her 16 points in the second half.

Jackie McFarland led Colorado (8-7, 2-1) with 15 points.

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