Jan. 14, 2005
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Monique Currie scored 23 points and top-ranked Duke pulled away for an 87-65 win over Virginia on Friday night, extending the nation's longest winning streak to 14 games.
The Blue Devils (16-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) led 44-42 in the opening minute of the second half until 6-foot-7 Alison Bales' putback sparked a 14-3 run that boosted the lead to 58-45 lead with 14:54 left.
Virginia (12-4, 2-1) never got close again, losing its 10th in a row in the series and ending its eight-game winning streak.
The Blue Devils, who moved to No. 1 this week, became the first team in ACC history to achieve the top ranking for three consecutive seasons.
They didn't play like it early on. But a 19-10 run late in the first half helped Duke to a 44-40 advantage at the break. The Blue Devils poured it on in the second half as six different players scored in the early burst.
Jessica Foley added 20 points, Wanisha Smith 14 and Mistie Williams 13 for Duke. Bales added four points, 11 rebounds and five blocks.
The Blue Devils arrived at University Hall leading the league in field goal percentage and field goal percentage defense, and lived up to both. Duke shot 52.5-percent overall, Virginia just 36.8 percent.
The Cavaliers also missed 16 of 17 3-point attempts.
HANK KURZ Jr.
AP Sports Writer
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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