Jan. 23, 1998

No. 11 Women's Hoops Drops Game to No. 24 Duke, 93-66

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Hilary Howard scored 17 of her season-high 20 points in the first half to lead No. 24 Duke to a 93-66 victory over No. 11 Virginia on Friday night.

Nicole Erickson added 18 points and Peppi Browne 12 to help send the Cavaliers to their worst loss since a 80-47 defeat to Tennessee in the 1989 NCAA tournament. It was Virginia's most lopsided loss to an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent since losing 96-68 to North Carolina in the 1984 ACC tournament.

Duke (13-5, 6-2 ACC) led by as many as 29 points and coasted down the stretch, hitting 23-of-27 free throws in the final 8:33. Virginia (13-4, 4-4) has now lost three of its last six conference games.

Lesley Brown came off the bench to lead Virginia with 20 points, 16 in the second half. Mimi McKinney added 10.

Howard hit six of her first eight shots, including 3-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc, as Duke built a 43-21 halftime lead.

Virginia coach Debbie Ryan benched all her starters except Lisa Hosac to begin the second half, but the Cavaliers got no closer than 46-25 in the opening minute.

The Blue Devils made 30-of-58 attempts from the field, including seven-of-20 from 3-point range. Duke outrebounded Virginia 43-29.