#2 Duke Cruises To 84-36 Win Over Crusaders On Monday

Jan. 16, 2006

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Worcester, Mass. - Five Duke players reached double-figures and the Blue Devils held Holy Cross to 21.7 percent shooting for the game as the second-ranked team in the nation cruised to an 84-36 victory over the Crusaders in front of a crowd of 3,031 on Monday night at the Hart Center. Holy Cross falls to 6-10 on the season, while the Blue Devils remain undefeated at 17-0.

Junior guard Brittany Keil was the only Holy Cross player in double figures with 12 points. Sophomore guard Laura Aloisi and senior guard Sarah Placek both chipped in seven points. Placek also had four rebounds, four assists and two steals. Senior guard Jessica Conte grabbed a team-high six rebounds.

Duke jumped out to a 51-16 halftime lead after shooting a blistering 64.5 percent from the floor in the first stanza. The Blue Devils exploded to a 32-6 lead twelve minutes into the half after a trey by ACC Player of the Year candidate Monique Currie at the 8:30 mark. A Keil jumper with 8:16 on the clock ended a seven minute Crusader dry spell and made the score 32-8. Duke finished the half on two three-pointers by Abby Waner, extending its lead to 35 at the break.

Holy Cross shot 25.9 percent from the field and had 16 turnovers in the first twenty minutes. No Crusader other than Keil (10 points) scored more than two points in the opening period.

The Crusaders outscored the Blue Devils 8-4 in the first three minutes of the second half to pull within 31 (55-24) after an Ashley McLaughlin long ball with 17:16 to go. But Duke quickly mounted a 45 point lead (69-24) over the next four minutes and did not look back.

Waner led all scorers with 17 points. Wanisha Smith had 15, Currie added 13 and Mistie Williams chipped in with 10. Six-foot-seven center Alison Bales checked in with a 13-point, 11-rebound double-double.

With the win, Gail Goestenkors earned her 350th victory as head coach of the Blue Devil program.

The Crusaders, who are currently in a five-way tie for the top spot in the Patriot League, are at home for the next two games, as they host conference foes American on Saturday, Jan. 21, and Colgate on Tuesday, Jan. 24.