Duke's 3-game slide is over

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Duke's Karima Christmas (left) and Chante Black try to block a shot by Rutgers' Kia Vaughn in Thursday's matchup of nationally ranked programs.

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DURHAM, N.C. --- Carrem Gay stepped to the free-throw line with a victory against Rutgers in her hands, refusing to let herself think about the last time a Duke player faced that situation.

Unlike last March, the Blue Devils came through in the clutch.

"It's a free throw -- it doesn't matter who shot them before," Gay said.

Her free throw with 30 seconds left put No. 17 Duke ahead to stay in its 49-44 victory over No. 4 Rutgers on Thursday night that snapped its longest losing streak in a decade.

Abby Waner and Keturah Jackson both made two late foul shots for the Blue Devils (6-3), who avoided their first four-game slide since 1994.

After Essence Carson of Rutgers tied it at 44 with 1:04 remaining, the Blue Devils hustled downcourt and ran down the shot clock. Jasmine Thomas forced up a long 3-pointer that missed badly, but Gay was there to collect the rebound and was fouled by Matee Ajavon. She hit the first of two free throws to put Duke up by one.


In College Station, Texas, Takia Starks scored 12 of her 28 points in the game's first five minutes and Texas A&M defeated Florida State.

Danielle Gant had 25 points for the Aggies (7-1), who won their fourth straight.

Starks was 12 of 15 from the field, including 2 of 2 from 3-point range, while Gant was 10 of 16. A'Quonesia Franklin added 12 points, all on 3-pointers.

Starks and Gant combined to give Texas A&M a 17-6 lead with 15:04 left in the first half. Starks scored 19 of her 28 points in the first half and Gant had 17 as the Aggies took a 50-38 lead.

Shante Williams led Florida State (6-3) with 18 points, while Britany Miller added 14 points and five blocked shots and Tanae Davis-Cain had 13 points.

Texas A&M scored 34 points off 24 Florida State turnovers. The Aggies outscored Florida State 17-8 on second-chance baskets.


In Nashville, Tenn., Liz Sherwood scored 20 points to lead Vanderbilt to a victory over Western Kentucky.

Jessica Mooney added 16 points and Jennifer Risper had 12 for the Commodores (8-2), who shot 50.8 percent from the field for the game.

Crystal Kelly led Western Kentucky (6-3) with 15 points.

The Lady Toppers made only one field goal over the final 14:04 of the first half.

Vanderbilt recorded nine blocked shots and 17 steals.