Originally created 02/28/04

Blue Devils club lethargic Tigers



DURHAM, N.C. - Alana Beard made 11 of 13 shots for a 28-point performance in her final regular-season home game to lead third-ranked Duke to a 102-45 victory Friday night over Clemson - the worst defeat in the Tigers' history.

Duke (23-3, 14-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) had five players in double figures in its sixth straight victory. The worst previous showing by Clemson (17-9, 7-8) was a 112-58 loss at Old Dominion on Nov. 30, 1979.

Monique Currie added 13 points, Iciss Tillis 11, and Lindsey Harding and Brittany Hunter 10 apiece for Duke.

Beard also had three steals and nine rebounds in 27 minutes of play. It was the last regular-season game in Cameron Indoor Stadium for Duke seniors Beard, Tillis and Vicki Krapohl, although the Blue Devils will play a set of NCAA first- and second-round games at home March 21-23.

Beard and Harding had 10 points apiece as Duke rolled to a 48-20 halftime lead. Beard scored nine of Duke's first 11 points in the second half.

The Blue Devils began the second half with a 13-3 run and never again let Clemson closer than 66-29 thereafter.

Clemson failed to make a basket until its 11th possession and shot just 5-for-18 (27.8 percent) in the first half. Duke scored 23 points in the first half off 16 Tigers turnovers.

RETIRING: Jayhawks coach Marian Washington retired a month after taking a medical leave of absence.

"I am retiring from coaching to address health issues that are not life-threatening, but that need my immediate attention," Washington said in a statement.

On Jan. 26, Washington announced she would take a medical leave, but did not elaborate on the nature of her medical condition.