Originally created 12/16/04

Freshman guides Blue Devils

DURHAM, N.C. - Freshman Wanisha Smith scored a career-high 22 points to lead six players in double figures and help third-ranked Duke roll over Jacksonville State 99-36 on Wednesday night.

Monique Currie added 17 points, and Mistie Williams 11 for Duke (9-1), which won its seventh straight game.

Among the reserves, Chante Black had 16 points, Laura Kurz 13 and Wynter Whitely 10. Duke's bench outscored the reserves for the Gamecocks (1-4) 39-21.

Alison Bales grabbed 10 rebounds, and Williams had nine as the Blue Devils dominated the boards 51-36. Shooting 38-for-77, Duke had more field goals than the Gamecocks had points.

Reserve Laniece Thomas scored seven points to lead Jacksonville State (1-4), which got no more than four from any of its starters. Smith had 15 points in the first half, personally outscoring Jacksonville State as Duke led 44-14 at the break.

The Blue Devils scored the last 11 points of the first half and first nine of the second. They held the Gamecocks to a single basket for 10:25 of the first half and scoreless for 6:57 of that stretch.

Duke scored on 14 of its first 16 possessions of the second half, and opened a 66-17 lead with 14:48 to play. The lead grew to as much as 91-28 with 3:51 left.


In Ruston, La., Alexis Hornbuckle scored 17 points for ninth-ranked Tennessee, which beat Louisiana Tech to give the Lady Techsters consecutive losses at home for the first time in 14 seasons.

Hornbuckle made seven of 12 shots and had five steals for the Lady Vols (6-2). She also hit a 10-foot jumper and followed with a free throw at 5:25 to play after Louisiana Tech (4-3) got within 57-52 on a 3-point basket by Lakiste Barkus.

Tennessee, which got 15 points from Shanna Zolman, led by no fewer than eight thereafter. Tye'Sha Fluker had seven rebounds for the Lady Vols.

Tasha Crain led Louisiana Tech with 17 points and seven rebounds, Shan Moore added 14 points and Barkus 12.

It marked the first time since the 1990-91 season that Tech had lost back-to-back games at home, having fallen 71-65 to Illinois earlier this month.


In Dekalb, Illinois, Khara Smith scored 26 points to lead DePaul past Northern Illinois.

Jenna Rubino added 16 points and Jenni Dant 10 for De Paul (7-2). The Blue Demons, who led 35-27 at the half, made 25 of 59 shots in the game.

Kristin Wiener led the Huskies (1-6) with 11 points.


In Tallahassee, Fla., Roneeka Hodges scored 16 points and Ganiyat Adeduntan added 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead Florida State to its best start in school history with a win over Florida Atlantic.

The Seminoles (7-0) had been tied with the 1981-82 team with six wins to start the season. That '81-82 team lost in game seven, but won 16 of their first 17 games. Hodges also added eight rebounds for Florida State.


In Jefferson City, Tenn., the Lady Eagles got off to their best start in 20 years after they trounced the Lady Pacers.

Brooke Johnson and LaToya Davison each scored 15 points to lead Carson-Newman.

Benazura Serbecic did all she could to keep her team in the game. She put up 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.

dan currier/associated PressLousiana Tech's Tasha Crain has her shot blocked by Tennessee's Tye'sha Fluker in the first half of their game Wednesday.


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