Originally created 02/11/06

Duke ready to reclaim No. 1



DURHAM, N.C. - Mistie Williams scored 16 points and second-ranked Duke staked its claim to No. 1 by beating Virginia 88-65 on Friday night.

Lindsey Harding added 12 points and five assists for the Blue Devils (22-1, 9-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who moved into a tie atop the league with top-ranked North Carolina and sixth-ranked Maryland.

And with the Terrapins' win over the Tar Heels on Thursday night, the Blue Devils are poised to return to No. 1 for the second time this season.

Sharnee Zoll scored 20 points for the Cavaliers (13-9, 2-8), who have lost five in a row and 11 in a row in the series.

It was hardly an impressive showing for the Blue Devils, who looked flat for stretches and got a shaky performance from leading scorer Monique Currie.

The preseason All-American finished with a career-low two points on 1-for-9 shooting, marking just the third time she failed to score in double figures all season.

NO. 7 OHIO STATE 74, MICHIGAN 55

In Ann Arbor, Mich., Jessica Davenport scored 23 points and Ohio State beat Michigan to extend its winning streak to 11 games.

Marscilla Packer scored 13 points and Kim Wilburn had 10 for the Buckeyes (20-2, 10-1), who moved into a tie with Purdue for first place in the Big Ten.

Stephany Skrba had 17 points and a career-high 13 rebounds for Michigan (6-18, 0-12), which lost its 12th in a row. The Wolverines haven't beaten a Big Ten opponent since Jan. 23, 2005, a streak of 22 consecutive games.

Skrba cut the Buckeyes' lead to 50-47 with a putback 9 minutes into the second half, but Ohio State put together an 8-0 run over the next 3 minutes to take control. Michigan was 0-for-5 from the floor during the decisive stretch.

The Buckeyes had a 10-point lead with 4 minutes to play in the first half but Michigan ended the period on a 9-1 run and trailed 32-30 at halftime.

NO. 8 RUTGERS 54, WEST VIRGINIA 41

In Morgantown, W.Va., Cappie Pondexter scored 22 points and became the second-leading scorer in Rutgers history, leading the Scarlet Knights to a win.

Rutgers (19-3, 11-0 Big East) survived an 8-minute scoring drought spanning both halves for its 19th consecutive Big East win. It is Rutgers' best league start since it won its first 11 conference games in 1998-99.

NO. 19 TEMPLE 62, SAINT LOUIS 43

In St. Louis, Candice Dupree had 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead Temple to a win.