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No. 15 Duke 89, Richmond 60

December 8, 1996

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Payton Black scored a career-high 31 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Kira Orr added 21 points Sunday as No. 15 Duke beat Richmond 89-60 in the consolation game of the Central Fidelity Invitational.

Orr, a senior whose ball handling broke the Richmond press all afternoon, scored her 1,000th career-point with 15:31 remaining in the game. Missy West and Lauren Rice scored 10 apiece as Duke (6-1) put the Spiders (4-2) away with two 12-0 runs in the first half.

Jennifer Meade led Richmond with 12 points, while Stephanie Eken added 10.

Duke opened the game with a 12-0 run and closed the half with an identical spurt to take a 47-30 lead. Richmond had cut the lead to 35-30 with 3:18 remaining on a Meade jumper, the Spiders’ final points of the half.

The Blue Devils reasserted themselves on the boards, coverting four offensive rebounds into easy baskets. Richmond tried to force the ball inside, turning it over on two consecutive possessions.

Richmond never threaten the remainder of the game, trailing by as many as 30 in the second half.

Orr had 12 first-half points, while Black added 18 points and six rebounds. The Spiders’ reserve center Amy Dorsett made Duke work for its points, blocking six shots after starter Carolyn Center left the game at the 5:22 mark in the first half. Center took a blow to the face and did not return. Dorsett ended the game with a seven blocks, tying a school record despite playing only sparingly in the second half with four fouls.

The Blue Devils had a 56-35 rebounding advantage and held Richmond to 22 of 67 (32.8 percent) from the floor. Richmond committed 22 turnovers, 12 in the first half.

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