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No. 1 Duke Dominates Howard 128-53

December 7, 2002

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) _ Iciss Tillis had 22 points and 10 rebounds, and top-ranked Duke set a school scoring record in a 128-53 victory Friday night over Howard in the first round of the Duke Women’s Classic.

Freshman Mistie Bass scored 19 points, and Alana Beard had 16 points and eight assists as seven Blue Devils reached double figures in scoring. Duke set the previous record of 120 points in a 121-120 quadruple-overtime loss to Alabama in the 1995 NCAA Tournament.

Duke (6-0), which had a 28-0 run of more than seven minutes in the first half, will face St. Joseph’s on Sunday in the championship game. St. Joseph’s defeated Buffalo 68-59 Friday.

Asiaa Petty led Howard (0-6) with 18 points.

The Blue Devils’ bench supplied 58 points, with Brooke Smith scoring 14 and Lindsey Harding, Jessica Foley and Wynter Whitley 12 each.

Tillis scored 15 first-half points to help Duke to a 60-23 lead at the break. Bass scored 10 of her 12 first-half points during the big run that blew the game open.

Howard trailed 32-21 after Shari Johnson hit down low at the 7:43 mark and didn’t score again until 31 seconds before halftime.

Tillis hit her first six shots and scored 12 points in the game’s first 6:05, sparking the Blue Devils to a 9-0 start that grew to 21-9 with 13:55 left in the first half.

Beard, who had six assists by the break, scored eight points in the first 5:09 of the second half. Her fadeaway jumper with 14:51 to play started a 22-2 spurt that ended any Howard hopes for a comeback.

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