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Duke’s Currie to Return for Senior Season

April 6, 2005

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) _ Monique Currie is coming back to help Duke win that elusive national title. The All-American guard announced Wednesday she will return for her final season, bypassing opportunities in professional basketball for one more year with the Blue Devils.

Because she was a fourth-year junior, Currie was eligible for the WNBA draft, and she put off her decision until after she led undermanned Duke to the final eight. She averaged 17.5 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.1 assists on a team that played most of the year with only eight players.

The Blue Devils (31-5) lost 59-49 to LSU in the Chattanooga Regional final. Despite a limited roster, they reached No. 1 in January _ the third straight year that’s happened _ and won at least 30 games for the fifth season in a row.

With Currie coming back, Duke should have little trouble extending both of those streaks. Each of the five starters return along with one of the top recruiting classes in the country. Point guard Lindsey Harding, who was suspended for all 36 games last season for violating team rules, will come back as well.

She was a starter in 2003-04.

Currie sat out what would have been her sophomore year with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her knee, which she sustained in the opening minute of Duke’s first exhibition game. She bounced back to help the Blue Devils win their fifth consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference tournament title, but they failed to extend that streak this season.

North Carolina completed a three-game season sweep of Duke with an easy victory in tournament final after the teams tied for first during the regular season.

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