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Duke 89, Georgetown 54

December 8, 2001

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Monique Currie scored 17 points and Alana Beard added 16 as No. 11 Duke stayed ahead en route to an 89-54 victory over Georgetown on Saturday.

Duke (7-2) capitalized on a 15-2 run early in the second half to break open the game and finish with another 18-4 run to put away the Hoyas (5-2).

Lesley Walker scored 21 points for Georgetown.

After a quiet first half, Beard came out of the break with a steal and a layup that extended the Blue Devil lead to 14 points. She followed with a runner in the lane, a dish to Michele Matyasovsky and a 3-pointer from the corner to open the floodgates.

The Blue Devils outscored Georgetown 49-23 in the second half. Georgetown aimed to keep the pace slow against the Blue Devils, who scored 103 points in a victory over Virginia on Thursday. But the strategy backfired as Duke forced the Hoyas into rushed shots at the shot clock buzzer throughout the first half.

Rebekkah Brunson, the Hoyas’ leading scorer, received her third foul just nine minutes into the game and spent the duration of the first half on the bench. Despite Brunson’s absence, the Hoyas closed the gap on the Blue Devils behind 11 straight points from Walker.

Mary Lisicky’s 3-pointer with 3:15 remaining cut the lead to 33-31 and Duke was forced to call a timeout. The Blue Devils held Georgetown scoreless from then on, going on a 7-0 run to lead 40-31 at the break.

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