Jan. 5, 2005
DURHAM, N.C . - Monique Currie poured in a game-high 21 points and five other Blue Devils reached double figures as #2 Duke defeated visiting Holy Cross, 101-42 Tuesday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium in just the second all-time meeting between the two schools. Duke is now 14-1 on the season (0-0 ACC), while Holy Cross (5-8, 0-0 Patriot League) suffers its fourth straight loss going into conference play on Saturday.
Duke jumped out to a 54-14 halftime lead after shooting 52% from the floor and holding the Crusaders to just 15% (3-20). The Blue Devils also forced 20 first half turnovers and held the Crusaders scoreless for almost eight minutes (19:08-12:18) in the early going. Forty points is the largest halftime deficit Holy Cross faced all season long.
Duke continued to dominate in the second half, putting up 47 points while shooting 52% for the game. Laura Kurz had 16 points for the Blue Devils, including four three-pointers. Wanisha Smith and Alison Bales both had 14 points, while Chante Black and Mistie Williams added 12 and 10, respectively. The 59-point margin of defeat stands as the second worst in school history behind a 60-point loss (92-32) to Connecticut in 2000.
The Crusaders were led by junior guard Sarah Placek (Alexandria, Va.) with 10 points. Junior guard Jessica Conte (New Canaan, Conn.) chipped in seven points, while sophomore center Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) had a team-high four rebounds.
The last time Holy Cross and Duke met up was in the first round of the NCAA Tournament during the 1998-1999 season when the Blue Devils advanced with a 79-51 win over the Crusaders, also at Cameron.
Holy Cross hosts Bucknell on Saturday, January 8 in its first Patriot League game of the season. The 1:00 p.m. match-up will be the Crusaders' first game at the Hart Center since December 20. Last year, the Bison knocked the Crusaders out of the Patriot League Tournament, 94-75.