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Nov. 13, 2010
DURHAM, N.C. - With Duke off to a slow start in its season opener, Karima Christmas took over.
The senior forward scored 16 of the Blue Devils' first 22 points to lead No. 6 Duke to a 69-54 victory on Saturday night.
"I just kept on thinking to attack," said Christmas, who led all scorers with 20 points and added eight rebounds. "Not settling for outside shots, just keep going in. Eventually you'll get a call and go to the line and get an easy basket. It was important to be in attack mode."
Jasmine Thomas added 14 points and matched her career high with 11 rebounds while Kathleen Scheer had 13 points for Duke in the junior forward's first career start.
"It was a great, hard-fought battle," Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie said. "I'm very pleased our team was able to take them out of the rhythm of their game because they're very, very good. I'm going to project them as the Mountain West winners this year. I liked our team's fight. Jasmine getting 11 rebounds and nine defensive, that talks to a certain alertness on the floor.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland women's basketball team beat Monmouth 73-40 in its season opener Saturday evening at the Comcast Center. Freshman Laurin Mincy led all scorers with 15 points.
Junior Lynetta Kizer and sophomore Diandra Tchatchouang each scored 11 points, while freshman Alyssa Thomas added 10. Sophomore Tianna Hawkins had nine points and junior Kim Rodgers notched eight.
"I thought this was a very solid first game. I thought it showed a lot of things to be able to work on," head coach Brenda Frese said. "I think I was really encouraged, especially in the second half, when the things we addressed in the locker room I thought we improved on. I think you can see this is going to be a fun team to coach."
Thomas scored the first two points of the game five seconds in to push the Terps out to a 24-2 lead in the first eight minutes of the game. The Terrapins' 18 points in the paint in the first half gave them a 43-18 lead at the break.
NC State captured the Sheraton Raleigh Invitational championship with an 84-71 victory over Creighton Saturday night at Reynolds Coliseum.
The win pushed the Wolfpack Women to 2-0 in the young season, but dropped the Jays to 1-1.
Amber White scored a career-high 29 points in the victory, going 11-for-19 from the field and dishing out four assists to go along with five rebounds in the winning effort. Marissa Kastanek chipped in 18 points, 14 of which came in the second half, to go along with three steals. Lakeesa Daniel rounded out the Wolfpack Women in double-figures, scoring 13 points and bringing down six rebounds.
White, Kastanek and Bonae Holston were selected to the all-tournament team, with White earning MVP honors with her career-high performance tonight.