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Duke women avoid men's fate against FSU

TALLAHASSEE — Duke's Jasmine Thomas was just too much for Florida State.

Thomas scored 22 to lead the third-ranked Blue Devils to an 87-70 road victory, delivering not only clutch shots but finishing off the No. 21 Seminoles with game highs in rebounds (nine), assists (eight) and steals (three).

"She's just clutch all of the time," Florida State coach Sue Semrau said. "She just makes their team go."

The Blue Devils (16-0, 2-0 ACC) got 15 points each from freshmen Haley Peters and Tricia Liston, while Chelsea Gray, also a freshman, added 13. Duke got 46 of its points from first-year players.

"I'm excited to see the way in which Jasmine is leading the younger players," Duke coach Joanne McCallie said. "The younger players are following her lead, her attack mode."

The Duke women did something their male counterparts failed to do two nights earlier in Tallahassee, when coach Mike Krzyzewski's top-ranked team lost its perfect season in a 66-61 loss to the Seminoles.

On Friday, Duke went ahead 18-16 on Thomas' 3-pointer that ignited a 25-8 run, culminating with a 3-pointer from Liston that built a 40-24 lead.

"The thing about Jasmine that makes her so special is that she finds a way to get everyone involved," Semrau said.

Courtney Ward scored a game-high 25 for FSU (14-1, 2-1).

No. 4 Stanford 80, Wash. 51: Nnemkadi Ogwumike had 16 points and 11 rebounds as the Cardinal (13-2, 4-0 Pac-10) routed the host Huskies.

No. 11 UNC 83, N.C. St. 76: Italee Lucas scored 19 as the host Tar Heels (16-1, 2-1 ACC) blew nearly all of a 24-point lead before holding on against the Wolfpack.

No. 22 Miami 77, Clemson 48: Riquna Williams scored a season-high 29 as the host Hurricanes (17-1, 3-0 ACC) won their first game as a ranked team this season and their 16th in a row.

Men

Stetson 79, Mercer 72: Luis Jacobo scored 18 as the host Hatters (6-11, 4-3 Atlantic Sun) beat the Bears (4-13, 1-5).

Kennesaw St. 81, Fla. Gulf Coast 70: Kelvin McConnell scored 22 as the Owls (4-12, 2-4 Atlantic Sun) beat the host Eagles (3-12, 0-6), who got 18 from Christophe Varidel.

West Virginia: Suspended freshman guard Noah Cottrill, the state's 2010 high school player of the year, has left school without ever playing a game for the Mountaineers. Cottrill was suspended in October by coach Bob Huggins for conduct "unbecoming of a Mountaineer."

Duke women avoid men's fate against FSU 01/14/11 [Last modified: Saturday, January 15, 2011 12:17am]
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