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Published Jan. 31, 2012

Times wires

DURHAM, N.C. - The No.3 Connecticut women traveled to Cameron Indoor Stadium and made themselves right at home inside No.5 Duke's famously noisy arena.


UConn, the last visiting team to win at Cameron, snapped the Blue Devils' 34-game home winning streak with a 61-45 victory Monday night. Duke missed 19 consecutive shots during one stretch.

The Huskies held the Blue Devils to a season-worst 24.6 percent shooting from the field and kept them without a basket for roughly 12 minutes en route to their 10th straight win.

Bria Hartley scored 15 and Caroline Doty 11 for the Huskies (20-2), who shot 45 percent and overcame 21 turnovers by forcing 15.

"This particular group, I'm surprised, but we're a really good defensive team. ... It's difficult for teams to get comfortable against us, because you might have a different kid guarding you every time down the floor," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "But the effort was unbelievable. We kind of pride ourselves on that."

Chelsea Gray scored 13 for the Blue Devils (17-3), who had won 11 straight overall. It was their first loss at Cameron since 81-73 against UConn two years ago.

Elizabeth Williams added 10 points on 3-of-15 shooting for Duke. Her layup with just less than 18 minutes left was the Blue Devils' last basket until Haley Peters hit a 3-pointer with less than six minutes left.

Duke finished with eight assists on its 17 baskets after its offense too often disintegrated into one-on-one battles and not enough passing against an aggressive UConn defense that Auriemma said was determined to take away the lane.

AP POLL: Georgia Tech entered the poll for the first time this season at No.24. DePaul dropped out. Baylor remained the unanimous No.1.


NO.4 MISSOURI 67, TEXAS 66: Michael Dixon had 21 points, including the winning layup with 31 seconds left, as the visiting Tigers (20-2, 7-2 Big 12) handed the Longhorns their fifth loss in six games.

UCF 84, P.B. ATLANTIC 69: Marcus Jordan had 17 points and freshman Kasey Wilson added a career-high 15 to lead the host Knights (16-6) past the Division II Sailfish.

IONA:Coach Tim Cluess signed a multiyear extension that will keep him under contract until 2017.

AP POLL: No.24 Gonzaga and No.25 Vanderbilt reentered the poll, and Kansas State and Connecticut fell out. No.21 Florida State moved up two spots. Kentucky was No.1 for a second straight week.

OBITUARY: Joseph Curran, who coached Canisius to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances in the 1950s, died Saturday in Mystic, Conn. He was 89.