Krystal Thomas had a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds, leading four Duke players in double figures as the No. 5 Blue Devils smacked host James Madison 75-58.
Dawn Evans had 20 points for the losing Dukes, while Lauren Jimenez added 19 points and 11 rebounds.
Duke, which led 43-32 at halftime, shot 46.9 percent to 36.4 for the hosts and outrebounded them 39-30.
Fresh off moving up one spot in the Associated Press poll, Duke continues its four-game road swing tonight with yet another tough challenge.
Duke leads the all-time series 5-1.
Senior guard Jasmine Thomas leads the Blue Devils with 15.8 points and 4.0 assists per game.
Following tonight’s game, the Blue Devils will travel to Wisconsin for their Thursday night game in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
RBC CENTER/ RALEIGH—We expected a learning curve this season for the young Carolina Hurricanes, but what we're getting is a learning zig-zag. For every 7-goal outburst, there has been the outing in which the Canes simply haven't looked competitive. Tonight's 4-1 loss to the Dallas Stars was, unfortunately, the latter.
James Neal scored twice and Kari Lehtonen handled all but one of 28 mostly long-range shots as Dallas took sole possession of first place in the Western Conference's Pacific Division. Carolina, uninspired by the fact that the game was nationally televised on Versus, seemed content to watch the Stars play, remaining a distant fourth in the Southeast.
"It's been kind of up and down all year. We're kind of treading water in around that red line of the playoffs," Eric Staal noted. "We have to find ways to get above that line."
Early on, the contest was a forecheck display as the Canes chose to dump the puck straight at Lehtonen rather than into the corners or hard around the boards. Gradually, however, the Stars' transition game asserted itself. Their first line of Neal, Brad Richards, and Loui Eriksson dominated throughout, clamping down on the Carolina zone midway through the first period to produce the first goal. From the dot to Cam Ward's left, Neal sniped a feed from Eriksson, who won the puck behind the net.
Staal awakened the crowd and his team with a terrific individual play during a 4-on-4 sequence near the middle of the period. Blowing through a passive Grossman along the boards, Staal barged down the wing and roofed the puck over Lehtonen for the only home goal. Coach Paul Maurice juggled his top lines for much of the remainder of the period, restoring Chad LaRose and Sergei Samsonov to Staal's wings, and moving Erik Cole down to skate with Tuomo Ruutu and Jeff Skinner in an attempt to spark a scoring flurry. But Dallas' backcheck took their two-goal lead to the second intermission.
After a Jamie Benn goal set the final score, Tim Gleason unloaded some frustration on Adam Burish, decking him in front of the home bench. Steve Ott's reaction set off a scrum, but the resulting Carolina power play showed none of the intensity that it did last Friday when it tallied three times against Boston's league-leading penalty kill.
Duke kicker Will Snyderwine has been named to the first team of the American Football Coaches Association All-America squad.
The redshirt junior from Potomac, Md., hit all 32 of his PAT attempts and 21 of 24 field-goal tries this season. He ranked sixth in field goals per game with 1.75. For his career he has hit 38 of 44 field-goal attempts and all 56 of his extra points.
N.C. State tight end George Bryan was named to the first team of the All-ACC football squad, one of just five repeat members of the first team selected by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.
The three Triangle schools had six players named to the second team, five of them on the offensive side of the ball. Those honorees include N.C. State quarterback Russell Wilson and wideout Owen Spencer; Duke wideout Conner Vernon and kicker Will Snyderwine; and UNC offensive guard Jonathan Cooper and linebacker Bruce Carter.
UNC senior guard Italee Lucas has been named ACC women’s basketball player of the week following her MVP performance as the Tar Heels breezed to the championship of the Rainbow Wahine Showdown.
Lucas, who won the award for the first time, averaged 20.3 points per game including a season-high 25 in the semifinal game with Illinois as the Tar Heels blew away Washington State, the Illini and then Hawaii in the final.
UNC may have begun its women’s basketball season with a homestand against four pretty easy opponents, but if there were any questions about the No. 14 Tar Heels being “for real” they should be gone after their trip to Hawaii.
The 7-0 Tar Heels, who have won so far by an average of 44.6 points, also destroyed Washington State and Illinois in Honolulu.
Sophomore big man John Henson was the hero. Maligned for his lack of offense — and especially his horrifying free throw shooting — Henson stepped up to get 19 points (8-for-11 field goals), seven rebounds, two steals and two blocks. He was the club’s most efficient player on both ends, hitting crucial baskets in a tight game during the closing minutes.
Another sophomore, guard Dexter Strickland, hit 3-for-5 from the field and played defense that Roy Williams called “fantastic.” Though Charleston star Andrew Goudelock scored 28 points, the Heels held the Cougars to 38 percent shooting for the game and just 30 percent on threes.
After a cold first half, UNC itself shot a strong 53 percent from the floor in the second half. Still, no one is going to call these Tar Heels good shooters, so defensive efforts such as the one tonight must become the norm. And guarding better opponents obviously will be more difficult.
UNC will be playing for the championship of a holiday tournament tonight, while N.C. State is heading home after finishing last in another one.
Meanwhile in Reno, Nev., Leah Cotton came off the bench for a career-high 25 points as the Gophers topped NCSU 71-67 in the consolation game of the Nugget Classic.
Duke got away with its worst shooting performance of the season, going just 29.7 percent for the game in a 61-55 victory at UNC Charlotte.
Krystal Thomas added 10 points, a career-high 14 rebounds and a career-high eight blocked shots for the Blue Devils, who also got a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds from their fellow senior Karima Christmas.