Hoping to contend for a national championship, No. 4 Duke got exactly what it needed in a close victory last night over Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.
The Blue Devils led by 16 points and appeared ready to pull away, but then the Hokies charged back, trimming the deficit to three in the final minutes before Duke held on for a 57-52 win. It was the Blue Devils' 13th victory in a row - and one they are sure to hear plenty about going forward.
"You have to finish strong," Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie said. "What I like about this team is they're going to appreciate the victory, but this is going to hit them in the gut, too, and that's the recipe for a very good team."
Chante Black had 13 points and 14 rebounds for Duke, which, coming off a 68-65 home win over No. 12 Maryland, committed 28 turnovers.
The Blue Devils (15-1, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), though, prevailed, getting two critical free throws from Karima Christmas with 22.7 seconds left. The Hokies dropped to 8-8, 0-3.
Rider 62, Loyola 47:: Meredith Tolley scored a career-high 24 points and Kaitlin Grant tied a school record with eight steals, but the visiting Greyhounds (8-8, 3-3 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) lost to the Broncos (5-12, 2-4).
Scranton 63, Goucher 47:: The Gophers (5-5, 1-3 Landmark) shot 32.7 percent in their loss to the visiting Royals (10-4, 3-1).
Scranton 63, Goucher 57:: Darrin Boswell's 19 points weren't enough as the host Gophers (2-11, 0-4 Landmark) fell to the Royals (11-4, 3-1).