RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Duke lacked chemistry and character in a
season-opening loss a week ago. The fourth-ranked Blue Devils had
no trouble rebounding against another quality opponent Sunday.
Mistie Bass and Iciss Tillis controlled the inside in the second
half, leading Duke to a 93-63 victory over No. 5 Purdue in the
Jimmy V Women's Classic.
Duke's players vowed to come back after losing to No. 2 Texas
85-77 last Sunday.
"We worked on a lot of things this week and it showed in the
game. We put everything together," All-American Alana Beard said.
"We worked on being disciplined and trusting each other
defensively. Our defense was awesome and we were all on the same
The winning margin was the largest in school history against a
team ranked in the top 5.
"We were awful, really awful," said Purdue coach Kristy Curry,
whose team committed 23 turnovers. "They just flat out give us a
good old country kicking. I was extremely embarrassed."
The Blue Devils (2-1) took the rematch of the 1999 national
title game won by Purdue despite Beard battling foul trouble most
of the game.
"It was important for us to play very, very well without
Alana," Duke coach Gail Goestenkors said. "People have questioned
that in the past. We needed to rid ourselves of those demons and
understand that we have so many players that can and will step
Bass and Tillis finished with 18 points each, while Beard had 11
of her 20 over the final 7:59 after sitting out nearly 10 minutes.
Shereka Wright led Purdue with 20.
Beard picked up her third and fourth fouls in the span of a
minute with 18:17 left and was sent to the bench. But Bass and
Tillis picked up the slack for the Blue Devils, who improved to
24-7 against ranked opponents during the last four years.
Bass made four inside baskets and drew a charge over a
five-minute span and Tillis added a layup and 3-pointer, helping
Duke push its eight-point lead to 19 with 12:06 remaining.
Purdue, ranked in the top five for the first time since November
2000, fell behind 66-42 two minutes later on a three-point play by
"This makes me feel good about our future and where we're
heading," Goestenkors said.
It took Purdue (1-1) almost five minutes to score at the outset
and the Boilermakers turned the ball over 12 times in the first
half to trail 36-27.
"In the first five minutes we didn't have it, the emotion was
not there," Wright said.
Duke forged a comfortable lead despite shooting 36 percent and
coughing up the ball 11 times in a sloppy opening 20 minutes.
The Blue Devils also lost top freshman Brittany Hunter six
minutes into the game with an injured right knee. Hunter was
averaging 15.5 points and 6.5 rebounds. She returned to the bench
to start the second half on crutches and is scheduled for an MRI on