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Duke edges UW

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Associated Press
December 3, 2010
— Despite a sluggish performance, Duke had something to feel good about Thursday night: The Blue Devils showed they can win ugly.

Jasmine Thomas had 14 points and seven rebounds, and No. 5 Duke overcame poor shooting to hold off Wisconsin 59-51, giving the Atlantic Coast Conference a 6-5 victory in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.


In the finale of a four-game road trip, the Blue Devils (8-0) shot only 33 percent (20 of 60) from the field. But the Badgers (2-6) were sloppy with the ball and couldn’t capitalize on several opportunities due to 21 turnovers.


“This was a find-a-way kind of game for us relative to all the travel and the things we’ve been doing lately,” Duke coach Joanne McCallie said.


Taylor Wurtz’s 3-pointer pulled the Badgers to 41-38 with less than 8 minutes to go. Duke finally created some breathing room with an 11-3 run, sparked in part by a full-court press and swarming defense that either forced Wisconsin to turn the ball over or left the Badgers with little time to run their offense.


The Badgers cut the deficit to five in the final minutes, but couldn’t get any closer.


Still, Wisconsin coach Lisa Stone said the game could be a turning point for her team. For one thing, everyone is back healthy.


Forward Lin Zastrow returned after missing the previous three games with a knee injury. She was averaging 10 points and six rebounds before getting hurt and finished Thursday’s game with seven points and six boards.


Wurtz led Wisconsin with 19 points.


(5) DUKE 59, WISCONSIN 51

Duke (59)—Scheer 0-4 0-0 0, K. Thomas 1-7 1-2 3, Selby 0-4 0-0 0, J. Thomas 4-14 3-4 14, Christmas 2-9 4-6 9, Wells 3-5 0-0 6, Gray 4-8 5-5 13, Jackson 0-2 2-4 2, Liston 0-0 0-0 0, Peters 3-3 0-0 6, Vernerey 3-4 0-3 6. Totals 20-60 15-24 59.


Wisconsin (51)—Steinbauer 3-5 0-0 7, Zastrow 1-3 4-4 7, Wurtz 7-14 1-3 19, Paige 1-3 1-2 4, Karel 6-16 2-4 14, Davis 0-0 0-1 0, Neal 0-2 0-0 0, Thomas 0-0 0-0 0, Stephen 0-0 0-0 0, Buggs 0-0 0-0 0, Covington 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 18-45 8-14 51.


Duke 27 32—59


Wisconsin 18 33—51


Three-point goals—Duke 4-16 (J. Thomas 3-5, Christmas 1-5, Jackson 0-1, Selby 0-1, Gray 0-2, Scheer 0-2), Wisconsin 7-20 (Wurtz 4-9, Steinbauer 1-2, Zastrow 1-2, Paige 1-3, Neal 0-1, Karel 0-3). Fouled Out—Karel. Rebounds—Duke 45 (K. Thomas, J. Thomas 7), Wisconsin 30 (Steinbauer, Zastrow 6). Assists—Duke 6 (Christmas, K. Thomas 2), Wisconsin 9 (Karel 3). Total Fouls—Duke 17, Wisconsin 19.


Attendance—4,298.



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