Blue Devils avenge defeat to Seminoles

Posted: Friday, March 07, 2003

DURHAM, N.C. Shelden Williams had 12 points and season-high 17 rebounds and No. 10 Duke forced 24 turnovers in a 72-56 victory over Florida State on Thursday night.

The Blue Devils (21-5, 11-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) rebounded from blowing a double-digit lead late in a weekend loss at St. John's and avenged a defeat to the Seminoles a month ago in Tallahassee, Fla.

Dahntay Jones added 14 points for Duke in his last game in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The Beavers (13-13, 6-11 Pac-10), in their first year under former Arizona assistant Jay John, lost at McKale Center for the 20th year in a row, but they stayed with the Wildcats throughout.

Memphis (21-5, 12-3 Conference USA) peppered the Cougars (8-18, 6-9) with 3-pointers, hitting nine of 26. Anthony Rice added 11 points for the Tigers, including three of four 3s.


The victory prevented Kansas State (27-3, 14-2) from claiming a share of the Big 12 title. Fifth-ranked Texas captured the league title and will enter next weeks conference tournament as the No. 1 seed.

Nicole Ohlde and Kendra Wecker each scored 22 points for the Wildcats.

Trina Frierson added 20 points for the Lady Techsters (26-2, 18-0 Western Athletic Conference), who have already clinched their second-straight regular-season conference title. Amber Obaze scored 12.

Jenni Benningfield added 13 points for the Commodores (20-8), who finished 10-of-14 from 3-point range and shot 60 percent overall. Theyll play No. 17 Georgia in the quarterfinals Friday night.

Burgess previous career-high was 15 in the regular-season finale against the Lady Rebels, who led this one 54-53 with 10:12 left.

The No. 21 Phoenix (25-3) won their 38th straight game against a conference opponent and are trying to play in the tournaments championship game for the eighth straight year.

Christon, who scored 25 points against Alabama in the regular-season finale Sunday, made nine of 15 shots and had six rebounds for the Lady Razorbacks (21-9).

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