Blue Devils collar Illinois-Chicago

Posted: Wednesday, December 15, 2004

DURHAM, N.C. - Shelden Williams had 23 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocked shots to lead No. 7 Duke to an 88-55 victory over Illinois-Chicago on Tuesday night.

J.J. Redick added 21 points for the Blue Devils, who improved to 7-0 for the fourth time in five seasons and blocked a school-record 18 shots.

Duke shot 49 percent and used a 21-0 run spanning halftime to turn the game into a rout, holding the Flames (3-4) to one field goal over a 7 1/2-minute span.

Jovan Stefanov scored 15 points, all in the first half, for Illinois-Chicago, which lost 60-59 to No. 3 Georgia Tech to open the season.

No. 13 Louisville 85, N. Carolina A&T 51

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Larry O'Bannon scored a season-high 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Cardinals (6-1) to their fifth straight win.

Francisco Garcia added 12 points and Ellis Myles had 11 points and 10 rebounds for Louisville, which outrebounded the Aggies 58-40 and held them to 28.1 percent shooting (20-of-71), including 3-of-18 from 3-point xrange.

Women's Capsule

MINNEAPOLIS - Seimone Augustus scored 22 points to lead top-ranked LSU past No. 13 Minnesota 75-67 in a matchup Tuesday night of Final Four teams from last season.

Temeka Johnson had 18 points and a season-high 13 assists, and Sylvia Fowles added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Lady Tigers (9-0), who have now beaten three ranked teams.

Janel McCarville scored a career-high 31 points to go with 13 rebounds, five steals and four assists for the Gophers (8-2), who hurt themselves with 18 turnovers as their home nonconference winning streak ended at 23.

Jamie Broback added 18 points for Minnesota, but was called for traveling three times while driving.

Augustus and McCarville made up two-fifths of The Associated Press preseason All-America team, and each had her share of highlights.

A junior forward who made all 11 of her shots in a win over North Texas on Nov. 30, Augustus had a relatively quiet night - but she produced the game's most impressive play.

Cutting across the lane midway through the first half, she caught a pass from Johnson in the air underneath the basket and blindly flicked the ball backward off the glass with one hand for a layup that made it 15-12 LSU.

McCarville, a senior center who spends most of her time on the high post where she can pivot and shoot, take the ball to the basket or pass to a teammate on the wing, took control right after halftime with six of her team's first 10 points.

A spin move in the lane left Fowles on the floor and led to an easy layup. Then on Minnesota's next possession, McCarville fed April Calhoun for a no-look, back-door pass and a shot that cut LSU's lead to 47-42. But the Gophers couldn't get any closer against the relentless Lady Tigers.

A 3-pointer by Quianna Chaney gave LSU its biggest lead at 40-24 with 2 1/2 minutes remaining in the first half. Ball control has been a problem for Minnesota this season, and the Tigers' tenacious perimeter defense caused frequent problems early. Thirteen of the Gophers' turnovers came before halftime.

Johnson, LSU's 5-foot-3 point guard, had eight assists in the first half and made sure Minnesota didn't focus all its defensive energy on Augustus with some quick drives to the hoop.

The only other time the Gophers played the nation's No. 1 team was in last season's NCAA tournament, when they beat Duke 82-75 in the Mideast Region final. Minnesota lost to Connecticut in the national semifinals, where LSU also lost to Tennessee.



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