- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 1, 2009

From combined dispatches

AP TOP 25

No. 6 DUKE 66, PROVIDENCE 49: Chante Black scored 17 points and Abby Waner added 13 as the Blue Devils (11-1) won their ninth straight game, beating the Friars (6-6) on Wednesday in Providence, R.I.

Jasmine Thomas and Karima Christmas scored nine points apiece for Duke, which turned back a second-half surge from Providence that cut the lead to one point.

Duke took a 32-24 lead into the half, but Providence went on a 17-10 run and pulled within 42-41 on a 3-pointer from freshman reserve Chandler McCabe. That was the closest the Friars got, as the Blue Devils used a 24-8 run to pull away down the stretch.

Shantee Darrian led Providence with 13 points and a season-high 15 rebounds. Chelsea Marandola added 11 for the Friars.

The cold-shooting Friars connected on only 16 of 63 field goal attempts (25.4 percent). Providence went 5-for-16 from 3-point-range and made only 12 of 21 free-throw attempts. Providence also committed 29 turnovers.

No. 1 UCONN 78, HARTFORD 41: Renee Montgomery scored all of her 20 points in the first half to lead the Huskies (12-0) to a win over the in-state rival Hawks (5-7) in Hartford, Conn.

Montgomery, who hit nine of her 11 shots, moved past Hartford coach Jen Rizzotti into 12th place on UConn’s all-time scoring list with 1,545 points.

She missed part of the second half after taking a shot to the mouth while battling under the basket on defense. She returned to the bench but did not play the remainder of the game.

Illicia Mathis had 11 points to lead Hartford, which upset No. 6 Duke 53-51 in November but was never really in this one.

No. 17 OHIO STATE 68, NORTHWESTERN 59: Jantel Lavender had 15 points and nine rebounds to lead the Buckeyes (11-2, 2-0 Big Ten) to a win over the Wildcats (4-10, 0-3) in Evanston, Ill.

Samantha Prahalis had 11 points and three rebounds for Ohio State.

Amy Jaeschke led Northwestern with 24 points and five rebounds. Kristin Cartwright came off the bench to score 11, and Meshia Reed added 10 more.

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N.C. STATE 61, GEORGETOWN 58: N.C. State coach Kay Yow missed her third straight game as she battles a recurrence of breast cancer.

The 66-year-old Hall of Fame coach, who was first diagnosed in 1987, had hoped to be on the bench for her team’s 61-58 victory over Georgetown. But team spokesman Mark Kimmel said she decided about four hours before tipoff that she would be unable to coach.

Associate coach Stephanie Glance - who filled in for Yow two seasons ago when she missed 16 games to focus on her cancer treatment - once again ran the team in the coach’s absence.

Sharnise Beal scored 23 points, Shayla Fields added 13 and the Wolfpack blew a 13-point second-half lead before rallying, hitting five of six free throws in the final minute to clinch their third straight win without their ailing coach.

Shanice Fuller scored 13 points to lead Georgetown.

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