Black’s big night powers Duke

Published 9:54 pm Friday, January 4, 2008

By By Associated Press
DURHAM — Chante Black made all her shots while scoring 17 points, and No. 12 Duke rolled past North Carolina Central 82-29 on Thursday night.
Black went 7-for-7 from the field and 3-for-3 at the foul line as Duke (11-3) won its sixth straight overall and 22nd in a row at home.
Duke’s Wanisha Smith had 14 points and seven assists, while Joy Cheek, Abby Waner and reserve Karima Christmas added 10 points apiece.
Jori Nwachuka and Lavonna Hailey each scored eight points to lead North Carolina Central (2-15), playing its first season as an NCAA Division I team.
The Blue Devils were helped by North Carolina Central’s 31 turnovers, 21 in the first half, and a 51-26 edge in rebounding. Cheek and Smith each had eight rebounds.
Duke led 36-13 at halftime. North Carolina Central scored the fewest points of any Duke opponent this season.
Black hit five shots from the field and had 11 points in the first half.
After hitting just 15 of 39 shots in the first half, Duke made 19 of its last 36 shots to end up with a 45.3 shooting percentage.
North Carolina Central went scoreless in the last 4:59 of the first half, and Duke closed with a 12-0 run.
Duke used a 30-2 run over a 9:55 span in the second half to blow the game open.
Duke claimed a 4-3 lead in the series with its crosstown non-conference rival.