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Blue Devils wrap up ACC title

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© St. Petersburg Times, published February 25, 2003


COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Despite clinching the ACC regular-season title Monday, Duke coach Gail Goestenkors said she was dissatisfied.

"I'm very disappointed in our overall effort, extremely disappointed," she said. "We got outhustled. We put them on the free-throw line in the second half, allowed them to penetrate, didn't do a good job getting offensive rebounds. It was unacceptable."

But it was more than enough.

Lindsey Harding scored a career-high 19 and Alana Beard 18 as No. 2 Duke beat Maryland 97-55.

Duke won (26-1, 14-0) all 16 of its ACC games last season.

The Blue Devils controlled play from the opening tip, extending their ACC win streak to 38. They routed Maryland 101-52 on Jan. 23, and Maryland has lost six in a row to Duke.

Duke opened with a 19-1 run and led 41-14 at halftime as Maryland (10-16, 4-11) missed its first 16 shots.

Beard became the third ACC player with 300 steals, 500 rebounds and 350 assists and moved into 21st on the ACC's career scoring list.

NO. 8 UNC 80, COASTAL CAROLINA 48: Freshman Jessica Sell made 4 of 7 3-pointers in her first start for the host Tar Heels. The Chanticleers (10-14) led 10-9 before the Tar Heels (24-3) went on a 21-0 run for a 42-21 halftime lead.

Losing streak hits 40

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Morris Brown lost its 40th consecutive game, 55-39 to Savannah State, for the fourth-longest losing streak in Division I history.

The Wolverines finished 0-27, and they might not get a chance to play again. The school is millions of dollars in debt and doesn't have accreditation, dimming chances for another season.

Long Island University holds the record with 58 consecutive losses from 1986-89.

Washington State's 45-game streak ended Feb. 13 with a 67-64 victory against California. Sacramento State had the third-longest streak at 44 games.

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