CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - With the rest of her teammates struggling offensively, Monique Currie saved top-ranked Duke.
Currie scored a school record 43 points to lead the Blue Devils to a 99-93 double overtime victory over Miami on Sunday.
``I needed to make sure things were under control,'' said Currie, who scored 15 points in the second overtime. ``If I caught the ball I felt I could score.''
And the Blue Devils (24-1, 12-1) certainly needed all of Currie's offense. Her 3-pointer with 3:30 remaining in the second overtime put the Blue Devils ahead for good 83-80. She also was 10-for-10 on free throws in the final 1:33 to secure the victory.
Currie set the school single-game scoring mark previously held by Alana Beard against Virginia on Jan. 9, 2003.
``I think at times that my team looks to me to put the ball in the basket,'' Currie said.
The Hurricanes had been down 73-70 with 3.6 seconds left in regulation before Tamara James hit three free throws to tie the game. James retrieved Katie Hayek's missed 3-pointer and was fouled by Wanisha Smith as she attempted a 3-point shot.
``I was nervous, anybody who tells you they're not nervous, they lie,'' James said of her three free throws. ``They're the No. 1-ranked team in the nation with three seconds left. I was nervous but at the same time, I'm very confident in my free throw shooting.''
Harding missed a desperation shot at the buzzer and the game went to overtime.
James led Miami with 32 points. The Hurricanes have lost four straight conference games.
``We've watched enough tapes of them to recognize they are scrappy,'' Duke coach Gail Goestenkors said of the Hurricanes.
Miami's Albrey Grimsley hit a short jumper with 31 seconds in the first overtime to tie the game at 78.
``When we have the ball with 10 seconds left and playing at home, you have to win the game,'' Miami coach Katie Meier. ``That was our opportunity. We attacked the basket and we were aggressive with it. It just didn't work out for us.''