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No. 4 Duke Outlasts N.C. State, 61-58, In Overtime
Saturday 01/19/2009  -  Associated Press
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Chante Black had 17 points and 17 rebounds in Duke’s 61-58 overtime...

RALEIGH, N.C.Chante Black wasn't comfortable in her seat during the first half. She got more involved in the action after the break.

Black scored all 17 of her points and grabbed all but one of her career-high 17 rebounds after halftime, helping No. 4 Duke rally past North Carolina State 61-58 in overtime on Monday night.

"It was that saying, 'Make the most of your minutes.' I just went out there and played hard," said Black, who spent the final 13:14 of the first half on the bench after picking up her second foul. "I didn't have the opportunity to play in the first half really, so I knew I had to step up and play."

Karima Christmas also scored 17 points for the Blue Devils (16-1, 4-0 ACC), who came back from a 14-point deficit in the first half to win their 14th consecutive game.

Black scored Duke's first five points of overtime, and Christmas provided a steal and layup to give the Blue Devils a 59-54 lead with 1:38 to play. N.C. State had a chance to send the game to a second extra period, but Brittany Strachan's 3-pointer bounced off the front of the rim at the final buzzer.

Shayla Fields forced overtime for the Wolfpack (8-10, 0-3 ACC), making a jumper from the left elbow to tie the score at 52 with 29.5 seconds remaining. She scored 20 points on 6-for-23 shooting.

Nikkita Gartrell added 14 points for the Wolfpack, who suffered their fourth consecutive loss. It was the second overtime loss to a top-five team in eight days for N.C. State, which fell at No. 2 North Carolina 75-66 on Jan. 11.

The Wolfpack, playing without coach Kay Yow as she fights a recurrence of breast cancer, lost starting guard Sharnise Beal to a head injury midway through the first half. Beal, who scored five points in 9 minutes, didn't return after hitting the back of her head while being fouled.

"I thought we gave a tremendous effort," N.C. State interim head coach Stephanie Glance said. "To battle like we battled and be short-handed once again, it's just such a credit to this team.

"We talked a lot yesterday and we talked a lot today about the one thing we were going to do is represent Coach Yow's fight. And to me, we could not have represented that in any greater way than we did today."

Duke, which trailed 36-27 at halftime, survived a scoreless drought of more than 7 minutes in the first half. The Wolfpack seized control of the game with a 17-0 spurt that gave them a 25-12 lead with 8:12 remaining, and they held their biggest lead at 31-17 with 6 minutes left.

But the Blue Devils rallied with a 13-0 run beginning late in the first half, holding N.C. State without a point for more than 10˝ minutes to take a 38-36 lead. The Wolfpack missed their first 12 shots of the second half, committing seven turnovers during that stretch.

"Since we were down, everybody just wanted to get back into the game somehow and contribute some way," Christmas said. "We knew we had to attack."


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