Blue Devils Clinch ACC Regular Season Title

Alana Beard had 24 points and 10 rebounds to help No. 4 Duke beat Maryland 72-59 Sunday and clinch its fourth straight Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title.

Monique Currie scored 14 points, Mistie Bass added 12 and Lindsey Harding had seven assists and 10 rebounds for the Blue Devils (22-3, 13-1), who have won five straight. Duke beat Maryland for the eighth straight time and 11th in 12 games.

The Terrapins (15-11, 7-8) got 16 points from Delvona Oliver. Kalika France scored 13 of her 15 points in the second half.

The crowd of 13,446 at Comcast Center was the second-largest in ACC women's basketball history.

Beard scored 12 first-half points and Duke used a 15-0 run midway through the half to take a 38-21 lead at the break. Maryland missed its first five shots from the field and finished the opening half 8-for-28.

Oliver had six points in a 14-7 run that trimmed Duke's lead to 53-41 with 11:45 remaining. France scored nine straight points to get Maryland to 57-50 with 7:36 left.

But Currie hit consecutive field goals for an 11-point lead.

Chrissy Fisher made a three to get Maryland to 66-59 with 2:16 left, but Vicki Kraphol responded with a three of her own to put the game away.

Photo courtesy of the Associated Press Photo Archive

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