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Women's Basketball Falls To No. 1 Duke

Duke guard Alana Beard shoots under pressure from guard Allison Curtin in the first half.
Duke guard Alana Beard shoots under pressure from guard Allison Curtin in the first half.
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Dec. 21, 2002

Box Score

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Iciss Tillis scored 19 points in her return home as No. 1 Duke beat Tulsa 90-36 Saturday night.

The game was scheduled to give Tillis, who went to Tulsa's Casica Hall High, a chance to play in front of her hometown fans. For Tulsa, it was the worst loss in school history.

Alana Beard led Duke (10-0) with 25 points, 10 rebounds, seven steals and four assists. Michele Matyasovsky scored 13 points and Sheana Mosch added 11.

Allison Curtin, a transfer from Illinois who entered the game as the nation's fifth leading scorer with 26 points per game, scored 16 points but had 13 turnovers for Tulsa (4-6).

Tulsa committed a school-record 35 turnovers.

Duke forced Tulsa into turnovers on its first eight possessions and jumped to an 11-0 lead. Alyssa Shriver made Tulsa's first shot at 15:34 of the first half.

The Blue Devils forced 18 turnovers and made 7-of-11 3-pointers in the first half. Tulsa shot just 27.9 percent from the field and was outrebounded 48-31.