Paybacks are killers
Updated: Saturday February 03, 2001 6:02 PM
By Mike Ogle, Special to CNNSI.com
No. 4 Duke taught No. 17 Clemson a lesson when the teams rematched Jan. 28.
The Blue Devils (21-1 overall, 9-1 ACC) avenged its lone loss of the season, a 93-75 decision at Clemson (15-6, 6-4), and then some by spanking the Tigers 92-42 at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Duke did their damage without the services of injured freshman sensation Alana Beard. No need. The Blue Devils had plenty of other weapons.
Sophomore Sheana Mosch hit all 12 of her attempts from the field en route to a career-high 30 points. Mosch didn't stop there. She also grabbed 11 rebounds, dished out six assists and swiped five steals in 29 minutes of action in the blowout to end a week that would earn her ACC player of the week honors.
The guard averaged 28.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.3 steals on the week as Duke downed Clemson, North Carolina and Virginia. She connected on 34 of 47 of her shots from the floor during the stretch.
But the accolades didn't stop there. Blue Devil freshman Iciss Tillis picked up her second rookie of the week award in four weeks. Tillis tallied 13.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists in Duke's three wins.
The duo continued to standout this week in the Blue Devils' 66-58 win at Wake Forest. Mosch was the game's leading scorer with 22 points while Tillis added 16 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Seminole short of upset
They say there are no such things as moral victories, but Florida State might have picked one up Feb. 1 at No. 15 Xavier.
The Seminoles (12-8, 4-5) lost 75-72 in a back-and-forth game that never saw a lead larger than six points for either team despite having two players post at least 20 points.
Levy Torres notched 24 points and 13 rebounds while April Traylor added 20 against the Musketeers (18-2). Brooke Wyckoff chipped in 13 points and five rebounds for FSU in her hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio.
The Seminoles were off to a hot start this season at 10-2, 2-0 before dropping five of seven contests heading into Xavier. Although FSU picked up another loss in Cincinnati, it could help rebuild its confidence and give it finish off the conference season strong.
Florida State hosts Georgia Tech (11-9, 2-7) on Feb. 5 before facing Duke on the road Feb. 8. The Seminoles squeaked by the Yellow Jackets 66-65 and dropped to the Blue Devils 73-60 the first time around the ACC slate.
Mike Ogle is a reporter for The Daily Tar Heel, the student paper that serves the University of North Carolina.