Feb. 21, 2010

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -Karima Christmas scored a career-high 25 points and made two big plays down the stretch to help No. 8 Duke defeat Maryland 71-59 on Sunday.

Christmas shot 7 for 13 from the field, made a career-high four 3-pointers and added four steals for the Blue Devils.

Joy Cheek added 17 points for Duke (23-4, 11-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), which closed the game on a 17-6 run over the final four minutes.

Lori Bjork scored 14 points to lead Maryland (18-9, 5-7), which trailed 36-33 at halftime. Lynetta Kizer had 13 points and 13 rebounds, and Anjale Barrett scored 11 points for the Terrapins.

The Blue Devils led 54-53 with 4:05 to play before Christmas took over.

She grabbed an offensive rebound that turned into a three-point play for Cheek. Then Christmas delivered a three-point play after rebounding her own miss, putting Duke ahead 64-55 with 1:47 to play.