by Mike Potter
Duke will put its No. 10 ranking in women's basketball on the line outside the country tonight.
The Blue Devils (3-1) will take on Western Kentucky (3-0) in the first round of the Caribbean Challenge at 6 p.m. at the Moon Palace Resort in Cancun, Mexico.
The Hilltoppers gave the visiting Blue Devils a tough go last season, with Duke finally surviving 59-56.
Bridgette Mitchell (pictured) is leading Duke with 4.0 offensive rebounds per game.
Duke will play Marquette on Friday at 6:30 in its other game in the Challenge. It is Duke's second appearance in the Cancun event; the Blue Devils went 2-0 in 2006.
Western Kentucky vs. No. 10 Duke
[Tonight, 6:30 p.m., Moon Palace Resort, Cancun]
Duke leads series 2-0
Records: WKU 3-0, Duke 3-1.
Audio: WDNC-AM 620, GoDuke.com.
Coaches' records - WKU: Mary Taylor Cowles 157-70; Duke: Joanne P. McCallie 371-165, 55-17 at Duke.
Leading scorers - WKU: Amy McNear 18.3; Duke: Jasmine Thomas 13.0.
Leading rebounders - WKU: Arnika Brown 13.0; Duke: Joy Cheek 7.5.
Assist leaders - WKU: Amy McNear 5.6; Duke: Jasmine Thomas 5.3.