by Mike Potter
Duke finished up 2009 with a pretty tough road challenge in women's basketball.
And behind a double-double of a career-high 23 points and a career-high 14 rebounds from Karima Christmas (pictured), the Blue Devils held off Temple 70-62.
Jasmine Thomas added 15 points for No. 8 Duke (11-2), which also got 13 points from Bridgette Mitchell.
Kristen McCarthy finished with 16 points to lead Temple (10-3), which was off to its best start in 28 years. Jasmine Stone and Victoria Macaulay added 10 points apiece for Temple.
Duke shot just 34 percent against the Owls, but dominated the boards 40-27.
The Blue Devils will return home on Sunday to take on Providence.