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.

Thursday’s game

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.