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Greenwell, Duke Rout Hampton 94-31 in NCAA 1st Round
Courtesy: Associated Press
Release: 03/18/2017
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DURHAM, N.C. -- Rebecca Greenwell had 26 points and 10 rebounds, and Duke routed Hampton 94-31 on Saturday night in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Freshman Leaonna Odom added a season-best 23 points, while Lexie Brown and Oderah Chidom finished with 11 apiece for the second-seeded Blue Devils (28-5).

They lost guard Kyra Lambert to a left knee injury in the second quarter but otherwise had no trouble advancing to face 10th-seeded Oregon (21-13) in the second round Monday night.

Duke held the 15th-seeded Pirates to 18 percent shooting and allowed just one field goal during the second quarter, outscoring Hampton 31-2 during that period to push the lead well into the 30s.

Jephany Brown had 18 points to lead Hampton (20-13). The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champions were back in the NCAA Tournament after a two-year absence.

The Blue Devils, who appeared in the tournament every year from 1995-2015 before missing out last season, were never in danger of becoming the first women's No. 2 seed to lose to a No. 15. They held Hampton to 1-of-14 shooting in the second quarter while putting the game well out of reach before halftime.

The only thing that went even wrong for Duke was the injury to Lambert, who did not return and will be re-evaluated, team spokesman Lindy Brown said. She collided with Hampton's Georgianna Gilbeaux with 4:21 left in the first half. The sophomore averages 7.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists for the Blue Devils.


Hampton: The Pirates had their seven-game winning streak snapped and remained winless in nine tournament appearances. They missed 20 of their first 21 attempts from 3-point range, and the other Pirate aside from Brown combined for just 13 points.

Duke: The Blue Devils -- who led by 25 points when Lambert was injured -- certainly didn't need her to try to come back in this one. But her status will be a high priority as the Blue Devils prepare for Oregon.


Duke: Plays Oregon on Monday night in the second round.