Rebecca Greenwell totaled 24 points on six three-pointers and senior Elizabeth Williams chipped in a double-double as Duke opened exhibition play with a 100-33 victory over Limestone College Thursday evening at Cameron Indoor Stadium.DURHAM, N.C. – Redshirt freshman
Williams notched 18 points and 11 rebounds while Greenwell went 6-of-11 from behind the arc and added five rebounds and six assists. A balanced Blue Devil offense also featured three other players in double figures as sophomore Oderah Chidom recorded 19 points and freshmen Sierra Calhoun and Azurá Stevens had 11 each.
Duke also excelled on defense, limiting the Saints to just 21 percent shooting from the field and logging 17 steals and 38 points off of turnovers in the contest.
The Blue Devils were on-target from deep in the opening minutes, utilizing solid three-point shooting to take an early 14-5 advantage. Greenwell hit a pair of treys and Williams added a quick nine points to pace Duke on the offensive end.
A strong effort on defense propelled the home squad to a 22-0 run over the next six minutes. Chidom came off the bench to add 12 points on 5-of-5 shooting from the field to go along with six rebounds as the Blue Devils extended their lead to 49-20 at the intermission.
As a team, Duke shot 55 percent from the floor during the first period and tallied 26 points in the paint.
The Blue Devils were just as aggressive in the second half, as Calhoun connected on a three and fellow rookie Stevens forced Limestone into a couple of turnovers. Duke displayed fluid passing and continued to dominate on the boards, fueling another mini run. However, the Saints did not back down, connecting on a pair of treys to keep the deficit under 30.
Greenwell continued to fire from three-point range, connecting on four more in the final 15 minutes. Williams grabbed six more rebounds to give her a double-double with 18 points and the Blue Devils pulled away, closing the game on a 25-2 scoring run.
Duke finished with a 57-20 advantage on the boards and scored 46 points in the paint in the win.
The Blue Devils continue exhibition play Sunday, Nov. 2 in a 2 p.m. contest against Armstrong State in Cameron.