Rebecca Greenwell and freshman Azurá Stevens combined for 36 points but 13th-ranked Duke could not overcome offensive struggles in the second half, falling 74-58 at No. 22 Florida State Sunday at the Donald L. Tucker Center.TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Redshirt freshman
The Blue Devils (11-5, 2-1 ACC) committed 25 turnovers on the day, surrendering their first ACC loss in the month of January since 2009.
Duke got off to a balanced scoring start, and shot over 70 percent late into the period for a 25-12 lead over the Seminoles. Stevens rattled off an early nine points while Greenwell connected on three first-half treys to fuel the offensive spurt.
Florida State pushed the tempo in the waning minutes, taking off on a 9-3 run to end the half that was punctuated by a Morgan Jones three-pointer with four seconds remaining. The Seminoles’ 9-3 scoring run closed the gap to 37-34 at the break.
Greenwell led all players with 13 points at the break while sophomore Kendall Cooper had a team-high four rebounds in the opening 20 minutes.
The Blue Devils’ shooting struggles continued into the second half, allowing Florida State to grab its first lead since the 17:51 mark in the first. Greenwell responded with her fourth trey and Stevens converted a three-point play to put Duke back up by four with just under 14 minutes to go.
Foul trouble plagued both teams down the stretch, stalling both offenses for a short while until the Seminoles hit back-to-back threes. The Blue Devils hung on to a one-point lead at the eight-minute mark despite committing five turnovers over the previous 2:16 off the clock.
After a couple of offensive fouls on Duke, the Seminoles added two more treys to stretch the margin to 66-55 in their favor with 2:31 remaining. Florida State secured defensive rebounds on two of the Blue Devils’ final three possessions of the game to close out the 74-58 decision.
The Seminoles’ Adut Bulgak totaled 18 points and 18 rebounds on the afternoon, pacing her squad to a 38-28 rebounding margin. Greenwell went 7-of-7 at the free throw line and led Duke on the boards with five, but senior center Elizabeth Williams was held to just three points and three rebounds and fouled out of the game with 1:16 remaining.
Duke returns home to Cameron Indoor Stadium Thursday, Jan. 15 to host Virginia Tech at 6:30 p.m. The contest will be streamed on Blue Devil Network Plus.