Azurá Stevens tallied a career-high 24 points and senior Elizabeth Williams added 19, but the 15th-ranked Blue Devils were unable to overcome Boston College in the waning minutes, falling 60-56 to the Eagles Thursday evening at Silvio O. Conte Forum.CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Freshman
Duke slipped to 13-6 on the season and 4-2 in ACC action while surrendering its first loss to an unranked opponent this year.
The Blue Devils got off to a quick start, leading by a 9-0 score just two minutes into the contest. However, Boston College responded by draining four consecutive treys and held on to a slight advantage midway through the period. The Eagles’ Nicole Boudreau connected on her third bucket from deep and completed a three-point play a short while later to stretch the margin to 11.
While Duke struggled from the field, Boston College continued to attack from the perimeter. Stevens poured in eight straight points for the Blue Devils, and along with contributions from senior Elizabeth Williams and redshirt freshman Rebecca Greenwell, pulled Duke within five at the break.
Both teams shot under 40 percent in the first half, although the Eagles made eight three-pointers, led by five from Boudreau.
The Blue Devils regained the lead early in the second half, but Boston College came right back with an answer from three-point range. The score continued to swing back and forth, with Duke going back on top at the 6:02 mark despite being held scoreless for over seven minutes down the stretch.
The advantage on the boards stayed with the Blue Devils and Duke capitalized from the free throw line, going 18-of-22 at the charity stripe for an 82 shooting percentage.
Emilee Daley connected on three straight treys to put the Eagles up 58-54 with 1:09 remaining. Time ticked off the game clock as the Blue Devils had to resort to fouling to regain possession. A layup by Williams trimmed the deficit to just two points, but Boston College converted at the free throw line to close out the contest.
Stevens’ 24 points led all players in a game that featured four ties and nine lead changes. Stevens and Williams each notched nine rebounds, while Daley paced the Eagles with 17 points. Greenwell also added 11 points for Duke in the loss.
The Blue Devils shot 33 percent from the floor on the evening to Boston College’s 36 percent field goal shooting. However, the Eagles drained 13 three-pointers and forced Duke into 15 turnovers.
Duke faces a quick turnaround next, returning to action at No. 12 North Carolina Sunday, Jan. 25. Tip-off in Carmichael Arena is set for 5 p.m., with the contest between the Tobacco Road rivals slated to be aired on ESPN2.