ATLANTA, Ga. – In her return to her home state of Georgia, Duke University redshirt junior Lexi Brown collected a game-high 25 points to go along with seven steals as the Blue Devils downed Georgia Tech, 75-68, in their first road contest of 2017 at the McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta, Ga.
With the win, Duke improved to 14-1 overall and 2-0 in ACC action, while totaling its 10th consecutive victory.
A product of Suwanee, Ga., Brown notched her team-best seventh game with 20+ scoring on the season and hit 4-of-4 free throws to extend her ACC-record streak to 49, which ranks tied for the eighth-longest mark in NCAA history.
The Blue Devils jumped out to a 13-5 lead early, but the Yellow Jackets (11-4, 0-2) went on an 8-0 run to even the score. Led by Brown’s 13 straight points in the first quarter, the Blue Devils had a good start but Georgia Tech went on a 7-0 run to take a 22-20 lead at the end of the first 10 minutes.
Brown continued to lead Duke on both the offensive and defensive end finishing the first half with 15 points and a game-high five steals. The Blue Devils would take a 35-34 lead at the break hitting 50.0 percent of their field goals.
After turning the ball over only 12 times in the last contest against Louisville, Duke had 14 first half turnovers.
Duke opened the third period going on a 7-0 run to take a 10-point lead, 44-34. Greenwell would score seven consecutive points and the Blue Devils held a 53-47 lead through 30 minutes.
The Blue Devils went on a 6-0 run to open the fourth quarter and led 59-47, after a layup by Brown. Sophomore Kyra Lambert drained a three-pointer with 5:05 remaining to give Duke a 66-55 advantage.
Greenwell, a product of Owensboro, Ky., added 17 points and five rebounds, while senior Oderah Chidom (12) and Lambert (10) each chipped in double-digit scoring.
The Blue Devils turned the ball over a season-high 23 times, but hit 54.0 percent of their field goals and swatted nine shots.
Duke will next travel to Tallahassee, Fla., to face sixth-ranked Florida State Sunday, Jan. 8 at 2 p.m., live on ACC Network Extra.