DURHAM, N.C. – Lexie Brown and Rebecca Greenwell scored 18 points each to propel 17th-ranked Duke to a 68-50 victory over Villanova Wednesday in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devils extended their winning streak to six contests to improve to 11-1 on the season.
Greenwell nearly had a double-double with nine boards while Brown added six and senior Oderah Chidom eight. Chidom also registered eight points and sophomore Kyra Lambert had 10 for her fifth double-figure scoring performance of the year.
After an even opening five minutes, the Blue Devils took off on a 13-0 run capped by a Brown trey to go up 17-7. Villanova’s scoreless stretch lasted through the end of the period, giving Duke a 19-7 advantage heading into the second quarter.
Both teams found their rhythm from behind the arc, with the Wildcats connecting on three treys to pull within six. Duke’s defense held Villanova without a basket for the final four minutes of the half to take a 34-22 lead into the locker room at the intermission.
Greenwell’s 13 points and five rebounds led all players at the break.
Villanova hit back-to-back threes to start the second half and quickly added another by Adrianna Hahn, but the Blue Devils continued to capitalize in the paint to keep the margin in double digits. Brown joined Greenwell with double-figure scoring on the night and Lambert tallied four of her 10 points in the third quarter to make it 47-34 in the Blue Devils’ favor.
Duke shot over 50 percent into the final period and rounded out the contest on a 7-0 scoring spurt to move to 7-0 in games played in Cameron this season.
Hahn headlined Villanova’s effort with 18 points, sinking 6-of-13 from deep. Alex Louin added 11 points on three treys for the Wildcats.
For the game, the Blue Devils were 28-of-52 from the field (54 percent) while limiting Villanova to 31 percent shooting (19-of-61). The Wildcats also finished 10-of-41 (24 percent) from three-point range.
Duke will be off until Thursday, Dec. 29 when the squad returns to Cameron Indoor Stadium to host Kentucky. The 7 p.m. contest will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra. That night will also see the program retire Elizabeth Williams’ jersey at halftime.