DURHAM, N.C. – Junior guard Lexie Brown poured in 29 points as the 15th-ranked Duke women’s basketball team ran past No. 17 Virginia Tech, 84-59, Thursday in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devils turned in their highest scoring effort since late November to improve to 16-3 on the season and 4-2 in conference action.
Redshirt junior Rebecca Greenwell finished with 18 points and sophomore Kyra Lambert had 10 to go along with six rebounds. Senior Kendall Cooper and freshman Leaonna Odom chipped in eight points apiece as Duke handed the Hokies (16-2, 3-2 ACC) just their second loss of the season.
Brown registered nine of Duke’s first 16 points and a back-and-forth opening quarter saw the Hokies emerge with a five-point advantage at 21-16.
The Blue Devils held Virginia Tech to just one of their first six shots in the second frame and regained the lead on a Cooper jumper at the 6:38 mark. Junior Erin Mathias also added a couple of baskets to help fuel a 10-0 Duke run that made it 29-24.
Defensively, the Blue Devils held the Hokies to just three points in the final four minutes of the period to take a 38-32 lead into halftime.
Brown’s 18 points led all players at the break. In addition, Duke committed a season-low three turnovers in the first 20 minutes.
The Blue Devils opened the second half on a 15-0 run to push the margin to 24. A lock-down defensive effort kept Virginia Tech off the board until the 4:59 mark of the third quarter and Duke shot over 70 percent from the floor in the period. The Hokies’ Kendyl Brooks sank three treys in the final 2:09 but the Blue Devils maintained a 23-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Duke limited Virginia Tech to just 24 percent shooting in the final frame to close out the victory.
For the night, the Blue Devils shot 51 percent (30-of-59) from the floor and went a perfect 17-of-17 at the free throw line for a school record. The squad also racked up 23 points off of 17 Virginia Tech turnovers.
Brooks and Sidney Cook recorded 15 points each for the Hokies while Regan Magarity added 13.
The Blue Devils return to the court Sunday when they travel to Boston College for a 2 p.m. tip on ACC Network Extra.