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Second Half Pushes Duke Past Boston College, 67-44
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 01/22/2017
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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Behind a dominant second half, the 15th-ranked Duke women’s basketball team registered a road ACC victory Sunday as the Blue Devils downed Boston College, 67-44, at the Silvio O. Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Duke redshirt junior Lexie Brown finished with a game-high 22 points as the Blue Devils outscored the Eagles, 38-16, in the second stanza. 

Brown got things started for the Blue Devils early as she hit her first three field goal attempts and helped Duke jump out to a 7-2 lead. Boston College would outscore the Blue Devils 10-4 to conclude the first period as Duke failed to score over the final 3:01 of the stanza. 

In a back-and-forth second quarter, redshirt junior Rebecca Greenwell started getting going as she scored eight points as the Blue Devils finished the first 20 minutes holding a 29-28 advantage. 

Duke struggled holding onto the ball committing 10 turnovers. At the half, Brown led all scorers with 13 points. 

The Blue Devils came out in the third quarter and outscored the Eagles, 23-9, jumping out to a 52-37 lead through 30 minutes. Duke went on a 14-0 run and held Boston College without a field goal for the final 8:17 of the quarter. Sophomore Kyra Lambert recorded eight points in the third as she connected on two three-pointers. 

Duke opened the fourth quarter on a 13-0 run as the Blue Devils moved their lead to 65-37 as Lambert continued her hot shooting. She matched a career high with her third three-pointer of the day. Lambert, a native of Cibolo, Texas, reached double-digit scoring for the fifth time out of the last six contests as she scored all of her 13 points in the second half. 

The Blue Devil smothering defense limited the Eagles to 16 second half points and only five field goals. Duke forced 25 Boston College turnovers and scored 27 points off those turnovers. The Blue Devils held a 40-38 advantage on the boards. 

Greenwell, who is from Owensboro, Ky., finished with 14 points and five rebounds. Senior Oderah Chidom came off the bench to add eight points, a team-high seven rebounds and four assists, while junior Erin Mathias dished a career-high six assists and added five rebounds. 

Duke will next travel to sixth-ranked Notre Dame Thursday, Jan. 26 for a 7 p.m., tilt live on ACC Network Extra.