DURHAM, N.C. – In an opening quarter that saw a combined nine turnovers, the Blue Devils were able to overcome their own early possession struggles to defeat Wake Forest, 71-43, Sunday in Cameron Indoor Stadium. With the victory, Duke improved to 18-4 overall and 6-3 in the ACC.
Sophomore guard Crystal Primm aided the offensive efforts by recording four assists, a career high. Junior Lexie Brown also impressed with 28 points, and redshirt junior Rebecca Greenwell followed with 13 points and five rebounds.
Leaonna Odom contributed with her second double-double of the season, tallying 10 points and 11 rebounds. Her efforts in the paint enabled the hometown offense to run away with the lead following a tight, back-and-forth first quarter.
It would not be until the second frame that the Blue Devils would find their rhythm, tripling the output of the Demon Deacons, 21-7, en route to a 37-20 halftime lead. Brown’s 16 points led all players at the break.
A stingy defensive effort from Duke limited Wake Forest to only three points in the first 5:45 minutes of the third quarter. Outscoring the Demon Deacons 20-11, the Blue Devils would extend the margin even further, 57-31, entering the final frame.
The fourth quarter would prove to be more of the same, as the Blue Devils would record 14 points thanks in part to efficient passing and defensive efforts to force turnovers.
A second-half surge from senior Kendall Cooper landed the Carson, Calif. native 10 points in the contest after only garnering two in the first half.
Duke managed 41 points off of turnovers in the contest, compared to Wake Forest’s 11. Overall, the Blue Devils shot 43 percent from the field, and 36 percent from behind the arc.
For Wake Forest, Elisa Penna and Milan Quinn led the scoring efforts, recording 14 and 10, respectively.
The Blue Devils return to action Thursday, Feb. 2 when they host the Clemson Tigers in a 7 p.m. matchup. The game will be available on the ACC Network Extra.