DURHAM, N.C. – The Blue Devil tandem of redshirt junior Rebecca Greenwell and junior Lexie Brown combined for 34 points Thursday in a 65-37 victory over Clemson. Fifteenth-ranked Duke moved to 19-4 overall and 7-3 in ACC action with the win.
Greenwell topped the 20-point mark for the sixth time on the season and added four rebounds and two assists. Brown finished with 13 points, including two three-pointers, and notched seven of the team’s 14 assists on the evening. The Blue Devils received scoring contributions from every player in the lineup and also turned in a solid defensive effort, holding the Tigers (12-11, 1-9 ACC) to their second-lowest scoring output of the season and single digits in three of the four periods.
Duke opened up strong with a 13-2 advantage behind six points from Brown and five from Greenwell and led 17-9 at the end of the first quarter.
Greenwell sank her second three-pointer midway through the second frame and rounded out the half with 5-of-6 shooting from the floor. Clemson narrowed the margin to seven three times during the second period but the Blue Devils tallied four unanswered points before the end of the half to head into the locker room up 34-20.
Duke continued its scoring run in the third quarter behind contributions from four different players. Defensively, the squad held the Tigers without a point for over five minutes to push the margin to 18 entering the final period.
After Clemson registered back-to-back baskets at the beginning of the fourth quarter, the Blue Devils responded with a 14-2 run to seal the victory.
Duke rounded out the evening with a 48 percent shooting clip (24-of-50) while limiting the Tigers to just 28 percent shooting (13-of-47). The Blue Devils also exercised a 38-10 advantage on the boards, with senior Oderah Chidom and freshman Leaonna Odom pulling down five apiece. Both Chidom and Odom also contributed eight points each.
Clemson was led offensively by Jaia Alexander’s 10 points.
Duke travels to Virginia Sunday for a 1 p.m. road contest before returning to Cameron Indoor Stadium for two straight home games.