CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA— Behind a combined 47 points from Rebecca Greenwell, Lexie Brown and Kyra Lambert, the Duke women’s basketball team came back from an early deficit to cruise to a 70-51 victory at Virginia Sunday afternoon in John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Va.
Greenwell scored a game-high 21 points, while Brown and Lambert added 17 and nine, respectively, for the Blue Devils.
After Virginia hit three out of its first four shots and jumped out to an 8-0 lead, the Blue Devils called timeout. Duke would then outscore the Cavaliers 23-5 the rest of the first quarter to hold a 23-13 lead after 10 minutes. Lambert scored seven straight points during one stretch as the trio of Lambert, Greenwell and Brown combined for 21 of 23 points. The quad hit 61.5 percent from the field and hit 5-of-7 treys in the quarter.
Virginia tried to make a run in the second quarter, but the Blue Devils got excellent contribution off the bench with Erin Mathias with four points and Oderah Chidom with a basket as well. Brown added seven points on her way to finishing the first half with a game-high 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting. A product of Suwannee, Ga., Brown was a perfect, 3-of-3 from behind the arc.
Duke led 36-28 at the break, while holding a 51.9 percent field goal percentage.
The Blue Devils opened the third quarter strong with Greenwell scoring the first eight points and then the senior duo of Chidom and Kendall Cooper tallied the final 13 points for Duke as the Blue Devils outscored the Cavaliers, 23-6, in the span of 10 minutes. At the end of the third quarter, Duke led 59-34.
Duke went on to hold Virginia (15-8, 4-6) to 36.4 percent from the field and forced 26 points off the Cavaliers’ 17 turnovers. The eight three-pointers made for the Blue Devils is a season high in ACC play for Duke.
With her four three-pointers made on the day, Greenwell moved into third place on Duke’s all-time three-pointers made list with 202. Her 21 points gave her back-to-back 20+ point games for the first time this season.
The Blue Devils (20-4) reached 20 wins for the 20th consecutive season and the 22nd time out of the last 23 years. Head coach Joanne P. McCallie also reached 20 wins for the 22nd time, including 13 straight. Duke collected its 25th straight victory over the Cavaliers and Coach P moved to 12-0 all-time against Virginia.
Duke will return home for a two-game homestand, which will kick off Friday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m., with Syracuse in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The contest will be aired live on the ACC Network Extra.