DURHAM, N.C. -- In a key ACC matchup in Cameron Indoor Stadium, the 14th-ranked Duke women’s basketball team turned in an impressive performance, taking down 20th-ranked Syracuse 72-55 to move into sole possession of third place in the league. With the win, Duke moves to 21-4 overall and 9-3 in the ACC.
Syracuse (17-8, 8-4) drained a three-pointer to open the game, but the Blue Devils responded with a 12-0 run, fueled by 10 points combined from Kendall Cooper and Kyra Lambert. The Duke defense held Syracuse scoreless for over three minutes as the Blue Devils went on to hold a 24-11 advantage at the end of the first period.
Duke was able to hold strong in the second quarter, building a 40-24 lead at the end of the half. Cooper, a product of Carson, Calif., was a force inside with 10 points, five rebounds and one blocked shot in 15 minutes of action. The Blue Devils limited the prolific Syracuse offense to 24.1 percent shooting and forced nine turnovers.
Redshirt junior Lexie Brown stuffed the stat sheet with six points, six rebounds and five assists through the first half.
Syracuse was able to gain momentum and trim the deficit to within 10 points, 50-40, to open the third quarter, but Duke responded with a 13-5 run to take a 63-42 lead with 34 seconds remaining.
To close out the victory, Duke held Syracuse to 2-of-19 shooting in the fourth quarter.
Oderah Chidom came off the bench to score 16 points, which was a season-high in ACC action. A native of Oakland, Calif., Chidom had scored only 16 points in the last three games combined. Redshirt junior Rebecca Greenwell, who hails from Owensboro, Ky., collected her third double-double of the season and the 10th of her career, with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
For the game, Duke shot 50 percent from the field (30-of-60), and outrebounded the Orange by a 47 to 38 margin. The Blue Devils also held a 44-8 advantage in the paint.
Syracuse was led by Alexis Peterson’s 19 points and also received 11 points from both Brittney Sykes, and Briana Day. The Orange were held to a season-low scoring output, finishing with just 25 percent shooting from the floor.
Duke will continue its home stand on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 1 p.m. with Pittsburgh in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The contest will be aired live on ACC Network Extra.