CHAPEL HILL, N.C.—The 13th-ranked Duke women’s basketball team registered a Blue Devil record 32 fourth quarter points and closed the regular season with a 95-71 victory over rival North Carolina Sunday afternoon in Chapel Hill, N.C.
The Blue Devils finished the regular season with a 25-4 overall and 13-3 ACC record, which placed tied second in the league along with Florida State. Duke earned the No. 3 overall seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament and will play Friday, March 3 at 8 p.m., at the HTC Center in Conway, S.C.
Rebecca Greenwell led all scorers with 30 points, while Lexie Brown added 19 for the Blue Devils. Sophomore Kyra Lambert tallied her first collegiate double-double with a career-high 13 assists and 12 points for Duke. The 13 assists were tied for the third-most in a single game in Duke history.
After North Carolina started off hot taking a 7-2 lead early, the Blue Devils came back with a 9-0 run to go ahead 11-7. Brown started catching fire scoring six straight points and finished with nine first quarter points as Duke led 23-16. The Blue Devil defense forced the Tar Heels into eight straight missed field goals during a stretch.
Greenwell, a native of Owensboro, Ky., continued her stellar play in Chapel Hill as the junior scored nine second quarter points and finished the first half with 15. She hit 3-of-6 treys and became only the fifth player in ACC history to record three consecutive seasons with 70 or more three-pointers.
As a team, Duke held a 45-32 advantage at the half as the Blue Devils received scoring from seven different players. The 45 points was a season high in the first half for Duke in ACC action.
North Carolina opened the third quarter on a 7-0 run as Jamie Cherry sank a three-pointer and was fouled on her way to connecting on a four-point play, while Paris Kea drained a three-pointer. The Blue Devil defense started clamping down and keyed by Greenwell’s fourth three-pointer of the day Duke forced the Tar Heels to call a timeout leading 59-43 with 2:27 left in the third quarter.
Brown fired in a long-range two-pointer as time expired in the third quarter and Duke held a 63-38 lead with 10 minutes remaining.
The Blue Devils couldn’t have featured a better start to the fourth quarter as Duke opened with a 10-0 run, which included two three-pointers by Greenwell and two layups by Brown. The Blue Devils continued to pour it on and won their seventh consecutive contest against the Tar Heels.
Duke finished the game with a season-high 95 points in ACC play along with a season-high 30 assists.
Greenwell hit 10-of-18 field goals and 6-of-10 from long range. She now owns a career-best 74 three-pointers on the year to rank third on Duke’s single season charts. Greenwell’s three 30-point performances on the season ties for a Duke school record.
A product of Suwanee, Ga., Brown finished the contest with 19 points, five assists, four steals and four rebounds for the Blue Devils.
Duke reached 25 wins for the 18th time in school history and the eighth time under Joanne P. McCallie. The Blue Devils head into the ACC Tournament riding an eight-game winning streak.