DURHAM, N.C. – A game-high 19 points from Lexie Brown and a scorching 24 points off of turnovers guided Duke past Oregon State, 72-65, in a top-20 matchup Saturday afternoon at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Leading 56-49 at the end of the third quarter, the Blue Devils saw the margin trimmed to one midway through the period on a three-pointer by the Beavers’ Kat Tudor. However, Duke responded with buckets by senior Erin Mathias and Greenwell that stretched the score to 62-57.
Brown then came up with steals on two consecutive Oregon State possessions, turning one into a three-point play and another into a layup. The five-point swing put the Blue Devils’ lead at eight with 2:47 remaining. Brown would go on to sink five free throws in the final minute to seal the seven-point victory.
Odom got the Blue Devils rolling early and freshman Mikayla Boykin drained a pair of treys inside the opening four minutes as the home team built an eight-point advantage. The Beavers were able to cut it to three at the end of the period before both teams drilled three-pointers early in the second quarter. Odom reached double digits in the second frame on 6-of-9 shooting from the floor, while as a team, Duke continued to shoot over 40 percent into the break.
The Blue Devils led, 35-26, at halftime behind Odom’s 12 points and six rebounds, as well as nine points from Brown.
A layup by Odom at the 7:18 mark in the third quarter gave Duke its largest lead of the contest at 42-30. Oregon State countered with seven unanswered points, and the teams would continue to swap scores over the remainder of the period.
For the contest, the Blue Devils shot 46 percent from the floor (27-of-59) and 47 percent from three-point range (9-of-19) behind four treys from Greenwell. Redshirt sophomore Haley Gorecki followed up a career-best 11-point outing Wednesday at Old Dominion with seven points against the Beavers. On the boards, Greenwell’s nine led the way and Odom added eight.
Duke outscored Oregon State in the paint, 32-24, and totaled 11 steals to just three by the Beavers.
The Blue Devils face a quick turnaround, welcoming Presbyterian to Cameron Indoor Sunday at 2 p.m. The non-conference contest will be streamed on ACC Network Extra.