DURHAM, N.C. – The 14th-ranked Duke women’s basketball team welcomed UNC Greensboro to Cameron Indoor Stadium Thursday evening and the Blue Devils came away with the 85-54 victory. With the win, Duke moves to 7-2 on the year and 5-0 in Durham.
Senior Erin Mathias paced the Blue Devil offense with a career-high 24 points, hitting a career-high 12-of-18 from the floor to go along with two blocks and two steals. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native has now reached double-digit scoring over the last three straight games, which is an additional career-best.
Fifth-year senior Lexie Brown nearly recorded a triple-double as she added 20 points to the victory. Brown went 9-of-13 from the floor, 2-of-4 from three-point land and added nine assists and eight steals. With her performance tonight, Brown has posted 20+ points for the third time this season and 29th time as a Blue Devil.
The Blue Devils kicked off the contest with an early block from Bego Faz Davalos, her 350th of her career. Sophomore Leaonna Odom got things rolling with two back-to-back jumpers from the elbow before the Spartans were able to connect on three free-throws from a fouled three-point opportunity. Brown drained her first three of the night to end the first quarter with a 23-15 Duke lead.
UNC Greensboro outscored Duke 8-2 in the opening minutes of the second before the Blue Devils responded by scoring eight straight. The Spartans’ committed seven turnovers in the second frame, allowing Duke to capitalize for 11 points. UNC Greensboro ended the contest with 22 turnovers to Duke’s 10. In the final two minutes, Brown hit her second three of the night to put her perfect from downtown through the first 20 minutes of play.
Heading into the half with Duke holding a 44-29 lead, Mathias and Brown each had 12 points, followed by Odom with eight. Duke shot 61.8 percent (21-for-34) in the first half, good for a season-high.
Duke exploded after halftime with a 15-2 run over seven minutes and held the Spartans scoreless for nearly six minutes.
Brown opened the fourth with a steal and a quick bucket, good for her seventh theft of the night as she ended with eight.
The Spartans’ were led by Alexus Willey with 15 points while Ije Ajemba tallied 13 points and 14 boards.
Duke hit 57.4 percent (39-of-68) from the field, racked up 30 points off of turnovers and added 56 points in the paint.
The Blue Devils will stay home to host Winthrop Sunday, Dec. 10. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m., on ACC Network Extra.