DURHAM, N.C. – The 19th-ranked Duke women’s basketball team fell to fifth-ranked Notre Dame, 72-54, Sunday afternoon in Cameron Indoor Stadium. With the loss, the Blue Devils dropped to 18-6 overall and 7-4 in the ACC, , while also snapping a 30-game regular season win streak in Durham.
Fifth-year senior Lexie Brown led the Blue Devils with 16 points, three assists, three steals and two rebounds. The 5-9 guard hit two treys as she continues to lead the ACC with a three in 23 straight contests. The Suwanee, Ga., native moved to eighth on Duke’s single-season steals list with 87, after notching three steals this afternoon.
The other half of the “Splash Sisters”, fifth-year senior Rebecca Greenwell tallied her first double-double of the season and 13th of her career with 12 points and 10 boards. The product of Owensboro, Ky., moved into sixth place on the ACC career made three-pointers list with 273 as she hit four Sunday.
The Blue Devils opened the contest with four offensive boards by freshman Jade Williams and fifth-year senior Bego Faz Davalos in one possession to allow Williams to work her way to the basket for the first points of the game. Greenwell connected on her first three from Brown at the six-and-a-half minute mark to give Duke a 5-1 lead. Senior Erin Mathias registered her first block in the paint, good for her 28th of the season. The Fighting Irish tallied their first trey just under the four-minute mark to lead by three as Duke was unable to score for over five minutes of action. Mathias set up a high screen on the three-point line for Greenwell’s corner three with five seconds remaining in the first to trail by one, 13-12.
Duke took the lead in the second off a Brown inbounds pass to sophomore Leaonna Odom for a high jumper off right in front of the rim. The Blue Devils hit eight of their last nine dating back to the first quarter and ended the second shooting 50.0 percent (8-of-16) from the floor. Another offensive board for Duke gave Williams two additional points in the paint. She led the team with three offensive rebounds as Duke collected nine as a team to Notre Dame’s two.
At the half, Notre Dame held a 33-29 as Greenwell led the Blue Devils with nine points and seven boards followed by Williams and Odom with eight.
Brown picked up four points early in the second half after having only two through the first 20 minutes and added her first three to tie it up at 36 at 7:14. The Fighting Irish pushed their lead to nine before a fourth Greenwell trey at 1:02 as Notre Dame shot 66.7 percent (4-of-6) from three in the third to lead 54-46.
Notre Dame kept Duke scoreless for over four minutes as it shot 46.7 percent (7-of-15) from the floor and 50.0 percent (2-of-4) from beyond the arc in the fourth quarter and outscored Duke 18-8. The Blue Devils shot just 18.2 percent (2-of-11) in the final frame.
The Blue Devils gave up 22 points off 17 turnovers and was outscored in the paint, 28-22.
The Fighting Irish were led by Marina Mabrey (18 points) and Jackie Young (17).
The Blue Devils are set to welcome Wake Forest to Durham Wednesday, Feb. 7, for a 7 p.m., contest on ACC Network Extra.