CLEMSON, S.C. – Led by an outstanding team defensive effort Sunday afternoon in Clemson, S.C., the 19th-ranked Duke women’s basketball team reached 20 wins for the 21st consecutive season as the Blue Devils took down Clemson, 60-35, at Littlejohn Coliseum. The Blue Devils improved to 20-6 overall and 9-4 in ACC action.
Sophomore Leaonna Odom put the Blue Devils on the board at the eight-and-a-half minute mark as she powered her way inside for an easy two just above the rim. Then, senior Erin Mathias got the roll just inside the three-point line. At just under four minutes, Brown connected on her first three of the day to as Duke held an 11-8 lead after the first frame. A native of Suwanee, Ga., Brown moved her three-point streak now to a school-record-tying 25 contests, which also currently ranks second nationally.
Fifth-year senior Bego Faz Davalos picked up six boards, including four offensive and two defensive, and tallied two blocks in the first frame. Faz Davalos finished the first half with seven boards, which tied a season high. Her two blocks in the first half moved her into 23rd on the NCAA career blocks list.
Brown found freshman Jayda Adams on the wing for her first trey to give the Blue Devils an eight-point lead. Soon after, Greenwell completed the three-point play from a feed from Mathias in the paint. Mathias, who hails from Pittsburgh, Pa., then secured her second field goal of the afternoon with another jumper inside the arc. Despite the hand in her face, Greenwell tallied her first three, good for a team-leading eight points as Duke led 30-14 at the half.
Duke held Clemson to only 14 first half points, which was the second-fewest allowed this season by the Blue Devils. The Blue Devils also pulled own a season-best 15 offensive boards and a total of 28 rebounds in the first frame.
The Blue Devils continued to play strong defense in the third quarter, while Mathias scored six points to pace Duke to a 42-24 advantage through 30 minutes.
Duke opened the fourth quarter on a 9-2 run to force the Lady Tigers to call timeout with the Blue Devils leading 51-26. The Blue Devils went on to limit the Lady Tigers to only 29.4 percent shooting for the contest.
Greenwell, who is from Owensboro, Ky., attempted seven three-pointers on the day to break Abby Waner’s all-time Duke record of 691 and moved into a tie for 12th (694). The 6-0 guard posted her second double-double over the last three games with a team-high 17 points to go along with a season-high 11 rebounds.
Brown finished the contest with a season-high tying nine assists to go along with a season-low six points, while Mathias added 12 points and nine rebounds. As a team, Duke held a 45-28 advantage in rebounds, while pulling down 20 offensive boards.
Duke will play its final road contest of the 2017-18 regular season as the Blue Devils travel to Syracuse Thursday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. It will be aired live on RSN-TV.