SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The 17th-ranked Duke women’s basketball team came up just short on the final road trip of the regular season Thursday as the Blue Devils fell to Syracuse, 68-65. With the setback, the Blue Devils dropped to 20-7 overall and 9-5 in the ACC.
Fifth-year senior Lexie Brown reached the 20+ point-plateau for the 14th time this season with 20 points in the contest. The Suwanee, Ga., native hit two treys against the Orange, good for her ACC leading 26th-straight contest which also ranks second in the nation. Brown is now only 17 points from amassing 2,000 for her career.
Fellow classmate Rebecca Greenwell moved into sixth on Duke’s all-time scoring list (1,773) with her 13 points and became just the sixth Blue Devil to reach the 4,000-minute mark at Duke (4,018). Greenwell pulled down nine rebounds to match the school record for a guard with her sixth-straight game with at least eight or more boards.
It was a battle of treys in the first quarter as both teams found range early as Duke hit four to Syracuse’s six. Brown dished her second assist early with a bounce pass as she found freshman Jade Williams in good position in the paint. After the first 10 minutes of action, we were all tied up at 20.
The Orange pushed their three-point hot streak to the second quarter where they added five to bring the first-half total to 11. Freshman Jayda Adams provided the Blue Devils with a spark off the bench as Brown picked up her third foul early in the second frame. Adams added five points and one assist in 13 minutes.
At the half, Duke trailed 43-36 as Greenwell led the Blue Devils with 11.
The Blue Devils limited the Orange to 20.0 percent (3-of-15) shooting from the floor in the third quarter as Duke outscored Syracuse 16-9.
Duke had the hot hand to start the fourth with an 11-2 run until the six-and-a-half-minute-mark when Syracuse held the Blue Devils on the offensive end for a 14-2 run of their own. Syracuse’s Tiana Mangakahia notched her fifth three of the game to put the Orange up by three with under a minute to play. The Blue Devils utilized the entire final minute that featured four offensive rebounds but came up just short every three-point attempt. Sophomore Leaonna Odom had an attempt that went in-and-out in the final seconds. She finished the contest with 16 points in 36 minutes which ties her season high while fifth-year senior Bego Faz Davalos pulled down seven rebounds in 25 minutes.
For the game, Duke shot 45.3 percent (24-of-53) from the floor, 42.9 percent (6-of-14) from beyond the arc and outscored the Orange 32-20 in the paint. The Blue Devils allowed a school-record 15 three-pointers for the game.
Duke will return home to welcome No. 12 Florida State Monday evening in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The contest will tipoff at 6 p.m., on ESPN2.