DURHAM, N.C. – The “Splash Sisters” duo of fifth-year seniors Lexie Brown and Rebecca Greenwell combined for 52 points as the 20th-ranked Duke women’s basketball team upset ninth-ranked Florida State, 79-66, Monday evening in Cameron Indoor Stadium. With the victory, the Blue Devils moved to 21-7 overall and 10-5 in conference play.
Brown totaled 30 points in 40 minutes as she was 12-of-19 from the floor, 4-of-8 from beyond the arc and added five steals to her solid performance. The product of Suwanee, Ga., connected on a three in her 27th-consecutive contest which continues to lead the ACC and ranks second nationally. Brown also accumulated 2,013 career points with her performance tonight and is the only active NCAA player with 2,000 points, 500 assists and 300 steals.
Greenwell added 22 points as she was 6-of-14 from three-point land and brought down nine rebounds, marking her seventh-straight contest with eight or more boards. With her performance tonight, the Owensboro, Ky., native moved into fifth on the all-time Duke scoring list with 1,795 points.
Both squads shot the ball well from deep in the opening frame as the Blue Devils tallied 80.0 percent (4-of-5) from three and added nine points off six Seminole turnovers. Brown and Greenwell each notched threes off offensive boards from senior Erin Mathias and locked in on the defensive end to hold Florida State scoreless for over two and a half minutes to hold a four-point advantage, 22-18.
The second quarter featured scoring droughts for both teams as the Blue Devils were without a basket for over four minutes until freshman Jade Williams picked up her first points of the game from Brown. Consecutive turnovers by Florida State allowed for a 9-0 Duke run that was highlighted by a Williams offensive rebound on her own shot to kick out for a Greenwell three to end the first half.
At the half, Duke held a 35-32 lead as Brown had 13 points while Greenwell added nine, all from three.
Brown exploded in the third quarter with a school-record 14 points that was highlighted by a missed layup in the paint for the Seminoles that allowed the Blue Devils to push the ball up the floor to find Brown open on the wing. Heading into the final 10 minutes of play, Duke led 57-51.
The Blue Devils shot just 26.1 percent (6-of-23) from the floor in the final quarter but picked up 18 rebounds as a team as Duke outscored Florida State 22-15. Greenwell connected on three treys in the fourth quarter and ended the night with six, good for the most in an ACC contest this season. Duke picked up its season-high 24th offensive rebound of the night to seal the deal in the final possession.
Sophomore Leaonna Odom posted her third double-double of the season and fourth of her career with 15 points and 12 points.
As a team, Duke outrebounded Florida State, 48-37.
Nicki Ekhomu led the Seminoles with 15 points and nine boards.
The Blue Devils will close out the 2017-18 regular season by honoring their seniors Sunday, Feb. 25 when North Carolina comes to Cameron Indoor Stadium. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m., on ACC Network Extra.