DURHAM, N.C. – The “Splash Sisters” duo of fifth-year seniors Rebecca Greenwell and Lexie Brown went out in style on senior day as they combined for 53 points in the triumphant 70-54 victory over North Carolina Sunday afternoon. With the win, the Blue Devils moved to 22-7 overall and 11-5 in conference play.
Duke finished in a tie for fourth in the ACC regular season standings and will be the No. 4 seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament.
Greenwell posted her third double-double of the season and 15th of her career with 31 points and 13 rebounds as the 31 points tied a career high. The Owensboro, Ky., native hit 11-of-20 field goals and 7-of-15 treys as she became the fifth Blue Devil to reach 1,800-point mark. With her performance Sunday, Greenwell notched her third-career game against North Carolina with 25 or more points.
Brown tallied her third-career double-double and second of the season with 22 points and a season-high 11 assists. The Suwanee, Ga., native hit a three-pointer in the fourth quarter, good for her 28th-straight contest which continues to lead the ACC and ranks second nationally. The 28 games are a school record and with her four steals this afternoon, she moved into third place on the Duke single-season steals list with 105.
Both squads found rhythm from beyond the arc early in the contest as Duke shot 60.0 percent (3-of-5) from three while North Carolina tallied 50.0 percent (4-of-8). Greenwell was perfect from three-point land as the notched three in the first quarter. The Blue Devils led 20-18 after the first 10 minutes of action as the defense held the Tar Heels scoreless for two-and-a-half minutes.
Greenwell led all scorers with 11 through the first frame as the two-time All-ACC selection was flawless from the floor (4-of-4) and from beyond the arc (3-of-3).
North Carolina was silent for nearly three minutes before Paris Kea hit her second three before fifth-year senior Bego Faz Davalos grabbed a huge offensive board for her first points of the afternoon. Brown picked up her fourth steal to go the distance as she connected in the paint through traffic to tally her 97th double-digit scoring game of her career.
The Blue Devils led, 31-29, at the half as Greenwell and Brown each had 11. Greenwell led the team with five boards while Brown led with four steals.
The Blue Devils jumped out of the gates in the third frame with a 15-0 run as the Tar Heels were held without a bucket until the 3:36 mark of the third quarter. Greenwell notched her fifth three at 2:13 and followed up with her sixth 40 seconds later to give Duke its largest lead of the afternoon in 21 points. Duke outscored North Carolina, 25-7, in the third quarter.
As a team, Duke shot 48.2 percent (27-of-56) from the floor and 37.5 percent (9-of-24) from three.
The Blue Devils will travel to Greensboro for the ACC Tournament and will play in the quarterfinals Friday, March 2 at 11 a.m., against either the No. 5, No. 12 or No. 13 seed.