WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – On a record-setting night for fifth-year senior Rebecca Greenwell, the 16th-ranked Duke women’s basketball team defeated Wake Forest, 80-67, Thursday in Winston-Salem, N.C. With the victory, the Blue Devils moved to 13-4 overall and 2-2 in league action.
After being held to just 11 points her last three contests, Greenwell broke out with a season-high 23 points and now holds the school-record for made three-point field goals, 254, with three made treys on the night.
The Owensboro, Ky., native went 7-of-11 from the floor, 3-of-5 from three-point land and was perfect from the free-throw line. Greenwell picked up a team-high eight boards to go along with one assist and two steals in 26 minutes.
The other half of the “Splash Sisters” saw a successful night once again as fifth-year senior Lexie Brown added 27 points with 8-of-13 from the field, a near perfect 4-of-5 from behind the arc and grabbed seven rebounds, three assists, one block and two steals.
Wake Forest opened the contest with two three-pointers in the first minute and a half before Brown responded with a three of her own. Rookie Jade Williams racked up her first of two blocks on the evening, good for her 21st of the season as came in averaging an ACC-best 2.7 blocks per game. Redshirt sophomore Haley Gorecki found senior Erin Mathias off a screen to lead with a nice pass to finish in the paint at the mid-way point of the first. Gorecki found her first points of the game at 4:19, while solid Blue Devil defense held the Demon Deacons scoreless for over three minutes to allow for a 7-0 Duke run. Greenwell picked up her first points of the contest after being held scoreless during the NC State game and connected on a three-pointer at the buzzer to tie the made three-point field goal Duke record of 252, which was held by Tricia Liston. At the end of the first quarter, Duke led, 22-20, as both teams were solid from behind the arc with Duke hitting 60.0 percent.
Brown, who hails from Suwanee, Ga., connected on three treys in the second frame to collect eight-straight points while Greenwell notched her second three of the evening to break the school record, 253, before draining her third. Duke stepped up its defense to force Wake Forest into a turnover from a Gorecki and Brown double-team at the top of the key.
At the half, Duke held a 43-34 lead as Brown led all scorers with 18 followed by Greenwell with 12.
In the third quarter, Gorecki positioned for an open three with a shot fake to set up an inside pass to Williams for an easy two. The Blue Devils went on an 8-0 run as Wake Forest was held to 1-of-8 field goals over four minutes of action.
Four Blue Devils picked up blocks as Leaonna Odom (2), Williams (2), Mathias (2) and Brown (1) were solid on the defensive front. With her 27 points on the night, Brown has scored 61 points over the last two games.
Duke was nearly perfect from the free-throw line (19-of-20) and shot 52.0 percent from the floor to Wake Forest’s 36.8 percent. The Blue Devils were also 50.0 percent from three-point land and added 20 points off of turnovers.
Wake Forest’s Elisa Penna led the Demon Deacons with 24 points followed by Ariel Stephenson with 18.
The Blue Devils will return home Sunday, Jan. 14, to welcome Virginia to Cameron Indoor Stadium. Tipoff is slated for 3 p.m., on ESPN2.