DURHAM, N.C. – In what was a scrappy contest, the Duke women’s basketball team fell in a close one to Georgia Tech at home Sunday, 64-59. The loss snapped a 16-game winning streak against Georgia Tech in Cameron Indoor Stadium, with the last loss coming Jan. 29, 1993.
Freshman Angela Salvadores led the Blue Devils by tying her career high with 19 points, shooting an efficient 5-of-8 from the floor and 7-of-9 from the charity stripe, and sophomore Rebecca Greenwell poured in 16 to join her in double-figures. Rookie guard Crystal Primm had her best rebounding game of her collegiate career, pulling down a career-high six rebounds.
With the loss, the Blue Devils move to 18-11 (7-8 ACC) on the year, while the Yellow Jackets improve to 16-11 (6-8 ACC). Georgia Tech was led by Antonia Peresson’s game-high 20 points, while Roddreka Rogers notched a double-double with 11 points and 11 boards.
Through the first 10 minutes of play, the Blue Devils’ defense suffocated the Yellow Jackets, limiting Georgia Tech to 1-of-17 (5.9 percent) shooting from the floor. Greenwell provided a spark for the Blue Devils, registering five points and three boards to lead the home team to a 10-5 lead. Duke looked dominant early, jumping out to a 10-0 lead before Georgia Tech answered with the final five points of the quarter.
The Yellow Jackets found their shooting stroke in the second frame, pouring in nine straight to grab a 14-10 lead. A three-point play from freshman Kyra Lambert cut the lead to one halfway through the quarter, but a quick 9-2 run from Georgia Tech gave the momentum and a 23-15 lead back to the Yellow Jackets. The Blue Devils stormed back by outscoring the visiting team 13-6 over the final three minutes, with 11 points coming from Greenwell and freshman Salvadores.
The back-and-forth action continued into the second half, with Duke outscoring the Yellow Jackets, 15-14, in the third to tie the game at 43-43 heading into the final quarter. After Georgia Tech pushed the lead to 33-29, the Blue Devils responded with an 8-0 run to take a 37-34 advantage, their first lead since the opening quarter.
In the final period, the Yellow Jackets poured in eight straight over the first two-and-a-half minutes to establish a 51-43 lead. The Blue Devils continued to battle back, but could never cut the Georgia Tech advantage to less than two. Salvadores carried the team through the final 10 minutes of action, scoring eight points in the fourth and six consecutive for Duke at one point, but the Yellow Jackets’ ability to knock down free throws sealed the win for the visiting team.
Prior to the game, senior Mercedes Riggs and graduate student Amber Henson were honored as part of Senior Day. On the court, the Blue Devils were yet again without the talents of sophomore Azura Stevens, who missed her sixth straight contest due to injury.
Duke will have a week of rest before traveling to play North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., Sunday, Feb. 28 at 3 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.