DURHAM, N.C. – The 19th-ranked Duke women’s basketball team tied the school record with its 30th straight regular-season home victory in Cameron Indoor Stadium by defeating Georgia Tech, 77-59, Thursday evening. With the win, the Blue Devils moved to 18-5 overall and 7-3 in the ACC.
Four Blue Devils registered double-digits as fifth-year senior Lexie Brown spearheaded the offense with 24 followed by fifth-year senior Rebecca Greenwell (18), freshman Jade Williams (16) and senior Erin Mathias (10).
Brown went 9-of-19 from the floor, 2-of-8 from behind the arc and pulled down six rebounds to go along with two steals and dished six assists. The Suwanee, Ga., product connected from three in her 22nd-straight contest, which continues to lead the ACC. Brown also collected 20+ points for the 29th time at Duke, which tied for fourth on Duke’s all-time charts.
Mathias tallied double-digit scoring for the fifth time out of the last six games with 10 points and added a career-high four steals.
Greenwell hit 7-of-11 field goals and 4-of-8 treys to move from ninth to seventh on Duke’s all-time scoring list with 1,718 points to surpass Jasmine Thomas (1,704) and Iciss Tillis (1,712). The Owensboro, Ky., native also moved into tied for seventh on the ACC career three-pointers made list with 269.
Williams finished with a career-high 16 points, career-high eight rebounds and career-high six blocked shots. Williams’ six blocks on the evening ranks tied for seventh on the Blue Devil freshman charts.
Brown opened the contest with her first bucket of the evening as she looked for an open teammate but worked her way around Yellow Jacket defenders to secure the open two. Georgia Tech followed up with a trey on the next possession before Greenwell notched her first three of the game from fifth-year senior Bego Faz Davalos to put the Blue Devils up three nearing the five-minute mark in the first quarter. Senior Erin Mathias registered her first block in the paint as she finished with two on the day, good for her 27th of the season. Georgia Tech led 18-14 through the first 10 minutes.
Duke bounced back from the four-point deficit with a 16-2 run in the second frame as Greenwell and Brown connected from beyond the arc. Duke hit 64.7 percent (11-of-17) from the floor and 75.0 percent (3-of-4) from three to outscore the Yellow Jackets 26-10.
At the half, Duke held a 40-28 lead as freshman Williams led all scorers with 14 points followed by Greenwell and Brown with 10 each.
Greenwell opened the second half with a three and followed it up with a block in the paint, good for her second of the season. Duke picked up its defense and held Georgia Tech scoreless for four and a half minutes before Antonia Peresson notched her third three of the evening. Both squads had trouble controlling the ball with seven turnovers by the Blue Devils and six by the Yellow Jackets. Back-to-back threes for Georgia Tech and another turnover by Duke allowed the Yellow Jackets to cut the lead to eight after trailing by as many as 17 earlier in the contest.
Francesca Pan of Georgia Tech connected on her fourth three early in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to six and picked up an offensive board to trail by four seconds later. Duke picked up the intensity on the offensive front and went 7-of-7 from the field as the game approached the two-minute mark. As a team, Duke shot 77.8 percent (7-of-9) from the floor in the final frame to secure the victory.
The Blue Devils outrebounded the Yellow Jackets, 39-32, and added 30 points in the paint to Georgia Tech’s 18.
Four Blue Devils registered blocks in the contest as Williams led with a career-high six, followed by Mathias with two and Greenwell and Faz Davalos with one each. With her performance today, Faz Davalos holds sole possession of 24th on the NCAA career blocks list with 364.
As a squad, Duke shot 56.9 percent (29-of-51) from the floor and 37.5 percent (6-of-16) from three.
The Blue Devils will continue their homestand Sunday against fifth-ranked Notre Dame. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m., on ESPN2.