DURHAM, N.C. – A trio of Blue Devils led the 16th-ranked Duke women’s basketball team to a 79-45 win over Presbyterian Sunday afternoon in Cameron Indoor Stadium as redshirt seniors Rebecca Greenwell and Lexie Brown and sophomore Leaonna Odom each reeled in double-digit figures. Duke improved to 5-1 overall and 3-0 at home.
Greenwell, a native of Owensboro, Ky., headlined the Blue Devil offense with 22 points as she went 7-of-13 from the floor, 5-of-10 from three-point land and picked up two steals and three boards. Greenwell notched her 27th career game scoring 20+ points, including two this season.
Brown, who hails from Suwanee, Ga. finished the contest with 18 points to go along with seven assists, five steals and one block. Odom tallied her second double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 boards.
Senior Erin Mathias opened the contest in style with a big block at the eight-minute mark for her fourth of the season. Tough defense by the Blue Devils forced a shot clock violation before the Blue Hose bounced back to force one on the other end of the floor. Presbyterian held Duke scoreless for nearly three minutes and went on a 7-0 run of its own. Greenwell notched her first three of the afternoon to jump ahead 15-11 with under one minute to play before an easy two for Presbyterian finished the quarter, 15-13.
Greenwell fired from deep to start the second quarter as Duke exploded with eight points in the first few minutes of action to give the Blue Devils a 10-point lead. The Blue Hose committed seven turnovers in the second frame and finished the contest with 21. Rookie Madison Treece came off the bench in the second quarter and gave Duke some good minutes, including a three-point play in the post. Treece finished with a career-high five points in 18 minutes. Faith Suggs picked up the assist with a nice pass inside to Odom to set up a reverse spin move.
Heading into halftime, Greenwell led all scorers with 14 as Duke held the 36-28 lead.
Two turnovers by Presbyterian resulted in four fast break points for Greenwell and Brown in the third. Redshirt sophomore Haley Gorecki had a good look at a three from the top of the key but sent the extra pass to Brown for the trey. Gorecki, who is from Palatine, Ill., tallied four assists on the afternoon while Brown added 10 points in the third quarter.
After three quarters of action, Brown (16), Greenwell (16) and Odom (10) were all in double-digits for the Blue Devils.
Suggs collected her first trey of the season as the Blue Devils went 66.7 percent (2-of-3) from behind the arc in the final 10 minutes of action. Freshman Jade Williams picked up three easy buckets in the paint for a 6-0 run as Duke shot 72.7 percent (8-of-11) from the floor in the fourth.
Briley Buckner paced the Blue Hose offense with 11 points and Janie Miles and Kacie Hall each brought in 10.
Duke shot 57.4 percent (31-of-54) from the floor and 44.4 percent from behind the arc (8-of-18). The Blue Devils picked up 30 points off of turnovers and 40 points in the paint.
The Blue Devils welcome No. 9 Ohio State to Cameron Indoor Stadium Thursday, Nov. 30 for an Big Ten/ACC matchup. The contest will be broadcast on ESPN2 at 7 p.m.