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Lady Blue Devils Dominate Rutgers 68-32

Piscataway, NJ – A strong opening quarter powered the Duke women’s basketball team past Rutgers, 68-32, Thursday evening in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. With the victory, the Blue Devils improved to 8-1 on the season and 8-2 in the yearly Big Ten/ACC Challenge event.

Redshirt junior Rebecca Greenwell headlined a balanced scoring effort with 11 points and also added five assists while junior guard Lexie Brown, senior forward Oderah Chidom and sophomore guard Kyra Lambert turned in nine points each. Chidom and senior Kendall Cooper paced Duke on the boards with seven rebounds apiece.

Contributions from four different players helped the Blue Devils jump out to a 13-0 start midway through the first period. Greenwell notched eight straight points and Cooper added a second jumper to give the squad a 24-5 advantage heading into the second quarter.

Duke’s defense continued to stifle the Scarlet Knights in the second frame, holding Rutgers below 20 percent shooting from the floor. A solid rebounding effort allowed the Blue Devils to stretch their lead to 26 at halftime (39-13). Greenwell’s 11 points and Cooper’s five rebounds led all players at the intermission.

A 9-0 run at the beginning of the third quarter gave Duke its largest lead of the contest at 37. Lambert tallied seven points in the period as the squad continued to shoot over 55 percent for the contest.

The Blue Devils were held to just 11 points in the final quarter but rounded out the game with a 36-point advantage, as well as a 56 percent shooting clip and 40 rebounds to 24 by the Scarlet Knights.

Aliyah Jeune led Rutgers with eight points and Shrita Parker supplied seven.

Up next, Duke returns to Cameron Indoor Stadium for a five-game home stand, beginning with a Sunday contest against third-ranked South Carolina. That game is set for a 2 p.m. tip on ACC Network Extra.

(Photo by Duncan Williams)

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Lawrence Davis III
Lawrence Davis, a Durham, North Carolina native, is a Sports Editor/Writer and Webmaster. The High Point University Alum has been writing for the magazine since 2013, covering Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), and Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) sports year round, as well as the Durham Bulls (Triple-A) baseball team in spring and summer. Davis is also the Head Coach of the Sanderson High School Varsity Lacrosse team in Raleigh NC, leading his team to numerous school records in only four years with the program. Davis still manages to assist in the organization and facilitation of the Annual NC MLK/Black History Month Parade, Annual NC Juneteenth Celebration, Spectacular Magazine Men of the Year and Spectacular Magazine Women of the Year award programs, among other events. Despite his busy schedule, Lawrence has built and maintains the Spectacular Magazine website and social media. @lawdavis13

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