DURHAM, NC – Lexie Brown explodes for a new career-high with 34 points as Duke defeated the Lady Wolfpack of North Carolina State 69-56.
Duke opened the game on a 16-0 run. NC State went through 0-10 from the field to start the game.
Akela Maize hit a layup with 2:27 remaining in the first quarter to give the Lady Wolfpack their first basket to break Duke’s 21-2 run and head in to the second quarter trailing 23-5.
NC State would use a 20-13 second quarter effort to head in to halftime down trailing by 11 at 36-25. Kiara Leslie led the way in the second quarter with nine points, including scoring the last five points of the first half to cut the Lady Wolfpack deficit down to eight, before Lexie Brown would hit a deep three to head in to halftime.
Leslie would finish with 15 points, seven rebounds, and 5 assists
Williams layup 38-25 to open the scoring in the second half. NC State would bounce back with a Konig three 38-28.
NC State would get within three points in the third quarter after going on an 8-0 run, but Duke would match each run that the Lady Wolfpacks would try to accumulate.
Duke would go on to win 69-56. Lexie Brown notched a career-high 34 points to go along with eight rebounds and three assists. Her seven made three-pointers ties a career-high.
Haley Gorecki added a solid 13 points, four rebounds, and six assists.
For NC State, Chelsea Nelson finished with 15 points and a career-high 15 rebounds.
When asked when did you know you would have the hot hand, Brown responded with “when I walked in the gym.” Brown had been struggling in the past few games, but her coaches and teammates have been constantly in her ear to make sure she keeps shooting her shot, I think tonight she did just that.
Duke (12-4, 1-2 ACC) will travel to Wake Forest January 11th. NC State (12-5, 1-3 ACC) will host Georgia Tech on January 10th.
(Photos by Donald Watkins Jr)