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Defense, Late Game Run Pushes Duke Past Virginia

Lexie Brown v Virginia

Virginia would begin the game on a 13-2 run, including a 10-0 stretch leading to an early timeout by coach Joanne P. McCallie.

Duke would respond by a 7-0 run of their own to cut the deficit to four before Virginia would score the next five of eight points to head in to the second quarter at 18-11. Aliyah Huland El led Virginia in the first quarter with seven points.

Duke used a 9-0 run, including Erin Mathias draining a deep jumper just inside of the arch to tie the game at 18 and force a UVA timeout with 5:47 remaining in the first half.

First lead on Jade Williams layup set up by Mathias with 4:31 remaining 20-18

The second half would be a back and forth affair. Jocelyn Willoughby would get Virginia on the board first in the second half with a three-pointer to put the Lady Cavaliers up 26-24.

Duke would lead heading in to the fourth quarter 40-36.  A 7-0 run tailed by a J’Kyra Brown layup to cut the Virginia deficit to one at 49-48.

Lexi Brown was fouled with 41 seconds remaining and hit her two free throws 51-48.

On the ensuing possession, Brown got a steal and two late free throws to extend the Duke lead to five at 53-48.

The Lady Blue Devils would hold on using a 6-0 run late to win 55-48.

Virginia (12-6, 5-1 ACC) drops their first ACC contest of the season. Duke (14-4, 3-2 ACC) will head on a two game road trip as they will take on Virginia Tech on Thursday, January 18th before facing rival North Carolina next Sunday, January 21 at 2:30 pm.

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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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