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.