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Greenwell, 21-0 Run Propel No. 13/11 Duke Past Liberty

December 17, 2015  Durham, N.C.  RSS
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Mickayla Sanders scored seven points to lead the Lady Flames on Thursday at No. 13/11 Duke.

Mickayla Sanders scored seven points to lead the Lady Flames on Thursday at No. 13/11 Duke.

A career-high 26 points by Duke redshirt sophomore Rebecca Greenwell and a 21-0 second-quarter run highlighted a 79-41 victory by the No. 13/11 Blue Devils over Liberty, Thursday at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Liberty falls to 3-7 with its seventh loss in its last eight outings, including its third to a Top 25 opponent. This marks its worst start through 10 games since the 2008-09 Lady Flames opened at 3-7. Liberty was held to season-low figures in points (41) and field goal percentage (25.5 percent) and scored its fewest points since a 64-38 loss at Virginia on Dec. 7, 2011.

Duke improves to 9-2 on the season and 4-0 all-time versus Liberty. The Blue Devils, who have now won 149 straight home games against unranked opponents, shot 47 percent (31-of-66) from the field and converted Liberty's 24 turnovers into 28 points.

Three-pointers by Mickayla Sanders and Brooke Alexander bookended a 8-0 Liberty run which gave the Lady Flames a 12-11 advantage at 1:42 of the opening period. Duke then scored the quarter's final four points to take a 15-12 lead at the end of a sloppily played first 10 minutes which included 14 turnovers.

The Blue Devils held Liberty without a point for more than six minutes during the second period, outscoring the Lady Flames 21-0 during the span. By the time Haley Gorecki hit two free throws 1:55 before halftime, Duke had opened up a 42-15 advantage. The Blue Devils took the same 27-point lead (44-17) into the intermission.

Duke outscored the Lady Flames by a single point (15-14) during the third quarter, which saw Sanders tally five points for the visitors.

One game after being held without a made field goal in the fourth quarter, Liberty made just two in the fourth period versus the Blue Devils. Duke led by as many as 42 points during the final 10 minutes on its way to a 38-point victory.

Playing less than an hour away from her hometown of Clayton, N.C., Sanders paced the Lady Flames with seven points. It marked the first time since Nov. 25, 2011 versus Oklahoma that no Liberty player reached double digits in the scoring column.

Alexander chipped in a season-best six points by making two of Liberty's four triples on the night.

Katelyn Adams pulled down a team-best seven rebounds for the Lady Flames, who were outrebounded for the second straight outing (44-34).

Greenwell, who connected on four three-pointers for the victors, also led all players in both rebounds (8) and steals (4).

She was joined in double digits by classmate Azura Stevens (13 points, 6 rebounds) and freshman Angela Salvadores (12 points, eight assists).

Duke notched 16 fast break points and dominated the points in the paint category by a 38-12 count.

Liberty will close out the non-conference portion of its regular-season schedule Saturday, when Shepherd visits the Vines Center. Tipoff is slated for noon for the first-ever matchup between the Lady Flames and Rams.