Redshirt junior Rebecca Greenwell topped the 1,000-point mark for her career to highlight a 105-48 Blue Devil victory over visiting Longwood Tuesday in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Greenwell poured in a career-best 30 points, hitting five buckets from three-point range, en route to becoming the fourth-fastest player in program history to reach the 1,000-point mark.
Junior Lexie Brown turned in her second consecutive 20-plus scoring performance and senior Kendall Cooper came off the bench to record a team-high eight rebounds as Duke moved to 3-0 on the season.
Both teams shot over 55 percent in the opening quarter, with Brown and Greenwell combining to go 4-of-4 from behind the arc in the first eight minutes. The Blue Devils’ 33 points at the end of the frame were good for the program’s most in a first quarter.
Duke matched its strong offensive start by limiting Longwood (0-2) to just four second-quarter points. The Blue Devils totaled 14 steals in the first 15 minutes of play, and Brown would go on to finish the evening with a career-high eight. The squad stretched the margin to 36 points by the intermission, taking a 55-22 lead into the locker room.
Freshman Leaonna Odom helped Duke maintain its momentum in third quarter, netting six points and adding two rebounds before finishing the night with eight and five. Greenwell ignited the crowd in Cameron in the final quarter, sinking her fifth three-pointer to reach the 1,000-point mark.
The Blue Devils rounded out the evening with a .488 shooting clip (39-of-80) while holding the Lancers to .311 shooting (19-of-61). Duke also held a 50-38 advantage in rebounding behind Cooper’s eight and seven from Greenwell, and totaled 52 points off of 34 Longwood turnovers.
Junior Erin Mathias added a career-best 13 points while Cooper finished with eight.
Jada Russell headlined the Lancers’ performance with 11 points, including three treys, and Dayna Rouse registered 11 rebounds.
The Duke program also welcomed back alumna Wanisha Smith (’08) to Cameron Tuesday evening. Smith serves as an assistant coach at Longwood.
The Blue Devils close a three-game homestand Thursday, hosting Grand Canyon at 7 p.m. in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The contest will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.
Longwood at Duke
Nov. 15, 2016
With the Duke Victory…
- Improved to 3-0 to start the regular season
- Won its 82nd straight home contest against an unranked non-conference opponent
- Moved to 5-1 in games played on Nov. 15
- Won its 29th straight contest against teams from the Big South Conference
- Is now 29-5 all-time against Big South Conference opponents
- Coach P moved to 5-0 versus Big South opponents
Redshirt Junior Rebecca Greenwell
- Became 32nd player in school history to total 1,000 career points with her career-high 30 points on the night
- In 67 games, is the fourth-quickest player in Duke history to reach 1,000 points
- Reached 1,000 points on her fifth three-point field goal on the night
- Totaled 20+ points for the 17th time in her Duke career and second time this season
- Tied a career high with 10 field goals made for second time this season
- Pulled down seven rebounds
Redshirt Junior Lexie Brown
- Collected a Duke career high 27 points as she hit 9-of-12 field goals and 4-of-6 treys
- Posted a career-high eight steals, which is tied for sixth-most in single-game Duke history
- Tied a Duke record for most points scored in a quarter with 14 in the first quarter. She hit 5-of-5 field goals, 2-of-2 treys and 2-of-2 free throws. Also dished three assists.
- Registered 19 points in the first half on 6-of-7 field goals and 3-of-3 treys
- Totaled 20+ scoring for the 12th time in her college career (Duke/Maryland)
Other Duke Notes…
- Duo of Greenwell/Brown combined for 57 points, nine rebounds, 10 assists, 12 steals and nine three-pointers made
- Swiped 29 steals, which is the second-most in a single game in school history (31 is record)
- Reached the 100-point mark for the seventh time over head coach Joanne P. McCallie’s 10 years at Duke. First time since Jan. 26, 2014
- Outscored Longwood, 58-18, in the paint
- Created 52 points off 34 Longwood turnovers
- Dished 20 assists and pulled down 20 offensive rebounds
- Netted a Duke first quarter record 33 points on the night. Previous mark was 27 accomplished twice before.
- Started the game hitting 8-of-11 field goals. Against Penn in the previous game hit 7-of-8 to start contest.
- Totaled 19 first half steals, which was more than Duke had in any game last season.
- Will close a three-game homestand Thursday, Nov. 17 hosting Grand Canyon at 7 p.m. It will be aired live on ACC Network Extra. Blue Devil alumna Krystal Thomas will be back in Cameron Indoor Stadium as she is an assistant coach with the Antelopes.
Duke Head Coach Joanne P. McCallie
“Obviously it was so great to have Wanisha [Smith] back. That was obviously a motivation for us. It is alumni week at Duke and inviting former players that are coaches is really neat. I am very proud of having so many coaches out there that played at some point and that it a neat thing. Wanisha is really special to me because she was the only senior and she was there my first year at Duke. It was a Sweet Sixteen year, I believe we lost to Texas A&M that year to go to the Elite Eight and there was just so much stuff going on in terms of the transition and she was fabulous so we are just really proud of her and she has been at Longwood a while, which is great. In terms of the team, obviously to Becca [Greenwell], a huge congratulations for what she has accomplished, though not surprising. Just terrific. Obviously Lexie [Brown] as well, a lot of consistency with both Becca and Lexie, which is great for our team. We have a lot of growth coming that we need to have, especially in the post position. I just thought we practiced a lot of things tonight to get ready.
On maturation of Kyra Lambert:
“Last year, Kyra [Lambert] was amazing and she never got any credit for how amazing she was. She was a freshman with five other freshmen, trying to run a basketball team that was injured in nine different ways. I thought Kyra was remarkable last year and she didn’t get the credit and that’s too bad because she was great. She took that upon herself and she had a great summer and she is stronger, quicker, and smarter. She is a better shooter and now she is suddenly an offensive rebounder. It’s amazing how she gets in there. She deserves a lot of credit. She is a hard-working, very focused individual, very dedicated to her team and to Duke and it is just great to see her playing with Lexie, with Becca, and them all learning how to play together. It is a neat thing to watch.”
On Crystal Primm:
“I think Crystal has a lot of versatility playing the one, two or three. She is a great penetrator and she can kick the ball. I think right now her timing is what is getting the best of her only because she hasn’t played as much as she would like to. She had a very frustrating summer with her injury and it has healed more slowly than I think she or any of us would have liked. She is doing great, she just has to hang in there and keep doing her thing and learn how to find people. I think she hasn’t played enough with Lexie and Becca to really know how it all works yet. I think that is something she will know with time. Defensively, she is coming along. Coming off of that injury, it has been very difficult for her timing-wise. We are very pleased with her progress and I think she will get back to where she wants to get as a player.”
On ball pressure:
“I would say a combination of a lot of things. First of all, the freshmen became sophomores, which was good. That was always good to see that happen. I think Becca has come back better than she has ever been defensively and offensively. I think adding Lexie and her ability to anticipate and pressure the ball and the energy she brings. Even Kyra is so much better defensively. I remember last year she would get two fouls in the first half and then we would try to figure out who would play for her just because she was trying to work into the game. It is a combination of these things plus the leadership again going back to Becca and Lexie, Oderah [Chidom] and the older kids wanting to be a lot better defensively. Just wanting to get after it. I think we can get a whole lot better, I think we are just starting to figure out. We probably played about 10 different defenses tonight working on things. We are figuring out what grooves and what goes where.”
Redshirt Junior Guard Rebecca Greenwell
On awareness during game of reaching 1,000 points:
“I didn’t know. I knew I was close. I didn’t know the exact number, but then once, at the end of the game, I kind of had an idea because we kept on running all these plays where I was trying to get a three. So I kind of could tell after that.”
On the feeling of reaching 1,000 points:
“It definitely feels great. It’s something I’ve always wanted to accomplish and I’m just really thankful to have the opportunity to do it here and get the win as well.”
Junior Guard Lexie Brown
On steals and lack of fouls:
“No fouls. Well yeah for the first game when I got in foul trouble quick it just took a couple games to adjust to the refs because I haven’t played with referees in a year either so, I don’t know, I was just able to read the passing lanes a little better, move my feet a little better.”
On having the hot hand and a quick start:
“It’s not super important to start off with a hot hand because coaches and my teammates always just say shooters just keep shooting. So whether I start 0-for-6 or 6-for-6 I need to just have the same mindset.”
Longwood head coach Bill Reinson
“Well, let’s see if I can shortcut some of your questions here. What we try to do every year is we try to give the girls an opportunity to go into historic venues, try to get them to go places where they can say once they graduate, ‘I played at Duke.’ That’s one of the reasons we took the game here today. The other, our athletic director [Troy Austin] is a Duke alum and he’s been bugging me for five years to get down here. With that said, we’re a young team anyways, we were very young tonight because of a couple of people we had sitting out. Duke’s a very good offensive team and our defense is a work in progress. That, combined with the fact that we turned the ball over 34 times, I think that explains just about everything. Anything I didn’t cover?”
On Winnie Miller’s production tonight:
“Winnie Miller. The best thing about Winnie Miller, well there’s a couple things. She’s a terrific kid, one. Two, she’s a blank slate. Because she hasn’t played very much, we don’t have to un-teach any bad habits. It’s our job just to teach her what she needs to do and she’s like a sponge. She picks it up very quickly. It’s going to take a while for her and today was probably not the best situation for her because Duke does have players her size that make it really, really difficult, but she does battle. I think end of this year, beginning of next year, we’re going to have found something pretty special with Winnie.”
On Duke’s full court press:
“It was the same thing. It was like a carbon copy of our game against Marquette. We didn’t have enough veteran players who were used to it, so we had to mix a lot of freshmen in and I think that contributed to it a little. I had to remind the freshmen a couple times during the game. Khaila Hall, you’re not at West Rowan anymore. You’re at Cameron Indoor and people play it a little bit faster and a little bit tougher here. I think they’ll catch on. I really love my freshman class, it’s just going to be a matter of time before they’re pretty good. Right now, we threw them to the wolves; Marquette and Duke back to back, but I think down the road it will be good for them. I think it will provide them with a lot of confidence.”
On translating this experience to the Big South:
“Well from the first two games, the Big South season is nothing but downhill and that’s no disrespect at all to the Big South teams because we have some very good teams. But, I mean we go on the road and play Marquette and we come here, we still have West Virginia, so we’ve got a couple of more, but I think it will be great. If we can get a couple of key people back healthy and our freshmen can develop like I think they will, I think by the time conference season starts we’re going to be a challenge for anybody in the Big South.”
On Emily Nylen playing one minute at Marquette:
“Well, my starting, I’ll explain that. My starting center played one minute against Marquette. She tore her labrum. The doctor told her she could not play basketball anymore, ever. But what it was, we had scheduled the game because she is from Rockford, Illinois and playing at home in front of the fans, her family was there. We asked the doc, doc said she can take the tip and run up and down the court and I felt I owed it to her. She’s worked hard for four years and it was just something that we did for her. She’s done for the year, she won’t be playing anymore.”