Strong Second Half Leads Duke Past Women’s Basketball
DAVIDSON, N.C. – Entertaining an ACC foe for the first time since the 2005-06 campaign, Davidson fell to Duke, 60-37, in non-conference women’s basketball action Saturday afternoon inside John M. Belk Arena.
The setback drops the Wildcats to 1-1 on the young season, while the Blue Devils remain unbeaten improving to 3-0.
In front of a home crowd of over 1,500, Chloe Welch was the lone Davidson player in double figures with 12 points to go along with 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. Fellow senior Suzi-Rose Deegan just missed a double-double with 9 points and 10 boards.
After the Wildcats scored seven straight points midway through the second quarter to tie the score, 19-19, the Blue Devils closed the half with a 7-0 spurt of their own to carry a 26-19 lead into the break.
Davidson got to within five of the Blue Devils, 30-25, on Deegan’s third triple of the contest at the 7:08 mark of the third quarter, but that’s as close as it would get. Duke responded with a 15-0 run ro push the margin to 45-25 and all but put the game out of reach.
Celeste Taylor led the Blue Devils with 14 points. Shayeann Day-Wilson and Jordyn Oliver also hit the 10-point plateau with 14 and 10, respectively.
Davidson forced 20 turnovers on the defensive end, but connected on just 23.3 percent of its attempts from the floor. Duke outscored the Wildcats 34-10 in the paint, while shooting just under 42 percent.
Davidson will continue its non-conference slate on Wednesday when it travels to Maryland for an 11 a.m. tip.