DURHAM, N.C. -- Lexie Brown hit a season-high seven 3-pointers and scored a career-high 34 points to lead No. 17 Duke to a 69-56 win over North Carolina State on Sunday.
Haley Gorecki added 13 points, making 3 of 4 3-pointers, for the Blue Devils (11-5, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who had started 0-2 in the conference for the first time since going 0-9 in 1992-93. Brown made 7 of 13 behind the arc and 10 of 21 overall and was 7 of 9 at the foul line, bouncing back from having her 23-game double-figure scoring streak end.
Gorecki had eight points as Duke scored the first 18 points of the game on 6-of-11 shooting. North Carolina State (12-5, 1-3) missed its first 11 shots. The Wolfpack battled back and trailed by six late in the third quarter before Brown scored seven of a quarter-ending 9-0 run. Carrying into the fourth quarter, Brown's 3 capped a 14-0 run. The Wolfpack then went on a 13-3 run to get within 10 but Brown scored the last six points for Duke.
Kiara Leslie and Chelsea Nelson both had 15 points for NC State with Nelson grabbing a career-high 15 rebounds.
Duke got back second-leading scorer Rebecca Greenwell, who has missed five of the last six games with a knee injury, but she did not have a shot in 13 minutes.