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.
Virginia center Felicia Aiyeotan depicts her struggle growing up as an impoverished child in Nigeria. She was isolated by her peers because of her height, standing over two meters, until she met Hope 4 Girls Africa founder Mobolaji Akiode.