Balanced attack leads Duke to a 71-52 win over Texas A&M

durham – Duke women’s basketball delivered a 71-52 win over Texas A&M on Thursday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium with balanced offense and solid defense.

The Blue Devils (4-0) finished the game with four in double figures, led by Senior Elizabeth Balogun with 15 points off the bench – seven of those came in the third quarter to help Duke open the game. She also grabbed two rebounds and had a pair of steals.

classmate Celeste Taylor scored her seventh career double-double when she finished with 14 points and a team-high of 10 boards. Junior Kennedy Brown scored 11 points and four rebounds as a sophomore Reigan Richardson added 10 points and four rebounds.

Sydney Bowles led the Aggies (2-1) by 15 points.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • The first quarter began with a back-and-forth, with three draws and four lead changes in the first five minutes.
  • Both teams traded buckets during that span until a 6-0 run gave the Blue Devils a 12-8 lead at the media timeout.
  • Duke scored six of the next eight points to extend his run to 12-2 and increase the lead to eight (18-10), topped by Shayeann Day-Wilson‘s hesi and dropoff to classmates Lee Volker for the layup that forced the Aggies to call a time-out at 1:26 to go into the opening frame.
  • After 10 minutes, the Blue Devils had a 20-14 lead.
  • Duke was able to build a 13-point tally at 30-17 midway through the second game as the Blue Devils held Texas A&M without a field goal for just over three minutes. Taylor scored seven of Duke’s nine points during the sequence.
  • The Aggies drew within eight (30-22) after a three from Eriny Kindred and two free throws from Janiah Barker, but Duke closed the half on a 10-2 run and went into the break with a 40-24 lead.
  • Taylor led the Blue Devils in the first half with 11 points, three rebounds and two steals.
  • Brown added seven points and three boards while Richardson brought in six points from the bench.
  • The Blue Devils’ lead surpassed 20 points in the third quarter as defense went up a notch, forcing six turnovers from Texas A&M, including four in the final two-and-a-half minutes, while Duke also held the Aggies without a field goal for three minutes early in the game Picture.
  • On offense, the Blue Devils’ aggression led to 15 free throw attempts, 10 of which the team sunk.
  • Balogun paced seven Duke scorers during the quarter with seven of the team’s 23 points. The Blue Devils assisted four of their six field goals in the third quarter – all four dimes came via Redshirt Junior JordanOliver.
  • By the end of the third, Duke’s lead was 63-38.
  • Texas A&M scored 14 of the 22 points in the closing stages as it tried to stage a late rally. The Aggies’ efforts were unsuccessful as Duke secured the 19-point win.

GAME NOTES:

  • Duke moves up to 4-0 this season, marking the second straight season to start with four straight wins. The last time Duke started 4-0 in consecutive years was the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons.
  • Four players have scored double figures for the Blue Devils – Balogun (15), Taylor (14), Brown (11) and Richardson (10).
  • Taylor hit her seventh career double-double with the win and finished the game with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
  • Duke scored 30 points from 23 Texas A&M turnovers while also having sizeable margins in the suit (40-18), on the fast break (11-2), and off the bench (36-12).

NEXT:

Duke is back on the road this weekend, heading north for a game against Toledo on Sunday, November 20th. The opening tip is set for 1 p.m. on ESPN+

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