DURHAM, N.C., March 18, 2017–A 31-2 second quarter put away any hopes of an upset for the Hampton University women’s basketball team on Saturday night, as No. 2-seeded Duke defeated the Lady Pirates 94-31 in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament in historic Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Jephany Brown hit a 3-pointer to start the scoring 57 seconds into the game and Hampton (20-13) held its only lead of 3-0. She hit a layup with 4:42 left to get the margin to 9-6 before Duke closed the quarter on an 8-2 run to lead 17-8 on an Erin Mathias jumper to just beat the buzzer.
Mikayla Sayle’s layup at the 8:35 mark of the second quarter proved to be the lone points of the quarter for Hampton as they trailed 27-10. Duke, which advances to face Oregon on Monday night in the second round, hit 10-of-15 from the floor and 2-of-3 from 3-point range (66.7 percent) to explode to a 48-10 lead on a bucket by Leaonna Odom to lead 48-10 at half.
Duke started even warmer in the third quarter hitting five of its first six shots as they outscored Hampton 28-7. Brown scored three buckets early for Hampton as they trailed 76-17 after three. In the final quarter, Duke was an even blistering 8-of-11 from the floor en route to the win.
Brown was the leading scorer for Hampton with 18 points, two off her season high. K’lynn Willis was next with five points. Sayle hauled in a career-best 10 boards and had eight of those on the offensive end as Hampton had a 15-9 advantage on the offensive boards.
Rebecca Greenwell had 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead Duke (28-5) while Leaonna Odom had 23 points and six boards. As a team, the Blue Devils were 34-of-55 from the floor (61.8 percent), 4-of-8 from 3-point land (50 percent) and 22-of-25 from the line (88 percent).