DURHAM, N.C. – Duke (19-9, 11-6 ACC) took an early lead and never looked back as the Blue Devils defeated Virginia (14-14, 6-11 ACC) 73-54 Thursday night (Feb. 29) at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The Cavaliers shot 37 percent from the field, while Duke shot 51 percent. Among UVA’s 20 made field goals, only one was a 3-pointer.

Virginia was led by Kymora Johnson, who scored a game-high 14 points and pulled down six rebounds. Paris Clark (12 pts) and Camryn Taylor (11 pts) also scored in double figures for the Hoos.

Duke’s Reigan Richardson led all scorers with 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting.

Duke scored the first nine points of the game to take control early. Richardson scored nine her 24 total points in the opening quarter on 3-of-4 shooting. Virginia’s first basket came a little over three minutes in after Taylor was stripped, but collected the loose ball and put down a layup. The Blue Devils led by as many 11 points midway through the period, but a jumper by Edessa Noyan late in the period trimmed the Duke lead to five, 17-12.

Despite UVA shooting 56 percent from the floor in quarter No. 2, the Blue Devils extended their lead in the second after shooting nearly 70 percent from the field. Clark scored nine of her 12 total points in the second, which were highlighted by an acrobatic and-1  finish through three defenders. A 6-0 UVA run cut into the Blue Devils’ 14-point lead, but Duke scored the last five points of the half to lead it 40-27 at the break.

After Clark made a layup to kick off second-half scoring, Duke orchestrated a 10-2 run to gain a 50-31 advantage. Both teams shot less than 40 percent in the period No. 3 as the Blue Devils extended their lead to 53-38 heading into the fourth.

Jillian Brown connected on UVA’s only 3-pointer of the game two minutes into the fourth. Duke grasped its largest lead of the game, 71-51, with 2:16 to play before securing the win and improving to an impressive 14-3 record at home this season.


  • With 14 points, Kymora Johnson now led the Cavaliers in scoring in 11 games this season.
  • Virginia was outrebounded 35-24, its season low in rebounding.
  • With the win, the Blue Devils extended their lead in the all-time series to 44-35.
  • Duke has won the last 18 meetings against UVA in Cameron Indoor Stadium, dating back to 1997.
  • The Cavaliers had their three-game road win streak snapped.
  • Virginia is guaranteed to play in the first round of the ACC Tournament on Wednesday (March 6) at Greensboro Coliseum.

The Cavaliers conclude regular-season play by hosting No. 5 Virginia Tech (23-4, 14-2 ACC) in a Smithfield Commonwealth Clash. Tipoff from John Paul Jones Arena is set for 6 p.m. on ACC Network. Virginia will recognize Sam Brunelle, London Clarkson, Taylor Lauterbach, Kaydan Lawson and Camryn Taylor for Senior Day.