Rebecca Greenwell and her Duke teammates left no doubt on Sunday afternoon.
The sophomore guard ripped the nets for a career-high 27 points and added 10 rebounds for her seventh career double-double, leading the Blue Devils to a 93-57 victory on the Tar Heels’ women’s basketball Senior Day at a noisy Carmichael Arena.
Duke (19-11, 8-8 ACC), which beat its archrival for the fourth straight time, won for just the second time in its last six games. The Blue Devils were playing for the seventh straight time without center Azura Stevens, who has been out with a foot injury and has been listed as day-to-day.
It was the fifth straight loss for the Tar Heels (14-17, 4-12).
Oderah Chidom had a career-high 20 points for Duke, and Kyra Lambert added 14 with seven assists.
Stephanie Watts led the Tar Heels with 18 points, and Destinee Walker had 14. Hillary Summers added 10 points and a career-high 15 rebounds for her eighth double-double of the season.
UNC seniors N’Dea Bryant, Erika Johnson, Xylina McDaniel, Anne Corrigan, Rachel McGirt, Marissa Riley, Paige Neuenfeldt and redshirt junior Summers were honored before the game. Xylina McDaniel, honored before the game for her 1,000th career point, has not played since Jan. 14 when she had a season-ending knee injury.
Duke shot 52.1 percent to the Tar Heels’ 28.8 percent and won the rebound battle 51-33.
The Blue Devils never trailed. They were easily in control from the outset, leading 53-22 at halftime behind 19 points from Greenwell on four 3-pointers. Duke shot 60 percent over the first half to UNC’s 28.6 percent and led the rebound battle 26-12.
Duke led 23-14 after the first period behind seven points from Greenwell.
Notes: Duke will have the No. 8 seed in the ACC Tournament in Greensboro, opening play in the second round 2 p.m. Thursday against No. 9 seed Virginia. ... UNC will have the No. 13 seed and take on No. 12 seed Pittsburgh in the tournament opener 1 p.m. Wednesday. ... The Tar Heels lead the all-time series 49-44. ... Duke has not had a losing season in conference play in 22 years.