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N.C. State women upset No. 22 Duke at Cameron

The N.C. State women’s team celebrates a 65-52 win over No. 22 Duke on Jan. 14 in Durham.
The N.C. State women’s team celebrates a 65-52 win over No. 22 Duke on Jan. 14 in Durham. AP

Dominique Wilson scored 19 points including a pair of free throws with 4.7 seconds left, leading three players in double figures as the Wolfpack shocked the No. 22 Blue Devils 65-62.

The result ended Duke’s 152-game winning streak against unranked opposition at home, and its 12-game ACC winning streak in the storied building.

The win improved the Wolfpack to 13-5 and more importantly 4-1 in ACC play, while Duke fell to 12-6 and 1-3.

The Wolfpack also beat Duke 72-59 last season in Raleigh, but the Blue Devils had beaten N.C. State 13 straight times in Cameron since Groundhog Day of 1996.

Jennifer Mathurin added 15 points on her 23rd birthday, while Ashley Williams knocked down 12 for N.C. State on four 3-pointers.

“This is definitely a big one,” N.C. State coach Wes Moore said. “To come over here and do it on the road it’s a big, big emotional win. We had a lot of kids play a lot of minutes. Duke made some great runs, but our crowd got into it and didn’t back down.”

Azura Stevens led the Blue Devils with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Kyra Lambert added 12 and Angela Salvadores 11.

“It was a possession basketball game, and turnovers were very important,” Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie said. “I liked how we played in the second half and I liked our fight. We just didn’t continue and finish that. I think our team is learning how to be on the same page and work together, but we need to continue to do this.”

The Wolfpack shot just 38.6 percent to Duke’s 49, but hit 10 3-pointers to the hosts’ four. Duke won the rebound battle 34-28, but committed 21 turnovers to the Wolfpack’s 13.

“I didn’t know about that streak,” Wilson said. “But we practiced hard all week and we focused. We didn’t care that we were at Duke. If we do what we do every day – score the ball – and stopped key players for Duke we knew we could win.”

Duke led 49-47 after three periods, going on a 12-2 run after Mathurin’s 3-pointer had stretched State’s lead to 45-37 with 5:09 to go.

The Wolfpack was up 34-30 at the break after three lead changes and a pair of ties. N.C. State shot 46.4 percent from the floor to Duke’s 46.2 with rebounds even at 15 each. Duke, led by nine points from Stevens, committed 11 turnovers over the half to nine for State.

N.C. State led 21-17 after the first period behind nine points on a trio of 3-pointers from Mathurin.

“I give Stevens a lot of credit,” Mathurin said. “She’s a really good player. We wanted to make it as hard as we could for her to score. And on the offensive end I was just confident. I just had nothing to lose, I guess.”

Stevens had her 20th career double-double and 10th of the season.

“State was sagging off and that caused a little bit of confusion,” Stevens said. “It’s something we’ll take a look at and learn from.”

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