San Francisco 64, No. 13 Duke 60
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) _ San Francisco got 17 points from sophomore guard Brittany Lindhe and played ferocious defense Monday to upend No. 13 Duke 64-60 in a NCAA women’s Mideast Regional second-round game.
Reserve Julie Murdent also scored 14 points and junior Renee Demirdjian added 12 for the 12th-seeded Dons (24-7), the first non-Atlantic Coast Conference team to beat Duke on its home court since 1991.
San Francisco, which upset fifth-seeded Florida in the last round, advances to Saturday’s Mideast Regional semifinals in Rosemont, Ill., where the Dons will meet Monday night’s winner between top-seeded Connecticut and Michigan State.
San Francisco had a comfortable 59-39 lead with 9:48 left in the game, but the Blue Devils (22-9) rallied as the Dons went scoreless for a 6:05 stretch.
Duke closed to 61-55 with 5:03 left to play, but missed four of its last six shots and would get no closer than the final score.
Freshman forward Payton Black came off the bench to lead Duke with 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting and nine rebounds. Black’s shooting performance was the only bright spot on the floor in a 38 percent shooting night for the Blue Devils. Kira Orr added 14 points and Ty Hall 10 for Duke, which has never advanced past the second round.
Hitting nine of its first 10 shots, San Francisco roared out to an 18-5 lead. Lindhe went 5-of-8 in the first half for 11 points, pacing the Dons to a 34-25 margin at halftime.
The Blue Devils had won 24 straight non-ACC games in Cameron Indoor Stadium prior to Monday.