DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Now both Duke basketball teams are done.
The Blue Devil women followed the men’s team out of their NCAA tournament early after they were upset.
The Duke women were done in by DePaul 74-65 in the second round Monday night - three days after the men were bounced in their opener by Mercer.
Injury-depleted Duke - which had 21 turnovers - became the first No. 2 seed to lose in the second round since Xavier was beaten by Louisville in 2011.
Duke (28-7) led for only 12 seconds and became the first top-four seed to lose in the tournament.
Elizabeth Williams scored 12 points and blocked seven shots. Seniors Haley Peters and Tricia Liston each added 11 in their final game at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The Blue Devils had made four straight appearances in the regional finals and coach Joanne P. McCallie wasn’t terribly pleased about being placed in the same bracket as No. 1 overall seed Connecticut.
That’s not a concern anymore.
“They were on top of our ball handlers, and we didn’t handle it very well,” Peters said. “We just got a little bit rattled, I think, by how aggressive and how much pressure they put on us.”
DePaul hit a season-high 14 3-pointers, and seven of them came immediately after baskets by the Blue Devils.
“We have the greenish green light,” guard Brittany Hrynko said. “He doesn’t mind us taking 3s. He said as long as we take them, we have to defend and rebound.’”
Megan Rogowski scored 22 points with six 3s, Megan Podkowa added 18 points and Hrynko had 14 for the seventh-seeded Blue Demons (29-6).
“It has to absolutely be the biggest win for this group of young women this season,” coach Doug Bruno said of a team that has won 18 of 19 and earned its third appearance in the round of 16.
DePaul will play the James Madison-Texas A&M; winner on Saturday in the Lincoln Regional semifinals.
Jasmine Penny added 11 points for DePaul. The Big East champs were coming off a 104-100 win over Oklahoma in the first round, the highest-scoring regulation game in tournament history.