Durham, N.C., - The Blue Devils officially closed out the 2018-19 campaign with the annual award ceremony hosted on campus. Duke closed off the season 15-15 overall under head coach Joanne P. McCallie. Duke will graduate two players, Sofia Roma and Faith Suggs. Former Blue Devils made history this week in the NBA with Lindsey Harding joining the 76ers coaching staff.
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Joanne P. McCallie (@CoachPDuke) April 6, 2019
End of Season Awards Ceremony
The Blue Devils held their annual end-of-the-year celebration to officially close out the 2018-19 campaign. Redshirt junior Haley Gorecki took home five awards, while senior Faith Suggs and rookie Miela Goodchild each took home two.
Full list of award winners:
Player of the Year: Haley Gorecki
Senior Award: Faith Suggs
Most Improved Player: Miela Goodchild
Playmaker: Haley Gorecki
Best Defender Award: Faith Suggs
M.M.O.C. (Meanest Mother on Court): Haley Gorecki
Best Rebounder: Haley Gorecki
CNC Scholar-Athlete Award (Choice Not Chance): Kyra Lambert
Sixth Player: Jayda Adams
Assist Maker: Haley Gorecki
Best Free-Throw Shooter: Miela Goodchild
📸 2018-19 Awards Ceremony 😍— Duke Women’s Basketball (@DukeWBB) April 11, 2019
Full album up on FB. 💙😈 pic.twitter.com/HIYXSNasHh
Goodchild Makes History
Rookie Miela Goodchild made an immediate impact on the squad this season, with the eighth-most three-pointers (73) made by a freshman, breaking Rebecca Greenwell’s record. Goodchild ranks sixth nationally 44.5 three-point field goal percentage.
The rookie made history at Duke. Let’s keep it going. 🇦🇺 pic.twitter.com/uMbsTWiUbH— Duke Women’s Basketball (@DukeWBB) April 12, 2019
Lindsey Harding - First Female Coach on Sixers Staff
The 2007 Naismith College Player of the Year was recently promoted to Player Development Coach for the Philadelphia 76ers. The former Blue Devil and WNBA player was previously a scout for the team, but is now the first female in program history to join the coaching staff. Harding primary role “will be to monitor and continuously develop players’ skillsets through on-court training and daily film breakdown,” per the 76ers press release.
"Her personality, work ethic and spirit will only add to her ability to coach and help us develop our players. I think she’s going to be a star.”— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) April 10, 2019
Coach Brown on Lindsey Harding's promotion to Player Development Coach. #HereTheyComehttps://t.co/z7KupQn1rD
Congratulations to @Lindsey_Harding, hired as the @sixers first-ever female coach. The hiring of qualified women as coaches and athletic directors must become the rule and not the exception. #equalityforall #HereTheyCome #PhilaUnite https://t.co/tpXHDNy6CC— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) April 12, 2019
Angela Salvadores Drafted to the L.A. Sparks
Former guard Angela Salvadores was taken in the third round of the WNBA draft by the Los Angeles Sparks. Salvadores played her freshman campaign at Duke (2015-16) before returning home to Spain to play professionally. She is the 25th Blue Devil pick in the WNBA draft since 1999.
Lexie Brown to Minnesota
Keeping up with Recruits…
Jennifer Ezeh and New Hope Academy defeated St. John’s, 45-34, to win the Geico Nationals championship.
Our girl Jennifer Ezeh won the HS Natty this past weekend with her squad. Excited to welcome Jen to Durham soon! 🏆🔵😈 pic.twitter.com/wgHOj88Yy7— Duke Women’s Basketball (@DukeWBB) April 10, 2019
NorthJersey.com honored Jaida Patrick as one of the best female athletes of the year, nominating her for the Player of the Year accolade. She averaged 14.9 points, 11.7 rebounds, 5.8 steals, 3.5 assists, and 2.7 blocks per game.
Chelsea Gray, ‘14
Gray led Cukurova to an 85-74 victory against ninth-ranked Izmit. She was MVP of the game with 16 points, six boards, five assists, and four steals in 28 minutes.
Jasmine Thomas, ‘11
Thomas was MVP on Polkowice’s 82-77 victory over AZS UMCS. Thomas recorded 20 points, four rebounds, and five assists. Polkowice is placed first in the EBLK.
Elizabeth Williams, ‘15
Williams and Botas fell, 59-49, on the road to Galatasaray. Williams collected 11 points, eight boards, and two blocks in 36 minutes.
Oderah Chidom, ‘17
Chidom had a double-double performance in Dafni Agioy’s close win against Niki Lefkadas. She had 22 points and 12 boards, while also adding three assists and two blocks.
Salvadores and Ensino Lugo defeated Al-Qazeres, 67-55, where she was MVP of the game with 18 points and seven rebounds.
Kendall Cooper, ‘17
Cooper and Calais fell to Reims, 71-48. She had four points and four rebounds.
Kathleen Sheer, ‘12
Scheer helped Nunawading Spectres defeat Tornadoes, 87-85, in the Australian State League. Scheer was MVP of the match with 21 points, 15 boards, five assists, and four blocks in 37 minutes.
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