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2018-19 Blue Devils
Blue Devils Ranked in Preseason Magazines
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 09/26/2018
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DURHAM, N.C. – The preseason college basketball magazines are starting to hit the shelves at stores and with that the 2018-19 Duke women’s basketball team is earning some preseason recognition.

The Blue Devils have been tabbed No. 19 in the Street & Smith’s Yearbook and No. 21 in the Lindy’s Sports Annual.

Duke is coming off collecting a 24-9 overall record in 2017-18 and will feature a much different look this season following the graduation of two of the Blue Devils’ all-time great scorers – Rebecca Greenwell and Lexie Brown. The high-scoring tandem combined to average 33.3 points a game last year and scored a staggering 3,137 points over their Duke careers.

Even though the Blue Devils lost two outstanding shooters, Duke will feature a potent scoring attack in 2018-19 led by redshirt junior Haley Gorecki and junior Leaonna Odom.

Gorecki, a product of Palatine, Ill., showed she was one of the top guards in the ACC a year ago as she averaged 17.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.8 steals over a span of 11 contests. She totaled 20 or more points in four of those games. Gorecki, a deadly three-point shooter became the first Duke player to notch seven or more three-pointers in back-to-back games.

A native of Lompoc, Calif., Odom was one of the best players in the 2018 NCAA Tournament averaging 21.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in three contests. She collected a game-high 22 points, eight rebounds and four assists against top-seeded Connecticut, while registering a career-high 25 points versus Belmont. The 6-2 Odom is one of the most athletic players in the nation.

Duke also welcomes back a number of other very talented student-athletes including Mikayla Boykin, Jade Williams, Kyra Lambert, Faith Suggs, Jayda Adams, Madison Treece, Sofia Roma and Emily Schubert. The Blue Devil will get a boost from four incoming freshmen as well that should provide an immediate impact – Rayah Craig, Onome Akinbode-James, Uchenna Nwoke and Miela Goodchild.

In the Street & Smith’s ledger, Notre Dame is No. 1 with Oregon, Connecticut, Baylor, Louisville, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Iowa, Maryland and Oregon State in the top 10. Notre Dame took the top slot as well in the Lindy’s poll with Oregon, Connecticut, Louisville, Baylor, Maryland, Stanford, Tennessee, Mississippi State and Oregon State in the top 10.

The Blue Devils will host their annual Blue/White scrimmage Sunday, Oct. 21 and then welcome Alaska Anchorage on Sunday, Nov. 4, before opening the regular season Sunday, Nov. 11 at Northwestern.


Lindy’s Sports Women’s Basketball Preseason Top 25
1. Notre Dame
2. Oregon
3. UConn
4. Louisville
5. Baylor
6. Maryland
7. Stanford
8. Tennessee
9. Mississippi State
10. Oregon State
11. Texas
12. Missouri
13. DePaul
14. South Carolina
15. NC State
16. Georgia
17. Iowa
18. South Florida
19. Marquette
20. Syracuse
21. Duke
22. UCLA
23. Arizona State
24. Texas A&M
25. Miami

Street & Smith’s 2018-19 Preseason Women’s Basketball Top 20
1. Notre Dame
2. Oregon
3. Connecticut
4. Baylor
5. Louisville
6. Mississippi State
7. South Carolina
8. Iowa
9. Maryland
10. Oregon State
11. Stanford
12. Texas A&M
13. Georgia
14. Texas
15. Missouri
16. DePaul
17. NC State
18. Central Michigan
19. Duke
20. California