DURHAM, N.C. – The 20th-ranked Duke women’s basketball team defeated Alaska Anchorage, 75-54, in exhibition play Sunday afternoon in Cameron Indoor Stadium as redshirt junior Haley Gorecki and freshman Onome Akinbode-James both notched double-doubles and five Blue Devils scored double digits.
After totaling just four points in the first half, Gorecki ended the contest with 18 points and 10 boards as she knocked down 3-of-5 treys, picked up four assists and collected a team-high three steals in 34 minutes of action.
Rookie Akinbode-James tallied 11 points and a team-high 11 boards in 33 minutes. The Blairstown, N.J., native went 4-of-5 from the floor and registered one block, assist and steal.
Akinbode-James got the ball rolling for the Blue Devils on both ends of the floor, knocking down two free throws before going the distance for a big block on the post to set up a Jade Williams’ layup for an early 6-3 lead. The Seawolves were hot from beyond the arc to start the contest, hitting 41.7 percent, which included a trey by Safiyyah Yasin to cut Duke’s lead. Redshirt junior Haley Gorecki responded with a three of her own from senior Faith Suggs, while Odom notched her 11th point of the contest early off Alaska’s seventh turnover to hold a 29-17 lead.
The Blue Devils tallied 14 points off the Seawolves’ nine turnovers as Odom was a perfect 6-of-6 from the floor with a team-high 13 points.
Williams continued her strong play into the second quarter with a three-point play to give her double figures at the mid-way mark. Odom was dishing the ball as well with a team-high six assists as she found Williams on the baseline for a quick two to bring Duke’s lead to 46-27 at the half.
As a team, Duke shot 66.7 percent (18-of-27) from the floor in the first half to Alaska Anchorage’s 34.5 percent (10-of-29).
Gorecki got going in the second half with 14 points after totaling just four in the first. The Blue Devils were held scoreless for nearly three minutes in the third before Odom’s 17th point nearing the five-minute mark. Following the scoring drought, Duke went on an 8-0 run as the Seawolves were hitting just 25.0 percent during the third frame to trail Duke 61-42.
Alaska Anchorage limited turnovers in the second half with seven but ended the contest giving up 23 points off 19 turnovers.
Williams concluded the game with 17 points, six boards and two blocks while freshman Rayah Craig added eight points and three assists.
As a team, Duke shot 50.9 percent (28-of-55) from the floor, 41.7 percent (5-of-12) from three-point land and 60.9 percent (14-of-23) from the charity stripe.
Duke will open the 2018-19 Sunday, Nov. 11, at Northwestern in Evanston, Ill.