DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke women’s basketball team defeated Elon, 81-64, Sunday afternoon in Cameron Indoor Stadium in the 2018-19 home opener. The Blue Devils improved 2-1 on the season as head coach Joanne P. McCallie improved to 13-0 in home openers at Duke.
For the second time this season, four Blue Devils registered double-digit scoring as junior Leaonna Odom led the Duke contingent with her second double-double of the season and the sixth of her career with 23 points and 10 rebounds. The Lompoc, Calif., native notched her fourth-career contest with 20 or more points scored and the first in regular season play.
Rounding out Duke’s top offensive players was redshirt junior Haley Gorecki and senior Faith Suggs with 12 each and rookie Miela Goodchild with 10. Suggs tallied a career-high points to go along with four rebounds and three steals, while Goodchild had her second straight double-figure scoring game.
The Blue Devils got off to a rocky start to the contest, going 0-for-6 from the floor before finishing the first quarter hitting 10-of-10 to shoot 62.5 percent (10-of-16) in the first frame. Sophomore Jade Williams picked up the first Blue Devil block of the game, good for her first of the season and 41st of her career. Duke started to fine its rhythm on both sides of the floor and held Elon without a shot for nearly three minutes before Ariel Colón connected on her first three as the Blue Devils led 24-20 heading into the second.
Odom returned to the floor in the second after being limited with foul trouble and picked up her team-high seventh point with her return. The Blue Devils started to get hot from beyond the arc with back-to-back treys courtesy of sophomore Jayda Adams and rookie Rayah Craig, before sophomore Madison Treece stepped up for the Blue Devils off the bench with four big offensive boards. Gorecki closed the first half in big fashion with her first block of the 2018-19 season, which led to her fourth steal of the game. The Palatine, Ill., native now owns six career blocks.
Heading into the half, Duke led 48-39 off of 55.9 percent shooting as a team as Odom led with 11 points and eight boards, nearly a double-double.
Freshman Onome Akinbode-James got rolling in the second half after totaling just nine minutes in the first and ended the contest with a career-high 24. The Blairstown, N.J., native registered four big blocks for the firsts of her Duke career, two in the paint and the second on an Elon three-point attempt. At the end of three quarters, Duke held a 68-53 lead.
Duke shot 50.0 percent in the final frame to Elon’s 26.7 percent and for the game, Duke hit 52.3 percent from the field, marking the second-straight game with over 50.0 percent shooting. The Blue Devils outrebounded the Phoenix, 41-30, marking the first time this season the Blue Devils have outrebounded its opponent.
Lexi Mercer headlined the Phoenix with 19 points followed by Ariel Colón with 16.
The Blue Devils will be back in action Friday, Nov. 23, for the Gulf Coast Showcase in Estero, Fla. Duke will open play against Washington at 1:30 p.m.