ESTERO, Fla. – The Duke women’s basketball team opened the Gulf Coast Showcase Friday held in Estero, Fla., with a 71-64 loss to Washington (3-1) at Hertz Arena.
The Blue Devils (2-2) will move on to face Ball State in its second game of the Gulf Coast Showcase Saturday, Nov. 24 at 11 a.m., who lost, 78-70, to Fordham in its opener Friday.
Duke got off to a rough start missing its first four shots and not hitting its first basket until the 7:06 mark as Gorecki connected on a running jumper. Washington drained a couple of three-pointers and led by as many as seven in the first quarter, before the Blue Devils closed the first 10 minutes on an 8-5 run. Gorecki and Odom scored all 12 of the Duke points in the quarter as Odom had seven and Gorecki five.
The Blue Devils were able to cut the Husky lead to six, 28-22, at the 3:41 mark of the second quarter, but Washington would go on a 9-0 run to lead, 37-22, with 2:34 remaining in the first half. Duke was only able to cut into the lead by two points and trailed, 37-24, at the half.
Duke’s 24 points were a season low and the Blue Devils trailed at the half for only the second time this season.
In the first half, Washington hit 50.0 percent from the field and drained eight treys, while outrebounding the Blue Devils, 19-13.
Duke battled back in the third quarter cutting the Husky lead to seven on three different occasions, but the Blue Devils could not get it any closer. Freshman Miela Goodchild gave Duke a boost in the third scoring all of her nine points in the period to help the Blue Devils cut into the lead, but Duke still trailed, 52-52 heading into the fourth period.
Every time Duke tried to make a rally, Washington had an answer. The Blue Devils cut the lead to five, 69-64, with 10 seconds remaining, but couldn’t get any closer.
After hitting eight first half three-pointers, the Huskies was held to zero in the second half on nine attempts.
Gorecki posted her second game of the season and sixth of her career with 20 or more points as she finished with 20 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals. Odom added her third double-double in four games with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Goodchild finished with 12 points giving her three straight games with double-digit scoring.
Duke had 21 turnovers and was held to 40.4 percent shooting for the game.