ESTERO, Fla. – Four different Blue Devils scored double-digits as the Duke women’s basketball team cruised to a 79-62 victory over Ball State Saturday morning in the second game of the Gulf Coast Showcase at Hertz Arena in Estero, Fla.
Redshirt junior Haley Gorecki led all scorers with 19 points, while junior Leaonna Odom and freshman Miela Goodchild added 13 each. Senior Faith Suggs chipped in her second college game with double-digit scoring with 12.
The Blue Devils (3-2) advance on to face the winner of the Quinnipiac/Missouri contest Sunday, Nov. 25 at 1:30 p.m., to close the Gulf Coast Showcase.
Duke’s victory also gave Blue Devil head coach Joanne P. McCallie her 300th career victory at Duke. She accomplished this mark in only 382 games becoming the quickest ACC coach in league history to reach 300 victories at an institution. The next closest coach was Kay Yow (397 games).
The Blue Devils got off to a much better start Saturday leading 10-3 at the 5:28 mark of the first quarter, but the Cardinals made a 10-3 run of their own to even the score at 13-13 with 1:34 remaining in the quarter.
Duke closed with an 8-0 run as Gorecki connected on her second three-pointer of the half, sophomore Jayda Adams hit her second trey of the season and Jade Williams tipped in her fifth point of the quarter. The Blue Devils led 21-13 at the break.
In the second quarter, Duke continued to increase the lead and led by as many as 18 points with a 41-23 advantage. Freshman Rayah Craig put an exclamation point on the outstanding first half as she drained a three-pointer as time expired from just over half court to give Duke a 44-27 lead at the half.
Goodchild paced the Blue Devils in the first half as she drained all three of her three-point attempts in the second quarter and finished with 13 points, which was one shy of her career high of 14. Gorecki added eight points, while Odom chipped in five assists, four rebounds and three points.
Duke hit 51.7 percent from the field in the first half and scored the second-most points in the first stanza this season (44).
The Blue Devils would push the lead to 20 points in the third quarter, before Ball State went on a 7-0 run to cut the lead to, 54-41, with 4:17 remaining in the quarter. Gorecki scored seven third quarter points to help the Blue Devils maintain a 61-47 lead with 10 minutes remaining.
Duke would outscore Ball State 18-15 in the fourth quarter to conclude with the 17-point victory.
The Blue Devils finished with a season-high 29 turnovers, but hit 52.5 percent from the field and held the Cardinals to only 30.8 percent shooting. Duke held a 45-38 advantage on the boards.