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Blue Devils Battle Hard But Fall at Oregon State
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 12/20/2018
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CORVALLIS, Ore. – Duke University women’s basketball jumped out to an early lead, but 11th-ranked Oregon State drained 14 three-pointers on the night, and the Blue Devils fell, 71-57, at Gill Coliseum Thursday in Corvallis, Ore.

With the loss, Duke snapped a three-game winning streak and fell to 6-4, while Oregon State improved to 9-2 on the year. 

The Blue Devils were paced by redshirt junior Haley Gorecki with her third career double-double as she notched 18 points and a career-high 11 rebounds.  Junior Leaonna Odom scored 13 of her 17 points in the second half to go along with four rebounds.

Duke’s defense was stellar to open the contest forcing Oregon State to miss each of its first 10 shots.  The Blue Devils held a 9-0 lead and the Beavers didn’t score their first bucket until the 4:28 mark as Joanna Grymek connected on a layup. 

Gorecki featured seven of Duke’s first 11 points as she hit a two-pointer, three-pointer and drained both free throw attempts. 

Oregon State would go a 10-2 run following a media timeout and took its first lead of the contest with 36 seconds remaining in the first quarter, 15-13.  After missing their first nine shots of the game, the Beavers hit six out of the next eight attempts during the run.

Blue Devil redshirt freshman Mikayla Boykin drained her second basket of the quarter in response and the score would be all even, 15-15, at the end of the first 10 minutes.

The second quarter was evenly contested until the final 2:52 as Oregon State used a 7-0 run to take a 32-25 lead into the halftime break. 

At the half, Duke was led by Haley Gorecki with nine points and seven rebounds.  The Blue Devils committed nine first half turnovers to the Beavers’ two.  After missing its first nine shots, Oregon State hit 46.4 percent from the field the rest of the first half.

Oregon State opened the third quarter by hitting its first two three-point attempts to go ahead, 38-26, and forced Duke head coach Joanne P. McCallie to call timeout. Boykin went on to score the next four points as the Blue Devils went on a 5-0 run of their own to cut the lead to seven.  A driving layup by Odom cut the Beaver lead to 40-35. 

The Beavers closed the quarter on a 13-5 run and led, 53-39. 

Duke collected back-to-back buckets by Odom and Jade Williams to open the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 53-43 and forced Oregon State to call timeout with 8:02 remaining in the game. The Blue Devils were able to cut into the lead once again, 63-55, with 2:38 left, but a four-point play and a jumper by Oregon State sent the lead back into double-digits.

The Blue Devils hit 44.4 percent from the field for the game and had a season-low 13 turnovers in front of 7,060 fans. 

Destiny Slocum led the Beavers with a game-high 21 points.

Duke will next be off for the Christmas holiday, before returning to action Dec. 28 as the Blue Devils host East Carolina at 7 p.m.  The game will be aired live on ACC Network Extra.