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Duke Returns to Action by Downing East Carolina, 83-66
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 12/28/2018
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DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke women’s basketball team return to action Friday evening in Cameron Indoor Stadium with an 83-66 victory over East Carolina.  The Blue Devils improved to 7-4 on the season and collected their seventh straight win at home. 

Redshirt junior Haley Gorecki and freshman Miela Goodchild combined for 45 points in the contest for the Blue Devils.  Gorecki collected her second straight double-double with a season-high 26 points and 11 rebounds, while Goodchild drained four three-pointers on her way to scoring a career-high 19 points.

Both teams started the contest off slow as the squads combined for only two points over the first 3:58.  East Carolina (9-3) registered the first field goal of the contest at the 5:48 mark by Destiny Campbell, but Duke would go on a 13-4 run and led 14-7 at the end of the first quarter.  Senior Faith Suggs came up big on the defensive end taking two charges. 

At the end of the first 10 minutes, Gorecki led the Blue Devils with six points and four rebounds in seven minutes.

Duke went on a 10-3 run late in the second quarter and held as big as a 13-point lead, 36-23, with 2:04 remaining in the second quarter.  After combining for 21 first quarter points, the two teams scored 46 points in the second quarter.  The Blue Devils would hold a 38-29 lead at the half with Gorecki posting impressive numbers with 17 points, nine rebounds and one steal in 17 minutes.  

The third quarter belonged to Duke as the Blue Devils outscored the Pirates, 32-16, and would go ahead, 70-45, with 10 minutes remaining.  Goodchild scored 11 points in the quarter as she hit 4-of-5 field goals and 3-of-4 treys.  A product of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, entered the final 10 minutes with a career-high 16 points.

Gorecki collected her 10th rebound at the 8:01 mark of the third period for her second straight double-double.  Duke hit 13-of-17 field goals in the third period for a 76.5 percentage during the impressive 10 minutes.

Gorecki, who is from Palatine, Ill., totaled her fourth game this season and eighth of her career with 20 or more points, while also totaled her third double-double of the year.

The Blue Devils would go on to outrebound the Pirates, 49-37, and finish the game with a 47.7 field goal percentage. 

Freshman Onome Akinbode-James came off the bench for Duke and added eight rebounds and six points, while Mikayla Boykin scored nine points in her first start of the season.

East Carolina was led by Raven Johnson with 13 points.

Duke will close non-conference action Sunday, Dec. 30 as the Blue Devils host Florida Gulf Coast at 2 p.m., in Cameron Indoor Stadium.