DUKE BLUE DEVILS (8-6, 0-2) AT GEORGIA TECH (11-4, 1-1)
Game 15 • Thursday, Jan. 10 • 7:00 PM
Atlanta, Ga. • McCamish Pavilion (8,600)
ACC Network Extra
Tickets: www.ramblinwreck.com (404.894.5447)
Live Stats: www.GoDuke.com
Radio: Blue Devil IMG Sports Network
(620 AM, 99.3 FM, 96.5 FM, www.GoDuke.com, TuneIn app)
Radio Talent: Chris Edwards (PXP)
TV/Video: ACC Network Extra
TV Talent: Andy Demetra (PXP), Fallon Stokes (Color)
Duke Head Coach: Joanne P. McCallie (Northwestern, ‘87)
Record: 621-234 (27)
Georgia Tech Head Coach: MaChelle Joseph (Purdue, ‘92)
Record: 305-195 (17)
Setting the Scene...
For the second time this season, the Duke women’s basketball team (8-6, 0-2 ACC) will hit the road for an ACC contest as the Blue Devils will travel to Georgia Tech (11-4, 1-1) Thursday, Jan. 10 at McCamish Pavilion. The game will tip at 7 p.m.
Thursday’s contest will be aired live on ACC Network Extra with Andy Demetra (PXP) and Fallon Stokes (Color) calling the action. It will also be carried on the Blue Devil IMG Sports Network via 620 AM, 99.3 FM, 96.5 FM, TuneIn app and www.GoDuke.com with Chris Edwards (PXP) on the air beginning at 6:45 p.m. (ET).
What is Next?...
Duke will have the weekend off before returning home to host Miami Thursday, Jan. 17 for a 7 p.m., contest live on ACC Network Extra.
• The Blue Devils faced back-to-back top 10 and undefeated teams to open ACC play for the first time in program history. It marked the first time since the 1990-91 season that the Blue Devils took on back-to-back top 10 teams to open ACC play (No. 1 Virginia and No. 3 NC State).
• Duke will look to try to avoid opening ACC play 0-3 for the first time since the 1992-93 campaign, which was Gail Goestenkors first season with the Blue Devils. That 1992-93 team opened ACC play 0-9.
• Following the Georgia Tech contest, Duke will return home where the Blue Devils will host three out of the next four games against Miami, Wake Forest and Syracuse.
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes...
• In two ACC games, Haley Gorecki is averaging 17.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 2.0 assists.
• Onome Akinbode-James owns a 5.5 rebounds per game average in 14 contests. Only 10 Blue Devil rookies have averaged more than 5.6 rebounds a game during their freshman campaign.
• Over the last two games, Duke has averaged 11.0 steals a game and now ranks fifth in the ACC with a 9.6 per game average.
• In six games in 2018-19, Mikayla Boykin has already scored more points (61) than she did in 10 contests a year (46) ago before being injured.
• The Blue Devils have dished only five assists over the last two games and hit 8-of-35 three-pointers.
• Duke has held Wisconsin (53), Marist (56), UNLV (38), FGCU (41) and NC State (63) to season low points.
• In the ECU contest, Haley Gorecki and Miela Goodchild combined to score 45 points, 15 rebounds, six assists and five steals. Gorecki notched a season-high 26 points, while Goodchild added a career-high 19 points.
• Duke’s Haley Gorecki and Syracuse’s Tiana Mangakahia are the only two players in the ACC to have both a 10+ rebound and 10+ assist contest this season.
• The Blue Devils scored a season-high 83 points versus East Carolina.
• Duke will feature a little over a two inch height advantage when the Blue Devils and Yellow Jackets hit the hardwood Thursday. Georgia Tech features a 71.71 average height with eight players standing 6-0 or taller. Duke owns a 73.25 average height with nine players 6-0 or taller.
• Redshirt junior Haley Gorecki and freshman Miela Goodchild have combined to drain 52 three-pointers on the season.
• Duke returns just 39.7 percent of its scoring from the 2017-18 season. It is the lowest returning scoring percentage since the conclusion of the 2013-14 season. The Blue Devils lost 43.7 points and 60.3 percent of scoring. It is the most since the 2013-14 season, which Duke lost 66.9 percent of its scoring.
• Duke graduated two of the best scorer’s in Blue Devil history – Rebecca Greenwell (1,874 points) and Lexie Brown (1,263 points in two years). They were one of the most dynamic scoring duos in the nation the last two years and Duke will have a much different look in 2018-19 without those guards.
• All 29 of Duke’s 2018-19 contests will be aired on some type of television between ESPN+, ACC Network Extra, ESPN2, RSN-TV, PAC 12 Network and Big Ten Network.
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A Look at Georgia Tech...
Georgia Tech enters the contest with an 11-4 overall and 1-1 mark in the ACC. The Yellow Jackets have been led by Elizabeth Balogun (14.7 points, 5.2 rebounds), Francesca Pan (13.7 points, 33 treys) and Elizabeth Dixon (10.3 points, 6.8 rebounds). Both Balogun and Pan have combined to hit 60 treys on the season. At home, Georgia Tech has totaled a 6-1 record with the lone loss coming to second-ranked Notre Dame (76-55).
The Series with Georgia Tech..
Duke and Georgia Tech will meet for the 71st time in school history. The Blue Devils lead the series, 61-9, and have won 39 out of the last 41 contests against the Yellow Jackets. In games played in Atlanta, Ga., the Blue Devils have totaled a 26-6 record. Coach P owns a 12-2 record versus Georgia Tech.
Duke Players vs. Georgia Tech...
Haley Gorecki will face Georgia Tech for the first time in her career. Last year as a rookie, Jade Williams totaled 16 points, eight rebounds and a career-high six blocked shots in 31 minutes versus the Yellow Jackets. She hit 7-of-8 field goals.
In two games versus Georgia Tech, Leaonna Odom has scored only four points in 27 minutes.
On the Road...
Duke owns a 2-3 record in road games this season, including back-to-back losses to 11th-ranked Oregon State and ninth-ranked NC State. The Blue Devils have averaged 58.4 points, while hitting 40.7 percentage from the field and 26.6 percentage from downtown. In those games, Haley Gorecki has averaged 16.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 3.4 steals. She has drained five treys on those contests.
Leaonna Odom has averaged 12.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, 1.4 assists and 1.0 steals. She had scored double-digits in her first four games, before finishing with five at NC State. Odom has hit 56.9 percent from the field.
Since returning from injury, Mikayla Boykin has averaged 11.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.5 assists on the road.
Offensive Struggles, Defense Impressive...
Over the last three games, Duke’s offense has failed to reach the 60-point mark. The Blue Devils have averaged 53.0 points, while hitting 33.8 percent of their field goals and 23.9 percent from downtown. On the other side, the Blue Devil defense has been impressive holding opponents to 59.0 points, 36.2 percent shooting and 29.4 percent from three-point land.
Haley Gorecki is currently averaging 15.6 shots a contest on the season. If the season ended today, it would be the highest average in school history.
Avg. Shots Player
15.6 Haley Gorecki, 2018-19
15.1 Alana Beard, 2002-03
14.8 Jasmine Thomas, 2009-10
14.6 Chris Moreland, 1985-86
14.6 Sue Harnett, 1988-89
Duke features one of the youngest teams in the nation this season. The squad features only 152 career starts with Leaonna Odom leading the way with 57.
In terms of the ACC, Duke owns the second-fewest starts in the league as Florida State has 82.
Career Starts - ACC Teams
82 Florida State
231 Boston College
227 NC State
236 Wake Forest
244 Georgia Tech
313 North Carolina
337 Virginia Tech
457 Notre Dame