DURHAM, N.C.-- Following a weekend off from action, the Duke women’s basketball team (8-7, 0-3 ACC) will return to the court Thursday, Jan. 17 by hosting Miami (14-4, 2-1) in Cameron Indoor Stadium at 7 p.m.
Thursday’s contest will be aired live on ACC Network Extra with Ryan Craig (PXP) and Debbie Taylor (Color) calling the game. 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) and Rebecca Greenwell (Color) on the air beginning at 6:45 p.m. (ET).
What is Next?...
Duke will hit the road for Tallahassee, Fla., Sunday, Jan. 20 for a 2 p.m., contest live on ACC Network Extra against Florida State.
From the Marketing Office...
Join us for the inaugural Craft Beer Night in Cameron Indoor Stadium sponsored by Tobacco Road Sports Café. Tickets start at just $15 and include admission to the event, complimentary craft beer tastings and snacks and admission into the game versus Miami. This event will be hosted in the Champions Club, a premier hospitality space, located off the second level concourse of Cameron Indoor Stadium. Accessible via both Rubenstein Lobby or the south doors of the Hall of Honor. All attendees must be 21 and over.
Join in on the fun all game long and participate in the Duke women’s basketball bingo. Fans will be able to play bingo throughout the game for the chance to win prizes, memorabilia, and tickets! Be sure to stop by the marketing table on your way in to pick up your bingo card.
• The Blue Devils will host three out of the next four games against Miami, Wake Forest and Syracuse in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke will also take on the first of two straight opponents from the state of Florida.
• 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 has opened 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. The Blue Devils have lost three straight games under Joanne P. McCallie for only the third time in 12 years.
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes...
• One former Duke staff member and one Blue Devil alumna will sit on the opposing sidelines Thursday -- Tia Jackson (former Duke assistant) and Katie Meier (Duke alumna).
• In three ACC games, Haley Gorecki is averaging 18.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.7 steals and 2.7 assists.
• Duke is one of only four ACC teams with four players averaging 5.0 or more rebounds a game (Georgia Tech, Virginia and Wake Forest).
• Leaonna Odom currently ranks 14th in the ACC in field goal percentage (53.1), 18th in rebounding (6.9) and 23rd in scoring (13.3).
• Onome Akinbode-James owns a 5.2 rebounds per game average in 15 contests. Only 10 Blue Devil rookies have averaged more than 5.6 rebounds a game during their freshman campaign.
• Over the last three games, Duke has averaged 11.0 steals a game and now ranks fourth in the ACC with a 9.7 per game average.
• In seven games in 2018-19, Mikayla Boykin has already scored more points (70) than she did in 10 contests a year (46) ago before being injured.
• After dishing only 15 assists over the previous two games, Duke handed out a season-high 20 assists on the road at Georgia Tech.
• Duke 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, Notre Dame’s Arike Ogunbowale and Syracuse’s Tiana Mangakahia are the only 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 Hurricanes hit the hardwood Thursday. Miami features a 71.00 average height with seven 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 58 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 Miami...
Miami enters the contest with a 14-4 overall and 2-1 ACC mark, but is coming off a home loss to Clemson, 76-67, in the last meeting on Jan. 10. The Hurricanes have been led by Beatrice Mompremier (16.2 points, 11.6 rebounds), Emese Hof (13.6 points, 8.5 rebounds), Mykea Gray (12.0 points, 29 treys), Laura Cornelius (10.8 points, 2.9 rebounds) and Kelsey Marshall (40 treys, 9.7 points). Miami is coached by Duke alumna Katie Meier.
The Series with Miami..
Duke and Miami will meet for the 18th time in school history with the Blue Devils leading the series, 14-3. The Blue Devils won the first 10 contests of the series with the Hurricanes, but since then Duke has won four out of the last seven.
In games played in Cameron Indoor Stadium, Duke has totaled an 8-0 record. Coach P has notched a 10-4 record versus Miami over her history as a head coach.
Duke Players vs. Miami...
In three games against the Hurricanes, Leaonna Odom has averaged 12.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals a contest. She has hit 14-of-21 field goals for a 66.7 percentage. In her first collegiate contest against Miami last season, Haley Gorecki totaled 16 points, three rebounds, three assists and one steal in 37 minutes.
Blue Devils to Face Alum...
Duke will battle former Blue Devil All-America Katie Meier for the 17th time as a head coach on Thursday. Meier, who is in her 14th year as Miami’s head coach, also faced the Blue Devils on Nov. 29, 2001, when she was at the helm of Charlotte, and the last 13 years as the Hurricanes’ coach. In the contest versus Charlotte, Duke won 64-39 in Charlotte, N.C.
The Blue Devils own a 13-3 overall record against Meier on the opposing sideline.
Meier, who ranks seventh on Duke’s all-time scoring list with 1,761 points, was inducted into the Hall of Honor in 2002. She was the 1986 ACC Rookie of the Year and a Basketball Yearbook Freshman All-America. She was a letterwinner in 1986, ‘87, ‘89 and ‘90 for the Blue Devils.
Boykin Ties Freshman Record...
With her 11 assists at Georgia Tech, redshirt freshman Mikayla Boykin tied a Duke freshman record. It was the most assists by a Blue Devil rookie since Feb. 2, 1980 as Patti Thomasson dished 11 dimes against Appalachian State. A Duke rookie has dished 10 or more assists a total of seven times in school history. Other rookies to accomplish this were Thomasson, Alexis Jones, Abby Waner, Wanisha Smith and Krista Gingrich. The 11 assists are the most by an ACC freshman this season.
Gorecki Posting Impressive Numbers...
Duke redshirt junior Haley Gorecki is one of only two players nationally and the only power five conference player averaging over 17.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.0 steals on the season. The other player is Shakyla Hill of Grambling State. Gorecki currently ranks tied sixth in the ACC in scoring (17.0), tied second in steals (3.0) and fourth in minutes played (34.9).
No Blue Devil in school history has ever averaged over 17.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.0 steals. The closest was Alana Beard (22.0 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.8 steals in 2002-03).
Moving on Up...
In only 15 games, Duke freshman Miela Goodchild has drained 30 three-pointers, which ranked tied ninth on the Blue Devil freshman record charts. Goodchild ranks tied 29th nationally and sixth in the ACC with a 44.1 three-point field goal percentage. She also ranks tied 13th in the ACC with a 2.0 three-pointers per game average.
Duke Freshman 3-Pointers Made List
1. 72 Rebecca Greenwell, 2014-15
2. 50 Abby Waner, 2005-06
3. 41 Wanisha Smith, 2004-05
41 Jenni Kraft, 1988-89~
5. 37 Georgia Schweitzer, 1997-98
6. 36 Dana McDonald, 1989-90
7. 33 Laura Kurz, 2004-05
33 Chelsea Gray, 2010-11
9. 30 Miela Goodchild, 2018-19
30 Jessica Foley, 2002-03
At Home in Cameron...
Duke has collected a 5-1 overall record this season at home in Cameron. In those six games, Haley Gorecki has averaged 14.7 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.8 steals and 2.5 assists. She has struggled from the field hitting only 6-of-32 three-pointers (18.8%).
Miela Goodchild has averaged 11.8 points, 2.0 assists, 1.7 rebounds and 1.0 steals, while hitting 14-of-28 three-pointers. She is coming off a season-low four points against Louisville.
Leaonna Odom owns averages of 12.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.0 blocks. She has hit 57.1 percent from the field.
Over the last four games, Duke has been held to 64 or less points, including three straight games with under 60 points prior to scoring 64 points at Georgia Tech. In those games, the Blue Devils have averaged 55.8 points, hit 35.9 percent from the field, 25.0 percent from three-point land and averaged 18.3 turnovers. Duke was outrebounded by 3.5 and outscored by 6.0 points.
Haley Gorecki is currently averaging 16.0 shots a contest on the season. If the season ended today, it would be the highest average in school history.
Avg. Shots Player
16.0 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 157 career starts with Leaonna Odom leading the way with 59. In terms of the ACC, Duke owns the second-fewest starts in the league as Florida State has 92.
Career Starts - ACC Teams
92 Florida State
241 Boston College
237 NC State
246 Wake Forest
254 Georgia Tech
318 North Carolina
342 Virginia Tech
467 Notre Dame
Gorecki Registers Impressive Mark...
Redshirt junior Haley Gorecki has joined one of the elite as she became just the seventh Blue Devil to total over 500 points, 200 rebounds and 100 assists in their first 50 collegiate games. Gorecki currently owns 570 points, 223 rebounds and 127 assists in 52 career games. She joined only Alana Beard, Lexie Brown, Monique Currie, Rebecca Greenwell, Alexis Jones and Katie Meier.