WAKE FOREST (9-9, 0-5) AT DUKE BLUE DEVILS (8-9, 0-5)
Game 18 • Thursday, Jan. 24 • 7:00 PM
Durham, N.C. • Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
ACC Network Extra
Tickets: www.GoDuke.com (1-877-375-3853)
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), Rebecca Greenwell (Color)
TV/Video: ACC Network Extra
TV Talent: Ryan Craig (PXP), Debbie Taylor (Color)
Duke Head Coach: Joanne P. McCallie (Northwestern, ‘87)
Record: 621-237 (27)
Wake Forest Head Coach: Jenn Hoover (Wake Forest, ‘91)
Record: 108-117 (8)
Setting the Scene...
Returning home for two straight home contests, the Duke women’s basketball team (8-9, 0-5 ACC) will host Wake Forest (9-9, 0-5) Thursday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m., in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
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 close a two-game homestand by hosting Syracuse Sunday, Jan. 27 in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The game will be aired live on RSN-TV at 1 p.m. It will mark the Mental Health Awareness Day.
• In ACC games only, Haley Gorecki ranks seventh in scoring (17.4), T10th in assists (3.8), first in steals (3.2) and T8th in minutes played (35.4). She is coming off her best game of the season versus ACC opponents with 25 points, six rebounds, six assists and two steals.
• Redshirt freshman Mikayla Boykin had surgery Jan. 22, after tearing her right ACL in the Miami contest on Jan. 17. She will miss the remainder of the 2018-19 campaign.
• Duke features its first two-game losing streak at home in Cameron Indoor Stadium since 2013-14. The Blue Devils will look to avoid their first three-game streak since the 1993-94 campaign.
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes...
• The Blue Devils have trailed at the half in each of the last three games and eight times this season.
• Duke has faced three ranked teams out of the first five ACC contests.
• Haley Gorecki’s six games with 20 or more points ranks tied fifth in the ACC.
• In ACC games, Duke is averaging only 55.6 percent from the field and hitting 36.7 percent from the field and 28.0 percent from downtown.
• Through 17 games, sophomore Jade Williams has scored 131 points, which is the same amount she scored in 33 games as a rookie last season.
• Duke has been outrebounded in each of the last three games and a total of eight times this season.
• Leaonna Odom’s 20 points Sunday at FSU was a season high against ACC opponents. She hit 8-of-14 field goals.
• Duke has opened ACC play 0-5 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 five straight games under Joanne P. McCallie for the first time in her 12 years in Durham.
• Sophomore Jade Williams tied a career high Sunday at FSU with 17 points. She hit 7-of-9 field goals and grabbed four rebounds.
• Senior Faith Suggs leads the Blue Devils with six charges taken on the season and 11 over her four year career.
• 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).
• Joanne P. McCallie has featured five-game losing streaks as a head coach only two times prior to the 2018-19 campaign. Both were her first seasons as a head coach at Maine and Michigan State.
• Duke’s 9.8 steals per game in ACC play ranks tied third. Clemson leads the league with an 11.8 average. Haley Gorecki owns an ACC-best 3.2 steals per game average in ACC action.
• Leaonna Odom currently ranks 13th in the ACC in field goal percentage (52.1), T-15th in rebounding (7.0) and T21st in scoring (13.5).
• 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.
• Redshirt junior Haley Gorecki and freshman Miela Goodchild have combined to drain 63 three-pointers on the season.
• Duke returned 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 Wake Forest...
Wake Forest owns a 9-9 overall and 0-5 ACC mark on the season. The Demon Deacons have been led by Elisa Penna (15.3 points, 5.6 rebounds), Alex Sharp (12.7 points, 8.7 rebounds), Ivana Raca (12.1 points, 6.5 rebounds) and Ona Udoh (9.9 points, 8.8 rebounds). In road games, WFU is 1-4 on the season.
The Series with Wake Forest..
Duke and Wake Forest will meet for the 84th time in school history. The Blue Devils lead the series, 66-17, including four straight. In games played in Durham, N.C., Duke holds a 30-6 record with 22 straight wins. Coach P owns an 18-2 record versus the Demon Deacons.
In each of the last three games, Duke has either led or cut its opponents lead to one point in the second half. The young Blue Devils just haven’t been able to close one of those close games out.
Trio of Players Score...
In Sunday’s contest at Florida State, Duke featured only three players score as Haley Gorecki totaled 25, Leaonna Odom had 20 and Jade Williams added 17 on the afternoon.
Moving Up Three-Point Charts...
In only 17 games, Duke freshman Miela Goodchild has drained 33 three-pointers, which ranks tied seventh on the Blue Devil freshman record charts.
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
33 Miela Goodchild, 2018-19
10. 30 Jessica Foley, 2002-03
Goodchild’s 33 three-pointers ranks fourth among other ACC freshmen.
Player 3PM Games
Elizabeth Balogun (GT) 42 19
Dara Mabrey (VT) 39 18
Mikayla Dickins (BC) 36 19
Miela Goodchild (DU) 33 17
Marnelle Garraud (BC) 28 19
At Home in Cameron...
Duke has totaled a 5-2 record at home this season and is currently riding a two-game losing streak.
In home contests, Haley Gorecki has led Duke with averages of 13.4 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.9 steals and 2.9 assists. She has hit only 7-of-32 field goals over the last three games, while averaging 9.0 points.
Miela Goodchild has averaged 12.0 points and has hit 17-of-32 three-pointers for a 53.1 percentage. The Blue Devils have averaged 64.6 points, while holding opponents to 56.6 points a game. Duke holds an 8.1 rebounding margin.
Strong Third Quarters...
The Blue Devils have averaged 16.3 points and hit 48.7 percent from the field in the third quarter over the last three games. Duke has outscored its opponents by 14 over the last two games in the third quarter.
Duke features one of the youngest teams in the nation this season. The squad features only 167 career starts with Leaonna Odom leading the way with 65.
In terms of the ACC, Duke owns the second-fewest starts in the league as Florida State has 102.
Career Starts - ACC Teams
102 Florida State
251 Boston College
242 NC State
256 Wake Forest
264 Georgia Tech
328 North Carolina
352 Virginia Tech
477 Notre Dame
One of a Kind...
Duke redshirt junior Haley Gorecki is one of only six players nationally and the only power five conference player averaging over 16.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.9 steals on the season. Gorecki currently ranks fifth in the ACC in scoring (16.8), second in steals (2.9) and tied third in minutes played (35.1). 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).
Gorecki Reaches Mark...
With her two more assists Sunday at Florida State, Haley Gorecki become the second-quickest Duke player to notch 250 points, 100 rebounds, 50 assists and 50 steals in a season. She accomplished this in 17 games, which was one game after Alana Beard, who did it in 16 games in 2001-02.
Blue Devils Lose Boykin to ACL Injury...
After playing only eight games since returning from an ACL injury, redshirt freshman Mikayla Boykin suffered a torn ACL in her right knee in the contest against Miami on Jan. 17. Boykin had surgery Tuesday, Jan. 22 and will miss the remainder of the 2018-19 season. In her eight games since returning, Boykin had averaged 9.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.0 steals.
Boykin scored a career-high 13 points at ninth-ranked NC State. She added a career-high 11 assists at Georgia Tech. The 11 assists tied a Duke freshman record. Her debut came 361 days since she tore her ACL on Dec. 10, 2017 against Winthrop. Boykin received a medical redshirt for this past season and will have four years of eligibility remaining.