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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.