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Big Second Half Sends Orange Past Blue Devils, 64-55
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 01/27/2019
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DURHAM, N.C. – After taking a 10-point lead on 13th-ranked Syracuse, the Orange outscored the Blue Devils 31-6 over a span of eight minutes in the third quarter on its way to registering a 64-55 victory over Duke Sunday afternoon on “Mental Wealth Day” in Cameron Indoor Stadium. 

With the loss, the Blue Devils dropped to 9-10 overall and 1-6 in the ACC, while the Orange improved to 16-4, 5-2. 

Redshirt junior Haley Gorecki led all scorers with 26 points to go along with 10 rebounds, six steals and four assists.  It marked her third double-double of the season and seventh game with 20 or more points. 

Gorecki scored the first five points of the contest for the Blue Devils, but Syracuse was active on the boards getting the first seven rebounds and held an 11-5 advantage.  After Duke head coach Joanne P. McCallie was forced to call a timeout, Miela Goodchild drained her 37th three-pointer of the season to move into a tie for fifth on Duke’s freshman record charts. 

A product of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Goodchild would add a layup off a steal to cut the Syracuse lead to 14-10 at the 1:46 mark.  Duke would trail 17-12 at the end of the first quarter as Gorecki (7) and Goodchild (5) scored all 12 points.  Syracuse pulled down the first 12 rebounds of the contest.

After Syracuse went ahead, 20-14, in the second quarter, sophomore Jade Williams hit a free throw, Gorecki drained her second three-pointer of the day and junior Leaonna Odom sank a pull-up jumper to even the game, 20-20. 

Duke would go on a 12-1 run to conclude the second quarter with a 26-21 advantage.  The Blue Devil defense forced eight straight Syracuse missed shots and three turnovers.  The Orange were outscored 14-4 in the second quarter and hit only 1-of-13 field goals for 7.7 percent in the quarter. 

The Blue Devils were led by Gorecki’s 14 points and six rebounds in 20 minutes of action.  Odom added six rebounds and four points for Duke, which was outrebounded 23-16 in the first half.

Duke extended its lead to 31-21 as Gorecki, Goodchild and Williams combined for the first five points of the half.  Syracuse would not go away as the Orange scored six points in 18 seconds to cut the lead to 31-27, forcing McCallie to call her second timeout of the contest.

Syracuse would end up going on a 15-0 run to go ahead, 36-31, before Gorecki drew a foul and connected on one of two free throws.  Duke was outscored, 31-13, in the third quarter to fall behind, 52-39 with 10 minutes remaining. The 31 points by Syracuse was a school-record allowed in the third period by a Duke opponent. The Orange hit 12-of-18 field goals, including 5-of-9 treys.

The Blue Devils went on a 9-1 run to open the fourth quarter to cut the Syracuse lead to five, 53-48, but Miranda Drummond of the Orange finished a layup to send the score back to seven.  Duke couldn’t get the score closer than seven the rest of the contest. 

Goodchild added 10 points, while Odom finished the game with 11 points and eight rebounds.

Syracuse was led by Kiara Lewis with 20 points, while the Orange hit 10 three-pointers in the contest.  After hitting 20.7 percent from the field in the first half, the Orange hit 53.3 percent in the second half.

Duke will next hit the road to travel to Chestnut Hill, Mass., to face Boston College Thursday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. The game will be aired live on ACC Network Extra.