CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – In a double-overtime thriller Thursday in Chestnut Hill, Mass., Duke dropped a 92-90 decision to Boston College as the Eagles drained a jumper with .3 seconds remaining at the Silvio O. Conte Forum.
The Blue Devils got the game started with a steal and layup by junior Leaonna Odom and the score was tied, 5-5, through the first five minutes. Boston College went on to score the next six points to take an 11-5 lead and force Joanne P. McCallie to call a timeout. The Blue Devils came back to cut it to four, 13-9, but the Eagles scored five straight to close the quarter with an 18-9 lead.
Boston College’s Georgia Pineau scored 13 first quarter points to pace the Eagles, who shot 53.3 percent from the field in the first quarter. Duke committed nine first quarter turnovers and hit 25.0 percent from the floor.
The Eagles built as large as an 11-point lead on two different occasions in the second quarter, before Jade Williams drained her first collegiate three-pointer and the Blue Devils went on a 10-0 run to cut the lead to 25-24. Freshman Miela Goodchild scored eight points in under three minutes of action to help the Blue Devils get back into the game.
Odom registered a driving layup as time expired to send the Blue Devils to the half tied, 34-34. Duke outscored Boston College, 25-16, in the second quarter.
Goodchild, a product of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, led Duke with 13 points as she hit 4-of-4 field goals and 3-of-3 from downtown. The Blue Devils hit 55.6 percent from the field in the second quarter and had only two turnovers. Gorecki, who is from Palatine, Ill., had eight points, six rebounds, two assists and one blocked shot in 20 first half minutes.
Senior Faith Suggs connected on two free throws to open the second half and give Duke its first lead since the opening quarter, 36-35. The Blue Devils went on an 8-0 run and led, 42-35, at the 7:51 mark of the third. Boston College made a run (8-0) of its own to regain the lead, 49-48. Odom once again scored as time expired in the quarter to give Duke a 53-52 advantage.
No team led by more than four points in the fourth quarter as Williams connected on three straight buckets for the Blue Devils that gave Duke a 65-61 lead. The Eagles came back to drain a three-pointer and then freshman Onome Akinbode-James drained a free throw to give the Blue Devils a 66-64 lead with 25.1 seconds remaining.
Boston College’s Makayla Dickens grabbed an offensive rebound and drained a jumper in the paint as time expired to send the game into overtime, 66-66. The Blue Devils did not hit a field goal over the final two minutes and had three turnovers.
In overtime, Williams connected on two free throws to start and then the two teams traded baskets. Gorecki started heating up hitting back-to-back three-pointers to put Duke ahead, 74-71. The Eagles added two free throws and then Gorecki hit two free throws as well. Odom went to the line for two free throws for Duke, but missed both and the Eagles had the ball down, 76-75, with 14.1 seconds left.
Sydney Lowery drove to the hoop and hit the layup to give Boston College a 77-76 lead with 5.0 seconds on the clock. Duke’s Gorecki was fouled with 2.3 seconds remaining and hit 1-of-2 free throws to send the game into a second overtime. Gorecki scored nine of Duke’s 11 overtime points, including nine straight.
The Blue Devils scored the first five points of the second overtime as Goodchild drained her fifth three-pointer of the game and Gorecki sliced through the lane to connected on a layup. Boston College wouldn’t quit as the Eagles scored four straight and Duke led, 87-86.
After a layup by Williams with 49 seconds left, Boston College came back with a layup off a Duke turnover to even the score, 90-90, with 28.8 seconds remaining. The Blue Devils tried to hold for the last shot, but Odom’s running jumper went off the rim and the Eagles regained the ball with 3.1 seconds on the clock. Dickens once again beat the buzzer and drained a running jumper in the paint to give Boston College the 92-90 win.
Odom added 15 points, a career-high nine assists, six rebounds, while Williams hit 15 points and had six boards.
Boston College was led by Dickens with 25 points.
Duke will return home to Cameron Indoor Stadium this weekend to host Pitt Sunday, Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. It will mark the Blue Devils’ annual Play4Kay contest and all fans are encouraged to wear pink. The game will be aired live on ACC Network Extra.