NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Against one of the best teams in the nation, freshman Miela Goodchild shined on Thursday at fifth-ranked Notre Dame as the rookie scored a career-high 26 points and tied a Duke record with eight-three-pointers made as the Blue Devils dropped an 89-61 decision in Notre Dame, Ind.
Goodchild scored 21 of her 26 points in the second half and her eight three-pointers tied Rebecca Greenwell’s Blue Devil single game mark. Her eight treys was broke the Duke freshman record for made three-pointers as well.
The Blue Devils connected on the first basket of the contest as junior Leaonna Odom sank a pull-up jumper at the 9:11 mark. Notre Dame went on a 7-0 run to take the lead, before redshirt junior Haley Gorecki drained her first three-pointer of the night. The Irish would go back up by seven once again, but Odom scored two straight buckets to cut the lead to 12-9 at the first media timeout of the game.
Following the timeout, Notre Dame went on another run, 9-0, and ended the half with a 27-15 lead. The 27 points in the quarter was a season high allowed and was tied for the second-most allowed in Duke history.
Duke was outscored 25-10 in the second quarter as the Blue Devils were held scoreless for the final 5:07 of the quarter. During that time, the Irish went on a 16-0 run to close the half. The 27-point deficit, 52-25, was tied for the third-largest in school history.
The Blue Devils were led by Odom with eight points, while freshman Onome Akinbode-James and Miela Goodchild added five each. Notre Dame hit 52.5 percent of its field goals and limited Duke to 39.3 percent.
Sophomore Jade Williams ended over an eight-minute scoring drought at the 6:18 mark of the third quarter with a layup. Duke would close the quarter on a 12-2 run that was boosted by four three-pointers for 12 points by Goodchild, along with Gorecki’s second trey of the game. For the quarter, Duke outscored the Irish 19-12 and trailed 64-44 at the end of 30 minutes.
Goodchild, who hails from Birsbane, Queensland, Australia, sank her sixth three-pointer early in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 17. Notre Dame outscored the Blue Devils 17-12 the rest of the game.
Odom finished with 12 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots, while Williams scored double-digits in her sixth out of the last seven games. Gorecki tied a season low with six points as she hit 2-of-9 field goals, but dished five assists.
Notre Dame was led by Arike Ogunbowale (25) and Jessica Shepard (24) on the night. The Irish hit 51.3 percent from the field, which was a season high allowed.
The Blue Devils were outrebounded, 45-25, and finished with 21 turnovers.
Duke will return home to close the 2018-19 campaign with contests against Clemson (Feb. 28) and North Carolina (March 3) in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devils will host Clemson at 7 p.m., live on ACC Network Extra.