Setting the Scene...
Duke women’s basketball (12-14, 4-10 ACC) will return home to Cameron Indoor Stadium Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m., to host Clemson (18-10, 9-6) in its first of two consecutive home games to conclude the regular season.
The game 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 Duke 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?...
The Blue Devils will close the regular season by hosting North Carolina Sunday, March 3 at 12 p.m., live on ESPN2. It will mark senior day for Faith Suggs and Sofia Roma. The duo will be recognized following the game.
• Miela Goodchild is coming off a week where she averaged 20.0 points and drained 12-of-22 three-pointers, while being named ACC Rookie of the Week for the second time. She has hit at least one three-pointer in each of the last six quarters. Goodchild needs only seven three-pointers to tie Rebecca Greenwell’s Duke freshman three-point field goals made record of 72.
• Haley Gorecki is the only player in the ACC to rank in the top 15 in all four categories (points, rebounds, steals and assists) and one of three in power five conferences to rank in the top 15 in all four categories in her conference (Bridget Carleton of Iowa State, Sabrina Ionescu of Oregon).
• Duke will welcome back 2010 Blue Devil graduate and former assistant coach Joy Cheek to Cameron Indoor Stadium Thursday as she is an assistant coach at Clemson. Lady Tiger head coach Amanda Butler was a television commentator for ESPN during Duke’s NCAA first and second round games in Athens, Ga., in 2018.
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes...
• Haley Gorecki blocked only one shot the first 18 games of the season, but over the last seven games she has seven swats, including two at Notre Dame.
• Miela Goodchild’s 26 points against fifth-ranked Notre Dame joined only Duke’s Alana Beard as freshmen to score 26 or more points against a top-five team nationally. Beard had 27 points versus Iowa State on Dec. 30, 2000. Goodchild is the only freshman to accomplish this on the road. In terms of this season, Goodchild is the only freshman nationally to post eight or more three-pointers against power five team.
• Since Duke totaled 85 points in a win at North Carolina, the Blue Devils have averaged 55.0 points and hit 39.1 percent from the field in the last four games. Duke has been outrebounded by 10.2 in those games.
• For the first time this season, Haley Gorecki has failed to reach double-digit scoring in back-to-back games. Over the last two games, she has averaged only 7.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.5 blocks and 0.5 steals. She hit 4-of-21 field goals and 2-of-8 treys.
• In 14 ACC games to date, Onome Akinbode-James and Leaonna Odom have combined to block 35 shots, while Duke’s ACC opponents have blocked 43 shots total.
• Over the last nine games, Miela Goodchild has averaged 15.0 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 0.9 steals. She has hit 49.2 percent from downtown, including 32 treys and sank 52.6 percent from the field. Goodchild scored double-digits in eight of those nine games.
• In league games, Duke ranks fourth in the ACC in three-point field goal percentage (36.4) and fourth in three-point field goal percentage defense (29.4). In 14 ACC games, Duke has made one more three-point basket than its opponents (86-86), yet Duke opponents have taken 53 more attempts.
• Redshirt junior Haley Gorecki and freshman Miela Goodchild have combined to drain 114 three-pointers on the season. Their 4.4 combined three-pointers a game ranks as the third-highest in school history -- Rebecca Greenwell/Lexie Brown (4.7 in 2017-18), Greenwell/Brown (4.6 in 2016-17).
• Over the last six games, freshman Onome Akinbode-James has averaged 6.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 1.0 assists. She had nine points and nine rebounds at Wake Forest.
• Duke has averaged 18.6 turnovers a game this season, but recently had a season-low nine turnovers against Virginia Tech and 11 at Wake Forest.
• Leaonna Odom owns 939 points over her career and needs 61 points to become the 34th Duke player to reach the 1,000-point mark.
• Haley Gorecki is currently averaging 36.2 minutes per game, which is tied for first in the ACC. Katie Meier holds the Duke record for highest per game average (36.0, 1989-90). Gorecki is averaging 37.1 minutes a game in ACC play, which is second.
• Jade Williams had 15 points, eight rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocks against Pittsburgh. She is one of only three players in the ACC to notch 15-8-3-3-3 in a game in 2018-19 (Brianna Turner of Notre Dame, Emily Engstler of Syracuse).
• Miela Goodchild ranks third nationally with a 46.8 three-point field goal percentage. She has the highest percentage by a freshman.
• Miela Goodchild currently ranks first in the ACC with a 46.8 three-point field goal percentage and tied fifth with a 2.5 three-pointers per game average. In ACC games only, Goodchild ranks fifth (44.8) in three-point field goal percentage and tied third in three-point field goals made per game (2.8).
• Forced to play more of a point guard role since the injury to Mikayla Boykin, Leaonna Odom dished a career-high nine assists at Boston College.
• Haley Gorecki is in a three way tie for third with seven double-doubles by a guard. Jocelyn Willoughby of Virginia is leading with nine. Kiara Leslie is second with eight.
• Haley Gorecki’s 10 games with 20 or more points ranks fourth in the ACC.
• Senior Faith Suggs leads the Blue Devils with 10 charges taken on the season and 14 over her four year career. She has taken nine charges over the last 16 games.
• Duke’s Haley Gorecki, Syracuse’s Tiana Mangakahia and Notre Dame’s Jackie Young are the only players in the ACC to have a triple-double this season.
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A Look at Clemson...
Clemson enters the contest with an 18-10 overall and 9-6 league mark under first year head coach Amanda Butler. The Tigers have been led by Kobi Thornton (14.9 points, 7.4 rebounds), Simone Westbrook (13.3 points, 99 assists), Danielle Edwards (13.1 points, 36 treys) and Aliyah Collier (11.1 points, 7.5 rebounds). Clemson is 5-4 on the road this season.
The Series with Clemson..
Duke and Clemson will meet for the 74th time in school history with the Blue Devils leading the series, 41-32. Riding a 22-game winning streak for Duke, the Blue Devils have also won 16 straight versus the Tigers in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Overall, Duke owns a 22-9 record versus Clemson in Cameron. Coach P has totaled a 12-0 record against the Tigers.
Haley Gorecki currently leads Duke in points (17.2), rebounds (7.0) and assists (3.9). No Blue Devil in school history has led the squad in all three of those categories. Katie Meier led Duke in points, assists and tied for the lead in rebounds during the 1989-90 campaign.
Goodchild Impresses at Notre Dame...
Freshman Miela Goodchild rose to the occasion at fifth-ranked Notre Dame as she scored a career-high 26 points and also set new freshman records for made three-pointers (8) and three-pointers attempted (14). She scored 21 of her 26 points in the second half and hit seven three-pointers in the second half. Her 26 points was tied for the 12th most by a Duke freshman in a single game.
The 26 points by Goodchild is tied for the fifth most by an ACC freshman in 2018-19, while her eight treys made leads all ACC freshmen. Her eight three-pointers is also tied for the second most by an ACC player this season and is the most by an ACC player against and league opponent.
Her eight three-pointers matched Rebecca Greenwell’s Duke overall single game record as well. Goodchild’s 14 three-pointers attempted was tied for the fourth most in Duke history.
Earlier this season, Goodchild became the seventh Duke freshman to post 20+ points in consecutive games and the fifth to do it against ACC opponents. The last Blue Devil to accomplish this was Azura Stevens in 2015. Goodchild owns three games this season in ACC play with 20+ points.
Williams Picking Up Play...
Over the last seven games, sophomore Jade Williams has averaged 10.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.3 steals. She has hit 47.1 percent from the field in those contests.
Williams has scored double-digits in five out of the last seven games. She has also drained her first two three-pointers of her career on three attempts.
Overall, in ACC play she has picked up her play in averaging 9.3 points, after averaging 7.3 points in non-conference action. After making just 50.0 percent of her free throws in non-conference games, Williams is shooting 69.0 percent from the charity stripe in ACC contests.
Against ACC Foes...
Haley Gorecki is playing some of her best basketball against ACC opponents averaging 17.8 points, 4.5 assists, 7.3 rebounds, 2.6 steals.
In the ACC rankings, she is sixth in scoring, 12th in rebounding, tied sixth in assists and first in steals.
Gorecki became the first Duke player in school history to register 26 points, 10 rebounds and six steals in an ACC contest against Syracuse.
She owns six games with 20+ points against ACC foes.