GREENSBORO, N.C. – It was raining three-pointers in the Greensboro Coliseum Wednesday evening as the No. 11 seeded Duke women’s basketball team hit a season-high 12 as the Blue Devils took down 14th-seeded Pittsburgh, 86-64, in the first round of the ACC Tournament in Greensboro, N.C.
Four different Blue Devils reached double-digit scoring led by freshman Miela Goodchild with 19 points, while redshirt junior Haley Gorecki had 16, senior Faith Suggs turned in a career-high 16 points and sophomore Jayda Adams added a career-high 15.
Making her first appearance in the ACC Tournament, Gorecki drained her first attempt from downtown to give Duke the first lead of the contest less than 30 seconds into the contest. Pittsburgh would respond by scoring seven straight points. The Blue Devils would close the quarter on a 13-6 run and led 16-13.
Pitt drained five three-pointers in the second quarter, but six different Blue Devils scored in the period and Duke took a 36-32 lead into the half. Gorecki and Goodchild combined to score 21 of Duke’s 36 first half points, including 5-of-11 three-pointers.
A product of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Goodchild hit 3-of-5 treys in the first half and needed just one three-pointer to tie the Duke freshman record for made three-pointers held by Rebecca Greenwell (72).
The Panthers hit 53.8 percent from the field in the second quarter, including 5-of-8 treys.
Duke started hot in the third quarter going on a 12-2 run to go ahead, 48-34, led by junior Leaonna Odom with six of the Blue Devils first eight points. At the 5:10 mark of the third, Goodchild tied Greenwell’s freshman record with 72 made three-pointers as she sank her fourth of the evening.
The Blue Devils went on to outscore the Panthers, 24-11, in the third quarter and built a 60-43 lead. Goodchild sank her record-breaking 73rd three-pointer of the season at the 8:34 mark in the fourth quarter. Her 73 three-pointers also moved her into seventh on the ACC single season freshman three-pointers made list.
Duke hit 71.4 percent from the field in the fourth quarter and finished the game hitting a season-high 55.2 percent from the field. The Blue Devils tied a season high with 20 assists and swatted eight shots on the night, including five from freshman Onome Akinbode-James.
Odom, who hails from Lompoc, Calif., dished a game-high eight assists and added eight points in 29 minutes. Goodchild finished the night hitting 5-of-8 three-pointers, while Adams was perfect from the field hitting 4-of-4 field goals and 3-of-3 from downtown.
With the victory, Duke has won at least one contest in the ACC Tournament in 23 out of the last 25 years.
Will next face No. 6 seed Florida State in the second round of the ACC Tournament Thursday, March 7 at 8 p.m.