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Blue Devils Fall, 51-41 to FSU in ACC Tourney
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 03/07/2019
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GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Duke women’s basketball team dropped a 51-41 decision to 22nd-ranked Florida State Thursday concluding the season in the second round of the ACC Tournament in Greensboro, N.C.  On a night when the Blue Devils couldn’t get anything going offensively, Duke was held to a season-low 41 points, which was the fourth fewest points in a game in school history.

Redshirt junior Haley Gorecki closed out her very impressive season becoming just the third Blue Devil in school history to register over 500 points, 200 rebounds, 100 assists and 75 steals.  She joined only Alana Beard and Monique Currie.  Gorecki, who hails from Palatine, Ill., had a game-high 17 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals in 38 minutes.

The Blue Devils featured a slow start on the night hitting only 5-of-16 field goals in the first quarter and was limited to 10 points, while trailing 14-10 at the end of the first 10 minutes.  Gorecki and freshman Miela Goodchild, two of Duke’s leading scorers were held scoreless. 

Neither team could get much going in the second quarter scoring nine points each, while Gorecki scored seven of Duke’s nine points. 

The Blue Devils finished the half with a season-low 19 points and trailed the Seminoles, 23-19.  Florida State held a 22-9 advantage on the boards, while Duke forced 11 Seminole turnovers. Coming off tying an ACC Tournament record the night before, Duke hit only 1-of-5 from downtown in the first half.

Duke missed its first six shots coming out of the break and fell behind by nine on four different occasions.  Junior Leaonna Odom took over the game for the Blue Devils and scored eight points in the quarter to cut the Seminole lead to 37-31 heading into the fourth quarter. 

The Blue Devils had chances in the fourth quarter to cut into the lead, but missed six free throws and couldn’t get it closer than seven.  Duke hit only 3-of-15 field goals in the fourth quarter.

Duke hit only 2-of-12 from downtown and had a season-low eight turnovers.  The Blue Devils were dominated on the boards, 42-28.  Odom added 13 points and six rebounds for Duke, which shot its second-worst percentage of the season as a team (29.3). 

Florida State (23-7) was led by Kiah Gillespie with 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Duke concludes its season with a 15-15 overall record.