DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University redshirt sophomore Haley Gorecki will miss the remainder of the 2017-18 campaign with a left hip injury.
“We are heartbroken for Haley, for her family and for our team, but we are very happy that she can become pain free. She will be able to get healthy and come back for two remainder seasons,” commented Duke head coach Joanne P. McCallie.
Gorecki, who hails from Palatine, Ill., came into the season healthy after missing a year and a half with a right hip injury that forced her to be limited to only 14 games. Since moving into the starting lineup against Winthrop in December, Gorecki averaged 17.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.8 steals over a span of 11 contests.
The 6-0 guard posted four games with 20 or more points, including a career-high 29 points at North Carolina and 28 at Virginia Tech in back-to-back contests. Gorecki became the first Blue Devil to register seven or more three-pointers in two straight games. She added 25 points on the road at third-ranked Louisville and 20 versus Winthrop. Gorecki had a stretch where she scored double-digits in seven consecutive contests.
On the season, she played in 23 games, while averaging 11.0 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.3 steals.
Gorecki joins freshman Mikayla Boykin on the sidelines, who suffered a torn ACL in December and will miss the rest of the season. Duke had been without junior Kyra Lambert, who had a torn ACL in the 2017 NCAA Tournament first round and was sitting out the 2017-18 campaign. Lambert recently had surgery again on Feb. 2 to reconstruct her ACL, after suffering an injury in practice.
Duke will return to the court Wednesday, Feb. 7 as the 19th-ranked Blue Devils host Wake Forest at 7 p.m., live on ACC Network Extra.