DURHAM, N.C.— After missing a year and a half due to injuries, Duke University redshirt sophomore Haley Gorecki is back and better than ever. The 6-0 guard has emerged as one of the top shooters in the ACC and since entering in the starting lineup seven games ago Gorecki has posted double-digit scoring in each of those contests.
Gorecki, who hails from Palatine, Ill., sat down with Rebecca Fiorentino of Blue Devil Network recently to talk about being back on the court and what it was like being out for so long.
After suffering a hip injury in January of her freshman campaign, Gorecki was forced to miss the remainder of the 2015-16 season that saw her appear in 14 games. She wasn’t able to get back in time last year and was forced to sit out. Following her deciding to redshirt, Gorecki had shoulder surgery to repair another injury.
In the seven straight starts, Gorecki has averaged 16.9 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.1 steals. She now ranks tied fourth in the ACC in scoring for ACC games only with an 18.0 average, while also ranking tied sixth in assists (5.0), tied fourth in three-point field goals made (3.3), fourth in three-point field goal percentage (62.5) and tied 10th in field goal percentage (54.1).
Gorecki totaled a career-high 25 points at Louisville, which included 19 first half points on 8-of-8 field goals. She shined in her first start of the season and second of her collegiate career, collecting a then career-high 20 points in 29 minutes against Winthrop. She hit a then career-high 5-of-7 treys and 7-of-11 field goals, while tallying four assists and three rebounds.
Since joining the starting lineup, Gorecki has drained 20-of-41 three-pointers in those games started (48.8 percentage). Gorecki has hit 8-of-her-last-11 three-pointers.
Duke will next travel to Winston-Salem, N.C., Thursday, Jan. 11 to face Wake Forest at 7 p.m., live on ACC Network Extra.