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Goodchild, Gorecki Power Blue Devils Past Panthers, 74-55
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 02/03/2019
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DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke duo of freshman Miela Goodchild and redshirt junior Haley Gorecki combined for 36 points to lead the Blue Devils to a 74-55 victory over Pittsburgh Sunday afternoon in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Gorecki collected just the eighth triple-double in school history with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, while Goodchild tallied 20 points on 6-of-9 three-pointers.  Her six three-pointers made matched a Duke freshman record and the rookie has drained 11 treys the last two games.

The Blue Devils improved to 10-11 overall and 2-7 in the ACC, while Pitt dropped to 9-14, 0-9. 

The first quarter was a back-and-forth affair that featured six lead changes and five times the score was tied.  The teams combined to have 10 turnovers, while Pitt held a 19-17 advantage.  Junior Jade Williams paced the Blue Devils with six points and three rebounds, but Pittsburgh’s Cassidy Walsh hit 3-of-5 treys for nine points.

After Pitt went ahead by seven, 24-17, in the second quarter, the Blue Devils went on an 11-4 run to even the score, 28-28, on Gorecki’s first three-pointer of the day.  Duke continued to put it on the Panthers going on another run, 13-4, and led 41-32 at the half. 

Gorecki, who hails from Palatine, Ill., scored 11 second quarter points, while Goodchild hit three three-pointers in the quarter for nine points to lead the Blue Devils.

Duke hit 9-of-14 field goals, including 5-of-9 three-pointers in the second, while outscoring Pitt, 24-13.  The Blue Devils were active on the boards outrebounding Pitt, 21-12. 

The Blue Devils came out in the third quarter and hit only 1-of-11 field goals and Pitt was able to cut the lead to 43-40 at the 5:58 mark.  Duke responded with an 8-0 run of its own sparked by a three-point play by junior Leaonna Odom.  Goodchild, who is from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, hit her fifth three-pointer of the contest during the run as Duke led 52-42 at the end of 30 minutes.

Duke outscored Pitt, 22-13, in the fourth quarter to pull away for good.  Needing a rebound and three assists to reach a triple-double late, Gorecki was able to accomplish the first triple-double since the 2014 season. 

Williams, who is from The Colony, Texas, finished the game with 15 points, eight rebounds, three blocks, three steals and three assists.   Pitt was led by Cassidy Walsh with 18 points on six made three-pointers.

The Blue Devils moved to 10-0 all-time in the series with the Panthers.

Duke will hit the road for four out of the next five games.  The Blue Devils will first travel down Tobacco Road to face North Carolina Thursday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m., in Chapel Hill, N.C.  The contest will be aired live on ACC Network Extra.

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