CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Redshirt junior Haley Gorecki collected a game-high 28 points as the Blue Devils downed rival North Carolina, 85-69, Thursday evening at Carmichael Arena in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Gorecki, who hails from Palatine, Ill., notched her fourth straight double-double as she totaled 28 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals and one blocked shot in 36 minutes. Duke improved to 11-11, 3-7 I the ACC, while North Carolina dropped to 14-10, 5-5.
The Blue Devils featured a good start scoring the first five points of the game as junior Leaonna Odom and Gorecki had a jumper and three-pointer, respectively, over the first 1:15 of the contest. Duke would make 5-of-9 attempts to open the contest and held a 12-6 lead at the first media timeout. North Carolina would go on an 18-6 run and led 24-18 at the end of the first quarter. Freshman Miela Goodchild paced the Blue Devils with seven points on 3-of-4 shooting.
North Carolina would go ahead by eight, 26-18, at the beginning of the second quarter, but the Blue Devils stormed back going on a 10-0 run that was kicked off by senior Faith Suggs’ third three-pointer of the season. Duke went ahead, 32-29, and forced the Tar Heels to call timeout with 3:34 remaining before half.
The Blue Devils extended their run to 12-0, before North Carolina’s Janelle Bailey registered a jump hook at the 2:18 mark. Duke closed the half on a 6-0 run and led, 40-31, at the break. The Blue Devil defense limited the Tar Heels to seven second quarter points, while hitting a season-high 59.3 percent from the field. Odom and Gorecki led Duke with 10 points each in the first half, while sophomore Jade Williams and Goodchild added eight and nine points, respectively.
North Carolina came back to cut the Duke lead to five multiple times, but the Blue Devils would extend the lead to 10 on two different occasions, before leading by eight, 60-52, at the end of the third.
Gorecki drained her third three-pointer of the game to open the fourth and Duke had its biggest lead of the contest, 63-52. The Blue Devils kept putting it on the Tar Heels and outscored UNC, 25-17, in the fourth quarter to claim the key road victory.
Duke shot a season-high 56.9 percent from the field and held a 42-30 advantage on the boards. The Blue Devils also matched a season high with 20 assists.
Odom, who is from Lompoc, Calif., finished the game with 21 points and seven rebounds. Goodchild added 14 points on 2-of-5 treys. With her two three-pointers made, Goodchild moved into second on the Duke freshman three-pointers made list with 51. She passed Abby Waner (50) from the 2005-06 campaign. Williams chipped in 13 points, seven rebounds and dished a career-high six assists.
The Blue Devils have won nine games out of the last 10 in the series with North Carolina. The Tar Heels were led by Bailey with 23 points.
Duke will remain on the road traveling to Charlottesville, Va., Sunday, Feb. 7 for a 2 p.m., contest against Virginia. The game will be aired live on ACC Network Extra.