DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke women’s basketball program officially closed the books on the 2018-19 campaign Wednesday evening as the Blue Devils held their annual celebration on campus. With over 125 people in attendance at the event, Duke gave out 11 awards.
Taking home five accolades on the evening was redshirt junior Haley Gorecki, while senior Faith Suggs and freshman Miela Goodchild were each presented with two awards.
There were three statistical awards handed out – Best Rebounder, Best Free-Throw Shooter and Assist Maker. Other awards that were presented were Player of the Year, Most Improved, Playmaker, M.M.O.C. (Meanest Mother on the Court), Sixth Player, CNC (Choice Not Chance) Scholar-Athlete, Best Defender and Senior Award.
After turning in one of the best individuals seasons in Duke history, Gorecki was named the Player of the Year, M.M.O.C., Best Rebounder, Assist Maker and received the Playmaker Award. The M.M.O.C. award represents the Blue Devil that does the dirty work, including assists, steals and leads the team in floor burns. She averaged 17.2 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.6 steals, while starting all 30 contests for the Blue Devils. Gorecki, a product of Palatine, Ill., is the first Duke player in school history to lead the squad in points, rebounds and assists. She also became the third Blue Devil to register over 500 points, 200 rebounds, 100 assists and 75 steals in a single season. The All-ACC First Team selection turned in a team-high seven double-doubles and 11 games with 20 or more points.
Making an immediate impact with the Blue Devils, Goodchild drained a Duke freshman record 73 three-pointers in 30 contests, while averaging 10.9 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.0 steals. Goodchild received the Most Improved Player and Best Free Throw Shooter awards. She ranked sixth nationally with a 44.5 three-point field goal percentage. Her 44.5 three-point field goal percentage was the third-highest nationally by a freshman. Goodchild, who is from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, turned in the eighth-most three-pointers made (73) in Duke freshman history. She also hit a team-high 87.1 free throw percentage.
Suggs, a product of Flossmoor, Ill., was presented with the Senior Award and the Best Defender Awards. She led the Blue Devils with 13 charges taken on the season, while finishing her career with 17 over her four years. She saw action in 30 contests and made 16 starts in her final year. Suggs came through big in the ACC Tournament notching a career-high 16 points to go along with seven rebounds, one assist and one steal in 27 minutes.
Providing a spark off the bench day in and day out, sophomore Jayda Adams earned the Sixth Player Award. Adams, who hails from Irvine, Calif., saw action in 30 games and made two starts. She drained 21 three-pointers, which ranked third on the team. Adams drained a career-high four three-pointers on five attempts, while scoring 12 points against Wake Forest.
For the third straight year redshirt junior Kyra Lambert received the CNC (Choice Not Chance) Award as the student-athlete with the best academic achievement based on grade-point average. Lambert, a native of Cibolo, Texas, missed her second straight season with a knee injury, but stayed heavily involved even though she couldn’t compete. She holds a 3.554 grade-point average and will graduate in May. She is obtaining an interdepartmental major in cultural anthropology and environmental science.
Duke honored two seniors in Suggs and Sofia Roma during the evening. The Blue Devils also recognized four senior managers on the evening as well for all their hard work and dedication to the program – Tomas Cabo-Hervada, Sade Dinkins, Alex Tan, and Tara Vigil.
As a team, the Blue Devils collected a 15-15 overall record under the direction of head coach Joanne P. McCallie.
Full list of award winners:
Player of the Year: Haley Gorecki
Senior Award: Faith Suggs
Most Improved Player: Miela Goodchild
Playmaker: Haley Gorecki
Best Defender Award: Faith Suggs
M.M.O.C.: Haley Gorecki
Best Rebounder: Haley Gorecki
CNC Scholar-Athlete Award: Kyra Lambert
Sixth Player: Jayda Adams
Assist Maker: Haley Gorecki
Best Free-Throw Shooter: Miela Goodchild