DURHAM, N.C. – The 14th-ranked Duke women’s basketball team defeated Maine, 69-39, Tuesday evening in Cameron Indoor Stadium, to improve to 9-2 overall and 7-0 in Durham. With the victory, head coach Joanne P. McCallie is just two wins away from reaching the 600-win milestone of her collegiate career.
Fifth-year senior Lexie Brown once again led the Blue Devils with a game-high 26 points marking her third-straight game with 20+ points, while redshirt sophomore Haley Gorecki tallied her first career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Brown had a stellar performance from the floor as she went 11-for-13, 2-for-3 from three-point land and was perfect from the stripe. The Suwanee, Ga., native also picked up three boards, three assists and five steals. Brown reached 20+ points the fifth time this season and the 31st time as a Blue Devil.
Gorecki had a solid night on the boards with one offensive and nine defensive rebounds to go along with two assists and two steals in a career-high 37 minutes.
The Blue Devils got the ball rolling within the first 15 seconds by a three from Gorecki off of a nice pass from sophomore Leaonna Odom. Duke’s solid defense in the first frame caused six Maine turnovers for six easy Duke buckets and senior Erin Mathias picked up her first block of the game, good for her 12th of the season. Duke wrapped up the first quarter with a 20-10 lead.
Brown extended the lead to 13 in the six-minute mark and picked up two steals in the second 10 minutes of action. Brown finished the contest with five steals.
At the half, Brown led all scorers with 18 followed by Gorecki with 10 as Duke held a solid 38-19 lead.
A nice post move by Mathias got the third frame started and both Faith Suggs and Jayda Adams registered treys for the Blue Devils to finish the third quarter leading 52-27. Suggs made her first start of the season and second of her career this evening.
Adams saw a career-high night with eight points, highlighted by two threes and Odom crashed the boards hard to finish with 11 to tally double-digit rebounds for the fourth time this season and the sixth of her career. The Lompoc, Calif., native also dished a career-high six assists.
Duke outrebounded Maine, 46-30, and kept the Black Bears relatively quiet on the floor, shooting a season-low 20 percent (13-of-65). Four Blue Devils connected from three to shoot 46.7 percent (7-of-15) for the game and the bench added 14 points to Maine’s zero.
The Blue Devils will be back in action Thursday, Dec. 21 to welcome Wyoming to Cameron Indoor Stadium. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m., on ACC Network Extra.