CORAL GABLES, Fla. – In the ACC season-opener for both squads, the 14th-ranked Duke women’s basketball team fell at Miami, 51-48, Sunday afternoon in Coral Gables, Fla. With the loss, Duke fell to 11-3 on the year and 0-1 in conference play.
Redshirt sophomore Haley Gorecki once again spearheaded Duke’s offense, finishing the game with 16 points in 37 minutes. Gorecki went 7-of-15 from the floor, 2-of-5 from three-point land and ripped down three boards to go along with three assists. Gorecki’s performance today resulted in double-digit scoring for the fifth straight game.
Miami shutdown the second-highest scoring duo in the ACC in fifth-year seniors Lexie Brown and Rebecca Greenwell, limiting them to just 14 combined points and 1-for-10 from behind the arc. Brown finished with a season-low 10 points and broke a string of five consecutive games with 20+ points. Greenwell returned to the floor after missing the last four games with knee pain and had four points, six rebounds and three steals this afternoon.
The contest kicked off tied, 2-2, as Duke missed consecutive layups from Miami turnovers before settling in with a 10-0 run with contributions from Gorecki, Leaonna Odom, Greenwell and Erin Mathias. The Blue Devils’ solid defense forced the Hurricanes into six turnovers in the first five minutes to result in successful early transitioning for six easy points for Duke. After the first 10 minutes of play, Duke held a 14-9 lead.
Gorecki found her rhythm from behind-the-arc in the second frame as the first three of the game came from a nice baseline pass from Greenwell just under the eight-minute mark. Miami responded with a trey of their own to give each team one three for the game. Gorecki, a native of Palatine, Ill., secured her second of the contest off a nice screen by Odom to put Duke up two nearing the halfway mark.
Heading into the half, Duke led 27-24 as Gorecki paced the offense with 12 points in 18 minutes of action. Miami’s defense locked-in on Brown and Greenwell, limiting the tandem to just six points collectively.
Miami jumped out to a 7-0 run to open the third quarter and held Duke scoreless for four minutes. The Blue Devils turned up their defense to account for three consecutive turnovers to even the contest at 33. Freshman Jade Williams registered a block on a Miami three-point attempt, good for her 12th this season.
Brown hit a huge three with 27 seconds remaining in the contest to pull Duke within two before putting Miami at the line for two shots. The Blue Devils had one final opportunity to tie the game as Greenwell had an open look at a trey but came up just short to the Hurricanes.
Duke was held to a season-low 48 points and 34.5 percent shooting. The Blue Devils were outrebounded, 37-35, for just the third time this year and hit only 3-of-16 three-point field goals.
Duke will return to action Thursday, Jan. 4 for its second ACC road game, traveling to Louisville. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m., on ACC Network Extra.