SOUTH BEND, Ind.—Coming into the residence courtroom of the reigning countrywide champions, the Blue Devils essential a best recreation and a very little bit of Irish luck.
Duke benefitted from neither as the Blue Devils dropped their 15th straight contest to the Battling Irish, shedding 89-61 at Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, Ind. Thursday night. Leading scorer Haley Gorecki struggled early in the recreation, scoring only a few points in the 1st half, and finished with only six. Notre Dame dominated in all classes, getting a few players in double-digits at the half and a few with 20-additionally points at the finish of the recreation. The Irish outscored Duke 58-20 in the paint.
“Obviously we did not manage the inside incredibly perfectly,” head mentor Joanne P. McCallie stated. “Notre Dame has remarkable post players…and that harm us a terrific offer simply because we’re not incredibly deep in the post—certainly not this calendar year. So we had some genuine difficulty in the within there.”
However the Blue Devils have been dominated in the paint, Duke (11-14, 3-10) excelled further than the arc, changing 50 p.c of its tries on the again of a 57 p.c clip from Freshman Miela Goodchild. Goodchild finished with a occupation-higher 26 points and also established a freshman document for the Blue Devils, hitting eight treys in the matchup.
“To start out, I strike a several open threes and they started off to protect me,” Goodchild stated. “I had [Arike Ogunbowale] on me, restricted defense but kudos to my teammates for placing good screens—like Jade…when they appeared to swap, Haley [Gorecki] strike the a few or Jayda [Adams] so yeah, it was actually a team participate in. Everybody doing their job.”
Duke’s scoring was supplemented by junior Leaonna Odom, who finished with 12 points—the majority of which came in the 1st half when the Blue Devils have been having difficulties to strike pictures. Odom also grabbed a team-higher seven rebounds in the contest.
The 1st quarter started off out perfectly for Duke, as the Irish struggled to offensively. The Blue Devils retained Notre Dame (25-3, 12-2) close thanks to several baskets by Odom and one particular by Gorecki further than the arc.
Duke promptly started to reduce steam, on the other hand, as the Irish switched into a 2-2-1 push on misses. The extra tension on the Blue Devil guards led to sloppy passing, even from the likes of veteran Gorecki. Gorecki and Goodchild combined for 5 turnovers in the 1st quarter. Duke coughed up 21 turnovers to Notre Dame’s 13, giving the Irish a complete of 29 points off turnovers.
The Blue Devils did not score for a lot more than two minutes right after the push was executed and Notre Dame went on a 9- operate to flip a 12-9 lead to a 21-9 mark.
The Irish also obtained momentum thanks to several Duke fouls below the basket, giving the Notre Dame an prospect to shoot free of charge-throws and change the and-ones. General, seven of the Irish’s eight scores in the 1st eight minutes of the recreation have been second-opportunity prospects.
“Second opportunity, 30-7, I suggest which is the recreation,” McCallie stated. “Putting bodies on folks. We obtained as well much below. Jade obtained in foul difficulty, so that was also a significant issue for us.”
Coming into the second quarter with a 27-15 deficit, the Blue Devils essential to create offensive rhythm and come across a option for Notre Dame’s results in the paint. Duke went shot-for-shot with the Irish, pulling it to an eleven point Notre Dame lead on the backs of several second-opportunity prospects.
The Irish responded with 5 minutes remaining in the 3rd and went on a 14- operate to finish the half, which include a buzzer-beating and-one particular transformed by Notre Dame’s Arike Ogunbowale. Ogunbowale scored 25 points on the way to getting the Irish’s all-time scoring chief with 2,358 points on her occupation.
“When Notre Dame plays like this, which is a reduce earlier mentioned…considering the fact that they missing to Miami, they’ve been a distinctive team in my view,” McCallie stated. “They actually have absent again to essentials in making use of all of the strengths that they have…they are dominant at a incredibly important time to be, at the finish of February.”
The 3rd quarter started with a few buckets from the Irish in the paint. The Blue Devils responded with 4-straight a few point conversions, one particular off the hands of Gorecki and a few from those people of Goodchild.
“Guard rebounding intelligent, we actually had to get some guards to rebound from the defensive board players,” McCallie stated. “We have to have a lot more rebounds than 25 rebounds. We have to go get that ball though it’s being kicked all over.”
Williams also extra a bucket herself in the paint, but picked up her fourth foul of the contest with about 20 seconds remaining in the third—severely limiting Duke’s ability to manage floor in the paint.
The fourth quarter was likewise dominant from Notre Dame, garnering a recreation-higher 31-point lead with a very little significantly less than 5 minutes remaining in the recreation. Goodchild strike one more a few with 30 seconds remaining but it was not plenty of for the Blue Devils.
“I’m proud of my team. I’m proud of what we’re heading by means of, what we’re fighting and what we’re doing,” McCallie stated. “I considered Miela confirmed incredible character, playing versus a team who was seeking to hunt her defensively with distinctive defenders but Miela retained acquiring a way to be out there and be attacking. I think definitely it was inside, paint points and rebounding and which is as well negative for us but we will choose it to upcoming.”
Duke will strike the street once more on Sunday to choose on in-condition rival Wake Forest at 2 p.m.