Duke fought hard Thursday day in Reynolds Coliseum from ninth-ranked NC State, but a challenging fourth quarter resulted in the Wolfpack taking down the Blue Devils, 63-51, in the ACC opener for both teams in Raleigh, N.C.
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With the loss, Duke fell to 8-5 and 0-1 in ACC activity, while NC State stayed undefeated at 14-0.
NC State got off to a hot start hitting three from its first four shots to take an 8-0 lead, until Duke head coach Joanne P. McCallie called a timeout to repay the Blue Devils down in the 7:56 mark.
Senior Faith Suggs Managed to get Duke about the plank in the 7:34 mark.
Following NC State’s Aislinn Konig struck her third largest three-pointer of this quarter, Boykin wouldn’t be outdone as she connected on her third trey of the initial quarter and Duke would direct 15-13 in the conclusion of their first quarter.
Boykin, a product of Clinton, N.C., completed the quarter with a career-high few three-pointers to rate the Blue Devils with nine factors. She’d struck just two three-pointers within her initial four matches since returning from a knee injury.
In the next quarter, the Wolfpack would pull forward, 25-20, but Duke goes on a 9-2 run to take a 29-27 edge behind freshman Miela Goodchild’s next three-pointer of this quarter. In the conclusion of this first half, Duke and NC State will be tied, 29-29.
Duke compelled 10 NC State turnovers in the first half though the Wolfpack average just 14.3 a competition.
The Wolfpack had yet another hot start to the half going on a 9-0 run to take a 38-29 lead and could finally take as big as a 12-point guide, 43-31, in the 2:29 mark. Duke hit just 1-of-12 field goals to begin the period of time, but Gorecki would continue to keep the Blue Devils about scoring 10 straight points.
Gorecki would keep her hot shooting to begin the fourth quarter because she connected from long range to put the Blue Devils forward, 44-43. Duke goes to miss six straight shots and drop behind, 48-44, but Gorecki once more pulled the Blue Devils back to within two with a couple free throws.
Duke didn’t hit a field goal for more than eight minutes throughout a period in the fourth quarter and dropped, 59-46, with 1:28 remaining. Boykin eventually ended the field goal drought by linking on a jumper.
The Blue Devils attempted to rally in the conclusion, however, the Wolfpack connected on free throws to make the victory. In the long run, Duke hit just 2-of-16 field goals in the fourth quarter to get a school-record low 12.5 percentage.
Odom concluded the match with a team-high eight rebounds and five points, while Goodchild additional six points.
The Blue Devils hit just 6-of-31 field goals in the second half to 19.4 percent.
Duke will face its second straight top 10 competition since the Blue Devils return home to sponsor third-ranked Louisville Sunday, Jan. 6 in two p.m..