Duke basketball: Lady Blue Devils come up with big win over Florida State

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The Lady Blue Devils picked up a major victory at home over the No. 14 Florida State Seminoles as the Duke basketball team is looking to bolster its postseason resume.

Duke had not defeated a ranked opponent in thirteen consecutive attempts. That all changed on Sunday afternoon when the Lady Blue Devils toppled the No. 14 Florida State Seminoles in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Winners of eight of its last ten and four games in a row, Duke is in prime position for an NCAA Tournament berth with four games remaining in the regular season followed by the ACC Tournament.

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On Sunday the Lady Blue Devils were led by Haley Gorecki, who played all 40 minutes in the game and despite struggling from the field, 3-of-14, was able to score 14 of her 21 points at the free throw line.

Gorecki also pulled down six rebounds while Leaonna Odom added 18 points and six rebounds while going 8-of-11 from the field.

Odom also played all 40 minutes for head coach Joanne P. MCallie.

Onome Akinbode-James added to the winning cause with nine points and seven rebounds while Kyra Lambert went for six points and five rebounds.

Jade Williams was the only other Blue Devil in double-figures with ten points, three rebounds, and four assists on the afternoon.

Despite going just 3-of-16 from 3-point range, Duke did all of the other things in a game to pull out a win by converting 17-of-20 attempts from the free throw line and only sending Florida State to the charity stripe nine times.

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The Lady Blue Devils out-rebounded the Seminoles 35-28 but committed three more turnovers than its opponent.

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Duke will have its senior night very early this season as only one home game remains on the schedule on Thursday, February 20 against the Virginia Cavaliers as the Lady Blue Devils finish the regular season with three road games against North Carolina State, Virginia Tech, and North Carolina.