Duke basketball: Late run by Boston College downs Lady Blue Devils

The Duke basketball team wasn’t able to close things out down the stretch as the Boston College Eagles eliminated the Lady Blue Devils from the ACC Tournament.

Duke and Boston College traded blows all game long, but the Eagles had one run that the Blue Devils had no answer for as Boston College ended the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament on a 14-0 run to defeat the Lady Blue Devils, 84-77.

Haley Gorecki‘s hot shooting in the fourth quarter put Duke up 77-70 with under five minutes to play, but the Lady Blue Devils were unable to put another shot in the basket as the team will now have the long wait until Selection Monday.

Gorecki led the Blue Devils with 25 points, ten rebounds, and five assists while playing all 40 minutes in the defeat.

Leaonna Odom also had a big showing for Duke with 22 points on 11-of-18 shooting but fouled out in the last minute of the game with Duke trailing by just two.

With the Blue Devils down by three, Gorecki tried to get loose in front of the Duke bench, but her 3-point attempt missed, and the Eagles were clutch down the stretch by making all of their free throws.

Jade Williams was the only other Blue Devil in double-figures with 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting.

No. 6 seed Boston College, who had to play the previous night against Clemson, will advance to face the No. 2 seed NC State Wolfpack, who are also No. 10 in the country.

Duke came into the ACC Tournament on a roll, winning 11 of its final 14 games of the regular season, including two ranked wins over Florida State and North Carolina State.

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The winning streak moved Duke safely into ESPN’s Charlie Creme NCAA Women’s Basketball Bracketology as a No. 7 seed, but it remains to be seen whether this loss knocks the Lady Blue Devils down a seed or two.

Duke (18-12, 12-6 ACC) will now wait for the NCAA Tournament Selection Show on Monday, March 16 at 7:00pm EST on ESPN.

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