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Blue Devils drop Heartbreaker to Florida State

DURHAM –Duke’s women’s basketball team staged a rally late in the fourth quarter but ultimately fell short, losing to Florida State, 59-56, Thursday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Senior Miela Goodchild led Duke’s effort with 13 points, including six in the fourth quarter. Junior Celeste Taylor paced the Blue Devils on the glass with eight rebounds and rookie Shayeann Day-Wilson finished with three assists.

Duke (15-8, 6-7 ACC) found itself in a hole early after starting the game 2 of 17 from the floor, with the two Blue Devil field goals coming from Taylor and senior Elisabeth Balogun. Graduate student jade williams drilled a left elbow jumper to break a 2:35 drought for the home team before a vanessa from Jesus-Balogun 2-on-1 break pulled Duke within five (13-8) going into the second quarter.

The Blue Devils controlled the second stanza and outscored the Seminoles 19-13 for the 10 minutes. A left-corner triple from de Jesus opened the scoring for Duke, then a 6-0 run shortly after. brought the home team down to one point. Later in the period, Day-Wilson froze the defense with a hesitant dribble and drove down the lane before returning the ball to Balogun who struck from long range. Duke took its first lead of the game, 23-22, at 3:48 when Taylor came out of a pin-down screen and knocked down a small jumper from the left side. Florida State regained a three-point lead, but Day-Wilson scored the last four of the quarter to give the Blue Devils a slim 27-26 margin at halftime.

Taylor paced the attack in the first half with eight points, while tying with Balogun for four boards, a team high. Day-Wilson led Duke with a pair of assists at the break.

The hotly contested third quarter featured a pair of ties and four lead changes. Goodchild (5), Williams (4) and de Jesus (3) combined for the Blue Devil 12 points. Duke’s defense held the Seminoles without a basket for the final 3:11 of the frame, while an old-school three-pointer from de Jesus gave the home side a 39-36 advantage going into the fourth. .

Florida State led 52-44 at the under-five media timeout after scoring 15 of the first 20 points in the quarter and holding a game-high 10 points with just under four minutes left. Duke refused to take it easy and went on an 11-2 run to get back into the game. Senior Onome Akinbode-James scored inside, then Duke cashed in three straight triples to shoot within one, 57-56. Gordon hit home a trifecta from the top of the key and Goodchild called with his own pair – one from the right wing and the other in the deep left corner.

The Blue Devils stayed within striking distance and had multiple chances to tie or win the late game after back-to-back separate trips to the Seminoles charity strip. Unfortunately Day-Wilson and Goodchild’s attempts failed and a late turnaround left the visitors hanging on for victory.

Morgan Jones led Florida State (12-10, 6-6 ACC) with 13 points.

Duke closes its homestand Sunday, Feb. 13 at 2 p.m., hosting NC State at Cameron Indoor Stadium, live on RSN-TV. The competition will be the Blue Devils’ annual Play4Kay competition and fans are encouraged to wear pink.