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Vanessa De Jesus lights it up in second game for Duke

Vanessa De Jesus continued to impress for Duke, helping the Blue Devils rack up win no. 2 after a dominant 83-56 win over Western Carolina, Monday morning (Manila time) at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Coming off a 13-point, four-assist, and three-rebound debut last Thursday against Longwood last Sunday, De Jesus carried the momentum and more in this one.

The Filipino-American freshman scored a career-high 17 points, only missing one attempt from the field. The 5-foot-8 guard started the game 6-of-6 from the field, 3-of-3 from downtown.

She also tallied seven rebounds and five assists in 38 minutes of action.

“V is like a veteran even though she’s just a freshman. You can see it when you watch her,” gushed Duke head coach Kara Lawson about De Jesus. “She’s very composed, doesn’t get rattled, understands the game at a high level, knows how to make reads, and understands how to get people involved.

“She’s a great player to coach and it makes you excited.”

The Blue Devils improved to 2-0 on the season.

For the second straight contest, the Blue Devils got off to a hot start, jumping out to a 14-4 advantage boosted by eight points from de Jesus. The rookie knocked down back-to-back three-pointers to open the game.

The Blue Devils went on a 10-0 run late in the first quarter, leading 24-9 after 10 minutes.

In the fourth, Duke outscored WCU, 23-16, to close the contest.

Graduate transfer Sara Anastasieska paced the Blue Devils with a game-high 23 points, while junior Miela Goodchild added 14.

Duke senior Jade Williams neared a triple-double with a career-high 15 rebounds, nine points, and a career-high eight assists. Junior Onome Akinbode-James also pulled down 11 boards.

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This marks the fifth time in school history that Duke has drained 13 three-pointers in a contest while attempting a school-record 33 treys.

“A lot of good performances all the way around again, which is what I like to see on the offensive end for our group. I thought we got a little bit better today. Still, a lot to work on, so it’s good we got a week in between the games to get working on that,” said Lawson.

Tembre Moates paced the 0-2 WCU with 18 points and 11 rebounds.

Duke will remain at home as the Blue Devils will next host East Carolina Saturday, Dec. 5 still in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

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