GILAS PROSPECT, FIL-AM GUNNER VANESSA DE JESUS ROUSES AGAIN IN SECOND GAME FOR DUKE
Vanessa de Jesus continues to build her name in the US-NCAA after aiding the Blue Devils in achieving their second win over Western Carolina, 83-56, Monday morning (Manila time) at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
After a 13-point, 4 assist, and 3 rebound debut last Thursday against Longwood last Sunday, de Jesus unleashes more prowess scoring a career-high 17 points and 7 rebounds, and 5 assists in 38 minutes of action.
The 18-year-old point guard was the only freshmen in the squad but showed promising moves during the game with only missing one attempt from the field and recorded a perfect 6-of-6 field goal, and 3-of-3 from the deep in the first half.
“V is like a veteran even though she’s just a freshman. You can see it when you watch her. 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,” said Duke head coach Kara Lawson about De Jesus.
“[De Jesus] has the ball in her hands a lot, and she only had one turnover, played almost 38 minutes, and that’s a high volume of handling the ball when you’re the point guard,” she continued.
The Blue devils began with a hot-start with a 14-4 advantage due to de Jesus 8 whopping points knocking back-to-back three points.
After 10 minutes they outran WCU with a score of 24-9.
In the last quarter, Duke prevailed 23-16 over WCU ending the match.
Graduate transfer Sara Anastasieska spearheaded the Blue Devils with a game-high 23 points. Next to her is junior Miela Goodchild finished with 14 points.
Duke senior Jade Williams neared a triple-double with a career-high 15 rebounds, nine points, and a career-high eight assists, while Junior Onome Akinbode-James provided 11 boards.
“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.
Bright future for our Fil-am baller de Jesus as she and her squad will next face East Carolina on December 5.