#DuqWBB Opens A-10 Season With 73-65 Victory Over St. Bonaventure
Jan. 1, 2014
PITTSBURGH - The Duquesne women's basketball team opened up Atlantic 10 Conference play with a 73-65 wire-to-wire victory over St. Bonaventure on Wednesday night at the Palumbo Center. The Dukes led from wire-to-wire and had four players score in double-figures.
The Dukes improve to 9-5 overall and 1-0 in conference play. The Bonnies fell to 11-5 overall and 0-1 in the A-10 loop.
Wumi Agunbiade and Raegan Moore each had 16 points and Olivia Bresnahan added 10. Amadea Szamosi recorded her first-ever double-double with career-highs of 10 points and 10 rebounds - all in the first half.
Katie Healy scored a game-high 23 and Nyla Rueter a career-high 20 for SBU.
Bresnahan's spinning layup just before the 12-minute media timeout put the Dukes up 12-9 and sparked a 20-1 run that lasted until the 5:55 mark of the half. During that time, the Bonnies missed eight field goals, three foul shots and had two turnovers as Duquesne took a commanding 20-point leads at 30-10. The Dukes would maintain the pace of the game taking a 40-21 lead into halftime.
SBU came out of the gates in the 2nd half on a 13-0 run to cut the deficit to six points at 40-34 just after the 16-minute media timeout. The Dukes did not get a field goal until the 11:04 mark of the half when Agunbiade converted a fast break to make the score 46-40. Duquesne stopped St. Bonaventure on its next possession which led to a Robinson 3-pointer. On the next possession, the Bonnies were called for a technical foul. Moore made both foul shots to give the Dukes an 11-point lead at 51-40 at the midway point of the half.
The Bonnies made it a one possession game on Katie Healy's driving layup with 3:37, making the score 61-59, but the Dukes answered with a Bresnahan and-1 to keep the Duquesne lead at five points. SBU would get within two points two more times, but each time the Dukes would answer. Agunbiade would score five straight points to increase the lead to 69-62 with 46 seconds remaining. A Rueter 3-pointer with 17 seconds to play got the Bonnies within six points at 71-65, but a pair of Orsi Szecsi free throws sealed the game with on the next possession.
As a team, the Dukes made a season-best 30 foul shots, missing only eight (78.9 percent). Duquesne held a slight rebound edge 32-30. Each team had 13 turnovers, with DU getting 14 points and SBU getting 12.
"I'm excited that we were able to come away with a victory in our first Atlantic 10 game this season," said head coach Dan Burt. "I was very happy and pleased with how we defended and how we executed offensively in the first half."
"St. Bonaventure plays a distinct style and is a very well coach team and has played a very difficult out of conference schedule. To come away with a victory tonight feels real good. We'll enjoy this, and then get ready for a very good VCU team on Saturday."
The Dukes host VCU (11-1) on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. Last season, Duquesne defeated VCU twice - 73-51 in Richmond and 64-58 in the 1st Round of the Atlantic 10 Championship. The Rams open their A-10 schedule tomorrow night at home against Massachusetts.
St. Bonaventure at Duquesne