Women's Basketball Falls to James Madison 56-49
Jan. 3, 2012
HARRISONBURG, Va. - The Duquesne women's basketball team finished the non-conference season 12-3 after its 56-49 loss to James Madison on Tuesday night.
JMU's Lauren Whitehurst scored 16 of her game-high 18 points in the second half and was one rebound shy of a double-double.
Both teams were cold from the floor in the game's first five minutes. JMU missed 9-of-10 and DU made only 1-of-6.
A Nikki Newman layup with 6:24 remaining made the score 17-8 and gave JMU its largest lead of the half at nine points. A pair of Agunbiade foul shots with 4:25 to play cut the lead to four points at 19-15, but DU would not score any more field goals the rest of the half as James Madison took a 24-16 lead into halftime.
Tarik Hislop opened the second half scoring to give JMU a 10 point lead at 26-16. Still trailing by 10 with 17:16 to play, Duquesne scored three baskets in a matter of 36 seconds to make the score 30-26.
With JMU up 36-29, DU went on a 7-0 run over the next two minutes to tie the score at 36-36 with 9:25 left. A Floyd turnaround jumper a minute later gave Duquesne its first lead of the game, 39-37.
The lead would be short-lived as James Madison would respond with an 8-0 run to go up 45-39 with 5:39 left. A Szecsi basket plus an Agunbiade "and-1" cut the deficit to one point at 45-44 with 4:32 to play. But Duquesne would not get any closer as JMU ended the game on an 11-5 run.
"I want to give credit to James Madison's defense, we got a lot of good looks in the first half, but they found a way to disrupt us," said head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio. "But if you only put 16 points on the board in the first half, you're not going to beat many teams."
The 16 point first half was Duquesne's lowest scoring half of the season.
"I'll credit our players, we never quit, but the stat that jumps out to me is second chance points with rebound being key," added Coach Serio.
JMU had 13 second chance points to Duquesne's five and out rebounded DU 42-34.
Up next for Duquesne is the 2012 Atlantic 10 Conference opener on Saturday afternoon. DU will head to Olean, N.Y. to take on St. Bonaventure. Tipoff is set for 1:00 p.m.
Duquesne at James Madison