Women's Basketball Falls to Miami 54-49
Jan. 5, 2013
The Duquesne women's basketball team closed out non-conference play with a 54-49 loss to Miami University on Saturday afternoon.
The RedHawks (8-5) had two players with double-doubles - Kirsten Olowinski with 16 points and 11 rebounds and Courtney Osborn with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Kelsey Simon scored 16 points on 8-of-9 shooting off the bench.
The Dukes opened with a 15-4 lead converting seven of its first 14 shots and forcing six turnovers by the 14:11 mark of the first half. The RedHawks answered with a 10-0 run - including six straight points from Simon - to get within one point, 15-14 at 10:54. With the Dukes leading 19-18, they scored the next eight points to take a 28-18 advantage with 5:17 remaining. MU would cut the deficit down to three points by halftime, trailing 29-26.
An Osborn 3-pointer from the top of the key at 14:00 of the second half tied the score at 39-39 and a Olowinski layup 1:40 later gave Miami its first lead since the game's first possession. The teams would combine to miss six straight shots before Olowinski's 3-pointer put MU up 44-40 at 8:11.
With the RedHawks leading 46-42, the Dukes got back-to-back steals and layups from Floyd and Szecsi to tie the score at 46-46 with 4:01 left. Simon would score the next two baskets to put Miami up 50-46 with 1:50 to play.
The Dukes had a chance to tie the game with 1:02 remaining, after Robinson was fouled after making a steal, but she converted only 1-of-2 from the line. Olowinski was fouled on the next possession and made both free throws, making the score 52-49 with 56 seconds remaining.
Duquesne called a full timeout, but committed a turnover with 46 seconds to play.
Osborn made the front half of the 1-and-1 to make the score 53-49 with 27 seconds left. The next two Dukes possession came up empty as the RedHawks took the 54-49 victory.
As a team, Duquesne shot a season-low 11.1 percent from 3-point range (2-for-18) and only had 37.5 percent of its foul shots fall (3-of-8). Miami converted 42.9 percent from the floor (21-of-49) which is the highest any of the Dukes' opponents have shot this season.
Atlantic 10 Conference play begins eight days from today when the Dukes head to Xavier on Jan. 13th.
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