Jan. 5, 2017
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PHILADELPHIA - Five players scored in double-digits as Duquesne earned their first Atlantic 10 Conference victory 76-68 at La Salle on Thursday night.
Chassidy Omogrosso led all scorers with 18 points. Amadea Szamosi added 14, Julijana Vojinovic 13 and Kadri-Ann Lass and Nina Aho 11 for the Dukes (8-8, 1-2 A-10).
Adreana Miller scored 17 for the Explorers (8-6, 1-2 A-10).
Duquesne came out by hitting four of their first eight shots, building a 9-5 lead (seven points by Szamosi) heading into the media timeout. The Dukes would end the quarter with a 17-15 lead.
The Explorers got the first basket of the quarter before the Dukes went on a 9-2 run to build a 26-19 lead at 7:25. However, La Salle would score eight of the next 10 baskets to take their first lead of the game and a 32-30 advantage into halftime.
With La Salle ahead 35-32 at 8:14, Duquesne went on a 15-3 run to take a 47-38 lead at the 3:55 mark. A 3-pointer by Miller at 2:03 got the Explorers within a basket at 49-47. A pair of Omogrosso foul shots and a 3-pointer by Angela Staffileno put the Dukes up by seven points before Miller's layup closed out the scoring with Duquesne ahead 54-49.
After a Jasmine Alston jumper got La Salle within three points of tying the game, Duquesne scored seven uncontested to take their first double-figure lead at 61-51 at the media timeout. La Salle would cut the deficit to three points with 1:02 remaining, but a step-back 3-pointer from Lass put the Dukes up by six points at 74-68 with 34 seconds to go. The Duquesne defense made stops on the last two La Salle possessions.
The Dukes have a quick turnaround, hosting Davidson (2-12, 0-2 A-10) on Saturday at 2:00 P.M.
The Dukes had 20 assists on 28 field goals, led by Omogrosso's career-tying six
Duquesne was a +7 (38-31) on the boards, holding La Salle to eight below their season average
Paige Cannon made her first career start
Szamosi needs three points for 1,000 career
The Dukes have won nine of 10 meetings against La Salle including five straight at Tom Gola Arena
Duquesne is 8-1 when leading after the 3rd quarter
Amy Griffin, the leading scorer in the A-10, was held to just two points in the 2nd half