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Agunbiade and Szecsi Combine for 36 as Women's Basketball Defeats Saint Louis 68-41

 

 

Jan. 16, 2013

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PITTSBURGH - Wumi Agunbiade and Orsi Szecsi combined for 36 points as the Duquesne women's basketball team defeated Saint Louis 68-41 in its Atlantic 10 Conference home opener. Agunbiade scored 23 and Szecsi 13.

Jocelyn Floyd added six steals in 19 minutes for the Dukes who improve to 13-3 overall and 2-0 in the A-10.

Desirae Ball led the Billikens (7-10,1-1 A-10) with 11 points.

As a team, DU shot a season-best 50.8 percent, making 30 of 59 shots.

The Dukes opened up the first half on an 18-8 run, hitting nine of its first 11 shots. DU would follow with a 12-0 run to make the score 30-8 at the under-8 media timeout. Although they went the last 5:54 without scoring, the Dukes took a 33-18 lead into halftime.

Ahjah Hall's layup with 12:42 to play in the second half put Duquesne up by 21 at 43-22. Vanessa Abel's jumper with 1:17 remaining gave the Dukes its largest lead of the game, 30- points at 68-38.

"It was great to see Wumi and Orsi have great game tonight," said head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio. "When they contribute - both offensively and defensively - the game is easier for everyone else and they open things up for other people."

"Ahjah was a spark of the bench, scoring and defensively. Vanessa played great as well."

Hall was 3-of-4 from the floor, tying her season-high with eight points. Abel was 4-of-7 for eight points.

"Our players came out with a lot of energy defensively and I think that set the tone of the game."

The Dukes will remain at home for a Sunday afternoon game against Temple. Tipoff is at 2:00 p.m.

GAME NOTES

  • The Dukes held its opponent under 20 first half points for the seventh time this season

  • Agunbiade passed LynnDee Howell and Maureen Major to move into 21st place on Duquesne's all-time scoring list

  • This was Agunbiade's ninth career 20+ point game

  • The Dukes have started out 2-0 in conference play three of the last four years


    Saint Louis at Duquesne

    Team
    1
    2
    F
    Saint Louis (7-10, 1-1 A-10)
    18
    23
    41
    Duquesne (13-3, 2-0 A-10)
    33
    35
    68

     

     

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