Women's Basketball Defeats Fordham 69-63 in Nationally Televised Game
Jan. 17, 2010
BRONX, N.Y. - Samantha Pollino scored a game-high 20 points and Keri Pryor added 12 as the Duquesne women's basketball team defeated Fordham 69-63 on Sunday afternoon at Rose Hill Gym. The duo also recorded a game-best nine rebounds. The game was broadcast live on the CBS College Sports Network.
With the victory, the Dukes improve to 13-5 overall and 3-0 in the Atlantic 10 Conference. This is their best league start in 12 years.
Kristina Bell scored 15 points for the Rams (6-12, 0-3) who dropped their ninth consecutive game.
The Dukes started out cold, missing seven of their first eight shots and falling behind early, 16-5, after a Kyara Weeks 3-pointer at the 11:59 mark. The 11-point lead was the Rams' largest of the game.
Duquesne would slowly find its shooting touch and made a comeback highlighted by a Kelly Britcher 3-pointer which capped a 21-10 run and tied the score at 26-26 with 2:23 remaining in the half.
On the next possession, Vanessa Abel's steal and foul shot gave the Dukes its first lead of the game 27-26. However, it lasted only 22 seconds as Fordham regained the lead on a Becky Peters jumper. The Dukes recaptured the lead with 12 seconds to play when Britcher found Rachel Frederick in the paint for a jumper giving Duquesne a 29-28 lead going into halftime.
The second half opened with four lead changes and a tie until Able converted a 3-point play which started a 22-9 run that put DU ahead 56-44 with 9:12 left in regulation.
The Rams responded with an 11-0 run, including a pair of 3-pointers by Charlotte Stoddard and one from Arielle Collins to get within one point at 56-55 with 6:01 left.
The Duquesne defense would not let Fordham pull ahead as they scored eight of the next nine points to take an eight point lead with 3:19 remaining.
The Rams would make it a two-possession game after Bell hit her second 3-pointer of the game with 91 seconds left making the score 67-63, but that was the last basket Fordham would score as a pair of foul shot by Frederick with six seconds sealed the game.
The Dukes return home on Wednesday night when they host the Massachusetts Minutewomen. Tipoff at the Palumbo Center will be at 7:00 p.m.
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