Agunbiade Leads #DuqWBB over Rhode Island 62-47
Jan. 18, 2014
PITTSBURGH - Wumi Agunbiade scored 16 of her game-high 18 points in the 2nd half to lead the Duquesne women's basketball team to a 62-47 victory over Rhode Island on National Girls and Women in Sports Day at the Palumbo Center on Saturday afternoon.
The victory was the fourth straight for the Dukes, who improve to 13-6 overall and 5-1 in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Agunbiade added a game-high 11 rebounds for her third consecutive double-double. Orsi Szecsi scored 14 points and April Robinson added 13 along with a game-high six assists.
The Rams (6-12, 1-4 A-10) were led by Sydney Lewis with 14 points. Kallie Banker and Tayra Melendez added 11 and 10 respectively.
Duquesne started off hot from the floor, making six of its first nine shots and the Dukes' defense held Rhode Island to just two field goals on 12 attempts as they built an early 16-4 at the under-12 minute media timeout in the first half. The Rams' 4-minute scoreless streak ended at the 11:26 mark on Sydney Lewis' jumper. URI would score the game's next two baskets to cut their deficit to six points at 16-10 with 9:12 to play. Duquesne would reclaim a double-digit lead on Robinson's 3-pointer - her 10th point of the half - which made the score 21-11 with 4:25 remaining until halftime. However, the Dukes would only make one field goal down the stretch and the Rams ended on a 10-2 run, making it a 2-point game, 23-21, at halftime.
Tati Johnson's turnaround jumper opened up the 2nd half scoring and tied the game at 23-23. After the teams exchanged baskets, Olivia Bresnahan's "and-1" followed by baskets by Raegan Moore, Agunbiade and the rare 4-point play by Szecsi capped an 11-4 run over the next 3:03 and put Duquesne up 36-29. With the Dukes up 36-33, Robinson's 3-pointer started an 11-2 run over the next 4:15 - seven of those points were scored by Agunbiade - to take a 13-point lead at 48-35 with 7:25 to play. A Szecsi jumper with 2:00 remaining in the game made the score 57-41 and gave the Dukes its largest lead of the game at 16 points.
The Dukes will embark on a three-game road trip beginning on Wednesday night at VCU (16-3, 4-2 A-10). This will be a rematch of the Jan. 4th matchup at the Palumbo Center. Following the VCU game, Duquesne will be off for one week and will resume play on Jan. 29th at George Mason followed by a Feb. 1st trip to Richmond. The next home game will be Feb. 5th against long-time rival George Washington.
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