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WBB Remains Undefeated in A-10 After 65-45 Win Over Temple

 

 

Jan. 20, 2013

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PITTSBURGH - Wumi Agunbiade scored a game-high 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting to lead the Duquesne women's basketball team (14-3, 3-0 A-10) to a 65-45 victory over Temple (7-10, 1-2 A-10) on Sunday afternoon at the Palumbo Center.

Vanessa Abel scored a season-high 11 points and made her first start this year for the Dukes who improve to 8-1 at home this year. Ahjah Hall added six points, tied a career-high with five steals and grabbed five rebounds off the bench.

Rateska Brown scored 15 and Tyonna Williams 11 for the Owls.

The Dukes opened up the game making four of its first six shots, jumping out to a 9-0 lead. An Orsi Szecsi jumper midway through the first half made the score 16-6. The DU defense would only allow three field goals the rest of the half, taking a 34-14 lead into halftime.

Temple jumped out of the gates on a 7-2 run to start the second half to cut the deficit to 15 points at 36-21. Duquesne called a time out and responded with a 9-0 run capped by a Hall layup to go up by 24 points at 45-21.

The Dukes' lead would get as high 25 points at 62-37 after an Abel jumper with 2:50 remaining. The closest the Owls would get was 20 points after Brown converted a pair of foul shots with two seconds left.

As a team, the Dukes has its second-best shooting game of the season, making 27-of-60 shots for 45 percent.

"This is definitely a great win for us," said head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio. "We came out strong from the very beginning and established Wumi inside early and moved the ball well offensively."

"We were very aggressive defensively and it was an accomplishment to hold them to just 14 points in the first half."

This was the eighth time this season Duquesne has held the opponent under 20 point heading into halftime.

"Wumi is really focused right now, she is calling for the ball more and feeling more comfortable. She's more aggressive defensively and more assertive on the boards."

Agunbiade pulled down a game-high eight rebounds in addition to her second consecutive 20-point game.

Duquesne's next game will be at VCU (8-10, 1-2 A-10) on Wednesday night. Tipoff is at 7:00 p.m.

GAME NOTES

  • The victory ended a five-game losing streak against Temple dating back to Jan. 18, 2009

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

  • This was the biggest win over Temple since a 76-45 victory on Feb. 24, 1998


    Temple at Duquesne

    Team
    1
    2
    F
    Temple (7-10, 1-2 A-10)
    14
    31
    45
    Duquesne (14-3, 3-0 A-10)
    34
    31
    65

     

     

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