Robinson, Moore lead #DuqWBB Over VCU 77-65
Jan. 22, 2014
RICHMOND - April Robinson tied a career-high with 20 points and Raegan Moore added 21 as the Duquesne women's basketball team improved 14-6 overall and 6-1 in the Atlantic 10 Conference after its 77-65 victory at VCU on Wednesday night. All five starters scored double-figures - Wumi Agunbiade and Orsi Szecsi each scored 12 and Olivia Bresnahan 10 for the Dukes who have won five straight games. Agunbiade and Szecsi each recorded game-highs with nine rebounds.
VCU's Robyn Parks scored a game-high 24 and Keira Robinson scored 16 of her 19 points in the 1st half for the Rams who fall 16-4, 4-3 A-10. Parks and Zakia Williams both pulled down nine rebounds.
The 1st half opened up with both teams exchanging 3-pointers. The score was tied at 9-9 at the first media timeout - there were four ties and each team held the lead once. Coming out of the timeout, Agunbiade scored on the traditional 3-point play followed by a Szecsi jumper to give the Dukes a five point lead at 14-9 with 14:07 remaining in the half. The Rams would regain the lead four minutes later - 18-17 - when Williams would hit a pair of free throws at the midway point of the half. There would be four lead changes and a tie heading into the under-8 media timeout with VCU up 23-21. A layup by Moore at the 6:25 mark of the half gave the Dukes a 26-25 lead, but VCU's Robinson answered with a 3-pointer followed by a pair of foul shots to give the Rams a 30-26 lead with 5:18 remaining. Moore's 3-pointer with 3:33 put the Dukes back up, 33-32, before a pair of Parks free throws put the game back into VCU's favor. After a Robinson free throw, Duquesne went on a 7-0 run to take a 40-35 lead with 1:30 remaining. The Rams would close out the first half by scoring the final four points as the Dukes led 40-39 heading into halftime. In all, there were seven ties and 14 lead changes.
Parks opened up the 2nd half with a driving layup, giving the lead back to the Rams at 41-40. With the Rams up 43-41, Dukes would go on a 6-0 run to take a 47-43 lead at the under-16 media timeout. The contest would remain a 2-possession game until Moore's 3-pointer at the 8:11 mark gave the Dukes an 8-point lead at 64-56. Szecsi followed with a turn-around jumper to give Duquesne its first 10-point lead of the game at 66-56. Robinson's 3-pointer 4:52 remaining gave Duquesne one of its largest leads of the game - 12 points - at 70-58. VCU would score the next five points to cut the deficit to seven points with 3:40 left, but they would not get any closer. Szecsi closed out the game with a pair of foul shots with 55 seconds remaining.
The Dukes defense held the Rams to 26 percent shooting (8-of-31) in the 2nd half after VCU converted 47 percent (13-of 28) in the 1st half. The Rams only made 1-of-11 shots from beyond the arc in the 2nd half
"We had a very well-rounded performance from our starters tonight," said head coach Dan Burt.
"We challenged ourselves to hit the glass hard and I'm very proud of what we did especially with our offensive rebounding."
Duquesne outrebounded VCU 46-39 and 18-13 on the offensive end. The 46 boards is a season-high.
"April was definitely the catalyst, she did not turnover the ball against pressure. She had a fantastic night."
In 34 minutes of play, Robinson committed only one turnover.
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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