Women's Basketball Stay Perfect in A-10 After 73-51 Win at VCU
Jan. 23, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. - Belma Nurkic made a career-high six 3-pointers and finished with a team-high 18 points as the Duquesne women's basketball team remained undefeated in the Atlantic 10 Conference after its 73-51 victory over VCU on Wednesday night.
Vanessa Abel scored a season-high 12 points and April Robinson added 10 for the Dukes who improve 15-3 overall and 4-0 in the A-10. Ahjah Hall recorded a career-high seven steals - all in the first half.
Kaneisha Atwater scored a game-high 19 for VCU who fell to 8-11 overall and 1-3 in the A-10. Robyn Parks added 14 for the Rams.
With VCU up by four points with 12:41 remaining in the first half, DU went on an 11-0 run to take a 22-15 lead at the 9:02 mark. The Dukes would only allow one field goal over the next 4:15 to take its largest lead of the half, 17 points - 35-18 at 3:35 after a steal by Nurkic led to a Stasia King layup. A long 3-pointer from the Rams' Carleeda Green closed out the first half scoring with Duquesne leading 38-26.
The Rams opened the second half with three straight baskets leading to a 13-5 run to make the score 43-39 at 16:01. The Dukes would respond by going on a 17-5 run, taking a 60-44 lead into the Under-8 media timeout. Robinson's layup with 2:27 left put the Dukes up by 20 at 71-51. Jose-Ann Johnson ended the scoring with a foul shot with 42 second to play.
As a team, the Dukes tied a season-high with 11 3-pointers while shooting 49.1 percent (27-55). DU out-rebounded VCU 36 to 25 and the Dukes' bench outscored the Rams' bench 16-3 (Oditte Odisho, Hall and King with five points each and Johnson with one).
Duquesne returns home on Sunday afternoon to host Fordham. Tipoff is at 2:00 p.m.
Duquesne at VCU