Women's Basketball Remains Undefeated at Home After 76-62 Win Over Massachusetts
Jan. 25, 2012
PITTSBURGH - The Duquesne women's basketball team improved to 11-0 at home after a 76-62 victory over Massachusetts on Wednesday night.
Wumi Agunbiade recorded her 11th career double-double with 18 points and a game-high 10 rebounds for the Dukes who improve to 15-5 overall and 3-2 in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Alex Gensler scored 23, Orsi Szecsi 13 and Carly Vendemia 10 off the bench for DU, who recorded its sixth straight victory over the Minutewomen.
UMass (6-14, 1-4 A-10) was led by Megan Zullo, who scored all 21 of her points from beyond-the-arc (7-10).
The first half went back-and-forth with four ties and four lead changes. With the score deadlocked at 22-22 with 5:34 to play in the first half, Duquesne scored the next eight points with four different players scoring for the Dukes. DU got back-to-back jumpers from Jocelyn Floyd and Gensler followed by two foul shots from Vendemia and a layup by Ahjah Hall which made the score 30-22 with 2:23 until halftime.
Duquesne would be held without a field goal the rest of the half as UMass' Kim Fierre-Louis' layup with 18 seconds to go closed out the first half scoring with the Dukes leading 32-30.
DU came out of the gates in the second half on fire and by the 17:45 mark had built an 11 point lead at 41-30. Massachusetts would cut the deficit down to six points over the next two minutes, but a 15-3 run gave Duquesne an 18 point lead at 58-43 at the midway point of the half.
The Dukes' lead would get as high as 22 points twice.
"It was a little bit of a sluggish start tonight, but coming out of halftime it was nice to see our players respond," said head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio. "They set the tone coming out of the locker room."
The Dukes were 13-of-35 (37 percent) in the first half and 15-of-25 (60 percent) in the second half.
"It was great seeing Alex scoring again tonight. She played with a lot of confidence."
Gensler, who was 9-of-16 from the floor, was only averaging 8.6 points over her last eight games.
"It was huge to win the rebounding battle tonight. With 16 offensive boards, you get more chances to score. One that stood out was Ahjah Hall's offensive rebound off a missed foul shot which was kicked out to Orsi for an open 3-pointer."
DU had 19 second chance points.
"We worked hard to tonight to extend the lead and everybody feels good coming away with a win, " concluded Coach Serio.
The Dukes travel to Saint Joseph's (13-6, 3-2 A-10) on Saturday afternoon. The Dukes, who have never won on Hawk Hill in 23 tries, will tipoff at 2:00 p.m.
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