WBB off to Best-Ever A-10 Start After 68-50 Victory Over Fordham
Jan. 27, 2013
The Duquesne women's basketball team scored the first 11 points of the game and led from wire-to-wire in its 68-50 victory over Fordham on Sunday afternoon.
The Dukes improve to 16-3 overall and are 5-0 in the Atlantic 10 Conference for the first time in program history. The Rams, who were riding a seven game winning streak, are 14-6 overall and fall to 4-1 in conference play.
Wumi Agunbiade led all scorers with 22 points on 10-of-17 shooting and Orsi Szecsi recorded her fourth career double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. April Robinson added 13 points and had a team-high four assists for DU. Jocelyn Floyd had a game-high five steals in just 15 minutes played.
Samantha Clark scored 19 points on 9-of-12 shooting for the Rams and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds. Arielle Collins added 17. Duquesne held Fordham's leading scorer Marah Strickland (13.9 ppg) without a field goal and just four total points in 30 minutes of play.
The Dukes defense held Fordham scoreless until 13:18 and without a field goal until the 11:12 mark of the first half, creating eight turnovers while the Rams missed its first seven shots. By then, DU had built an 11-4 lead.
Szecsi's 3-pointer gave Duquesne a 30-12 lead before a pair of Abel foul shots put the Dukes up by 20 - 32-12 - with 2:58 left. The lead would stretch to 22 points with 1:32 remaining. Samantha Clark's layup closed out the first half scoring with the Dukes leading 38-18.
Fordham would cut the deficit to 16 points three minutes into the second half, but Duquesne would score the next eight points over the next 2:11 to take it largest lead of the game - 24 points at 50-26 with 14:45 remaining. The Dukes would be up by 24 four more times, the last after Agunbiade stole an Abigail Corning pass and went coast-to-coast and converted a left handed layup.
As a team, the Dukes made 28-of-60 attempts, good for 46.7 percent. Szecsi was 7-of-9, 78 percent which is the best single-game shooting percentage this season.
"This is a great win against a very good team," said head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio. "I can't enough about how our players responded defensively. Fordham has weapons at every position."
Duquesne forced 23 Fordham turnovers. The Rams were 14th in the country in first in the A-10 allowing only 13.5 turnovers per game. The Dukes scored 31 points (46 percent) of its points off Fordham turnovers.
"To force that many turnovers and be able to capitalize on top of that was a tremendous accomplishment," added Coach Serio.
"We were keying in on both Marah Strickland and Erin Rooney. We wanted to contain them and not allow anyone else to go off," said Coach Serio.
Duquesne held that duo to just 10 points on a combined 3-of-21 shooting.
The Dukes hit the road for an 11:00 a.m. game at George Washington on Wednesday.