Women's Basketball Home Wins Streak Ends at 13 Games After 58-53 Loss to St. Bonaventure
Feb. 1, 2012
PITTSBURGH - The Duquesne women's basketball 13-game home winning streak ended on Wednesday night after a 58-53 loss to St. Bonaventure.
Alex Gensler scored a team-high 14 points for the Dukes (15-7, 3-4 A-10). Wumi Agunbiade added 11 and Jocelyn Floyd 10. Orsi Szecsi pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds for DU who dropped its second straight game.
Jessica Jenkins, the Atlantic 10 Conference's all-time leading 3-point shooter, scored a game-high 15 points, Chelsea Bowker added 13 and Doris Ortega 10 for the Bonnies (21-2, 8-0 A-10).
SBU got out to a six point lead midway through first half, but DU battled back to tie the game at 19-19 on a Carly Vendemia layup at the 5:20 mark. Duquesne would go ahead 21-19 after a St. Bonaventure turnover resulted in another Vendemia layup.
With the game tied at 23-23 with 1:34 to play, the Bonnies would get a layup from CeCe Dixon and a 3-pointer from Bowker to end the first half scoring and take a 28-23 lead into halftime.
The Dukes would start the second half on an 8-2 run as Gensler's 3-pointer gave DU a 31-30 lead just before the first media timeout. A pair of Agunbiade foul shots at 12:16 gave Duquesne its largest lead of the game - four points at 39-35.
However SBU would answer with an 11-0 run over the next six minutes to take a seven point lead at 46-39 with 5:55 left.
Ahjah Hall's jumper from the left side with 1:08 to play made it a one-possession game, with St. Bonaventure leading 55-50. The Bonnies would go up by six points after Ortega made 1-of-2 foul shots with 31 second remaining.
On the ensuing possession, Floyd went coast-to- coast for a layup and was fouled on the play. Floyd made the "and-1" and with 23 seconds to play, the Dukes were down 56-53. After a SBU timeout, Dixon was fouled, but missed both shots from the line with 22 seconds remaining. Floyd's layup rolled off the back of the rim and was rebounded by St. Bonaventure's Megan Van Tatenhove with 13 seconds to play.
Van Tatenhove was immediately fouled and went to the line for two shots. She missed both shots and the rebound was grabbed by Szecsi. With six seconds to go, Szecsi attempted a 3-pointer from the top of the key that was short. SBU's Armelia Horton was fouled with four seconds left and made both shots to ice the game.
"We fought hard tonight," said head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio. "When you give the kind of effort like we did tonight and fall short, it is disappointing. We competed for 40 minutes and had a chance."
Up next for the Dukes is a two-game road trip starting on Sunday afternoon at Saint Louis (7-15, 1-6 A-10) followed by Rhode Island (1-21, 0-7 A-10) on Wednesday evening.
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