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#DuqWBB Wins 7th Straight After 55-45 Victory Over Richmond

 

 

Feb. 1, 2014

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RICHMOND - The Duquesne women's basketball team set a program record with their seventh straight Atlantic 10 Conference victory in their 55-45 win at Richmond on Saturday night. The Dukes (16-6, 8-1 A-10) were led by Wumi Agunbiade with 17 points and April Robinson with 16. Olivia Bresnahan tied a season-high with a team-best seven rebounds. Additionally, the 8-1 conference record tied the best 9-game start since Duquesne joined the A-10 in 1983-84.

Richmond (10-12, 4-5 A-10) had three players score in double-figures - Genevieve Okoro (11), Janelle Hubbard and Lauren Tolson (each with 10). Okoro also had a game-high 13 rebounds.

With Richmond leading early in the 1st half, a layup by Bresnahan put the Dukes up for the first time at 5-4 at 17:40. Orsi Szecsi followed with a 3-pointer giving Duquesne an 8-5 lead heading into the under 16 media timeout. However, the Dukes would have seven straight empty possessions as Richmond would reclaim the lead at 12-8 at the under 12 media timeout.

A 3-pointer by Robinson followed by a put-back by Amadea Szamosi gave the Dukes a 17-16 lead at the 6:37 mark. After a pair of Richmond foul shots tied the contest at 22-22, the fourth time the half was deadlocked, the Dukes responded with a 9-2 run to take its largest lead of the half - 7 points at 31-24 - with 2:19 to go. The run was capped by Agunbiade's third and-1 of the half. Hubbard closed out the 1st half scoring with a layup, but it was the Dukes that took a 31-26 advantage into halftime.

The 2nd half started out very slow - with 7:06 remaining in the contest the teams combined for 8-of-35 shooting with Duquesne up 39-37. Robinson's NBA 3-pointer with 5:57 remaining put the Dukes up by seven points at 44-37. She followed with a fade-away jumper at 4:33 to stretch the lead to nine points. Duquesne would see its first 10-point lead on Robinson's fouls shots that made the score 50-39 with 1:53 left.

The Dukes defense had the Spiders to just 19 points on 7-of-30 shooting in the 2nd half.

Duquesne returns to the Palumbo Center on Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. to host George Washington (15-7, 6-3 A-10) in the annual Play4 Kay/Duke Out Cancer game. After the matchup with the Colonials, the Dukes will face 2nd place Dayton (13-5, 6-1 A-10) on Saturday evening. Tipoff is at 7:00 p.m.

GAME NOTES

  • The senior class now has 84 wins, which ties the Class of 2012

  • Coach Dan Burt is now the winningest first-year head coach in program history with 16 victories

  • The Dukes also started 1998, 2010 and 2013 at 8-1 in conference

  • There were nine lead changes in the game

  • The 19 2nd half points was the second fewest allowed in a half this season (Morehead State, 12 in 1st half on 11/24/13)

  • Robinson scored 14 points against Richmond last season

  • Agunbiade needs 4 points for 1,600 career

  • Belma Nurkic made her first start since Feb. 3, 2013

    Duquesne at Richmond

    Team
    1
    2
    F
    GMU Duquesne (16-6, 8-1 A-10)
    31
    24
    55
    GMU Richmond (10-12, 4-5)
    26
    19
    45

     

     

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