20 Wins Again
Feb. 3, 2016




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PITTSBURGH - The Duquesne women's basketball team won their 20th game of the season after a 73-64 overtime thriller at the Palumbo Center on Wednesday night.

April Robinson led the Dukes (20-2, 8-1 A-10) with 20 points. Deva'Nyar Workman had a monster game with 17 points and career-high 15 rebounds and seven assists. Chassidy Omogrosso scored 17 points off the bench -- including a pair of clutch 3-pointers in overtime. Kadri-Ann Lass broke a school record with eight blocks. Along with Amadea Szamosi, the pair combined for 14 rebounds, pulling down seven each.

Massachusetts (6-15, 0-9 A-10) were led by Bria Stallworth who scored a game-high 21 points. Rashida Timbilla grabbed 14 rebounds for the Minutewomen who dropped their ninth straight.

UMass had a strong 1st quarter, making 56 percent of their shots -- including a pair of 3-pointers to build a 20-12 lead.

The Minutewomen opened up the 2nd quarter with a 3-pointer from Stallworth to give them their first double-digit lead at 23-12. The Dukes would hold UMass scoreless for a span of 2:25 midway through the quarter to cut the deficit to five points at 29-25. A Robinson foul shot with 5.4 seconds remaining made the score 35-31 heading into halftime.

Workman's jumper opened up the 3rd quarter scoring and got the Dukes within a field goal, but Massachusetts would rebuild their lead back up to eight points at the 3:20 mark. UMass would take a 45-40 lead into the 4th quarter.

An NBA-range 3-pointer from Stallworth 20 seconds into the 4th quarter put UMass up 48-40. After 3:11 of scoreless play, an Omogrosso 3-pointer follow by a Robinson jumper got Duquesne within three points with 5:55 to play and forced a Minutewomen timeout. A Robinson and-1 at 4:18 tied the contest at 48-48. The teams exchanged baskets on their next possessions.

UMass missed on their next shot and Workman took the ball coast-to-coast to give the Dukes their first lead since 2-0. The Minutewomen missed on their trip up the floor and Angela Staffileno would score to give the Dukes a 54-50 advantage, however UMass would score the next six points to take a 56-54 lead with 20 seconds remaining. Workman slashed her way to the basket with 6.6 remaining to tie the game and send it into overtime.

Dillard scored the first basket of overtime, but Omogrosso answered with back-to-back 3-pointers - giving her four on the night - to give the Dukes a 62-58 lead at 2:54. The Minutewomen would make it a 1-possession game twice, the last at 1:32 after a Dillard layup, but Duquesne finished the game on a 9-2 run. Robinson free throws with six seconds remaining iced the contest.

In all, there were seven ties and four lead changes. The Dukes led for only 6:37 of the 45 minutes.

Duquesne returns to the road this week when they make the first-ever trip to Davidson (10-13, 4-6 A-10) on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

GAME NOTES

  • Workman's previous rebounding career-high was 14 earlier this season in the City Game at Pitt -- her previous career-high in assists was six in the last Dukes' home game against St. Bonaventure

  • This is the third time this season Omogrosso has made four 3-pointers

  • Robinson tied a career-high with nine free throws made and 42 minutes played

  • The previous single-game block record of seven was set by Kathy Ridilla against UMass on Feb. 25, 1989 and Krista Thomas on Feb. 7, 1999

  • Robinson surpassed the 1,400 career point total and moved into 7th place on Duquesne's all-time scoring list ahead of Beth Friday

  • The Dukes have won 20 games each year since 2009 - this season is the fastest they have reached that mark
     

     

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