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Defense Sets Record in WBB's 61-33 Win Over St. Bonaventure

 

 

Feb. 7, 2013

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PITTSBURGH - The Duquesne women's basketball team lead from start-to-finish in its 61-33 victory over St. Bonaventure on Thursday night at the Palumbo Center. The 33 points is allowed is the fewest in the Division I era program history.

With the victory, the Dukes improve to 18-4 overall and 7-1 in Atlantic 10 Conference play. The Bonnies, who went a perfect 14-0 in league play and were a NCAA Sweet 16 team last season, fell to 9-14 overall and 2-6 in the conference.

Duquesne had three players score in double-figures led by April Robinson with 11 points. Wumi Agunbiade and Vanessa Abel each scored 10 points. Jocelyn Floyd recorded four steals.

SBU's Katie Healy had a game-high 13 points and Doris Ortega added 11.

The Dukes got out to an 11-point lead at 17-6 by the midway point of the first half. With the score 23-10, Robinson scored eight straight points to spark a 14-4 run that ended half with Duquesne leading 37-14.

The Dukes' lead would get as large as 28 points two times - a Floyd layup at 15:06 of the second half made the score 45-17 and a 3-pointer by Raegan Moore with 1:25 left closed out the game's scoring at 61-33.

In addition to allowing a season-low 33 points, the Duquesne defense held the Bonnies to season-lows 13 field goals, 42 attempts and four assists. They also held SBU to zero 3-pointers on just nine attempts.

"This was a great win against our natural rival," said head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio. "They've always posed problems for us with their motion offense. Our players really bought into how we wanted to defend and they set the tone early."

"I'm very proud of the effort defensively, especially in the first half," said Coach Serio.

The Dukes' defense did not allow a St. Bonaventure offensive rebound in the first half. The Bonnies had 14 turnovers and only one assist heading into halftime.

"It was a great team win. We got contributions from everybody that stepped on the floor," concluded Coach Serio.

The Dukes will stay at the Palumbo Center for the next two games. Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Duquesne hosts Richmond in the Play4Kay game. It is also National Girls and Women in Sports Day. If you are coming out to the game, be sure to wear pink. Following the contest with the Spiders, the Dukes host Saint Joseph's next Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.

GAME NOTES

  • Duquesne previous record for points allowed in the Division I era was 34 at Robert Morris on Nov. 28, 2011

  • The Dukes have held the opponent under 20 points in the first half 10 times this year - this is the first game this season that DU has held the opposition under 20 points in each half

  • Duquesne outrebounded St. Bonaventure 36-27

  • The win ended a three game losing streak against SBU

    St. Bonaventure at Duquesne

    Team
    1
    2
    F
    St. Bonaventure (9-14, 2-6 A-10)
    14
    19
    33
    Duquesne (18-4, 7-1 A-10)
    37
    24
    61

     

     

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