Gensler Leads WBB Past Charlotte 81-53, Ties 3-Point Mark
Feb. 11, 2012
PITTSBURGH - Alex Gensler had a game-high 19 points and tied Duquesne's all-time mark for 3-pointers made in the Dukes' 81-53 victory over Charlotte on Saturday afternoon. The game, which was broadcast nationally on CBS College Sports Network, was played in front of a season-high 2,149 fans at the Palumbo Center.
Orsi Szecsi scored 17 points off the bench, Jocelyn Floyd added 16 and Wumi Agunbiade 15 for the Dukes who improve to 17-8 overall and 5-5 in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Both Gensler and Agunbiade were one rebound shy of recording double-doubles as was Floyd who finished with game with nine steals.
The 49ers were led by Jennifer Hailey who scored 18 points and Epiphany Woodson who scored 13. UNCC falls to 15-10 overall and 7-4 in the conference play.
DUQ, who led from beginning-to-end, took immediate control within the first five minutes building a 16-4 advantage. Gensler's 3-pointer at the 6:11 mark put Duquesne up by 20 points at 37-17. Her layup with 1:10 to play gave the Dukes its largest lead of the half at 23 points, 42-19. Charlotte would close out the half scoring with a pair of foul shots.
The 49ers were able to trim the Dukes' lead to 14 points by the midway point of the second half, but DUQ would stay in control and follow with a 16-6 run to make the score 72-48 inside of the final media timeout. The Duquesne lead would reach as high as 30 points on a Szecsi 3-pointer with 46 seconds remaining.
"This was a really good win for us, we shot the ball well, I thought our defense set the tone from the very beginning and a lot of our offense was created from our defense," said head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio. "We talked about turning the corner going into the Rhode Island game and our players have definitely responded."
"I was very pleased with the rebounding stats, especially with Charlotte having the two leading rebounders in the conference."
The Dukes out-rebounded the 49ers 44-31.
"It was great to see Orsi get back on track today. Part of the lineup change was to try and get her energized off the bench."
Szecsi, who was 6-of-12 from the floor today, made just 12 of her last 48 shots over the last six games.
"Jocelyn played a great game too. She handled the ball well and she was tough under pressure. No doubt she impacted the game, especially with her nine steals. The stats don't indicate how much she does."
Floyd's nine steals was a career-best.
Up next for the Dukes will be a trip to Bronx, New York to face Fordham on Wednesday night. Tipoff against the Rams is at 7:00 p.m.
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