WBB Drops 69-68 Heartbreaker to Saint Joseph's in Overtime

Feb. 13, 2013

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PITTSBURGH - April Robinson's shot as time expired in overtime did not fall as Saint Joseph's came away with a 69-68 victory over the Duquesne women's basketball team on Wednesday night.

The Dukes fall to 19-5 overall and 8-2 in the Atlantic 10 Conference loop. The Hawks improve to 17-6 overall and 8-1 in conference play.

Jocelyn Floyd led all Duquesne players with 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting. She also recorded seven steals. Robinson finished with 12 points. Orsi Szecsi and Vanessa Abel each scored 10 points. Wumni Agunbiade pulled down a team-best nine rebounds.

Chatilla van Grinsven recorded a double-double of game-highs 19 points and 15 rebounds. Natasha Cloud scored 16 and Erin Shields 12 for the Hawks.

The Dukes jumped out to an early seven point lead, 11-4 with 14:32 to play in the first half, converting six points off three Floyd steals. The Hawks responded with a 9-0 run capped off when van Grinsven picked off Abel's pass at mid-court for a layup/foul. She converted the foul shot giving SJU its first lead of the game 13-11 with 9:42 in the half.

On the next possession, Duquesne reclaimed the lead on Robinson's 3-pointer. The Dukes would stay ahead or tied for the next five minutes until Shields' deep 3-pointer gave SJU a 25-22 lead at the 4:19 mark. This was the beginning of a 17-1 run over the next 5:22. Abel's fingeroll as time expired sent the game into halftime with SJU leading 35-25.

With the Dukes facing their largest deficit of the game at 14 points with 16:03 remaining in the second half, they went on a 13-5 run over the next 7:32 to cut the SJU lead to six points at 46-40. With the Dukes down nine points 52-43 at 4:36, Ahjah Hall's foul shot began a 10-0 run, which included back-to-back 3-pointers by Szecsi and Abel, over the next 1:55 to give DU a 53-52 lead with 2:31 left.

The game would see two more lead changes and two ties, the last deadlock coming with seven seconds remaining on a pair of Cloud foul shots. This set the Dukes with the ball for the final shot. Abel's 3-pointer at the buzzer hit the rim and bounced out.

Regulation ended 56-56.

Duquesne struck first in overtime on a Hall jumper. The Dukes would build a four point lead three times in the extra period, the last coming after a pair of Robinson foul shots which made the score 66-62 with 1:44 left.

van Grinsven scored on the next possession. Robinson's layup rolled out giving the ball back to SJU with DU leading 66-64 with one minute left. Cloud would find a wide open Shields, who drained a 3-pointer with 50 seconds remaining to put Saint Joseph's up 67-66.

After a Duquesne timeout, Hall's driving layup reclaimed the lead for the Dukes with 34 seconds to play. On the Hawks' next possession van Grinsven drove the lane and forced a foul on Stasia King. van Grinsven made both shots - Saint Joseph's 69, Duquesne 68 with 18 seconds to play.

On the final possession, the Dukes were not able to get a shot off until 1.7 seconds left, but Floyd's attempt was blocked out of bounds by Cloud. Off the in-bounds play, Robinson's attempt at the buzzer did not go down.

"We had so many chances, these players dug deep and they played their hearts out," said head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio. "We were up four, but we couldn't get a stop. Give Saint Joe's credit, they played when they needed to."

The Hawks were a 4-for-4 shooting and 4-for-4 from the line in the overtime period.

"The game was lost on the free throw line," said Coach Serio.

Duquesne only made 13-of-27 from the line, 48.1 percent. Saint Joseph's was 20-of-27, 74.1 percent

Up next, the Dukes travel to #17/15 Dayton for a rare Monday night game. The contest will air live on CBS College Sports Network at 9:00 p.m.

Saint Joseph's at Duquesne

Saint Joseph's 17-6, 8-1 A-10
Duquesne (18-4, 7-1 A-10)




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