Late Defensive Surge Lifts WBB Past Fordham 56-50
Feb. 15, 2012
BRONX, N.Y. - The Duquesne defense held Fordham scoreless the last 1:55 of regulation in its 56-50 victory over Fordham at the Rose Hill Gym on Wednesday night.
Alex Gensler's 3-pointer at 3:32 of the second half was the 226th of her career and broke the school record for the Dukes, who improve to 18-8 overall and 6-5 in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
Fordham was led by Arielle Collins who had 14. Becky Peters scored 10 for the Rams who dropped its fourth straight to fall to 11-15 overall and 2-9 in the A-10.
The Dukes jumped out to an early 7-2 lead, but the Rams quickly answered scoring nine straight points and by the 11 minute mark of the first half were leading 13-10. The remainder of the half was close with four ties and a pair of lead changes. Agunbiade's layup closed out the scoring with Fordham leading 28-25 heading into halftime.
The Dukes held the Rams scoreless for the first six minutes of the second half. Ahjah Hall picked off a Peters pass at half court and took it in for the basket which gave the Dukes a 29-28 lead going into the first media timeout.
With the score tied at 41-41 with 5:14 remaining, Gensler's "and-1" put the Dukes up by three points. But Fordham would score the next two baskets to take a 45-44 lead with 3:52 left. Gensler answered with the school record 3-pointer 20 seconds later, giving DUQ a 47-45 advantage. Agunbiade would add a pair of foul shots to increase the lead to four points at 49-45 with 2:54 to play.
Fordham would score the next five points to take back the lead at 50-49, but Hall's "and-1" with 1:23 to play gave DUQ a 52-50 lead. Agunbiade followed with a turnaround jumper with 28 seconds left to make the score 54-50.
After Fordham missed a 3-pointer with 14 seconds left, Agunbaide was fouled and went to the line to shoot two - the sophomore made both icing the game as the Dukes won their third straight 56-50.
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