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WBB Wins Fourth Straight After 82-52 Victory over La Salle
Orsi Szecsi scored a career-high 25 points
 
Orsi Szecsi scored a career-high 25 points
 

Feb. 18, 2012

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PITTSBURGH - Orsi Szecsi's career-best 25 points and Carly Vendemia's double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds led the Duquesne women's basketball team to its fourth straight victory after a 82-52 win over La Salle on Saturday afternoon.

Alex Gensler scored 11 points and Wumi Agunbiade 10 for the Dukes who improve to 19-8 overall and 7-5 in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

The Explorers, who did not have any scorers in double-figures, fall to 12-15 overall and 6-6 in the league play.

DUQ came out of the gates leading 14-5 in the game's first six minutes before LAS answered with back-to-back 3-pointers from Brittany Wilson followed by an "and-1" from Jada Payne which tied the contest at 14-14.

Ahjah Hall and Szecsi would score the next 12 points of the game to give Duquesne a 26-14 lead at the 7:01 mark. With the Dukes leading 28-21, Nurkic scored five straight points which started a 10-2 run to end the half with DUQ ahead 38-23.

Duquesne's defense held La Salle without a field goal for the first eight minutes of the second half while building a 27 point lead at 52-25. Raegan Moore's first basket wearing a Duquesne uniform put the Dukes up by 31 points at the 5:53 mark. DUQ would see leads as high as 34 points two times, the last coming with 3:10 to play on a Szecsi 3-pointer.

"Our players came in with a great focus and great energy against a team that really concerned me with matchups," said head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio. "We wanted to focus defensively and we really set the tone defensively from the beginning of the game."

Duquesne held La Salle to 29 percent shooting which is the lowest by any team against the Dukes in A-10 play this season.

"I thought our ball movement was really good throughout the game."

The Dukes had 22 assists on 30 field goals.

"Carly's double-double was impressive. She provides so much energy at both ends of the floor and our players feed off of that."

Vendemia, who set a new career-high in points and rebounds, recorded her first-ever double-double.

"Orsi scored in every way possible - she took players off the block, she posted up off the dribble, hit threes, got to the free throw line. It was really an impressive overall game for her."

Szecsi finished 10-of-17 from the floor and grabbed seven rebounds.

The Dukes have two regular season games left - Wednesday night at Richmond before the finale at home versus Dayton.

GAME NOTES

  • Szecsi's previous career-high was 23 points versus Akron this season and Charlotte last season

  • Vendemia's also scored 13 points against Morehead State and Saint Joseph's earlier this season

  • This was fifth game Duquesne has won by at least 30 points this season (Buffalo, Davidson, Maine, Morehead State)

  • Gensler tied a career-high with seven assists and moved ahead of Kris Sebastian ('94) into sixth place on Duquesne's all-time

  • DUQ outscored LAS in the paint 36-16 and had 27 points off turnovers to La Salle's 11

  • The Dukes are 13-1 when outrebounding the opponent (48/38) and 18-6 when the opponent has more turnovers (13/10)

  • Duquesne held La Salle's starting five to 16 points


    La Salle at Duquesne

    Team
    1
    2
    F
    La Salle (12-15, 6-6 A-10)
    23
    29
    52
    Duquesne (19-8, 7-5 A-10)
    38
    44
    82

     

     

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