Last Second Shot Lifts Saint Joseph's Over #DuqWBB 61-59
Feb. 18, 2014
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's Natasha Cloud's layup with 3.i9 seconds remaining was the game-winning basket as the Duquesne women's basketball team dropped a heartbreaker 61-59 on Tuesday night at Hagan Arena in a nationally televised contest on CBS Sports Network.
The loss dropped the Dukes to 16-10 overall and 8-5 in the Atlantic 10 Conference. The Hawks improved to 20-6 overall and 9-4 in the league.
Duquesne was led by Raegan Moore who scored 19 points and was a perfect 8-for-8 from the foul line. Wumi Agunbiade recorded her 24th career double-double with 18 points and tying a season-high 12 rebounds. Orsi Szecsi pulled down 10 rebounds
Ciara Andrews scored a game-high 21 points for the Hawks. Ashley Robinson added 13.
April Robinson started things off for Duquesne by hitting a 3-pointer on their first possession and the Dukes would build a 5-point lead on an Agunbiade reverse layup at the 17:49 mark of the 1st half at 7-2. Saint Joseph's would tie things up at 8-8 2:21 later on an Andrews jumper. The teams would exchange baskets heading into the 12-minute media timeout tied at 14-14. There was only one basket over the next four minutes - Moore would follow her miss at 9:33 to put Duquesne up by two points at the 8-minute media timeout.
The lead would go back to SJU after Kelsey Berger stripped Olivia Bresnahan of the ball at midcourt and went in for a layup. Szecsi's long fade away jumper recaptured the lead for the Dukes at the 4:15 mark, making the score 20-19. However, the Hawks would get baskets from Sarah Fairbanks and Andrews to take a 23-22 lead at the 4-minute media timeout. Saint Joseph's would capitalize on the momentum and score five more points, forcing a Dukes' timeout with 1:24 remaining in the half, and grabbing a 28-22 lead. Moore was fouled with 15.5 seconds left and made both foul shots before Andrew's basket right before the buzzer to give the Hawks a 30-24 lead at halftime. SJU shot 51.9 percent in the half and scored 20 of their points in the paint.
The Dukes got within two baskets three times, but each time SJU answered and maintained a 6-point lead after Ilze Godfrida's jumper made the score 42-36 with 14:02 remaining in the 2nd half. With the Hawks leading 53-45 with 7:15 remaining, Szecsi and Agunbiade scored consecutive baskets for the Dukes to trim their lead to 53-49 with 6:02 left. A 3-pointer by Moore made the score 56-53 with 4:16 remaining. SJU missed on their next possession before Agunbiade was fouled in the act of shooting with 3:22 to go. She converted both to make it a 1-point game.
Saint Joseph's would score the next three points until Moore made both ends of a 1-and-1 with 59.4 seconds remaining which made the score 59-57. SJU missed on their next possession which resulted in a held ball with possession going to Duquesne. Moore was fouled with 17.0 seconds to play and made both free throws to knot the score at 59-59. The Dukes did not get a shot off after Cloud's go-ahead basket.
Saint Joseph's continued their dominance inside, doubling-up Duquesne in the paint 36-18. SJU made 49.1 percent of its field goals (27-55) compared to the Dukes' 37.5 percent (18-46). Duquesne had its second largest rebound margin, grabbing 38 boards to the Hawks' 25. SJU scored 20 points off turnovers.
The Dukes return to Pittsburgh on Saturday night to face Fordham ( ) in the back-half of a double-header with the men's team. Tipoff is at 7:00 p.m. Duquesne was a 65-61 winner over the Rams earlier this season in the Bronx.
Duquesne at Saint Joseph's