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#DuqWBB Defeats Fordham 60-51

 

 

Feb. 22, 2014

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PITTSBURGH - Wumi Agunbiade scored 22 points and Orsi Szecsi added 10 points and nine rebounds as the Duquesne women's basketball team defeated Fordham 60-51 on Saturday night at the Palumbo Center. April Robinson had a career-high nine rebounds along with seven assists and Oditte Odisho gave good minutes off the bench, scoring eight points.

With the win, the Dukes improve to 17-10 overall and 9-5 in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

The Rams (20-7, 9-5 A-10) were led by Emily Tapio who recorded a double-double of 19 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Hannah Missry scored 11 for Fordham.

The scoring opened with an Agunbiade jumper which moved her into 2nd place on Duquesne's all-time scoring list. This would start an early 11-4 run for the heading into the first media timeout at 15:24 of the 1st half. A Szecsi 3-pointer at 12:25 extended the Dukes' lead to 11 points at 18-7 forcing a Fordham timeout. Oditte Odisho's and-1 followed at 11:05 capping a 10-0 run with Duquesne leading 21-7 and a Belma Nurkic 3-pointer at 10:12 put the Dukes up by 15 points at 24-9.

Robinson's breakaway layup off an assist from Olivia Bresnahan gave the Dukes' its largest lead of the half, 16 points at 29-13 with 5:21 remaining in the half. The Rams would get within 11 points at 31-20 heading into the final media timeout of the half. A Missry 3-pointer with 2:25 to play made it a single-digit lead for the Dukes at 31-23. A pull-up jumper by Odisho with 1:03 remaining would put the Dukes back up by 10 points before Mary Nwachukwu's layup closed out the 1st half scoring with the Dukes leading 33-25.

The 2nd half started slowly, with both teams combining for 2-of-9 shooting and a pair of turnovers. Duquesne re-built its double-digit lead after a Moore ***jumper before the 16-minute media timeout made the score 42-31. Missry would score the next five points of the game as the Rams cut the deficit to six point at the midway point of the half at 45-39. Nwachukwu followed with a layup and Tapio with an and-1 to make it a one-possession game at 45-44 with 7:59 remaining. After a jumpball that went in favor of Fordham, the Rams took their first lead of the of the contest on a Tapio layup. Agunbiade was fouled on the next possession and made both foul shots, regaining the Dukes' lead at 47-46 with 6:35 remaining.

With the Dukes leading 50-48 with 4:39 left, back-to-back baskets from Agunbiade made it a two-possession game at 54-48 with 1:35 remaining. Tapio would score the next three points of the game, making the score 54-51 with 1:09 to play. Agunbiade made 1-of-2 foul shots with 39 seconds left and then forced an Erin Rooney turnover giving the Dukes the ball back with 29 seconds to play. Bresnahan was immediately fouled to put the Dukes up 56-51. She would add a pair of foul shots with 22 seconds left and with 5.7 seconds left to give the Dukes the 60-51 win.

The next game will be Wednesday night as the Dukes host La Salle (12-14, 7-7 A-10). The women's basketball Class of 2014 will be honored in a pregame ceremony.

GAME NOTES

  • With the victory, the Class of 2014 is now the 2nd winningest senior class in program history with 85 wins, three short of last year's class who had 88 victories

  • Coming into tonight's game, Agunbiade was tied with tied with Candace Futrell ('04) with 1,668 career points - with her 22 point effort tonight, she now has 1,690 career points and sits alone in 2nd place all-time.

  • Duquesne has won eight straight over Fordham and is now 18-4 all-time versus the Rams in the series that began in 1989 (1996 in A-10 Conference play)

  • Odisho has season highs in points (8), field goals (3) and minutes (17) - she missed 19 games with a broken hand and three with a concussion

  • Bresnahan's seven rebounds tied her season-high (Richmond 02/01, VCU 02/01)

  • Robinson's previous rebounding high was 8 at Saint Francis (12/08)


    Fordham at Duquesne

    Team
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    2
    F
    GMU Fordham (20-7, 9-5 A-10)
    25
    26
    51
    GMU Duquesne (17-10, 9-5 A-10)
    33
    27
    60

     

     

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