WBB Falls to Dayton 74-69 in Overtime on Senior Day

Feb. 25, 2012

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PITTSBURGH - Justine Raterman scored eight of her career-tying 32 points in overtime as Dayton defeated the Duquesne women's basketball team 74-69 on Senior Day at the Palumbo Center.

Playing in her final regular season contest at AJP, Alex Gensler scored 12 points on 6-of-12 shooting. Carly Vendemia added a career-high 16 for the Dukes who finish the regular season 19-9 overall in 7-7 in Atlantic 10 Conference play.

Jocelyn Floyd scored 15 and pulled down seven rebounds. Her seven steals gave her 111 for the season which broke the single-season program record previously held by Korie Hlede in 1995. Wumi Agunbiade recorded 11 points for the Dukes whose A-10 Championship seeding will not be known until the completion of the games Sunday afternoon.

In addition to scoring 32, Raterman grabbed a game-high eight rebounds for the Flyers who finish 20-6 overall and will be the #3 seed at the A-10 Championship with a 12-2 conference mark.

The first half, which had five ties and three lead changes, started off low-scoring with only three field goals and six turnovers by the first media timeout. With Duquesne leading 13-9 midway through the half, Dayton came back with eight straight points to take a 17-13 lead at the 7:37 mark. A Raterman free throw with 1:06 to play closed out the first half scoring and gave the Flyers its largest lead of the half, seven points at 30-23.

The UD lead was extended to 10 points early in the second half after Raterman scored five straight points to make the score 35-25. DUQ would fight back going on a 13-3 run over the next 4:38 to tie the game at 38-38 with 13:12 remaining. Dayton would answer with an "and-1" from Raterman to retake the lead at 41-38 on the next possession.

With 4:45 remaining and the Flyers leading 57-56, an Ellie Queen 3-pointer put the visitors up by four points, but a layup from Floyd made it a one possession game with 3:30 to play. The teams would combine to miss the next four shots and commit four turnovers. With 48.6 seconds remaining, Agunbiade made a pair of foul shots to tie the game at 60-60.

The Dukes forced a turnover under the UD hoop with 24 seconds left. DUQ called a timeout with 14.8 remaining to set up their next play. However, Raterman forced a steal and the Flyers called a timeout with 2.0 second to play. UD had to go 75 feet for the win and Ally Malott's shot at buzzer didn't fall. For the first time season, Duquesne was headed into overtime.

The overtime period began with Agunbiade hitting 1-of-2 foul shots, giving Duquesne its first lead since 10:08 of the first half. The lead would change hands four times and with the Dukes up 65-64, Raterman scored four straight points putting Dayton up by three with 2:06 remaining. Vendemia and Andrea Hoover would exchange baskets to make the score 70-67 with 1:24 to play.

With the score still 70-67 and 41 seconds left, Samantha Mackay missed the front end of a 1-and-1. Vendemia pulled down the rebound and DUQ called a time out. Vendemia's shot with 17 seconds left bounced off the back of the rim, but Ahjah Hall grabbed the offensive board and was immediately fouled. Hall made both free throws to make the score 70-69 with 16.3 seconds remaining.

Duquesne fouled Patrice Lalor on the inbounds pass with 14.3 seconds to play. Lalor made both shots, putting UD up by three points at 72-69. Dayton forced a turnover on the next possession and Raterman was fouled on the inbounds pass with 8.0 seconds left. She made both foul shots, icing the game at 74-69.

"This was a hard-fought game; I thought we had our chances because we made plays down the stretch defensively to give us opportunities on the offensive end," said head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio. "I applaud our players. Even when we were down, they continued to battle and believe. It's disappointing and with the short bench, we just ran out of gas."

"I wish we could have sent our seniors in style today, but I am very proud of them for everything they have done at Duquesne," added Coach Serio.

The Dukes will be off until Friday for the first round of the 2012 Atlantic 10 Championship. DUQ's seed and timeslot will be determined Sunday afternoon.

Dayton at Duquesne

Dayton (20-6, 12-2 A-10)
Duquesne (19-10, 7-7 A-10)




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