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WBB Advances into A-10 Quarterfinals After 69-55 Win Over George Washington

 

 

March 2, 2012

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PHILADELPHIA - The Duquesne women's basketball team earned its 20th win of the season and advanced into the quarterfinal round of the 2012 Atlantic 10 Championship after its 69-55 victory over George Washington on Friday evening.

Orsi Szecsi, who made her first start since Feb. 1st, scored a game-high 20 points and Wumi Agunbiade added 16 for the Dukes who earned its 20th win of the season. Alex Gensler scored 14. Szecsi and Carly Vendemia each pulled down eight rebounds.

George Washington, whose season ends at 11-18, was led by Chakecia Miller with 17 and Tara Booker with 12.

After jumping out to a quick 12-6 lead, DUQ went on a 12-2 run to take a 24-8 advantage midway through the first half. An Agunbiade layup at the 3:42 mark put Duquesne up by 21 and made the score 33-12. Szecsi's jumper with 17 seconds gave the Dukes its largest lead of the game at 28 points. Shi-Heria Shipp closed out the first half scoring as the DUQ went into halftime leading 42-16.

Duquesne took advantage of 16 Colonials turnovers and converted them into 24 points as Agunbiade (12), Gensler (11) and Szecsi (11) all reached double-figure scoring in the first half. As a team, the Dukes shot 50 percent from the field (16-32) and from 3-point range (6-12).

In the second half, DUQ's hot hand cooled down, making only six field goals. The closest GW got was 14 points on Miller's layup with 12 seconds to play in regulation.

For the game, Duquesne scored 33 points off 22 George Washington turnovers and out-rebounded the Colonials 41-21 (22-5 on the offensive glass). Coming into tonight's contest the Dukes were shooting 67 percent from the foul line made a season-best 85 percent hitting 17-of-20 attempts. DUQ also had a season-high 21 turnovers.

Duquesne will play #2 seed Temple on Saturday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. The Owls (20-8) defeated the Dukes 67-64 on Jan. 18th. Live streaming can be viewed at www.atlantic10.org and live audio can he heard on Red Zone Media.


GAME NOTES

  • Duquesne improves to 16-10 all-time in the first round and 18-26 overall at the Atlantic 10 Championship

  • This was the Dukes' fifth consecutive victory over George Washington after dropping 29 of the past 30 contests dating back to 1994

  • Coach Suzie McConnell-Serio earned career victory 99

  • Gensler passed Beth Friday ('03) to move into fifth place on DUQ's all-time scoring list with 1,418 points - she needs 20 more points to pass Samantha Pollino ('11)

  • Szecsi has a career average of 20 points per game in the A-10 Championship - she also scored 20 versus Dayton last season in the league quarterninals


    George Washington vs. Duquesne

    Team
    1
    2
    F
    George Washington (11-18)
    16
    39
    55
    Duquesne (20-10)
    42
    27
    69

     

     

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