WBB Falls to Cincinnati in WNIT First Round in 68-63 in Overtime
March 16, 2012
CINCINNATI - Alex Gensler's 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds remaining in regulation tied the game, but Cincinnati outscored Duquesne 16-11 in overtime to come away with a 68-63 victory in the first round of the WNIT on Friday night.
Dyeesha Hollins scored a game-high 23 points for the Bearcats (15-15) who advance to play 2011 WNIT Champion Toledo.
Cincinnati went on a 10-0 run after the first media timeout to make the score 13-7 at the 12:09 mark of the first half. The Bearcats would keep the six-point lead for the next four minutes until the Dukes made three consecutive steals leading to five straight points to cut the deficit to a point at 18-17 with 6:31 to play until halftime. The Bearcats ended the first half leading 27-21.
DUQ narrowed the gap to two points just before the 12-minute media timeout of the second half at 35-33. However, the next five Duquesne possessions came up empty - missing three shots and committing two turnovers - as UC widened its lead to 42-35 with 6:46 remaining.
The Dukes ended its drought scoring the next seven points while going on a 10-2 run to make the score 45-44 with 4:29 left. Agunbiade's turn-around jumper at 3:39 gave DUQ its first lead since early in the first half. Cincinnati regained the lead on the next possession on a Jeanise Randolph layup which made the score 47-46 in the Bearcats' favor.
A Floyd offensive rebound and putback off a Szecsi miss gave Duquesne a 48-47 lead with to play 1:47, but a 3-pointer by Bjonee Reaves followed by a steal and basket by Chanel Chisholm put the Bearcats up 52-48 with 1:18 to play.
Agunbiade would make a foul shot with 1:03 remaining making the score 52-49. After UC missed the front end of a one-and-one, Gensler banked in a 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds to tie the contest at 52-52. Hollins' attempt at the buzzer fell short as regulation ended tied.
DUQ opened up the scoring on overtime on a Gensler layup who followed that with a 3-pointer to give Duquesne a 57-52 lead just one minute in. But Cincinnati made a quick 8-0 run in 1:07 to take a 60-57 advantage with 2:38 remaining.
Trailing by one point with 1:30 remaining, Gensler's 3-point attempt fell short. Hollins would convert an "and-1" on the next possession to put the Bearcats up 65-61. Hall would make a pair of free throws with 10 seconds remaining, but that would be the last points for the Dukes as DUQ was forced to foul on the inbounds pass. Reaves hit both foul shots to ice the game.
Duquesne at Cincinnati